Men's Basketball Blog

National media taking notice

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:34 am | Permalink

BYU basketball has received a lot of positive attention in the early going, especially from the national media.

ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman recently ranked the nation’s top 10 freshman and has BYU big man Eric Mika at No. 9. Goodman on Mika: ‘The Utah native entered the program with plenty of hype, and has already begun to live up to it.’ Goodman quotes an NBA executive who said: “He’s athletic, tough, runs the court well for their fast-paced offense and is a strong enough body to bang already. He’s got a decent post-up game against the right matchup. He plays really hard and physical -- which is rare for a freshman big man.”

Bruce Pearl, also of ESPN.com, created a list of the top 10 most underrated teams. He has the Cougars at No. 9. He says BYU has ‘one of the quickest and most potent offenses in the country. BYU’s speed is relentless, it shoots more than 50 percent as a team and has a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.’ Pearl adds that ‘Kyle Collinsworth ... reminds me of a bigger Michael Carter-Williams (rookie with the Philadelphia 76ers).’

Seth Greenberg or ESPN.com also has a top 10 list, ranking the best 'blend' players in college basketball. He lists sophomore guard Kyle Collinsworth at No. 2 on the list, saying he is 'one of the most versatile players in college basketball. He has the ability to play four positions offensively and defensively, and is a small forward with a high basketball IQ and unique skill set. Collingsworth is big and strong enough to defend power forwards, evidenced by his eight rebounds per game. He’s also skilled enough to hand out over six assists a game.'

Rebounding key to winning, Haws expected to play

Nov 19, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:26 pm | Updated: November 20, 2013 12:12 am | Permalink

The Cougars all agreed that crashing the boards will be a key to winning on Wednesday night against the No. 21 Iowa State Cyclones.

"I think we're going to be able to rebound with them and handle them on the boards, but they're a very good rebounding team," Matt Carlino said. "We're going to have to really work at it and that's going to be a huge point of emphasis for us." 

BYU hopes to have all five players go to the boards against Iowa, a team averaging 42.7 rebounds per game, and run out in transition. Coach Dave Rose also pointed out that his guards need to be active for the long rebounds that come off Iowa's deep shots. 

Rose believes if BYU plays the way it did against Weber State, Stanford and Mount St. Mary's, Wednesday's game will be a good, competitive game. 

"I think every experience you go with a new group of guys is a learning experience," Rose said. "This game has a really unique challenge to it. These guys will all be ready to play and there'll be a lot of energy and excitement in the building, so we'll see how our guys handle that." 

After beating No. 7 Michigan, the Cyclones are on the schedule as a "big game" and should expect a big crowd at the Marriott Center.

"The Marriott Center is awesome when it's packed, and it should be a good crowd tomorrow," Tyler Haws said. "This is what you work hard for. We prepare the same way for every team, so it should be another game for us that we could win." 

Haws expects to play Wednesday night after sitting the last two games due to a lower abdominal strain.

"I feel good and I practiced today, so I'll be ready to go," Haws said. 

Cougars in the Pros: Plaisted finishes with eight points and 10 rebounds in win

Nov 18, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 1:44 pm | Updated: November 18, 2013 2:39 pm | Permalink

Trent Plaisted finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and one assist in a one-point victory against Cimberio VA last Wednesday. 

Sixers forward Brandon Davies averaged 12.75 minutes last week and scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans last Saturday.

Lee Cummard finished with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists in an 83-82 win against Groningen last Tuesday, while Jonathan Tavernari added six points, 13 rebounds and three assists in a 97-91 win against Bauru on Saturday. 

For weekly season stat updates, visit Cougars in the Pros under the "info" tab. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 3.0 2.0 2.0
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.4 2.3 0.4
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 9.6 5.1 0.7
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 8.9 5.9 2.0
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 6.0 13.0 3.0
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.4 3.3 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.5 5.3 1.3

Collinsworth earns player of the week honors

Nov 18, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: November 20, 2013 12:36 pm | Permalink

While Kyle Collinsworth was not named player of the week by the West Coast Conference office, College Sports Madness did take notice in naming him their WCC Player of the Week on Nov. 17. Collinsworth led BYU to a 3-0 record this week with wins over Stanford (112-103), Mount St. Mary’s (108-76) and Colorado Mesa (84-60). He averaged 14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.7 steals while shooting .483 from the field and .600 from three.

