Who: BYU (1-0) at Princeton (0-1)
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Jadwin Gym
TV/ Radio: NBCSP/ WPRB 103.3 FM
Last Time Out: Princeton lost to Butler, 85-75; BYU def. Mississippi Valley St., 91-61.
Series History: BYU leads, 5-0
Background: This is the return game from last year’s meeting in Provo, Utah that was part of ESPN’s nowdefunct Tip-Off Marathon. BYU held on to win that game, 82-73.
Big Three: Princeton’s terrific trio of Amir Bell, Devin Cannady and Myles Stephens delivered in the opening loss to Butler. That group combined for 54 of the team’s 75 points. Bell and Stephens, in particular, were outstanding, scoring 22 and 21 points, respectively.
Forward Thinking: Coach Mitch Henderson opted to start freshmen Jerome Desrosiers (6-7, 225) and Sebastian Much (6-8, 225) in the frontcourt against Butler. If the seventh-year boss continues with those two remains to be seen. They combined for no points and one rebound in 23 minutes. Of course it was a baptism of fire against a Big East opponent, but the Tigers’ interior defense needs to improve after they were out-scored 50-26 in the paint.
Scouting BYU: Picked to finish sixth in the West Coast Conference, the Cougars are coming off a 30-point win in their opener, a game in which they made 12-of-26 attempts from beyond the arc. Elijah Bryant poured in a game-high 27 points, while TJ Haws, who had 20 off the bench against Princeton last year, scored 14. Haws was second on the team in scoring a season ago, averaging 13.8 points on 42.4 percent on 3-pointers. BYU lost two of its three leading scorers as Eric Mika graduated and Nick Emery withdrew from school in the wake of an NCAA investigation.