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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. 

Opponent Preview: Northern Arizona & Virginia Tech

Oct 23, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:36 pm | Updated: October 23, 2012 12:38 pm | Permalink

Northern Arizona

Coach: Jack Murphy
2011-12 record: 5-24
Big Sky Conference record: 1-15, 9tn
Postseason: none 
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 2 (2000)


Top Returners
Gabe Roger G 6-2 SR 10.2 ppg 1.3 rpg
Michael Dunn G 6-0 SR 6.8 ppg 3.0 rpg


Virginia Tech

Coach: James Johnson, beginning his first season with Virginia Tech in 2012-13
2011-12 record: 16-17
ACC record: 4-12, 9th
Postseason: none
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 8 (2007)


Top Returners
Erick Green G 6-3 SR 15.6 ppg 3.3 rpg
Jarell Eddie F 6-7 JR 9.1 ppg 4.8 rpg

Opponent Preview: E. New Mexico & Baylor

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 1:17 pm | Permalink

Eastern New Mexico

Coach: Andrew Helton
2011-12 record: 14-14
Lone Star Conference record: 7-11, 6th South Division
Postseason: none
Notables: Last season, head coach Andrew Helton led the Greyhounds to their second-straight season with double-digit wins for the first time since the 2006-07 season. 


Top Returners
Devone Davis 6-1 G SR 9.0 ppg 3.3 rpg



Coach: Scott Drew
2011-12 record: 30-8
Big 12 record: 12-6, T-3rd
Postseason: NCAA tournament Elite Eight, lost to Kentucky
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 7 (2012) 
Notables: Ranked 18 in the 2012-13 Preseason USA Today coaches poll.


Top Returners
Pierre Jackson
*Big 12 Preseason Player of the Yr
*AP Honorable Mention All-American
G 5-10 SR 13.8 ppg 5.9 apg
Brady Heslip G 6-2 JR 10.3 ppg 1.3 rpg

Post-practice interviews: Oct. 16

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:07 am | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, senior forward Brandon Davies and sophomore guard Tyler Haws spoke with the media following practice on Tuesday, Oct. 16, the fourth official practice of the season. Practice started on Oct. 12.

Dave Rose press conference at BYU Basketball Media Day

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:02 am | Permalink

On Oct. 10, BYUtv hosted BYU Basketball Media Day. See head coach Dave Rose's press conference and group interviews with several players below.

BYU Basketball Media Day interviews part 3

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:53 am | Updated: October 19, 2012 11:00 am | Permalink

On Oct. 10, BYUtv hosted BYU Basketball Media Day and conducted interviews with all 15 members of the team. See the last five interviews below.

BYU Basketball Media Day interviews part 2

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:48 am | Updated: October 19, 2012 11:01 am | Permalink

On Oct. 10, BYUtv hosted BYU Basketball Media Day and conducted interviews with all 15 members of the team. See the second set of five interviews below.