BYU Athletics Blog | February 2014

Coach Rose and players talk after practice about Saturday's game at San Diego

Feb 27, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:28 pm | Updated: February 27, 2014 7:08 pm | Permalink

Coach Dave Rose

On San Diego:
“I think it’s been an interesting series between the two of us. The games have been competitive, and I think the challenge is that they’re a really good defensive team and a great 3-point shooting team. Those are things that have caused us problems and hopefully we’ll be ready for it.”

“Pace will be important. Defensive execution, rebounding the ball, shot selection, our ability to make shots, all those things are important, but if we play at the pace we want to play, it’ll be way different for them. Usually the team at home has an advantage dictating that and hopefully we break through it.”

On recent wins:
“I would say that we have more players playing well. I think we went through stretches through the season where we had guys playing really good basketball, but it was hard to get everybody playing their best, and I think now we have a deep group of guys that are all contributing and playing well, and hopefully that continues.”

On starting lineup:
“I think the group plays well together. I think they give us a pretty good defensive presence and then we get a lot of juice coming off the bench for the offensive and defensive punch.”

On opponents guarding Kyle Collinsworth:
“He’s done a terrific job of trying to handle these really quick, athletic play-making guards and staying in front of them and control penetration. I think his length causes those issues, but I think his athleticism and lateral quickness and his physical nature, he can beat guys to those spots.”

Tyler Haws

On overall mindset on season finale and chemistry:
“We’re trying to get our bodies right and our minds right for what we have to do. This is a great team we’re playing and we got beat down there last year, so we’re just trying to prepare the right way and get ready for them.”

“I think the stakes are high every year, but we’re taking each game one game at a time and all we can focus on is the next one.”

“I think we’ve turned a corner on a few things, but I think one thing we’ve learned this year is just that when you feel like you turned a corner, that’s when you get bit. We can’t relax and all of our guys know that so we’re trying to focus on the next game and stay mentally into it.”

On San Diego’s guards:
“We have to know where the shooters are and they have guys who come off the bench who can shoot the ball, too. I think it’s a similar challenge to what we faced the last couple games; it seems like every team in this league has a shooter so you have to know where they are.”

Anson Winder

On being in the starting lineup:
“It’s an exciting feeling having started these last couple games and helping the team win games, so as of right now, it’s fun and it’s what you’ve dreamed of to start in big college basketball games like that.”

On USD’s guard Johnny Dee:
“I’ll probably start out on Johnny Dee, but we’ll all have a chance to guard him because he moves so well in their offense and throughout the course of the game.”

“I think it was five guys keying on him, whether he’s dribbling the ball up the court or running off a screen, and I think that’s what helped us win last time we played them.”

On San Diego’s confidence after win against Gonzaga:
“It’s a huge win. If you can get a win on Gonzaga, your chances are high in winning most games in the conference. I think they’re going to have a lot of enthusiasm, and they’re going to be excited to play us and that’s what we’re expecting, to get their best game.”

“We’ll come into this game like we come into any other game. Every other game is just as important to win, whether it’s in March or in the beginning of the year. We’re going to come into this game knowing we have to win and we’re going to take it just as seriously as any other game.” 

Cougars in the Pros: Sacramento finalizing a buyout agreement with Fredette

Feb 25, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 12:36 pm | Permalink

Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski said the Sacramento Kings are finalizing a buyout agreement with Jimmer Fredette that will make him a free agent.

On Feb. 12, Fredette scored a career-high 24 points on 9 of 14 shooting and 6 of 8 from beyond the arc in a 106-101 overtime win against the New York Knicks. 

Lee Cummard went for 18 points and three rebounds in a 73-58 loss to Liege, while Trent Plaisted went for six points, five rebounds, one assist and one block in a 77-85 loss to Cantu. 

For weekly stat updates on Cougars in the Pros, visit the page under the info tab. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 5.9 1.1 1.5
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.5 2.0 0.6
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 4.5 3.9 0.4
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 12.4 6.1 2.1
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.2 4.4 0.8
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 5.7 3.3 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 10.3 7.1 1.8

This Week in the WCC

Feb 25, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:38 am | Updated: February 25, 2014 11:59 am | Permalink

The final week of the regular season has arrived, as has the laundry list of permutations for the final conference standings and subsequent WCC tournament seeding. Let's take that team-by-team:

No. 1 Gonzaga (23-6, 13-3) at Pacific, at Saint Mary's 

No. 1 Seed: One win or one BYU loss

No. 2 Seed: Two losses and losing tiebreaker on RPI

No. 2 BYU (20-10, 12-5) at San Diego

No. 1 Seed: Needs two Gonzaga losses and a win vs. San Diego then a win on RPI tiebreaker

