BYU Athletics Blog | 2014

Rose, three Cougars earn All-Conference Honors

Mar 04, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:11 pm | Updated: March 4, 2014 3:48 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose was named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and Tyler Haws was named WCC Player of the Year by CollegeSportsMadness.com on Tuesday. 

Haws was also named to the WCC All-Conference First Team by the website. Junior guard Matt Carlino and sophomore guard Kyle Collinsworth were also named to the All-Conference Third Team. 

Rose has won 20-plus games in each of his nine seasons at BYU including 21 so far this season. This year the Cougars finished in second place for the first time since joining the WCC with a 13-5 conference record.

Haws led the league in scoring, while Carlino and Collinsworth were 14th and 15th in the WCC in overall scoring per game. Collinsworth was third in rebounding and assists, while Carlino was fourth in assists in the WCC. Carlino led the league in overall steals, while Collinsworth led the league in steals in WCC play.

Other players on the first team include LMU's Anthony Ireland, San Diego's Johnny Dee, Saint Mary's Brad Waldow and Gonzaga's Sam Dower.

For the full list of award winners and all four WCC All-Conference teams, visit CollegeSportsMadness.com

March Baseball Blog

Mar 04, 2014 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 1:51 pm | Updated: March 6, 2014 11:41 am | Permalink

DEVOTIONAL IN LOUISIANA: On Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., BYU's baseball team will speak at a morning devotional in Louisiana prior to playing the fourth game in a series at Nicholls State that evening at 6 p.m.

NEW OFFICE DIGS: Finishing touches are nearly complete on a new office for Coach Mike Littlewood. No longer will the head coach have to share a room with his assistants now that a private office has been added next door. A separate room to break down video and films for scouting reports and team analysis was also included in the expansion. On the softball side, Coach Gordon Eakin has a private office now that an office has been added for his assistants Kristin Delahoussaye Morrison and Pete Meredith.

ROYAL BLUE JERSEYS: For the Utah game BYU donned Royal Blue uniforms, batting helmets and a matching cap. The throw-back uniforms were done to inspire alumni and remind the team of past tradition.

MLB JERSEYS: As part of the renovation on the ground level of Miller Park, BYU's coaches added framed jerseys on the tunnel adjacent to the locker room for past Major League Baseball players Jeremy Guthrie (Cleveland Indians), Kevin Towers (San Diego Padres), Dane Iorg (St. Louis Cardinals), Vance Law (Montreal Expos) and 1960 Cy Young winner Vernon Law (Pittsburgh Pirates).

CHARADES IN RAIN: During the rain delay between BYU and Seattle in St. George, both teams provided entertainment. Jeff Barker and Tyler Kendrick reversed their uniforms, wearing pants over their heads and jerseys as substitute pants. The two looked like they were running upside down on their hands and arms as they dashed from the dugout into the outfield at Bruce Hurst Field. Barker had previously performed this stunt during summer ball rain delays in Southern California and a couple years ago when he played for future BYU assistant coach Brent Haring in Virginia.

Seattle's team countered by gathering in a circle to watch a mock wrestling match between two teammates. The Cougars then formed their own circle watching a skinny bare-chested Kendrick pretend he was exercising on a body blade machine. As Kendrick ducked out of sight, a bare-chested muscular Bryan Heward stood up to show the benefits of weightlifting.

Here you can view a past rain delay charades involving BYU baseball.

GRADUATION: Next month on April 24-25, Chris Howard (exercise science), Chunner Nyberg and Desmond Poulson  both in sociology will be walking through BYU graduation exercises along with former Cougar pitcher Marc Oslund ( Interdisciplinary Humanities).

MARRIAGE DURING BREAK: During the week of BYU final exams next month, BYU baseball will not be playing any games between April 19-29. It ended up being a perfect time for Coach Mike Littlewood, whose daughter Mica will be married to Andrew Condos in the Salt Lake Temple.

SUPER PREPS: In the USA Today Super 25 preseason high school poll Bishop Gorman High of Las Vegas was ranked No. 12, Flower Mound High in Texas was No. 16 and ThunderRidge High in Colorado was No. 45. Those schools are familiar to BYU baseball because current Cougars CJ Latham and Mackay Jacobsen played at Bishop Gorman and Flower Mound, respectively last season. And future Cougar pitcher A. J. Jones who signed last November plays on the ThunderRidge team. 

