Men's Basketball Blog | 2013

Introducing the BYU Hoops Mailbag

Nov 05, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:49 am | Updated: November 5, 2013 2:42 pm | Permalink

This season the BYU Athletic Communications staff will start a weekly mailbag where fans can get questions answered related to Cougar hoops. It can be a historical question, a burning question about this year's team, some statistical minutae, a detail you noticed on television, questions about how the West Coast Conference is performing or anything else – but not recruiting. Try to aim for something higher than is 'so-and-so single?' We'll put together a selection of questions and answers each Wednesday throughout the season.

Include your name and hometown with the question and send it to basketballpr@byu.edu. Some weeks we may go to Twitter looking for questions, but most questions are probably better asked in more than 140 characters.

We will try our hardest to put in the research, ask the appropriate player or go back and watch the tape to see just what happened and get an answer. The first mailbag will run Wednesday, Nov. 6 and questions should be in by Monday, Nov. 4. The mailbag will run weekly on the same Monday and Wednesday schedule.

BYU takes the 99-68 victory against Alaska Anchorage

Nov 02, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 8:59 pm | Permalink

BYU hit a 21-point lead on a Kyle Collinsworth layup with 15:14 left to play. Up 56-35, Anson Winder’s trey and another Collinsworth jumper capped off a 13-0 Cougar run. Free throws by Skyler Halford took the BYU lead to 70-40.

Collinsworth scored 12 points before the midway point in the second half, adding to his 14-point game total.

Alaska Anchorage couldn’t shave the lead down to less than 25 points the remainder of the game. Josh Sharp pushed BYU to its largest lead of the game at 99-65 on a free throw with just over a minute to play. The Cougars ended with a 99-68 victory.

Four players reached double figures Saturday night. Matt Carlino and Eric Mika led with 17 points each, helped by Collinsworth’s 14 and 13 from Tyler Haws. Mika and Carlino both had double-doubles with 14 rebounds and 11 rebounds, respectively.

BYU leads Alaska Anchorage 44-30 at halftime

Nov 02, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 7:56 pm | Permalink

BYU trailed 10-4 early in the first half. Matt Carlino tied the score at 12 with 14:10 to go in the half and took the Cougars’ first lead on a jumper moments later, part of a 10-2 BYU run. Skyler Halford took the Cougars to a double-digit lead, 27-17, with a 3-pointer off a Frank Bartley assist with 7:46 on the clock.

An 11-0 run took BYU to a 33-17 lead before Alaska Anchorage fired off eight quick points to cut the deficit to 33-25. The Cougars finished off the half with a 44-30 lead.

Carlino led the Cougars with 12 points in the first half. Freshman Eric Mika was also in double figures by halftime with 10 points. Both led the team in rebounding with seven apiece.

BYU had 30 points in the paint, shooting 46.3 percent from the field and only 14.3 percent from 3-point land in the first period. The Cougars held Alaska Anchorage to 30.3 percent shooting and 18.8 percent from beyond the arc. They also led in rebounds 30-11.

Anson Winder contributes to team identity

Oct 30, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 4:13 pm | Permalink
Team talent, speed, toughness and personality sometimes vary from season to season, especially with seven newcomers.
 
"There's a lot of personality with this group," coach Dave Rose said at media day. "I think that they're extremely energetic and passionate."
 
Besides the new faces, BYU returns five players from last year including redshirt junior Anson Winder. He returns improved and ready to contribute on a different-looking BYU squad.
 
"I think I'm shooting the ball better," Winder said. "I try to maximize each possession."
 
Winder sank 3 of 5 from behind the arc in the exhibition game against Colorado College. The Cougars look to improve upon their 2012-13 3-point shooting percentage of 33.8.
 
BYU was also picked to finish second in the West Coast and are slated to play a challenging schedule.
 
"I'm excited for all the top teams," Winder said. "Saint Mary's, Gonzaga and Iowa State are all pretty good. We play Stanford. We have Texas, and if we beat them, we could play Wichita State. Those are all big games that I'm excited for."
 
Along with preparing to make a run toward the NCAA tournament, the Cougars are busy building unity. 
 
"Chase Fischer and Matt Carlino are probably two of the weirdest guys you might run across," Winder laughed. "Those two are definitely characters."
 
Winder might also be a character in his own right since he is seen dancing the the background of the most recent BYU basketball lip-sync video.
 
In its second exhibition game, BYU hosts Alaska Anchorage Saturday at 7 p.m. MDT at the Marriott Center. The game will be televised on BYUtv.
 
"I'm excited for our team," Winder added. "I think we have a lot of good guys this year."
 
 
 
 

New record book for BYU basketball

Oct 29, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:30 pm | Permalink

Throughout the last several years, the BYU Athletic Communications staff has collected as many men's basketball stats as possible and put them into a database. From that data comes the BYU Men's Basketball Record Book, 40-pages of records and stats for your enjoyment.

