Men's Basketball Blog | February 2013

Video: Craig Cusick's journey

Feb 26, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:43 pm | Updated: February 26, 2013 3:14 pm | Permalink

Senior walk-on Craig Cusick hit the buzzer beater in BYU's 70-68 win over Utah State just a few hours after finding out his father had been diagnosed with cancer. 

BYUtv featured Craig in one of their recent videos, and also included an extended video with words from teammate Brock Zylstra and assistant coach Tim LaComb about Craig and the Cusick family. 

See both videos below.

Cancer can affect everyone, and certainly the BYU basketball team is no exception. BYU head coach Dave Rose is a cancer survivor, surviving a cancer scare in June of 2009.

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 2/24

Feb 25, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:38 pm | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, coach Dave Rose began his weekly coach's show with a full recap of last week's games. Last week BYU defeated Utah State 70-68 and fell to Saint Mary's 64-57 on the road. 

"I think our win at home definitely gave us some momentum going into that Saint Mary's game. We couldn't quite get it done but we'll be looking forward to another oppourtunity to play them, hopefully, in the conference tournament."

Against Utah State Rose said he couldn't have imagined a better ending, with Craig Cusick hitting the buzzer beater after earlier that day he found out his father had cancer. Cusick finished with four points in the game and a team-high five rebounds. Tyler Haws's performance was also recognized - the sophomore finished with 27 points, making a career-high 14 trips to the free-throw line and finishing 12 of them. 

"Good win for our guys - but, on a personal note, a great win for Craig after such a tough day."

Coach Rose said he thought the team was ready against Saint Mary's and, defensively, it was one of their best games. Against the Gaels, Brandon Davies' 25 points were praised as the one offensive constant throughout the game. 

Later in the show, Davies' ability to be effective in the post and how the team runs their offense through him was discussed by coach Rose. 

And to wrap up the show, coach Rose talked about how the rest of the West Coast Conference teams are shaping up and what's next on the schedule for BYU. 

Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose on KSL 5 TV every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST.

 

Craig Cusick on ESPN SportsCenter

Feb 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:52 pm | Updated: February 20, 2013 5:06 pm | Permalink

After hitting the game-winning buzzer beater in BYU's 70-68 victory over Utah State, BYU senior Craig Cusick was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter. Cusick talked about what the shot meant for him personally after finding out earlier that day his father had cancer.

Cusick has moved himself into a starting position, getting nine starts this season, and is averaging 4.2 points per game after walking onto the team three years ago as a practice player, meaning he wasn't listed on the official roster. 

Feature on Brandon Davies

Feb 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:40 am | Permalink

Senior Brandon Davies was recently featured on BYUtv's True Blue. See the video below. 

Davies has become one of BYU's most successful big men. He is BYU's most recent addition to the 1,000-point club with 1,539 career points to place him 12th all-time and is also 12th all-time on BYU's career double-double list with 21. His career rebounds of 768 place him 11th on the all-time list.

Video: Hutchins and Minson jersey retirement

Feb 19, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:05 pm | Permalink

BYU legends Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson joined Danny Ainge and Kresimir Cosic as the only BYU men’s basketball players to have their jerseys retired during halftime of Saturday’s 86-72 win over Portland.

BYUtv highlighted the 1951 NIT National Championship team, of which Hutchins and Minson were members, with a video tribute. 

The halftime ceremony was aired live on BYUtv and included remarks from the two former players, a letter from Elder Jeffery R. Holland and words from athletic director Tom Holmoe. 

See both videos below.

Also visit the BYUtv sports YouTube page to see the videos about Minson and Hutchins, and more about BYU athletics.

 

BYU Coach's Show: Monday 2/18

Feb 19, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:15 am | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose began his weekly radio show with a recap of last week's one-game week and how the team made it work in their favor to get an 86-74 win on Saturday against Portland. 

"When you get the schedule for the year you have to just make the best with it and, at first, we were worried about back-to-back bye weeks. But now it's looking like a good thing for our team to regroup. I know the guys are definitely looking forward to this week over last week - the guys love playing games. For us coaches, though, there's just so much you can accomplish on bye weeks."

Coming up this week for BYU is a game on Tuesday at home against Utah State, rescheduled from earlier in the season, and on the road on Thursday against Saint Mary's. Previewing the week coach Rose said, obviously, for Tuesday the most important thing is that player Danny Berger was able to recover and now the teams will prepare to play each other. A big thing for Thursday's game will be how well the team can regroup and practice on Wednesday with a quick turnaround to play on the road. 

Later in the show, Brandon Davies joined coach Rose to talk about how the season is shaping up for him. Davies said he believes in this team and what they can do. Before leaving the show, Davies answered some fan questions. 

"It's a really important time for Brandon right now - he knows how teams are playing him and he's learning to adjust. The coaches realy like his approach and what he's able to do. It's his responsibility to make plays for us."

To wrap up the show, Rose also answered questions submitted by fans.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose live from Legends Grille on BYU campus every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST.

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 2/17

Feb 18, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:37 pm | Updated: February 18, 2013 9:39 pm | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, head coach Dave Rose kicked off his weekly show with a full recap of last week's action against Portland. The Cougars had just one game last week, on Saturday, against Portland in the Marriott Center. BYU won 86-72.

