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BYU Hoops Mailbag Week Three: Thanksgiving Edition

Nov 26, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 3:54 pm | Updated: November 27, 2013 4:17 pm | Permalink

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of the BYU Hoops Mailbag. A few things we're thankful for around these parts this week: Eric Mika's goggles, Tyler Haws' mastery of H-O-R-S-E, being an "older" team, an orange ball, a round hoop and of course family, friends and BYU fans. Now on to the questions.

Carly from Hooper asked:

The Cougars lost to Iowa State who are coached by former NBA player Fred Hoiberg, what's BYU's record in games against teams with former NBA players as head coaches?

BYU is 7-8 against current NCAA coaches who played in the NBA. There are currently 13 NCAA Division I coaches who have played in the NBA. The Cougars have only faced five of the 13 and have only faced former New Mexico head coach Steve Alford more than twice. Utah's Larry Krystowiak is the only other coach on the list BYU will face this season after beating Stanford's Johnny Dawkins two weeks ago and falling to Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg last week.

Coach School Years BYU vs.
Steve Alford UCLA 2013-present 0-0
  New Mexico 2007-2013 3-5
  Iowa 1999-2007 0-0
  SW Missouri State 1995-1999 0-0
Larry Krystowiak Utah 2011-present 2-0
  Montana 2004-2006 0-0
Billy Donovan Florida 1996-present 1-1
Fred Hoiberg Iowa State 2010-present 0-2
Johnny Dawkins Stanford 2008-present 1-0
Andy Kennedy Ole Miss 2006-present 0-0
  Cincinnati 2005-2006 0-0
Reggie Theus Cal State Northridge 2013-present 0-0
  New Mexico State 2005-2007 0-0
Cuonzo Martin Tennessee 2011-present 0-0
  Missouri State 2008-2011 0-0
Bryce Drew Valparaiso 2011-present 0-0
Dan Majerle Grand Canyon 2013-present 0-0
Eddie Jordan Rutgers 2013-present 0-0
Kevin Ollie Connecticut 2013-present 0-0
Bobby Hurley Buffalo 2013-present 0-0

Spencer from South Jordan asked:

The Cougars lost to Wichita State last night. When was the last time BYU faced a Final Four participant from the previous year?

The last time the Cougars faced a team who made it to the Final Four the previous season was in 2006 against UCLA. BYU lost 82-69 in the game played in Los Angeles, Calif. The Bruins had lost in the title game a season earlier.

Since 1990, BYU has played seven games against the previous year's Final Four participants. BYU is 0-7 and has only played one of the seven teams in the Marriott Center, while four of the seven games have been on neutral courts and one was in the NCAA tournament. Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse were all defending champions, while the other three games were against teams that lost in the title game. Wichita State was the first Final Four team BYU has faced since 1990 that didn't make it to the title game.

Opponent W-L Score Location Date
Duke L 89-66 Maui Invitational, Maui, Hawaii Dec. 23, 1992
North Carolina L 97-65 Tournament of Champions, Charlotte, N.C. Dec. 4, 1993
Utah L 75-54 Salt Lake City, Utah Jan. 9, 1999
Utah L 71-46 Provo, Utah Feb. 6, 1999
Syracuse L 80-75 NCAA First Round, Denver, Colo. Mar. 18, 2004
UCLA L 82-69 Los Angeles, Calif. Nov. 15, 2006
Wichita State L 75-62 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Kansas City, Mo. Nov. 26, 2013

Have questions you'd like to see answered? Include your name and hometown with a 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 totals 23 points and 10 rebounds in two games

Nov 25, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 1:32 pm | Updated: November 25, 2013 3:35 pm | Permalink

Jonathan Tavernari combined for a total of 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots in two games last week. He finished with 17 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots in an 82-78 win against Macae last Thursday. 

Charles Abouo contributed seven points and four rebounds in a 80-59 win against Ourense in 10 minutes of play, while Trent Plaisted also added seven points and four rebounds in a 75-62 win against the Artland Dragons last Saturday. 

Jimmer Fredette played in four games last week to combine for a total of 18 points, six rebounds and six assists, while averaging 12.5 minutes per game. In a 113-106 win against the Phoenix Suns, Fredette contributed eight points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Brandon Davies, who's been averaging 11 minutes per game this season, added two points, two rebounds and two steals in a loss to the Indiana Pacers last Saturday.

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 4.0 1.7 1.7
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.3 2.3 0.4
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 3.0 4.0 0.0
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 8.9 5.6 1.8
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 9.7 7.7 1.3
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.5 3.4 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.2 5.1 1.1

No. 21 Iowa State wins a close one, 90-88

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:46 pm | Permalink
The second half began with both teams trading points back and forth. The score remained with the Cougars ahead 58-54 at the first timeout.
 
Iowa State tied the score for the first time in the second half from a free throw with 7:20 left in the game to make the score 73-73. The Cylcones took their first lead since the 10:37 mark in the first half at 78-77. 
 
