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.
Matt Carlino Player of the Week
BYUtv Portland Highlights
Carlino scores 30 against Portland
San Francisco Highlights
BYUtv San Francisco Highlights
Saint Mary's Highlights
Dave Rose Practice Interview Feb. 27
Tyler Haws 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
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
BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Anson Winder Feb. 25
BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Chase Fischer Feb. 18
BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Luke Worthington Feb. 11
BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Eric Mika Feb. 5
WCC This Week
Inside the WCC Special: Tyler Haws Interview
Campus Insiders Live
Inside the WCC Feb. 19
Inside the WCC Feb. 15
WCC Goes Hollywood
Inside the WCC Feb. 7
On the Bubble
It's Not Unusual
Suit & Tie
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
|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|
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
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.
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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1. Kyle Collinsworth||BYU||2.1|
|2. Matt Carlino||BYU||1.8|
|3. Anthony Ireland||LMU||1.8|
|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 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.
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 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.
BYU head coach Dave Rose
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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”