Want a list of every game in which BYU has scored 100 points and the team's record in those games? Check page 39. Or maybe you want to know who holds the freshman single-game scoring record? Check page 17. Dying to see a list of every time a player scored 30-plus points? It's on page 14. What about the record for most games with 10 assists in a season? Try page 10.

With the 2013-14 season set to begin in 10 days, we hope the BYU Men's Basketball Record Book will add to your enjoyment of following the Cougars.

Davies signs with the Sixers

Oct 28, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:51 pm | Updated: October 28, 2013 5:04 pm | Permalink

Earlier this morning, former BYU forward Brandon Davies posted the photo below on Instagram and included the following ' "When one door closes, another opens.." #76ers #20 #BLESSED.' If you haven't figured it out by now, Davies has officially signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. Davies was born in Philadelphia but was adopted just days after birth and was raised in Provo by his mother, Kathy.

While details related to the contract have not been made available, Davies may have a chance to compete for minutes as soon as Wednesday, when Philadelphia opens the regular season against the defending NBA Champions, the Miami Heat. Davies had been a member of the LA Clippers until Oct. 21. He played with the Clippers during the summer and the preseason.

Davies

"I'm extrememly excited and just thankful for the opportunity."

"Coach is looking for guys who are going to come every day and work hard and bring that good attitude and help drive other people to get better. I do that myself and I think Coach sees that in me. I think I have an opportunity to help the guys around me get better as well."

"It's a great opportunity. That's going to be part of us getting better as a team, with guys competing for minutes. As the season goes on we're only going to get better."

Brown

"Good pick up. Smart, young player who wants to get better. Physical, competitive side to him. Excellent passer. Worth reaching out to and bringing in to the program and giving minutes and seeing what we might be able to uncover."

Tweets from Philadelphia after Davies signed.

BYU Basketball Vidtacular Explosion

Oct 28, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 3:36 pm | Updated: October 28, 2013 5:27 pm | Permalink

The BYU men's basketball team's music videos have been a hit on the national level, having drawn attention from CBS Sports, NBC Sports, SB Nation and College Spun.

Below are the two music videos that have been released:

Matt Norlander, CBS Sports' Eye on College Basketball:

On "You're the Inspiration":

"Well, the long college basketball offseason has brought us to this: BYU star guard Tyler Haws lip-syncing on a grassy knoll to chicago's 1984 top-five hit, "You're the Inspiration." He's soon joined by teammates Luke Worthington and Skyler Halford...

Anyway, BYU is a weird place. And, yet, thank you, BYU. PLEASE MAKE MORE OF THESE."

On "I Wish":

This isn't anywhere near as good as the three-man weave performance art from the Cougars last week, but it does feature a much better song.

Dubbing to Skee-Lo's 1995 crossover hip-hop hit "I Wish," Cougars junior guard Matt Carlino puts on a solid performance in an effort to promote a basketball game that doesn't really matter, BYU's exhibition against Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 2.

I'll take all the exhibitions available if it's going to bring this from BYU, though...

So can we get weekly submissions from the team? The song options are of course endless, and something about this program doing these sketches makes it a quirky, perfect match."

 

Bill Hanstock, SB Nation, "BYU's new basketball hype video is the inspiration":

"I honestly can't think of anything that gets me more pumped than Peter Cetera. Seriously. So I'm glad to see BYU embracing its inner cheeseball and full-body lip-synching to get people ready for COLLEGE BASKETHOOPS."

 

Rob Dauster, NBC Sports' College Basketball Talk:

"The BYU basketball team put out a video on Wednesday of Tyler Haws leading Luke Worthington and Skyler Halford in a chorus of You're the Inspiration, a son from the '80s recorded by Chicago that I had to google because I've obviously never listened to that nonsense before.

That said, I don't think I could love this video anymore. There isn't much in this world that I find funnier than a couple of big-time collegiate athletes sitting in a field and awkwardly full-body lip-syncing to an '80s love ballad."

 

Raphielle Johnson, NBC Sports' College Basketball Talk:

"Just a few days ago a video featuring BYU's Tyler Haws, Luke Worthington and Skyler Halford lip-syncing Chicago's 'You're the Inspiration' hit the internet, with the Cougars using such videos to have some fun while also promoting upcoming contests. The latest submission comes from junior guard Matt Carlino, who lip-syncs the classic tune 'I Wish' by Skee-Lo with some teammates dancing in the background.

Kinda makes one flash back to those Friday nights in junior high spent at the roller skating rink."

 

Antonio Venegas, College Spun, "BYU Basketball Made A Hilarious 'You're The Inspiration' Music Video To Promote An Exhibition":

"We've seen some really strong (or totally awesome, depending on how you look at them) promo videos in college sports, but we've found one that ranks right up there with any of them. BYU basketball has come out with a 'music vidtacular' that encourages fans to attend the team's first exhibition game of the season against Colorado College on Saturday night."

 

ESPN's Play-by-play broadcaster Roxy Bernstein tweeted: "Can't wait to see what what's on the horizon for when I come to town for the Iowa State game."