No. 2 Seed: A win vs. San Diego or one San Francisco loss

No. 3 Seed: Loss vs. San Diego and two San Francisco wins

No. 3 San Francisco (18-10, 11-5) at Pepperdine, at LMU

No. 2 Seed: Two wins and one BYU loss

No. 3 Seed: Two wins or Saint Mary's loss

No. 4 Seed: One loss and two Saint Mary's wins or two losses and a Saint Mary's win against Gonzaga

No. 4 Saint Mary's (20-9, 10-6) vs. Portland, vs. Gonzaga

No. 3 Seed: One San Francisco loss and two Saint Mary's wins

No. 4 Seed: Own tiebreaker over Pepperdine for No. 4 seed

No. 5 Pepperdine (15-13, 8-8) vs. San Francisco, vs. Santa Clara

No. 5 Seed: Two wins or one win and a Portland loss

No. 6 Seed: One loss and two Portland wins or Two losses and one Portland win

No. 6 Portland (15-13, 7-9) at Saint Mary's, at Pacific

No. 5 Seed: Two wins and one Pepperdine loss or one win and two Pepperdine losses

No. 6 Seed: One win or San Diego loss vs. BYU

No. 7 Seed: Two losses and San Diego win

No.  7 San Diego (16-14, 7-10) vs. BYU

No. 6 Seed: Win vs. BYU and two Portland losses

No. 7 Seed: Own tiebreaker over Pacific and Santa Clara

No. 8 Pacific (14-13, 5-11) vs. Gonzaga, vs. Portland

No. 8 Seed: At least match Santa Clara with one or two wins and owns the tiebreaker

No. 9 Seed: One loss and two Santa Clara wins or two losses and one Santa Clara win

No. 10 Seed: Two losses and two LMU wins

No. 9 Santa Clara (12-17, 5-11) at LMU, at Pepperdine

No. 8 Seed: Two wins and one Pacific loss or one win and two Pacific losses

No. 9 Seed: Two Pacific wins or one Pacific win and one Santa Clara loss

No. 10 Seed: Two losses and two LMU wins

No. 10 LMU (12-17, 3-13) vs. Santa Clara, vs. San Francisco

No. 8/9 Seed: Two wins and two losses by Santa Clara or Pacific wins tiebreaker w/ wins over BYU and San Francisco

No. 10 Seed: One loss or one win by Santa Clara and Pacific

 

Fun Facts

Saturday's game against San Diego will be the 50th career conference game for Nate Austin, Anson Winder, Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino. The Cougars are 34-15 in each of the 49 WCC games Austin, Winder and Carlino have played in. Haws' record in conference games is 35-14 including games in the Mountain West Conference his freshman year.

Winder has started four games this season and while he averages six points per game over the 30 games played so far he averages 18 as a starter. If you include his pseudo start against Santa Clara, coming off the bench after Haws picked up two fouls in 44 seconds, he has scored 14 or more points every time he's "started" a game. In his starts, Winder has shot 62 percent, more than nine points better than his season average.

BYU now has the top two players in steals in West Coast Conference play. Kyle Collinsworth and Matt Carlino average a combined 3.9 steals per game. Collinsworth is the only player in the WCC who averages more than two steals per game in conference games this season.

The Cougars have taken the same number of shots as their opponents, 1,887, and have made 81 more shots from the field. BYU is shooting 47.1 percent from the field, while its opponents shoot 42.8. Opponents have taken 243 more 3-pointers than the Cougars, while BYU has shot 233 more free throws than its competition and pulled down 258 more rebounds.

 

Coming Up

Thursday, Feb. 27

Portland at Saint Mary's, 7 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Gonzaga at Pacific, 8 p.m. MST, ESPNU

San Francisco at Pepperdine, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount, 9 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

Saturday, March 1

BYU at San Diego, 2 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

Portland at Pacific, 4 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Santa Clara at Pepperdine, 6 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Gonzaga at Saint Mary's, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

San Francisco at Loyola Marymount, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv 

 

Scoring School PPG
1. Tyler Haws BYU 23.4
2. Anthony ireland LMU 18.6
3. Brandon Clark Santa Clara 17.9
12. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 14.4
19. Matt Carlino BYU 12.5
29. Eric Mika BYU 10.7

 

Rebounding School RPG
1. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 8.6
2. Ryan Nicholas Portland 8.3
3. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.1
4. Nate Austin BYU 7.9
5. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 7.8
15. Eric Mika BYU 6.1

 

