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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.

BYU vs. Tennessee State preview

Nov 08, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:13 pm | Permalink

BYU men's basketball will host Tennessee State in the 2012-13 season opener for both teams on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. MST. The game is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

BYU went 2-0 through this season’s exhibition games with wins over Southeastern Oklahoma State and Findlay. Returning starter Brandon Davies led the team, averaging 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds through the exhibition games while shooting .583 from the field.

Last season BYU finished 26-9 overall and 12-4 in the WCC. The Cougars received an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament where BYU recorded the largest comeback in the tournament’s history by overcoming a 25-point deficit to defeat Iona 78-72 in the First Four. The Cougars were eliminated by Marquette in the second round. BYU has won a tournament game in three-straight season, a program record.

The Tennessee State Tigers finished last season 20-13. It was the first time since the 1995-96 season the team had posted a winning record. It was also the first time the Tigers had eclipsed the 20-win plateau since the 1978-79 campaign.

After falling 54-52 in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship game as No. 2 seed, the Tigers announced they would accept a bid to the CIT. The postseason bid was the first of any kind for Tennessee State since the 1993-94 season.

The team finished their year in the CIT First Round with a loss to eventual champion Mercer.

Lucky for the Tigers, the 2012-13 squad consists of returning starters Robert Covington, Kellen Thorton and Patrick Miller. Covington averaged 17.8 ppg last year, Thorton averaged 9.1 and Miller contributed 10.8.

Tennessee State has played one game this season, an 86-56 exhibition win over Trevecca Nazarene. Thorton led all players with 18 points while Covington contributed a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Media coverage leading up to season opener

Nov 08, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:52 am | Permalink

Tyler Haws, Brandon Davies and Dave Rose addressed the media yesterday after practice and discussed Friday's season opener with Tennessee State. The videos embedded below are courtesy of BYUtv. See links to other stories below.


Rose, Davies and Haws on BYUtv's True Blue

Nov 06, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:54 pm | Permalink

Last night BYUtv's True Blue previewed the 2012-13 men's basketball season. Coach Dave Rose and two of BYU's captains, Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws, were guests on the show. See what they had to say below.

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

Nov 06, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:40 pm | Updated: November 6, 2012 3:42 pm | Permalink

It was announced several months ago that truTV would broadcast the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic games at the Barclays Center on Nov. 16 and 17. See below for information on how to find truTV.

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

Match-ups to Feature BYU 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 on Friday, Nov. 16, with BYU 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.

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 basketball program ranked ninth by Basketball Times

Nov 02, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:59 pm | Updated: November 2, 2012 4:07 pm | Permalink

Every five years since 1997, Basketball Times has ranked the top college basketball programs in the country. Only programs that have won two-thirds of their games over the last 10 years are included. BYU qualified for the first time this year and has earned a ranking of No. 9. A total of 33 teams are included in the rankings. A breakdown of how the programs are ranked follows with BYU's ranking in each category in parenthesis:

  • Must win at least two-thirds of their games over the last 10 years (18th, .719)
  • Number of former players in the NBA (25th, 1)
  • Four-class team graduation rate for incoming freshmen as listed in the 2012 NCAA Graduation Rates Report (T-8th, 71%)
  • Academic reputation score as listed in the U.S. News & World Report 2013 issue of America's Best Colleges (T-19th, 67 on a 100-point scale)
  • A panel of 10 writers from Basketball Times and the United States Basketball Writers Association rank the head coach (16th) and perceived 'cleanliness' of the programs (5th)

While no two ranking systems are alike, the fact that BYU is ranked so highly by a system that takes into account both academics and winning is a testament to the program. BYU coach Dave Rose has the Cougars winning at a higher rate than any other time in program history. BYU has won 25-plus games and reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six years. In addition, his program is the only in the country to reach the NCAA Tournament and receive recognition from the NCAA for its Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in each of the last six seasons.

WCC Tip-Off media coverage

Oct 30, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:34 pm | Permalink

At the West Coast Conference Tip-Off event yesterday, it was announced that BYU men's basketball was picked to finish second in the regular season by the league's coaches. The coaches also selected the preseason All-WCC team which included Cougar senior forward Brandon Davies.

Following are some of the media highlights from the event:

Quotes: WCC Tip-Off Event

Oct 29, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:30 pm | Updated: October 29, 2012 3:05 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose and senior Brock Zylstra spent a few minutes talking about this year's team as part of the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Men's basketball Tip-Off Event. 

Coming out of the Mountain West Conference, talk about that first year in the West Coast Conference and how it looked from your point of view.
Dave Rose: I think there are way more similarities than there are differences. The biggest difference is the venue – the MWC maybe has larger venues with larger crowds but as far as the competition and excitement, it’s very similar. I’ve been very impressed. I know the players a lot better now and I know we’re in for another tough year. This is a fantastic league. One thing comforting to us, and our fans, is that we had a successful season last year – we might not have done as well as we would’ve liked but we still got to play in the NCAA Tournament. That’s a great opportunity for our program.

Brock, what about your experience of playing in both leagues?
Brock Zylstra: I think coach hit it pretty well but the routine you get in as a player – you know what hotels you’re staying in, you know the arenas – I think that has been the biggest difference. As far as everything else goes you’re still playing basketball and you’re still competing against really good teams. It’s just basketball after all that other stuff.

Talk about the experience you have on this year's team.
Dave Rose: We certainly have a more experienced team going into this year than last year. Last year we had guys who had been in the program but they weren’t frontline guys. This year we’ve got Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws who have played a lot of minutes for us and were all-conference selections. We also bring back Brandon Davies, Brock (Zylstra) and Nate Austin – we have a lot of guys on our roster who have played important minutes for us coming in. That’ll be the difference this season. There’s no question that depth is the key to any good team, but especially to a team looking to win a conference championship. We’ll see though – in this conference your team has to be good early, good in the middle and good late.

What’s been the toughest West Coast Conference arena to play in?
Dave Rose: I would say Saint Mary’s, Gonzaga – I guess I’ll just list all the places we lost. No, but really, I think if you ask our players they’d say the feel of those venues is just a little different than the MWC but they are just as exciting and emotional.

How important is senior leadership to your team?
Brock Zylstra: I think there are a few of us on the team that have been playing for a few years who will step up. We have a few new guys on the team this year and everything is new to them so they look to somebody that has been there. We’re there to lead those younger guys and do whatever we can to help them out.

Do you think this conference helps prepare you for the postseason?
Dave Rose: There’s no question it does. This conference is extremely competitive. I think the players are very talented and the coaches are very strategic. One thing we had to work on last year was, sometimes, changing our plan of attack in the middle of the game. Hopefully our experience from last year can help us be successful this year.