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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. 

A behind-the-scenes look at the coaches of the 2012 Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Nov 09, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:20 pm | Updated: November 9, 2012 4:28 pm | Permalink

BYU, Florida State, Notre Dame, Saint Joseph’s compete November 16 & 17 at Barclays Center

BROOKLYN, NY (November 8, 2012) – Ready for college basketball? The American Cancer Society is kicking off the season in a big way — with the 18th Annual Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic!  This November, fans have the opportunity to see their favorite teams in action, and at a new home. Opened in September 2012, Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be the host of this season’s Classic championship rounds, featuring four regional host teams — BYU, Florida State, Notre Dame and Saint Joseph’s.  

While fans will flock to Barclay’s to support their favorite team, the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic also gives attendees the opportunity to support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Since 1993, Coaches vs. Cancer, a partnership between the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), has helped raise more than $85 million through advocacy and fundraising programs. Communities are empowered to join alongside these two organizations to fund cancer research and help the Society provide the most up-to-date cancer information and support for cancer patients and their caregivers. Additionally, in support of the Brooklyn community’s ongoing rebuilding efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, attendees are encouraged to text "REDCROSS" to 90999 during the event to donate ten dollars for local relief efforts.

Each head coach participating in this year’s Classic at Barclays has a personal connection to the cause. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at what motivates Coach Dave Rose, Coach Phil Martelli, Coach Mike Brey and Coach Leonard Hamilton, honest and off the court: 

Coach Dave Rose, BYU

Head Coach Dave Rose has a powerful connection to not only the Coaches vs. Cancer program, but to the disease itself: he is a cancer survivor. Coach Rose has been involved in Coaches vs. Cancer for more than 20 years and currently serves as a chair of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council. He is also involved with the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation and in Relay For Life of Provo, Utah. His unmatched determination and ability to beat the odds of this disease make him a source of inspiration to the BYU family.

“This is a great opportunity for our team to play in a fantastic tournament while supporting a cause that is very important to me,” says Rose. “It’s inspiring to be involved with a group of coaches that are so passionate about trying to raise awareness and find a cure to this disease.” 

VIDEO: Coach Dave Rose discusses his cancer diagnosis and treatment

ARTICLE: On the road to recovery with Coach Dave Rose

PHOTOS: Coach Dave Rose at Relay For Life of Provo, Utah (Photo 1 and Photo 2)    

Coach Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph’s University

Head Coach Phil Martelli has been involved with Coaches vs. Cancer since 1996.  His involvement has been commended with several awards including the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award.  Coach Martelli currently serves as a chair of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council. He and Coach Fran Dunphry of Temple University also co-chair the Philly 6, the Philadelphia Coaches vs. Cancer program.

Coach Martelli has personally been affected by cancer through the recent loss of his brother-in-law, and has hope that one day cancer will be a thing of the past. “I consider it an honor for Saint Joseph’s to be invited to participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic,” said Coach Martelli.  “My passions are my family, my team and Coaches vs. Cancer, with the dream being that if not us, that our children or our children’s children will someday see the headline ‘Cancer Free.’  And at that point in time, championships and wins and losses will pale in comparison and a worldwide celebration will take place.”

VIDEO: Coach Phil Martelli and the Saint Joseph's Hawks Take Part in the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

PHOTOS: Coach Phil Martelli at Basket Ball and on the court (Photo 1 and Photo 2)

Coach Mike Brey, Notre Dame

Head Coach Mike Brey has been extensively involved with Coaches vs. Cancer since 1994, and has helped raise more than $2 million for the program.  In 2003, Coach Brey became a national board member of the Coaches vs. Cancer Council and received the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award by the Council and the NABC.  In 2009, Coach Brey participated in the Society’s Action Network Leadership Summit & Lobby Day, lobbying on Capitol Hill in support of health care reform and increased funding for cancer research.  

On a personal note, Coach Brey’s father is a cancer survivor, and the program is very close to his heart. “On behalf of Notre Dame, I am honored to be committed to such a powerful organization,” said Coach Brey. “The time and dedication that individuals and teams put forth to such an incredible cause will one day be the reason why cancer is defeated.”

VIDEO: Coach Mike Brey discusses his 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer gold outing fund raiser

ARTICLE: Brey Helping Spread Cancer Awareness Through Coaches vs. Cancer Fundraisers

PHOTO: Mike Brey headshot (Photo 1)

Coach Leonard Hamilton, Florida State

Head Coach Leonard Hamilton also has a strong connection to cancer – he has lost two brothers to this terrible disease.  He and his team are proud to take part in this year’s tournament because of the magnitude to which cancer affects the community.

“When you look around our society you see so many people affected in one way or another by this dreaded disease. In my mind, I’ve always wanted to contribute as much as possible to the fight,” said Coach Hamilton. “We’re using the game we have all benefited from in so many ways to highlight the battle we are facing and to come together against cancer.” 

But for Coach Hamilton, the experience is also about his players, and providing them with an experience that provides tough competition and deep meaning.  “This experience will raise the player’s consciousness about things they will be able to do later on in life,” he said.

VIDEO: Coach Leonard Hamilton: 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer

ARTICLE: Coach Leonard Hamilton: The Game Changer

PHOTO: Coach Leonard Hamilton press conference and on the court (Photo 1 and Photo 2)

The Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic will include a total of twelve NCAA college basketball teams.  Regional round action will take place from November 9 to November 13.  On Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m., the Semifinal Doubleheader will feature Brigham Young vs. Florida State, followed by Notre Dame vs. Saint Joseph’s.  The Championship Doubleheader will take place Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. with a consolation game followed by the championship game.  The remainder of the tournament will consist of a round-robin series featuring Buffalo, Evansville, Georgia State, Monmouth, South Alabama, Tennessee State, Western Illinois and Yale.

[For a complete schedule of game times and matchups, click here]

The Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. and will be aired by Turner Sports on truTV.  For a complete schedule of games or for more information about the Classic and how to purchase tickets for the event, please visit To get more updates and learn about the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic via social media, follow the CVC Classic on Facebook or tweet @CVCClassic.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, an estimated 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

About Coaches vs. Cancer

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Since 1993, the initiative has raised more than $85 million to fund groundbreaking research, provide up-to-date cancer literacy, advocate for public health policies, and deliver services to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. To learn more, visit

Men's basketball promo from BYUtv Sports

Nov 08, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:24 pm | Permalink

Check out the promo created by BYUtv Sports for tomorrow's men's basketball game vs. Tennessee State. The game starts at 7 p.m. MST and will be broadcast live on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM. The highlights shown here are from BYU's two exhibition games vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State and Findlay.