Assists School APG
1. Christopher Anderson San Diego 5.6
2. Anthony Ireland LMU 5.5
3. Alec Wintering Portland 5.3
4. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 4.6
6. Matt Carlino BYU 4.2

 

Steals School SPG
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.1
2. Matt Carlino BYU 1.8
3. Anthony Ireland LMU 1.8

 

National Scoring School PPG
1. Antoine Mason Niagara 26.0
2. Doug McDermott Creighton 25.7
3. Billy Baron Canisius 24.8
4. Tyler Haws BYU 23.3

BYU coasts by Portland 89-72

Feb 22, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:06 pm | Permalink

BYU came out on fire in the second half as they put away Portland behind a career night by Matt Carlino. He continued his hot shooting, tying his career-high in points with 30, on a career-high eight made 3-pointers. The eight threes are most in a game since 2009 when Jimmer Fredette hit nine.

BYU extended its lead to a game-high 25 as the Cougars held a double-digit lead for the rest of the game, winning 89-72.

Anson Winder had 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting while Tyler Haws chipped in 15 points. Kyle Collinsworth had a team-high 11 rebounds and seven assists.

BYU leads Portland 46-33 at half

Feb 22, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 7:58 pm | Permalink
The story of the first half has been about stringing runs together. A Luke Worthington and-1 play capped an 8-0 run as BYU took a 10-5 lead. The Cougars put together another run to extend the lead to 11 with the help of an Eric Mika dunk and six points by Tyler Haws.
 
At the 8:27 mark Matt Carlino sparked a 9-0 run by himself, knocking down back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers.
 
Despite only shooting 38.7 percent for the half, Portland crept back in the game on 4 of 9 shooting from three to cut the deficit to 10.
 
On the last BYU possession of the half, Carlino hit another three to push the lead to 46-33 in favor of the Cougars at halftime. In the first half, three players in double figures led BYU. Haws had 13 points while Anson Winder and Carlino had 10 and 12 points, respectively.

BYU defeats No. 25 Gonzaga 73-65

Feb 20, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:13 pm | Permalink

A 6-0 BYU run kicked off the second half, leaving Gonzaga scrambling to get back on top. The Cougars held onto the lead, staying at least one possession ahead through the end of the game. Matt Carlino pushed the lead to eight, 68-60, on a layup with two minutes to play for BYU’s largest lead of the half. BYU wrapped up the game 73-65.

Anson Winder led the charge in the second half with 12 points, finishing with 17 total and going 10 for 10 from the free-throw line. Three other Cougars finished with double-figure points—Eric Mika with 13, Tyler Haws with 12 and Carlino with 15.

BYU tied with Gonzaga 39-39 at halftime

Feb 20, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:00 pm | Permalink

BYU led with a 9-3 run to start the game, but Gonzaga stole the lead on a 6-0 run to go up 13-11. Tied at 15, two jumpers by Skyler Halford and another by Tyler Haws put the Cougars back on top 21-15 with 11:15 until halftime. BYU increased that lead to 28-18 on a contested Eric Mika jumper.

Gonzaga cut down the lead in the last three minutes, tying the score at 36 and going ahead on a free throw in the final minute. Haws tied the score at 39 on a last-second jumper to end the half.

Mika led with 11 points and five rebounds. BYU shot 51.7 percent, while the Bulldogs shot 48.1 percent.

Quotes from Wednesday's post-practice interviews

Feb 19, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 8:14 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose

Defending Gonzaga:

It's one of the most difficult challenges because of how good they are inside. That's a real interesting challenge with that front line. That's probably the biggest difference in the challenge is that their personnel is really skilled and pretty deep."

"I think the guys are upbeat which is good and they have a positive mindset. One of the real challenges of a five to six month season is to try to get through everything and stay as even keeled as possible because there's always another game coming. That challenge requires your full attention, your focus, your dedication. Hopefully our guys are learning that's part of the process and to respect the process you can't get too down and you can't get too up."

"I think our guys, mentally and emotionally, really want the win. We'll have to see how they respond physically, sometimes the guys are too high emotionally and have a hard time settling into the game. I like the resiliency of our team and the resolve of our group. There are times when I'd like us to execute a whole lot better. Hopefully, what we get tomorrow is a team that has real urgency and real energy and real execution."

 

Tyler Haws

Pangos:

"He's a big piece to their team and their program. He's got a lot of experience...He's been around a lot of really good basketball. He's had our number for a few years, so we've got to lock in and know where he's at all the time."

To get a win on Thursday:

"We have to consistently score for 40 minutes. We've got to lock in and guard the 3-point line a lot better than we did at their place. I think that kind of got away from us."