Against Stanford, Collinsworth came close to a triple-double with 14 points, seven boards, nine assists, one block and three steals. With leading scorers Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino in foul trouble in the first half, Collinsworth led the Cougars to a 54-46 lead at the break with 12 points, four boards and eight assists.

Collinsworth added a double-double against Mount St. Mary’s as he totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds in addition to four assists. Against Colorado Mesa, he totaled 14 points, six boards, six assist and four steals.

Second half blog: BYU 84, CMU 60

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:41 pm | Permalink

The Cougars put the game away in the second half behind sophomore Kyle Collinsworth and junior Nate Austin.

In the second half, Collinsworth led the way with 10 points, four assists and four rebounds, while Austin contributed eight rebounds.

Over the first eight minutes of the half, BYU extended their lead to 57-29 behind a 21-1 run. Matt Carlino scored six points, Collinsworth dished out three assists and Nate Austin gathered in five rebounds and a blocked shot to highlight the run.

The game continued with the Cougars maintaining roughly a 20-point lead. With 5:17 left in the game, the Mavericks cut the lead to 13, forcing coach Dave Rose to call a timeout.

After the timeout, BYU assembled an 8-0 run to push the margin back up to 21 with the score 75-54.

The Cougars shot 17 for 27 from the free-throw line in the second half along with 44 percent shooting from the field.

BYU leads Colorado Mesa at half, 36-28

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 8:35 pm | Permalink

Freshman Frank Bartley IV and juniors Matt Carlino and Anson Winder led the Cougars to a 36-28 half time lead.

Carlino made a jumper at the end of the half to extend the BYU lead to eight as he scored eight points and had two assists in the half. Winder chipped in with six points and three rebounds while Bartley added six points.

With the game tied 8-8, BYU went on a 9-0 run. Bartley scored all his points on that run including a three-point play. 

The Mavericks tied the game up at 23 before the Cougars sparked another 9-0 run.

The Mavericks shot 45 percent to BYU's 39 percent, but the Cougars were able to capitalize with 12 points off turnovers.

 

 

Cougars not hanging their hats on Stanford win

Nov 14, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:23 pm | Updated: November 14, 2013 5:32 pm | Permalink

Despite coming off a big win against Stanford Monday night, the Cougars are not hanging their hats and are continuing to prepare for the long season. 

"We definitely enjoyed the win against Stanford for a couple days," Tyler Haws said. "But, I think we've come back from the high and we're ready for the next challenge."

Head coach Dave Rose was most excited about how his players contributed with energy, focus and urgency. The 112-103 win against Stanford was the most points scored during Rose's coaching era at BYU.

"Now the biggest concern is how do we get better," Rose said. "How do we get better from a game we played really well."

Playing back-to-back games against Mount St. Mary's and Colorado Mesa is not a favorable schedule choice, but Rose and his team will be ready.

"We say that you have to treat every game the same," Haws said. "We prepare it the same way and we can't overlook anyone. We have to be ready to play and we have to look at it just the same as any other game." 

With their three-guard lineup, the Cougars have been able to attack and play the up-tempo speed they've been talking about during the offseason and hope to continue that style of play against Mount St. Mary's.

"They have really good guards," Rose said. "Their three guards are really experienced. We have to attack, we have to make plays, we have to be really unselfish and try to attack their defense."

Matt Carlino who has been averaging 24 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists the past two games has been a big part of BYU's 2-0 record.

"Experience is a big thing," Rose said. "I would say that the experience has given him a lot of confidence and hopefully he can continue to play well." 

The potential was evident in the last two games and Haws attributes it to everyone's attitude on the team. 

"It's very exciting," Haws said. "I love this team because we just compete and fight every single play. No matter if the other team makes a run, we're going to keep coming back and keep fighting."

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week One

Nov 13, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:19 am | Updated: November 13, 2013 11:24 am | Permalink

Welcome to the first installment of the BYU Hoops Mailbag. The Cougars won their first two games over a long weekend defeating Weber State at home Friday and Stanford on the road Monday. This week BYU faces Mount St. Mary's on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. MT followed by Colorado Mesa on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Reggie from Cedar Hills, Utah, asked:

What is BYU's record in home openers at the Marriott Center?