Iowa State's DeAndre Kane got a flagarant two foul and was ejecgted with under four minutes to go after poking Eric Mika in the eyes. Mika left the game and would not return. A pair of Tyler Haws free throws put the Cougars behind 82-79. 
 
Haws drained a mid-range jump shot to put the score at 89-87 with the Cyclone advantage. With 30.0 seconds left in regulation, the ball was tipped on the Iowa State inbounds pass. Anson Winder recovered the ball and got fouled, hitting one of two free throws which left the score at 89-88, Cylcones.
 
Haws had a chance to take the lead but was blocked. After recovereing the ball, Daniel Edozie made one free throw. The ball was inbounded to Kyle Collinsworth who missed the last shot of regulation, giving Iowa State the 90-88 win. 
 
Four Cougars finished the game in double-figure points: Mika (17), Haws (20), Matt Carlino (19) and Collinsworth (11). 
 
Nate Austin grabbed 13 boards to have consecutive games with double-figure rebounds for the first time in his career. 

BYU leads No. 21 Iowa State at halftime

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 8:23 pm | Updated: November 20, 2013 8:38 pm | Permalink

Eric Mika, Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws led the Cougars in the first half of the game. All three had 12 points at the end of the half. Mika had 10 points in the first eight minutes of regulation.

Iowa State opened up strong in the first half of the game, taking a quick 7-2 lead.

BYU took its first lead at 15-14 from a Kyle Collinsworth bucket. The Cougars later went on an 8-0 run, sparked by five-straight points from Carlino, to put BYU up 25-18. 

A Carlino steal and assist to Mika led to an alley-oop dunk that gave the Cougars their largest lead of the half with a 36-24 advantage.

A 10-0 run eclipsed by a pair of free throws brought Iowa State within a point of BYU at 43-42. Carlino took the last shot of the first half just before the buzzer, extending the lead to 47-42.

The Cyclones shot 46 percent compared to the Cougars' 47 percent. BYU outrebounded Iowa State 27-19. The Cougars held an 11-2 advantage with points from turnovers. 

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week Two

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:58 am | Updated: November 26, 2013 3:52 pm | Permalink

The mailbag returns for its second installment, this time with one question and a long answer.

Kevin from Tallahassee, Fla., asks:

Some media pointed out that Creighton’s Doug McDermott averaged more points than minutes for a little while early this season. Any Cougars accomplished this even on a game-by-game basis?

After going through this year’s four games and all of last season, 11 different times BYU players either scored more points than they played minutes or were within one point for every minute played.

So far this season, only Eric Mika against Mount St. Mary’s with 20 points in 21 minutes and Matt Carlino with 26 points in 22 minutes against Stanford have accomplished the feat or gotten close to it.

The leader last year was Tyler Haws with three games of more points than minutes. Brandon Davies had two, as did Bronson Kaufusi. Anson Winder and Cory Calvert each did it once.

You probably noticed these players don’t all have the same things in common. Davies and Haws started almost every game and averaged 29 and 34 minutes per game last year, while the others averaged less than eight minutes per game and came off the bench.

For the starters, it came down to outscoring their minutes played, so their good shooting nights gave them a chance. Davies shot 20 percent better from the field than his season average in his two games, while Haws shot between five and 15 percent better from the field in his three games.

This season, when Mika and Carlino accomplished the feat, their shooting was also up. Mika shot 90 percent from the field, while in his other three games he’s shot .526 from the field. Carlino was at 50 percent against Stanford, 15 points higher than his other games.

As for the players who accomplished the feat coming off the bench, it took a hot start and some other help. Winder scored four points in four minutes against Loyola Marymount. He recorded two steals to help get him two good looks. Against Weber State, Calvert was 3 of 4 from the field, but also hit a 3-pointer and made multiple free throws. Kaufusi accomplished both of his with a steal each time and being perfect from the field in his limited minutes.

So scoring more points than minutes played means what exactly? For a starter who plays a fair amount of minutes, it means they had an efficient scoring night. For a player coming off the bench, it means they were able to get high percentage shots quickly in a short amount of time. It probably isn’t a repeatable skill, McDermott is currently averaging 28 minutes and 25 points and no one came close to averaging something close last season, but it should make for an important contribution to the team. After all BYU is 9-1 in games when a player scores more than or almost as many points as minutes played. Check out the list below:

 

2013-14

Mika vs. Mount St. Mary’s 21 minutes and 20 points

Carlino at Stanford 22 minutes and 26 points

2012-2013

Davies vs. Georgia State 29 minutes and 28 points

Davies vs. Northern Arizona 26 minutes and 27 points

Haws vs. Cal State Northridge 33 minutes and 32 points

Haws vs. Virginia Tech 35 minutes and 42 points

Haws vs. Washington 38 minutes and 37 points

Winder vs. Loyola Marymount 4 minutes and 4 points

Calvert at Weber State 10 minutes and 9 points

Kaufusi vs. Loyola Marymount 2 minutes and 2 points

Kaufusi vs. San Francisco 5 points and 5 minutes

 

Have questions you'd like to see answered? Include your name and hometown with a 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.

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.

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