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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."

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.”

This Week in the WCC

Feb 10, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:11 pm | Updated: February 10, 2014 2:44 pm | Permalink

BYU men's basketball will take its final two-game road trip this week when it faces Pacific and Saint Mary's. The Cougars are on a four-game win streak and after taking over sole possession of second place will play the third game in three weeks with the No. 2 spot on the line Saturday against Saint Mary's.

The Gaels beat LMU and Pepperdine last week after losing at BYU on Feb. 1. Pacific is coming off a split of their four-game road swing where they lost to BYU and Pepperdine, but defeated San Diego and LMU.

Fun Facts

Matt Carlino leads the West Coast Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.0, which is 1.4 more than second place's Alec Wintering or Portland.

Stephen Holt, WCC Player of the Week, played all 45 minutes in Saint Mary's overtime win against Pepperdine on Saturday. Holt leads the conference in minutes played with 38.5 per game, nearly three minutes more than any other player.

A win over Pacific guarantees the Cougars a trip to the quarterfinals and saves BYU the possibility of playing in Thursday's opening round games in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas on March 6. 

Speaking of the tournament, with a win against Pacific and Saint Mary's this week, BYU would put itself in prime position for the No. 2 seed in the WCC tournament. With a win over the Gaels, the Cougars would own the head-to-head tiebreaker over both Saint Mary's and San Francisco, the two teams right behind BYU in the standings. Most importantly it would put BYU on the opposite side of the bracket from Gonzaga.

Leaders

Standings Conference Overall
1. Gonzaga 11-1 21-4
2. BYU 9-4 17-9
3. Saint Mary's 8-4 18-7
4. San Francisco 8-5 15-10
5. Pepperdine 7-6 14-11
6. Portland 5-7 13-11
7. Pacific 4-8 13-10
8. San Diego 4-9 13-13
9. Santa Clara 4-9 11-15
10. Loyola Marymount 3-10 11-14
Scoring Team PPG
1. Tyler Haws BYU 26.1
2. Jared Brownridge Santa Clara 20.9
3. Brandon Clark Santa Clara 18.4
8. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 15.8
22. Eric Mika BYU 11.8
29. Matt Carlino BYU 10.5
Rebounding Team RPG
1. Ryan Nicholas Portland 8.8
2. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.3
3. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 8.3
4. Nate Austin BYU 8.2
5. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 7.9
7. Eric Mika BYU 7.1
Assists Team APG
1. Anthony Ireland LMU 5.9
2. Christopher Anderson San Diego 5.1
3. Alec Wintering Portland 5.0
4. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 4.5
5. Matt Carlino BYU 4.3
Steals Team SPG
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.2
2. Anthony Ireland LMU 1.8
3. Brandon Clark Santa Clara 1.7
4. Matt Carlino BYU 1.6
National Scoring Team PPG
1. Antoine Mason Niagara 26.3
2. Doug McDermott Creighton 25.3
3. Tyler Haws BYU 24.5

Coming Up

Thursday, Feb. 13

Pepperdine at Gonzaga, 7 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports 

Loyola Marymount at Portland, 8 p.m., TheW.tv

BYU at Pacific, 9 p.m., ROOT Sports

San Diego at Saint Mary's, 9 p.m. MST, ESPNU

Saturday, Feb. 15

Pepperdine at Portland, 2 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

BYU at Saint Mary's, 6 p.m. MST ESPN2

Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga, 6 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

San Diego at Pacific, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

San Francisco at Santa Clara, 9 p.m. MST, ESPNU

BYU tops San Francisco 68-63

Feb 08, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 9:07 pm | Updated: February 8, 2014 9:10 pm | Permalink

BYU let San Francisco jump ahead early in the second half. The Dons took a 37-34 lead on a pair of jumpers with 17:14 on the clock. A steal under the Dons’ basket with just under eight minutes to play led to a Carlino fastbreak attempt. Fouled on his way up, Carlino went to the line and made one of his free throws to tie the score 54-54.

Tyler Haws retook the lead for BYU on two free throws, and Nate Austin followed with a dunk to bring the lead to 59-55 with five minutes to go, part of a 7-0 run. The Cougars held on to end the game with a 68-63 victory.

BYU finished the game leading in rebounds 47-29 and had 20 points scored off rebounds. Haws scored 12 in the half to total 19, and Carlino scored all 11 of his points in the second half.