"We had a long week, which was nice, and played really well. I think our guys were very dialed in on the challenge we gave them to come and compete together as a group. Everyone has different ideas of how to fix things but we needed to do it together, and I'm happy with how that happened on Saturday."

BYU's ability to play as a team was highlighted by coach Rose. Brandon Davies's performance against the Pilots was also highlighted. 

"One of our major themes on offense was to share the ball, and I think that even transitioned over to the defensive side. I'm happy to see the guys come out with the emphasis of playing together. It's great to see Brandon getting the points he deserves out there."

The jersey retirement of Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson was talked about, and coach Rose said the two former players spent a few minutes before the game in the locker room talking to the players.

Later in the show, coach Rose talked about the team's strategy for getting a basket off in-bounds plays. And to finish the show, coach Rose talked about how the rest of the West Coast Conference teams are shaping up and previewed BYU's upcoming week with games against Utah State and Saint Mary's.

Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST on KSL 5 TV.

BYU Coach's Show: Monday 2/11

Feb 12, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:10 pm | Permalink

Live from Legends Grille on BYU campus, head coach Dave Rose started his radio show talking about how the team is reacting to losing twice last week in back-to-back games, what they're doing to get back their spirit and where the team goes from here. The Cougars fell on the road to San Diego and at home to San Francisco.

"I think the guys are a little bit down and disappointed. We'll have a long week to get prepared for Saturday's game so that's good. These guys are tough and we'll bounce back, they'll find their spirit. A lot of things we're having issues with our coaching things - effort is not lacking in this team. We, as coaches, just need to adjust."

As the team prepares for their final five games, coach Rose said the team is going to try and use their long weeks to get ready to take on some of the best in the West Coast Conference.

"Looking at our schedule, we know things can change pretty quick if we just get back in this. We're still in a good place. It'll be our challenge to get the guys we rely on some help in the next couple games."

Later in the show, coach Rose mentioned briefly the team's chances for postseason action and what they need to do to get back in it.

"I think we're in a tough situation if we don't win that conference tournament, honestly. We'll be looking to win that tournament but, like every year, it's a challenge. The team that's leading this league though is so good. There's a lot of basketball to still play."

Matt Carlino joined the show towards the end to talk about how he thinks the team is doing and his experience with BYU so far . Carlino also answered some fan questions before he left.

Coach Rose finished the show talking about the WCC and by answering some questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose next Monday at 7 p.m. MST on KSL Radio, live from Legends Grille. 

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 2/10

Feb 11, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:07 pm | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, BYU head coach Dave Rose started his weekly show with a recap of last week's games. BYU fell 74-68 to San Diego on the road and lost at home to San Francisco 99-87.

"I really believe our guys gave a great effort last week - we got stung by teams who were ready for us. We had beaten both of them the first time around but they were ready. I thought we were prepared for both games and had a good game plan, but we just didn't execute."

Against San Diego, coach Rose highlighted the play of Tyler Haws who finished with 27 points to lead all players and Brandon Davies who recorded his fourth-straight double-double on 20 points and 10 rebounds. 

At home against the Dons, coach Rose said he was proud of how much help the bench offered, especially early. Brock Zylstra's performance was also highlighted against San Francisco, finishing with a season-high 18 points.

"Weeks like this are how you realize where you're at with your team. We'll see how we pull together and get back in it."

Later in the show, coach Rose talked about BYU's strategy for breaking a press defense. Rose said because his team likes to be quick on offense, a lot of teams try to use a backcourt press to slow them down but it ends up a lot of times allowing more fast break points.

Coach Rose finished the show talking about what's coming up next for BYU and hwo the other West Coast Conference teams are doing.

Watch the entire show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose live on KSL 5 TV every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST.

 

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 2/5

Feb 06, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 7:15 pm | Permalink

Live from Legends Grille, BYU head coach Dave Rose started his weekly show giving a recap of last week's games against Pepperdine and Santa Clara.

"It was a great week for our guys - we got a great win Thursday on the road and another good one on Saturday. After our Thursday games it's always a late flight afterwards to get back home or get back to where we play next on Saturday."

Matt Carlino is averaging nearly 17 points per game in WCC action. Coach Rose highlighted his play and talked about how he's been able to be so good. 

"He's been playing really week the last couple weeks, as far as running our team and being comfortable in our defensive system. He can get us some easy transition baskets and be back on defense for another steal. He put some un-due pressure on himself early in the season and he tried to force a few things. Now I think he's letting the game come to him more and he's way more confident in his ability to get baskets for us."

Later on in the show, coach Rose previewed BYU's upcoming games against San Diego and San Francisco. 

"We know our guys will be ready when we tell them they need to be ready."

Assistant coach Tim LaComb joined the show mid-way through just as sophomore Nate Austin did. 

Austin talked about how he thinks the season is shaping up for him and answered a few questions from fans. LaComb gave a review of Austin's play and what he brings to the team, saying Austin has improved a lot with his post moves. 

To finish the show, coach LaComb also answered questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose live from Legends Grille on BYU campus at 7 p.m. MST every Tuesday night.