Traore, Barcello help BYU basketball finish off regular season with 16-point win

Pepperdine Waves guard Majok Deng (22) goes to the ring round Brigham Younger Cougars ahead Fousseyni Traore (45) in the course of the recreation on the Marriott Heart in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret Information)

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PROVO — Halfway by means of the second half of BYU basketball’s house finale towards Pepperdine, Alex Barcello stepped by means of a depraved crossover dribble, stepped again, drained a 3-pointer and tapped his wrist.

Fousseyni Traore obtained the message.

Traore poured in 25 factors, 19 rebounds and three assists en path to the seventh double-double of his profession and BYU basketball wrapped up the common season with a 75-59 win over Pepperdine in entrance of a near-sellout crowd Saturday night time within the Marriott Heart.

Barcello added 10 factors, eight rebounds and three assists, and Te’Jon Lucas had 15 factors and 4 assists on senior night time for the Cougars (21-9, 9-6 WCC), who additionally honored injured large males Gavin Baxter and Richard Harward earlier than tipoff.

Gideon George provided 11 factors in BYU’s regular-season finale.

Houston Mallette scored 23 factors to guide Pepperdine (7-24, 1-15 WCC).

However on Barcello’s second celebrated senior night time in a BYU uniform, the Chandler, Arizona, product wished to finish the common season in type.

The Arizona switch discovered Atiki Ally Atiki for a hammer dunk halfway by means of the second half. On the subsequent possession, Barcello completed off his crossover with a stepback 3-pointer that pushed the Cougars’ result in 49-40, highlighting an 11-3 spurt that pushed the Cougars’ lead as excessive as 55-43 with 7:27 remaining to assist seal the win for good.

Moments later, Te’Jon Lucas discovered Caleb Lohner for a transition dunk that introduced the home down and gave the Cougars a 61-46 lead they might by no means relinquish, holding the Waves to 27% taking pictures within the second half.

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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brigham Younger Cougars guard Te’Jon Lucas (3) steals a go, in West Coast Convention motion on the Marriott Middle in Provo, on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.

By the point the week is over, the BYU males’s basketball staff’s common season will probably be over. It should have consisted of 30 video games total, 15 of them within the West Coast Convention.

However the Cougars had been presupposed to have performed 31 video games this season, and 16 within the WCC. What prompted the one-game disparity was a Jan. 1 recreation in opposition to Portland that was postponed resulting from COVID-19 however by no means rescheduled.

So the Cougars, who entered the week 19-9 total (7-6 WCC) with two residence video games remaining earlier than the WCC Event, have themselves a chance to get an additional recreation in an effort to perhaps bolster their NCAA Event résumé. And that’s precisely what the staff is attempting to do.

“These conversations have gone in earnest for the final three or 4 days,” coach Mark Pope mentioned Tuesday. “We’re actually aggressively actively pursuing potential alternatives. A lot must come collectively to make it occur, however that’s one thing we’re speaking about.”

Pope mentioned he has reached out to “about 20 totally different groups” to see when and the place a recreation can happen. Some groups, he mentioned, can play subsequent Tuesday, whereas many can play Wednesday. As a way to make the sport a Quad 1 affair within the NCAA NET rankings, BYU would probably must play on the street.

A part of the analysis course of hinges on when the Cougars begin WCC Event play. Because the fifth-place staff within the convention, they’d play Friday, March 4, if the event began at this time. Their seeding might change relying on how the weekend’s convention video games play out.

It will be a tough turnaround if, for instance, BYU performed a staff on the street on the east coast on a Wednesday after which needed to fly to Las Vegas to play 48 hours later. Pope mentioned he thinks a choice of whether or not to play an additional recreation will most likely be made after this weekend.

“All of that’s in limbo proper now,” Pope mentioned. “We’re simply attempting to judge and see.”

Senior guard Te’Jon Lucas didn’t categorical a desire both means when requested if he needs to play an additional recreation to raised BYU’s NCAA Event probabilities. However he indicated that he and the Cougars will probably be prepared it doesn’t matter what.