Looking back at past Cougar Tipoffs

Oct 23, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:23 am | Updated: October 23, 2013 10:26 am | Permalink

Tonight is the first time Cougar fans will have a chance to see the BYU men's basketball team in full court action at the annual Papa John's Cougar Tipoff at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center. It will also be broadcast live on BYUtvsports.com.

If you're wondering if an intrasquad scrimmage is worth your time, here's a look back at some past Cougar Tipoffs that have had their fair share of exciting moments.

Last season, Tyler Haws scored 26 points for the Blue Team in his first action since returning from his two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines. Matt Carlino added 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Nate Austin had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Blue Team won 84-70. And don't forget about this dunk by Josh Sharp.

In 2011-12, Noah Hartsock posted a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Blue Team to a 74-71 win over the White Team. The Blue Team looked like it was going to coast to an easy win before the White Team went on an 11-0 run to tie the score at 65-all.

The 2010-11 scrimmage was perhaps the most competitive and exciting Tipoff in recent memory as Jimmer Fredette hit a fall-away 3-pointer to tie the score at the end of regulation. He finished with 26 points to lead the White Team to a 62-56 win.

Why is tonight's game worth your time? You'll get to see returning stars Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino. You'll see the versatile Kyle Collinsworth in a fullcourt game for the first time since 2011. You might see Boom Shakalaka 3-point champ Skyler Halford drain some high-arcing threes. You'll see the freshmen connection of Frank Bartley IV, Eric Mika and Luke Worthington for the first time. You might also win prizes from Papa John's or a bike from Mad Dog Cycles. And you will definitely have the chance to get autographs from the team after the game.

Frank Bartley I(s)V(ersatile)

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:43 pm | Updated: October 17, 2013 10:27 pm | Permalink

Freshman Frank Bartley IV is listed as a guard on the roster, but the clue to where he'll play is better found in his name rather than the position column. Bartley has seen time at both guard spots, as well as the small and power forward positions in practice recently. Four different spots, four different responsibilities and differing skills required for each spot.

"I'm pretty versatile," Bartley said, "so I can play multiple positions. I guess coach recognizes that, so he's trying to get me on the court."

Bartley is listed at 6-foot-3, 200, and played in high school as a combo guard. It wasn't until last year at Future College Prep in California that Bartley moved out of the backcourt. He averaged 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block over a 65 game season in prep school.

"I've always been called a combo guard," Bartley said. "Since prep school last year, I've been playing multiple positions. I learned to play and be good at it, so now I just play everything."

The Cougars roster has big guys who can run, lengthy guys who can handle the ball and plenty of players who can play multiple positions. Adding someone else to the mix only deepens what head coach Dave Rose can do and how many different lineups he can throw at teams.

"I think Frank is a guy who brings us a lot of different looks," Rose said. "He's not just a knock-down 3-point shooter, but he's a really versatile player on the perimeter and physically he's really strong. We'll try to play different lineups and create match-ups and opportunities."

At the moment, Bartley likes the time he's getting at the four. If Bartley can handle the opposing team's power forward, a four-guard lineup might be an exciting combination on the floor. His defense may be the determining factor, but he's confident he can handle it.

"I feel like I'm a mismatch on offense," Bartley said. "I can guard the four better. It's just staying strong defensively. I know I can guard bigger players. I'm not the biggest obviously, but I just keep fighting and do everything I can."

The tenacity he brings on defense is some reflection of who he likes to watch play. Bartley said his favorite player is Russell Westbrook because he's so explosive and strong. Westbrook is "strong-minded and nobody can get him out of his game," Bartley said. The effort he feels like is necessary to play defense down low is all part of staying on the court and getting on the court as much as possible. 

"We know what we have to do," Bartley said. "It's just you get it or you don't, you watch film or you don't and coach is going to put who knows it out on the court."

That's another reason he's happy to be playing four different positions.

"I actually like playing most of them because it's more playing time for me," Bartley said cracking a smile.

Bartley will be participating in the dunk contest in Friday's Boom Shakalaka and can't wait for his taste of a Marriott Center crowd next week in the Cougar Tipoff.

"I've never been to a BYU basketball game," Bartley said. "I've heard it's crazy."

Boom Shakalaka: Noah Hartsock, Dunk Contest judge

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:02 pm | Permalink

We have announced 2013 Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell, former Cougars Mike Hall and Travis Hansen and Studio C star Jason Gray as Boom Shakalaka Dunk Contest judges.

Today we're excited to announce our fifth and final judge, Noah Hartsock.

Hartsock played for BYU from 2008 to 2012 and averaged 8.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. He finished his career tied for second all-time in program history with 177 blocks and also surpassed the 1,000-point plateau with 1,191 career points. As a starter in 2010-11, Hartsock helped lead BYU to the Sweet 16. As an All-WCC performer in 2011-12, he led BYU to 26 wins, including the biggest comeback in NCAA tournament history.

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