BYU Athletics Blog | August 2011

Thoughts on BYU in the Acropolis of Athens Tournament

Aug 23, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:16 am | Permalink

Here is a link where you can watch the games at the Acropolis of Athens Tournament. The Italy vs. Bulgaria game is on right now and due to the language barrier, I'm not 100 percent positive BYU vs. Greece will be on next but I'm pretty sure it will.

The Cougars have been given an incredible opportunity to play two of the top national teams in the world today and tomorrow at the Acropolis of Athens Tournament. BYU faces Greece today at 12:15 p.m. MT and Italy tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. MT. And these aren't the junior teams. These are the senior national teams.

BYU has played well so far in Greece, defeating the Athens All-Stars and ASE Doukas. But the next two games will be a level of competition the Cougars haven't seen, and weren't expecting. The Cougars had a slate of games scheduled but when a team withdrew from the Acropolis Tournament, BYU was called upon to fill in. It will be an incredible opportunity for the team to see how they measure up with some of the best players in the world.

While this team did graduate two all-timers in Jimmer and Jackson, the Cougars aren't without leadership. They have seniors Noah Hartsock and Charles Abouo who have been through three NCAA Tournaments and won two conference titles. Abouo has played with the Ivory Coast National Team for two summers, including the 2010 World Championships in Turkey. His experience and leadership will play an important role for BYU in these two games.

Greece finished 2010 ranked No. 4 in the world by FIBA and is currently No. 7. If you can read Greek, here is the official page for Greek basketball. Here is the nation's page on FIBA. While it's tough to find what the team has done this year and who is on the roster, this team is obviously enjoying some level off success despite numerous injuries and other issues.

Italy is ranked No. 15 in the world right now but is likely the most talented team of the four participating in the Acropolis Tournament. The Italian roster includes NBAers Andrea Bargnani, Danilo Gallinari and Marco Belinelli. All three play significant roles for their respective NBA teams and Gallinari and Belinelli helped their teams reach the 2011 playoffs.

For the speakers of Italian out there, here is Italy's official site for its national teams. Here is the FIBA page for Italy.

2010-11 Basketball Documentary Trailer

Aug 18, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:49 pm | Updated: August 18, 2011 12:55 pm | Permalink

Check out the trailer for the 2010-11 BYU men's basketball documentary, titled 'Amazing.' Visit BYUtickets.com to order the DVD. Delivery is scheduled for September.

Cougars in Greece: Day 1

Aug 17, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:20 am | Permalink

 

From assistant coach Tim LaComb - Tuesday, Aug. 16

We arrived in Athens via NYC at 9:30 a.m. Greece time (Tuesday). We left the airport and took a bus tour of Athens. We visited the Panathinaikos which hosted the Olympics in 1896. We walked the Plaka section of Athens below the Acropolis. We had a team meal in the evening and all tried to fight off jet leg. Everyone is healthy and happy. We are excited to see the Parthenon and play our first game this afternoon at 6 p.m. vs Athens All Stars. Will report more later.

BYU at Texas to be broadcast on ESPN 3D

Aug 08, 2011 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 12:06 pm | Updated: August 8, 2011 1:13 pm | Permalink

ESPN announced BYU’s game against Texas on Sept. 10 will be televised on ESPN 3D. The game will also be also be broadcast on ESPN2 as previously announced. BYU at Texas is one of 20 regular season college football games to be televised on the ESPN 3D in 2011.

The network will kick off its second year of extensive college football coverage with two games in five days over Labor Day weekend when UNLV travels to Wisconsin on Thurs., Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. ET with Miami at Maryland on Mon., Sept. 5, at 8 p.m.

The 2011 season marks the return of Miami, Oregon, USC, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin to the ESPN 3D schedule and the addition of multiple top programs highlighted by LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, and Texas.  It will also be the second straight year the network will air the Dr Pepper ACC Championship game, slated for Sat., Dec. 3, at 8 p.m.

The network will increase its post season coverage this year with the return of the Allstate BCS National Championship Game on Mon., Jan. 9, at 8:30 p.m.  as well as five additional bowl games.

ESPN 3D is available nationwide to more than 65 million households and has carriage agreements with Comcast, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.

For a complete schedule of ESPN 3D 2011 college football broadcasts and more information CLICK HERE.

About ESPN 3D

ESPN was the first to announce in the United States an exclusive 3D network in January 2010 which was the culmination of more than three years of testing 3D television.  ESPN has produced many 3D domestic telecasts in 2010 and 2011, including the BCS National Championship game, the Masters, X Games, multiple college football and basketball games, the State Farm Home Run Derby and more . ESPN has developed best practices for utilizing the technology in live game applications which have provided the ability to streamline workflow operations, adjust 3D camera positioning, perform transmission tests and gauge fan reaction to a 3D telecast versus a traditional telecast.  In addition, ESPN utilizes cutting-edge technology located at the ESPN Innovation Lab in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World to continue to develop innovative production enhancements.  ESPN 3D is available in the United States to more than 65 million households and has carriage agreements with Comcast, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. Sony was named the first official sponsor of the network in January 2010.