“I belief coach,” Lucas mentioned. “I’m fairly positive we’re going to do what’s greatest for us on the finish of the day. Numerous the video games that we performed early on are holding fairly strong weight for us to be nonetheless in rivalry to make the event.

“If the sport goes to assist us, I’m fairly positive the coaches will attempt to get one. But when it’s not going to do something for us, I’m fairly positive we gained’t play one other one. I’ll depart that as much as the coaches and allow them to determine that stuff out, and I’ll simply be able to play.”

Michigan Coach Juwan Howard Suspended for Rest of Regular Season

After slapping an assistant coach for the Wisconsin males’s basketball group within the head within the handshake line after his group’s loss on Sunday, Michigan Coach Juwan Howard was suspended for 5 video games — the rest of the common season — and fined $40,000, the Large Ten Convention introduced on Monday. He will likely be eligible to return for the convention match.

In an announcement on Monday, Howard apologized for the primary time.

“After taking time to replicate on all that occurred, I notice how unacceptable each my actions and phrases have been, and the way they affected so many,” Howard stated within the assertion. “I’m actually sorry.”

Michigan forwards Terrance Williams II and Moussa Diabaté, who have been concerned within the fracas, have been suspended for one sport every, the convention stated. Wisconsin Coach Greg Gard was fined $10,000 for his function within the altercation however not suspended. Wisconsin guard Jahcobi Neath was suspended for one sport.

“Large Ten Convention coaches and student-athletes are anticipated to show the very best degree of sportsmanship conduct,” the Large Ten commissioner, Kevin Warren, stated in an announcement. “Our expectation is that the incident yesterday will present our coaches and student-athletes with the chance to replicate, be taught and transfer ahead in a fashion that demonstrates decorum and management on and off the court docket.”

Michigan (14-11, 8-7 within the Large Ten) will subsequent play on Wednesday, at house towards Rutgers, whereas the Badgers play Wednesday at Minnesota.

Phil Martelli, a Michigan assistant who gained 444 profession video games at St. Joseph’s and led it to the spherical of 8 within the 2004 N.C.A.A. match, will lead the group in Howard’s absence. Howard will likely be eligible to return for the Large Ten match, which is ready for March 9 to 13 in Indianapolis.

“Merely put, there is no such thing as a room at U.M. for the conduct we noticed,” Warde Manuel, Michigan’s athletic director, stated in an announcement on Monday. “We are going to be taught from this incident as a division, work to enhance ourselves whereas working beneath a highlight, and transfer ahead in a constructive mild.”

The 6-foot-9 Howard, previously a longtime N.B.A. participant, Miami Warmth assistant coach and member of Michigan’s famed “Fab 5” group, didn’t initially enter the handshake line on Sunday, however got here in late.

Gard, who’s 5-11, grabbed at Howard’s proper elbow to get his consideration so they may discuss. Howard then tugged at Gard’s shirt, pointed his index finger in Gard’s face and obtained right into a heated dialogue with the Wisconsin coach. Because the coaches have been separated by law enforcement officials, assistant coaches and gamers, Howard slapped the pinnacle of Joe Krabbenhoft, the assistant coach. Gamers from each groups then started pushing and shoving each other.

Gard stated afterward in a tv interview that Howard was upset as a result of Gard had known as a timeout with 15 seconds remaining and Wisconsin up by 15 factors. Michigan, which misplaced, 77-63, was urgent the Wisconsin backups when Gard known as the timeout.

Howard stated he felt the necessity to defend himself after Gard initiated contact.

“Touching me pointless wasn’t known as for once we had talked,” Howard stated on Sunday. “And at that time, I believed it was time to guard myself.”

In his assertion on Monday, Howard apologized to Krabbenhoft and his household, in addition to the Michigan gamers and their households, his employees, his household and Michigan followers.

“I converse quite a bit about being a Michigan man and representing the College of Michigan with class and delight,” he stated. “I didn’t try this, nor did I set the correct instance in the correct means for my student-athletes. I’ll be taught from my mistake.”

Michigan, which was ranked as excessive as No. 4 this season, stays on the bubble for the N.C.A.A. match.