Men's Basketball Blog

BYU vs. UT San Antonio preview

Nov 21, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:06 am | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (2-2) returns home this week and will host UT-San Antonio tonight at 7 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center. The Cougars are looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back losses at the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y.

BYU is coming off an 88-70 loss to Florida State and a 78-68 loss to Notre Dame, both on the road. The games are the first consecutive regular season losses since the 2008-09 season (Jan. 17 at New Mexico, Jan. 21 vs. UNLV). The Cougars have never lost three-straight with Rose at the helm.

In BYU’s most recent contest against the Fighting Irish, Tyler Haws led all scorers with 21 points for his fourth-straight 20+ performance. Also in double figures were Brandon Davies and Brock Zylstra with 12 and 10, respectively.

The Roadrunners come to Provo with a 3-1 season record, on a 3-game winning streak. Their most recent win came over USC Upstate in a 67-59 final with Kannon Burrage leading UT-San Antonio on 19 points.

UTSA finished last season with a 18-14 record after ending the year with a 78-74 loss to McNeese State in the Southland Conference Tournament. The Roadrunners return two starters from last year’s squad in seniors Michael Hale III and Burrage. 

Rose refuses to wither

Nov 20, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:39 am | Permalink

Included in truTV's coverage of the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic last weekend was a feature on BYU coach Dave Rose's battle with cancer. TNT host and play-by-play announcer Ernie Johnson conducted interviews with Rose, his wife Cheryl and youngest daughter Taylor.

Coach Rose discusses the 2013 signing class on True Blue

Nov 20, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:27 am | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose was on BYUtv's True Blue yesterday to discuss the five high school players that signed National Letters of Intent last week. Rose also discussed Kyle Collinsworth — who is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia — returning to the program next season.

Cougars at the Barclays Center

Nov 16, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:07 pm | Permalink

Yesterday the Cougars practiced in the Barclays Center practice gym and today had a shoot around on the playing floor to get ready for tonight's game against Florida State at 7 p.m. EST. The Barclays opened this fall and is pretty incredible. One of the highlights so far was riding in a bus elevator down into the building and coming out 50 feet from where the games will be played.

BYU vs. Florida State preview

Nov 16, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:34 am | Permalink

BYU men’s basketball (2-0) will take on Florida State in the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic tonight at 7 p.m. EST at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game will be the second-ever between the two schools with the first meeting coming in 1972.

The Cougars are coming off an 80-62 victory over Georgia State to improve to 2-0 on the year. Brandon Davies led all players with 28 points on 10 of 14 shooting. Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino were the other BYU players in double digits with 22 and 11 points, respectively. The Cougars finished with 21 assists, six blocks and 12 steals.

Florida State is 1-1 on the year with a loss to South Alabama and a win over Buffalo. Against Buffalo, 2012 ACC Tournament MVP Michael Snaer led all players with 19 points while teammates Okaro White and Aaron Thomas also contributed double digits with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Florida State’s 2011-12 campaign ended with a 62-56 loss to Cincinnati in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles captured their first ACC championship as they swept through the ACC Tournament with wins over Miami in the quarterfinals, No. 2 seeded and No. 6 ranked Duke in the semifinals and No. 1 seeded and No. 4 ranked North Carolina in the Championship game. Snaer is the only returning starter from last season’s 25-10 team.

Hope Lodge tour in New York

Nov 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:42 pm | Permalink

Before practice today, BYU basketball toured the Hope Lodge in Manhattan. Hope Lodges are run by the American Cancer Society and offer cancer patients and their caregivers a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. There are 31 Hope Lodges in the United States.

See the video below for more information about the mission of a Hope Lodge and the facility that is planned to be built in Salt Lake City. BYU coach Dave Rose's wife Cheryl Rose is featured in the video discussing her sister Janet DeMarco, who lost her battle with breast cancer last year. Visit to find out how you can support the efforts of the American Cancer Society and bring a Hope Lodge to Salt Lake City.

Dave Rose was interviewed by truTV following the tour. See that interview and a feature on Rose during truTV's coveraage of the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Cougars face Florida State on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

Breaking down BYU’s 31-2 lead against Georgia State

Nov 14, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:48 pm | Permalink

BYU opened last night’s game with an impressive display of offensive efficiency and defensive prowess as the Cougars sandwiched Georgia State’s first basket between runs of 15-0 and 16-0 to lead 31-2. Following is a rundown of every BYU possession during the first 9:29 of the game to show just how good the Cougars were during the run.

Possession Score
Haws three assisted by Carlino 3-0
Haws three assisted by Davies 6-0
Missed jumpers by Davies and Sharp 6-0
Davies jumper assisted by Haws 8-0
Davies layup assisted by Carlino 10-0
Davies jumper assisted by Carlino 12-0
Zylstra three assisted by Carlino 15-0
Missed jumper by Sharp 15-2
Davies jumper assisted by Zylstra 17-2
Sharp turnover 17-2
Zylstra three assisted by Haws 20-2
Haws three assisted by Davies 23-2
Carlino layup 25-2
Carlino turnover 25-2
Carlino layup 27-2
Carlino layup 29-2
Missed jumper by Cusick 29-2
Haws layup assisted by Austin 31-2

The Cougars scored on 13 of their first 18 possessions, shot 76.5 percent (13 of 17) from the field and 100.0 percent (5 of 5) from three. The team’s first nine buckets were assisted before Carlino scored three-straight layups off steals. Neither BYU nor Georgia State shot free throws during the run.

In the postgame media press conference, Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies were asked if they’d ever played in a game with a similar beginning. They answered no, but we both wrong. As freshmen along with Brock Zylstra, on BYU’s 30-win 2009-10 team, they played in a game with a slightly more prolific start.

