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Men's Basketball Blog | July 2009

Nonconference Schedule

Jul 16, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:56 pm | Permalink

Coach Dave Rose announced the nonconference schedule today. Here are a few more tidbits that were not included in the release:

-BYU will face eight teams that won 20-or-more games in 2008-09 including Bradley (21-15), Weber State (21-10), Utah State (30-5), Arizona State (25-10), Arizona (21-14), UTEP (23-14), Nevada (21-13) and Tulsa (25-11).

-In addition to the three NCAA Tournament teams (Utah State, Arizona and Arizona State), the Cougars face three teams that went to the NIT (Tulsa, Nebraska and Weber State), the runnerup from the Tournament (Bradley) and two CBI participants (UTEP-runnerup and Nevada).

-The Cougars will potentially face five teams in the nonconference season that they faced a year ago. BYU has set games against Idaho State, Weber State, Utah State and Arizona State—the Cougars were 3-1 against those teams last season with the lone loss against Arizona State. The Cougars will potentially face Tulsa in the Las Vegas Classic, a team BYU defeated a year ago.

-BYU will renew some old WAC rivalries when it plays at Hawaii, at UTEP and vs. Fresno State in the Galen Center.

-The Cougars are 30-13 all-time against Hawaii, 39-25 against UTEP and 11-5 vs. Fresno. BYU has not played any of the three teams since leaving the WAC for the MWC beginning in the 1999-2000 season.

-It's been a while... BYU will play Nebraska for the first time since 1935. The Cougars are 3-1 against the Huskers, winning twice in 1931 and splitting two meetings in 1935.

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Jul 16, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:58 am | Permalink

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Hansen to Play for Real Madrid

Jul 16, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:44 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar Travis Hansen has announced that he will play for European power Real Madrid this upcoming season. Read about it on or see the video from KSL below.

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New Player Bio Additions

Jul 15, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:46 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

In an effort to improve the historic information on our website, I've begun to add former player bios. I started with the All-Americans. Here are the links.

Elwood Romney, 1931 and 1932

Joe Nelson, 1948

Mel Hutchins, 1951

Roland Minson, 1951

Joe Richey, 1953

Dean Larsen, 1954

Terry Tebbs, 1956

Tom Steinke, 1957

John Fairchild, 1965

Dick Nemelka, 1966

Kresimir Cosic, 1972 and 1973

Danny Ainge, 1978, 79, 80 and 81

Devin Durrant, 1983 and 1984

Michael Smith, 1987 and 1988

Jeff Chatman, 1988

Andy Toolson, 1990

Shawn Bradley, 1991

Nate Call, 1992

Gary Trost, 1993

Randy Reid, 1994

Russell Larson, 1995

Mekeli Wesley, 2001

Rafael Araujo, 2004

Trent Plaisted, 2006

Keena Young, 2007

Lee Cummard, 2008 and 2009

Lamont Doin' Work

Jul 14, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:46 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Lamont Morgan, Jr., taught some basketball basics to True Blue reporter Chris Francia. Check it out.

Travis Hansen Camp Recap

Jul 13, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:33 pm | Updated: April 12, 2012 3:47 pm | Permalink

Perfect Record for Brazil

Jul 13, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:46 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Jonathan Tavernari and the Brazilian national team finished 3-0 at the International Tournament of Almada. The Brazilian squad won three close games and closed things out with a 77-73 victory over Portugal. Tavernari finished the tournament with a scoring average of 15.0 while shooting 62.5 percent from the field and from downtown.

Here is a link to view the box scores form the tournament. To view a game click on the graphic that looks like an eye on the left side of the chart.

On another note...

Here is a link listing the career scoring in New York high school basketball history. You might recognize No. 14 on the list.

Brazil 2-0 in Exhibitions

Jul 11, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:36 am | Permalink

The Brazilian Senior National Team picked up another win today in Portugal, defeating Finland 95-89 for its second exhibition victory in preparation for the Lusofonia Games starting July 14. Tavernari hit the game winner and had 25 points in the Angola win (89-86).

Looking Through the Vault

Jul 10, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:33 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink has a great feature called the Vault. It allows you to search for past articles back to the 1950s. There is a great article from 1984 about Devin Durrant, BYU's third al-time leading scorer. The article is titled "A Young Man with a Mission" and was penned by Jack McCallum.

Here is a link to Durrant's bio on his website,

NBA Summer League Starts Today

Jul 10, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:29 am | Updated: November 14, 2011 12:44 pm | Permalink

The NBA Summer League starts today and former Cougar Trent Plaisted will be in action with the Detroit Pistons against the Sacramento Kings at 4 p.m. MT.

Visit Detroit's team page for the team roster, schedule and updated stats throughout the week. To see how Plaisted performed in last season's summer league visit this story on

Phoenix's page is also updated with the schedule and roster, which includes Lee Cummard. Stats will be updated as games are played. The Suns first game is Monday, July 13, at 4 p.m. MT against the Dallas Mavericks.

All games are available on demand at will keep you updated throughout the next nine days.