TUCKETT'S TOUR: Former BYU baseball coach and athletic director Glen Tuckett will join some of his former players Jeff Bills, Tom Fife, Gary Pullins and Mike Staffieri again this year in California. Glen and his "boys" will take in Bay Area site and the BYU baseball games in San Francisco, the last of which is at the home of the Giants, AT&T Ballpark.

THE W.tv: Earlier this month BYU made its baseball debut against Utah on the W.tv, an audio stream which will have play-by-play from veteran BYU baseball announcer Brent Norton. Norton will also call the play-by-play for KOVO 960 AM. The Cougars will be on The W.tv against Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara in Provo as well as at Portland when Norton will not be the "voice." Of course, the Cougars have the best of both worlds with Norton providing radio play-by-play for all of BYU's league games and many games being televised live and replayed on BYUtv.

KOVO STREAM: We are grateful to BYU fan Daniel Ormsby from Odessa, Texas who wrote last month that "960 AM began streaming last year online. All you do is open up that link and then click the 960 AM stream. It will have all the BYU baseball games on 960 AM available."

PA ANNOUNCER: Jan Davis is the new public address announcer for BYU baseball, replacing former Cougar Brock Lucker who moved on. Davis is the father of BYU baseball trainer Alex Davis. So you might hear a proud tone in dad's voice when he announces the starting lineup for the Cougars along with the coaching staff and its baseball trainer.

Cougars in the Pros: Fredette debuts in Chicago

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:51 am | Updated: March 3, 2014 9:52 am | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette played for three minutes in his debut with the Chicago Bulls and finished with two points and two rebounds against the Knicks on Sunday. 

Fredette signed with the Bulls for the remainder of the season after clearing waivers with the Kings. 

Trent Plaisted went for four points, seven rebounds and a block in an 81-77 win on Saturday against Walter Tigers. Rafael Araujo added four points in a 12-point win, while Charles Abouo contributed three points and three rebounds in a 74-72 victory over Ourense last Friday. 

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

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Chicago NBA USA 5.8 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 5.5 3.9 0.8
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 5.6 3.3 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 10.3 7.1 1.8

Digital Review: February

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 9:22 am | Updated: March 3, 2014 12:40 pm | Permalink

BYU closed out the regular season with a victory at San Diego on Saturday. The Cougars have won four straight games including victories over Gonzaga and Saint Mary's and begin the West Coast Conference tournament on Saturday against the winner of the LMU-Portalnd game at 3 p.m. MST. Highlights from games in February are found below with other video and audio grouped by outlet.

Highlights

Matt Carlino Player of the Week

Portland Highlights

BYUtv Portland Highlights

Carlino scores 30 against Portland

Gonzaga Highlights

San Francisco Highlights

BYUtv San Francisco Highlights

Saint Mary's Highlights


BYUtv

Dave Rose Practice Interview Feb. 27

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Feb. 27

Anson Winder and Eric Mika Practice Interview Feb. 27

Dave Rose Practice Interview Feb. 19

Nate Austin Practice Interview Feb. 19

Kyle Collinsworth Practice Interview Feb. 19

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Feb. 19

Dave Rose Practice Interview Feb. 11

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Feb. 11

Eric Mika Practice Interview Feb. 11

Kyle Collinsworth Practice Interview Feb. 11

Lone Peak Basketball Pipeline

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Feb. 5

Matt Carlino Practice Interview Feb. 5

Anson Winder Practice Interview Feb. 5


IMG

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Feb. 25

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Feb. 19

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Feb. 11

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Feb. 4

ESPN

Bubble Comparison

KSL

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Anson Winder Feb. 25
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2514/251451/25145158.mp3

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Chase Fischer Feb. 18
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2514/251431/25143184.mp3

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Luke Worthington Feb. 11
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2514/251414/25141496.mp3

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Eric Mika Feb. 5
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2513/251388/25138856.mp3


TheW.tv

WCC This Week

Inside the WCC Special: Tyler Haws Interview

Bubble Watch

Campus Insiders Live

Inside the WCC Feb. 19

Inside the WCC Feb. 15

WCC Goes Hollywood

Inside the WCC Feb. 7

On the Bubble

Gigg

It's Not Unusual

Suit & Tie

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.