BYU fans were probably thinking about it. Sure, it crossed Anson Winder's mind, too.
Go back to Feb. 2, 2012. The guard found a pivotal role in a home game against Gonzaga. He played quite well, BYU won.
Duplication came Thursday night in a 73-65 win against Gonzaga.
Now a junior, Winder had a team-high 17 points in 26 minutes in a rare start.
It sure was similar to him posting 10 points, five assists and three steals in the 2012 meeting. That happened to be the only other time as a West Coast Conference school that the Cougars defeated league linchpin GU. The Cougars had lost the last five tries.
"That was such a crazy game," Winder said. "I was hoping to have the same effect starting tonight."
BYU coach Dave Rose opted to start Winder instead of Skyler Halford, whose shot has simply been struggling lately.
Winder's defense paid dividends last Saturday in a rally win at Saint Mary's.
Rose thought about it on the plane ride home — how well Winder had been playing lately — and set the plan in motion to make the switch.
The Cougars also opted to start Josh Sharp instead of Eric Mika at center, though that lasted only a couple of minutes as the undersized Sharp found quick foul trouble.
Winder, however, found a groove. He had a layup and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to give the Cougars a 7-3 lead.
He also chased around GU star shooter Kevin Pangos, who had a 3-of-9 night when the Bulldogs were 4-of-18 from 3-point range.
"Ans was the guy tonight," Rose said.
It remains to be seen how Rose tinkers with the lineup and rotation. It may be Winder's time to get some starter's minutes (he had 26 against GU), though Halford off the bench produced a couple early baskets in part fueled by turnovers. It looks like Matt Carlino (15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, though he had a couple of biggies near the end) is entrenched in a sixth-man spot. Carlino still played 31 minutes, tied with Kyle Collinsworth and Tyler Haws for team-high.
Winder also hit all 10 free throws, the strong point when the rest of the Cougars were 9-of-18.
BYU improved to 2-5 against GU, splitting the regular-season series this year. The Bulldogs easily won the first meeting last month, when Winder had 7 points in 14 minutes.
In that very first meeting, two years ago, the Cougars ousted the No. 24-ranked team at the Marriott Center. This time, the visitors were No. 25.
BYU led by 25 at the end of the first half a couple years ago, as Winder produced three first-half steals.
∫Off to serve (soon): A couple of BYU connections are off to Europe.
Current BYU center Eric Mika announced on Twitter that he's headed to Rome, Italy, for a couple of years to serve an LDS mission.
Future Cougar TJ Haws, a senior at BYU hoops pipeline Lone Peak, is going to Lyon, France.
Both are enjoying strong seasons before their basketball sabbatical.
Mika averages 12.3 points and 6.4 rebounds, though he was bumped to a reserve role Thursday night as BYU coach Dave Rose opted to try and get his young player — who's battled a lot of foul trouble lately — settled in.
Haws leads Lone Peak in scoring this season, averaging nearly 24 points per game, as the Knights will again be a favorite in the state 5A tournament.
Both will leave the state in May.
∫Tip-ins: Tyler Haws needed just 22 points to pass Jeff Chatman for 7th place on the school's career scoring list, so he'll need 10 still. Chatman, who lives in Washington but is a regular visitor to Cougar games, was near courtside for this one, too. ...BYU president Cecil O. Samuelson missed a rare home game, as he was in Arizona for work.