The Cougars are 33-10 in home openers at the Marriott Center, which dates back to the Marriott Center opening to start the 1971-72 season. BYU is in the midst of an eight-game winning streak in home openers after the 81-72 win over Weber State last Friday. The current win streak is tied with 1971-72 until 1978-79 when the Cougars won their first eight home openers at the Marriott Center.

Jordan from Norman, Okla., asked a three-parter:

When was the last time BYU scored that many points against a Pac-12 team?

BYU's 112 points scored against Stanford was a record for the Cougars against a Pac-12 team. BYU scored 104 at Utah on Jan. 11, 2011 in a 104-79 win, but the Utes were a member of the MWC at the time. The last time BYU scored 100-plus against a team that was in the Pac-10 at the time was Dec. 1, 1992 at home against Arizona State, a 108-98 win. 

… or in the second game of the season or earlier?

BYU's 112 points scored at Stanford are the most scored in one of the team's first two games of the season since the Cougars defeated Hofstra 119-84 on Nov. 30, 1983 at home. That was the second game of that season. Other notable early season scores include: In 2000-01, BYU scored 100 points in the season opener against Elon. The Cougars won 100-63. The Arizona State game referenced above was also a season opener. In 1986-87, the Cougars scored 110 in the opener (a 119-110 loss at Oklahoma) and 100 in the second game (a 100-86 home win against Utah State).

When was the last time we shot about 53.5% against a power conference team?

The last time BYU shot 53.5 percent or better against a power conference team was Dec. 28, 2009, at Arizona. The Cougars shot 56.9 percent (37 of 65) from the field in BYU's 99-69 win. Jimmer Fredette scored 47 points on 16 of 23 shooting to set the BYU single game scoring record (a record he broke a few times the following season). Current Cougar Tyler Haws, a freshman that season, hit 5 of 8 from the field and 2 of 4 from three for 12 points in that game.

Shooter from Hickory, Ind., asked:

Is the West Coast Conference still undefeated? Really?

Yes, the West Coast Conference's 10 teams haven't lost yet. The conference as a whole is 15-0 with wins over major conference opponents Stanford, Colorado State, Nevada, Louisiana Tech and Akron. 

Only the Big Ten is the only other conference still without a loss by any of its teams. The 12 Big Ten teams are 21-0.

Have questions you'd like to see answered? Include your name and hometown with the question and send it to basketballpr@byu.edu. The mailbag will run weekly with a Monday night deadline for questions and will be published on Wednesdays.

Cougars in the Pros: Tavernari scores a combined 33 points in two games

Nov 11, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:39 pm | Updated: November 11, 2013 3:52 pm | Permalink

Jonathan Tavernari finished with a double double, 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in an 89-81 win against Paulistano last Friday. Despite a loss to Paulistano on a back-to-back, Tavernari scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in 39 minutes of play the following night.  

Charles Abouo finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in a 71-68 loss to Andorra on Friday night. 

Brandon Davies contributed four points, three rebounds and one steal in a 127-125 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Jimmer Fredette added four points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 19 minutes of play in a loss against the Portland Trailblazers. 

To view weekly stat updates, visit the Cougars in the Pros page under the info tab. Check out their season stats in the table below.

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 3.0 2.0 2.0
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.5 1.0 0.3
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 9.6 5.1 0.7
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 9.1 6.1 2.3
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 11.9 4.0 1.2
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.0 3.5 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.5 5.3 1.3

Haws and Carlino lead BYU to victory

Nov 08, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 9:06 pm | Permalink

The second half played out much like with the first half with Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws leading the way to an 81-72 victory.

Haws led the Cougars in scoring with 14 in the half and Carlino added 11 points. Haws had the first dunk of the year for BYU with just over five minutes left in the game. Sophomore Kyle Collinsworth contributed five points with four rebounds and three assists, and freshman Eric Mika had five points, two assists and two blocks.

After Weber State closed to within five, BYU went on a 15-1 run to push the lead to 20 at 61-41. Carlino led BYU with five points during the run and Collinsworth added four points of his own. Mika made his presence felt on the defensive end with two blocks during the stretch.

The rest of the half saw a series of small runs by both teams. Weber State closed out the game on an 8-0 run over the final three minutes to bring the lead to single digits.

BYU shot 46.9 percent from the floor while limiting Weber State to 38.2 percent shooting in the second half.