Second half at Saint Mary's:

"It's definitely something to build on. Everyone was locked in to making a defensive play instead of not being so focused on 'Am I in the right spot? Am I in the right position?' Everyone was trying to get a hand on a ball, jump on a loose ball or get a steal."

 

Kyle Collinsworth

"When we don't let teams shoot threes we win. That's huge for us and Gonzaga has a lot of good shooters and we have to limit their attempts because when they get open shots they make them."

Defense winning the Saint Mary's game:

"We needed a game like that -- a close game where we had to dig down and get some stops."

 

Nate Austin

On Gonzaga:

"The last two years they've lost one league game so far. They're coming in with a lot of confidence because they're a team that expects to win. They go to the tournament every year and win a lot of games every year and they dominate this conference."

February Baseball Blog

Feb 16, 2014 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 9:02 pm | Updated: March 6, 2014 11:19 am | Permalink

GRANDPA LITTLEWOOD: Add a new title to coach Mike Littlewood, who became a grandpa hours before his team left with him for the season opener in Arizona. Littlewood’s son Tyson is the proud papa of a daughter named Capri. Last month Coach Littlewood spoke at the 10-year reunion of one of his Dixie College teams and at the Utah High School Coaches Association.

LOPEZ CRIB SHEETS: In addition to scouting reports, BYU senior Bret Lopez is the recipient of a manila envelope each trip, prepared by his wife, Taryn. The tradition began when they were dating, but the Arizona trip marked the first packet Bret received from Taryn since they were married last May. Inside each envelope is a “scouting report” of the community where Bret and the Cougars are playing. For instance, on one trip last year Bret learned through the packet that the school they were playing was the oldest institution west of the Mississippi. Population and other interesting bits of trivia are enclosed to help Bret learn more of the environment.

JOINING LOPEZ: Junior Andy Isom along with Bret Lopez and teammate Hayden Nielsen, are members of the Cougar Council, representing BYU baseball among the student-athletes. Because Lopez is the co-chair of that council, baseball was allowed to add Isom as a second team representative.

HERNANDEZ REDSHIRTING: Catcher Dakota Hernandez made a decision at the end of last month to redshirt this season. The junior had off-season surgery on his labrum after rebounding from a broken thumb midseason last year. The Cougars are three-deep at catcher with junior Jarrett Jarvis the most experienced, backed by JC transfer Bo Fisher and true freshman Bronson Larsen. Also redshirting this season is pitcher Michael Rucker, a transfer from Gonzaga, due to NCAA rules.

LUND KUDOS: Freshman outfielder Brennon Lund was tapped twice by Perfect Game magazine in preseason mention. Lund was picked as the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and listed No. 43 in its top 100 freshmen in the country.

AFTER KANSAS TO ARKANSAS: Junior third baseman Dillon Robinson is making a return trip to Arkansas. In 2012 Robinson started in the first of two games at No. 4 Arkansas. This summer he will be returning for a 10-week internship with Walmart. As part of that preparation, Robinson read the biography of Sam Walton. Of course, it helped that Robinson had a cumulative 3.53 GPA, is majoring in finance and that a former player of BYU assistant coach Brent Haring had a key acquaintance in the Walmart hierarchy who had played for him at Harding University in Arkansas.

TEXAS TOAST: This week BYU plays at the Kleberg Bank Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. Freshmen Mackay Jacobsen, Tyler Kendrick and Hayden Parker all live within 20 minutes of each other in Texas. Kendrick’s father Peter made the trip with his wife last week to Arizona where the former Cougar All-American played at that same Peoria Sports Complex as a minor leaguer. Peter also had a reunion with fellow battery-mate David “Boy” Eldredge, whose son was a senior catcher for Kansas.

ARIZONA FIRESIDE: BYU’s baseball players spoke and sang at a fireside for the Glendale North, Glendale and Peoria Stakes in addition to playing Kansas on its Arizona trip. Bishop Ted Heid of the Sunburst Ward conducted and helped host the Cougars on their four-day trip. Heid is the Seattle Mariners' Director of Pacific Rim Scouting.

One of shortstop Hayden Nielsen’s grandmothers played the piano while the team sang “We’ll Bring the World His Truth.” Arizonans Eric Urry and Hayden Rogers, both returned missionaries, joined senior co-captain Chris Howard and Coach Mike Littlewood as the main speakers. From an overflow chapel of youths, questions were submitted and answered by Cougars Mackay Jacobsen, Nielsen, Andy Isom, Howard and Brandon Kinser and assistant coach Brent Haring.