On Dec. 19, 2009, BYU hosted Eastern Washington. On the game’s opening possession, Noah Hartsock was called for an offensive foul. After Eastern Washington’s Mark Dunn hit a jumper at the 19:14 mark, the Cougars went on a run for the ages, scoring 33-unanswered points before the Eagles hit two free throws at the 8:54 mark to cut BYU’s advantage to 29 at 33-4.

Similar to the Georgia State run, Haws got things started, scoring in the paint to tie things up. That shot was followed by Jimmer Fredette, Chris Miles and Jackson Emery combining to score the next eight points to make it 10-2. Haws had eight of the next 11 points on two threes and jumper and capped the run with another jump shot to give him 12 of BYU’s first 33 points.

During the run, the Cougars shot 73.7 percent (14 of 19) from the field and 60.0 percent from three (3 of 5). Six of the makes were assisted and four of the five misses were rebounded by BYU and converted into a made shot giving the Cougars eight second-chance points during the run. The most glaring issues during the run were five turnovers and 2 of 4 shooting from the free throw line. Unlike the Georgia State game, BYU’s opponent had a chance to score from the free throw line during the big run but failed to convert on either attempt.

Davies and Zylstra both played in the game but not during the 33-0 run. Davies finished the game with 12 points on 5 of 5 shooting while Zylstra added two points and four rebounds. BYU won by a final score of 91-34.

Media coverage leading up to BYU vs. Georgia State

Nov 13, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:04 pm | Permalink

Coach Dave Rose and several players addressed the media following practice on Monday. See what they had to say about tonight's game against Georgia State by visiting the links below.

More broadcast details about Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Nov 12, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:07 pm | Permalink

Last week truTV put out a press release with broadcast details for the 2012 Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Here's another release with more information about the broadcast plans, including details about a feature on Coach Rose that will air during the event and the broadcast team that will call the game.

truTV to Exclusively Televise 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic November 16-17

Match-ups to Feature Brigham Young vs. Florida State; Notre Dame vs. Saint Joseph’s

truTV will exclusively televise the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Action will begin with a doubleheader Friday, Nov. 16, with Brigham Young taking on Florida State at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Notre Dame and Saint Joseph’s. Coverage will continue Saturday, Nov. 17, with the Consolation Game at 7 p.m., followed by the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Championship Game.  Brian Anderson will call the games on truTV alongside analysts Greg Anthony and Steve Smith with Craig Sager reporting courtside and contributor Seth Davis.

As part of truTV’s coverage of the tournament, St. Joseph’s will provide the network with special “all-access” coverage which will allow truTV’s cameras into the team’s locker room for exclusive behind-the-scenes footage throughout the tournament. Additionally, the network will present the following features during the event:

  • Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson sat down with Brigham Young head coach Dave Rose and his family to discuss how their journey through Rose’s battle with pancreatic cancer three years ago changed his life.
  • A profile of Notre Dame sixth-year senior and team captain Scott Martin who has dealt with his father’s lymphoma eye cancer diagnosis and an ACL injury which sidelined him during his junior year.


Fri., November 16, 7 p.m. ET

  • Brigham Young vs. Florida State • Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Greg Anthony and Steve Smith (analysts) with Craig Sager (reporter) and Seth Davis (contributor)
  • Notre Dame vs. Saint Joseph’s • Anderson, Anthony and Smith with Sager and Davis

Sat., November 17, 7 p.m. ET

  • Consolation Game • Anderson, Anthony and Smith with Sager and Davis
  • Championship Game • Anderson, Anthony and Smith with Sager and Davis

truTV and truTV HD Channel Designations in the Team Markets

Team City Cable Provider truTV truTV HD
BYU Salt Lake City, Utah Comcast 44 736
Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. Comcast 65 398
Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. Comcast 65 320
Saint Joseph's Philadelphia, Pa. Comcast 69 841

Satellite and Telco Affiliates Channel Information (Nationwide)

Provider truTV truTV HD
DIRECTV 246 246-1
Dish  Network 204 9430
Verizon 183 683
AT&T 164 1164

The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic ( is one of the most prestigious early-season college basketball tournaments. Twelve schools will compete in the event, with four of those teams serving as regional hosts. Regional round action takes place November 9-13, 2012 with the four hosts – BYU, Florida State, Notre Dame and St. Joseph’s – advancing to the championship rounds on November 16-17 at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in televised and online sports programming, airing championship-level sporting events on TBS, TNT and truTV, and managing some of the most popular sports sites on the Internet. Turner Sports’ television lineup includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, NASCAR and professional golf. The company’s digital portfolio includes Bleacher Report, NASCAR.COM, and March Madness Live, PGATOUR.COM and, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV,, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, and

Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR

BYU vs. Georgia State preview

Nov 12, 2012 - Posted by wcc at 2:54 pm | Permalink

BYU men’s basketball will host Georgia State on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center. The game is the second in the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and is the first-ever meting between the two teams.

Led by its three captains, BYU won its 2012-13 season opener 81-66 over Tennessee State last Friday.

Sophomore Tyler Haws led all scorers with 22 points on 7 of 15 shooting while adding four rebounds and one assist. Seniors Brandon Davies and Brock Zylstra also scored in double digits, picking up 16 and 11 points, respectively.

Georgia State opened its 2012-13 season with a 74-55 loss at college basketball powerhouse No. 8 Duke.

Junior Devonta White, the Panthers’ only returning starter, led Georgia State with 19 points on 6 of 13 shooting. R.J. Hunter, the son of Panther head coach Ron Turner, posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.

The Panthers finished their 2011-12 season with a 64-59 loss to Mercer in the round of 16 of the Postseason Tournament. Georgia State finished the season 22-12 for the second-most wins in school history and the CIT was the team’s first postseason birth since 2002.