Urry quoted 2 Nephi 31:20 and told of looking for promised blessings. He told an analogy of riding a bike, using three principles. 1) Keep on moving forward, never slowing down or stopping. 2) Keep on pedaling, endure to the end and draw strength from it. 3) Move as straight as possible without making any sudden deviation.

Rogers told how he could hear the calm voice of his high school coach above the noise of the crowd. “How was I able to hear his voice so easily? We prepared in practice.” He told of how we need to listen to the small, distinct voice amidst so many distractions. He quoted Mosiah 2:41.

Howard talked about how he was baptized last December. His parents and girlfriend were in attendance at the fireside. He told of how he hadn’t always made good choices and had been suspended for 25 games as a junior. He talked about the importance of being an example. He quoted 1 Timothy 4:12. Later when questioned, he told of how he had committed to attend Creighton University while in high school, but they later pulled their offer.

Littlewood quoted Joshua 24:15 and told of how his wife listened with their son to a CD that had a catchy beat, but had bad words. He told of them teaching their son that subtly those words are going into his subconscious. He referred to seeing the light in the distance of the Manti Temple while driving in a dark night.

Haring answered a question about finding time to balance team and family amidst stress and told of the wives that supported the coaches and staff. Jacobsen answered a question about scripture study. Nielsen answered a question about qualities needed to be a co-captain. Isom answered a question about having a balance between school and baseball and the importance of having a plan. Kinser answered a question about the importance of serving a mission, to not look at it being a stumbling block, rather as a stepping stone.

Coach Rose and players talk about road trip after practice

Feb 11, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:10 pm | Updated: February 11, 2014 7:52 pm | Permalink

Coach Dave Rose

On challenges against Pacific:

“[Pacific] is a really good team. I think the matchup for us is really difficult because of their ability to drive the ball and they drive it right at us. We told our guys today that we were the benefit of a superb offensive game by Tyler. We had that offensive cushion for most of the game, but it really felt like we were on our heels a lot in that second half. As a coaching staff, we really feel like we have our hands full and our guys are going to have to be good. We’re going to have to play a really good game to get going and win. We have to play a full game.”

On improvements:

“I believe our team has improved in a lot of different ways. Coming home, we had some really big offensive nights from Tyler and hopefully we don’t depend on them. We need to be prepared and have some good balance in our offensive game. I think defensively we’ve improved in our concentration as far as our execution is concerned, but the key to this road trip is to stay out of foul trouble and defend the 3-point line.”

“It’s so important during this time of year to be physical and to compete in a real physical nature, but we need to find a way to be more physical and foul less, if that’s possible, because we need to keep our big guys out of foul trouble.”

“We pay a lot more attention to detail on our defensive game plan. I think our rebounding statistics have been really good at home and hopefully we can transfer those things on the road. I believe our guys have really improved consistently throughout the game in that area.”

On home stretch:

“I think you can feel it from the guys. They realize that they’re in a position where the games are really important and they really mean a lot. I think our sport is unique to the fact that there’s always another chance with the tournament, but I really do believe our guys know the standings and know the weight of every game now. The best part is, when you do win, it makes the next game even more important and that’s a great way to get through February and March.”

On bracketology and rankings:

“I think what guys understand is that that’s so temporary. There’s so much to do. From my point of view, it’s so temporary and things can change so quick no matter what side of the coin you’re on. Hopefully we’ve instilled a few things in our guys and that the only thing that’s important is the next game we play.”

Tyler Haws

On road swing:

“I think our intensity on defense, I feel like we’ve made strides there in our games at home, so we have to find a way to bring that intensity on the road. We just need to play loose and play like we can at home.”

On grinding out games:

“We have to take that mentality on the road. It feels like on the road every game is a grind-it-out game, so it feels good to be in one of those games and come out on top. We have that experience under our belt and we’re going to have to be ready to play these next two games.”

On winning games during final stretch:

“I think just continuing to get better every day in practice and taking care of your body. We just want to win games and we can’t worry too much about [rankings] right now. We just have to focus on our next game.”

Eric Mika

On getting back on the road and physicality:

“I’m excited. We haven’t been out for a while and I think we’ve improved a lot. We got our feet under us again and I think we’re going to do well.”

“I think physically, we’re a lot better and we’re a lot healthier than we have been starting these road trips.”

“I think every game we play in this conference is going to be physical. The calls might be a little different, but no matter what, you’re going to get hit, so we can pretty much expect that.”

On last game against Pacific:

“They attempt the most 3-pointers out of any team in our conference and our conference is a 3-point shooting conference. Being on their home floor, they’re going to play well. We’re expecting a good game.”