BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino talk about their Wednesday night matchup against Prairie View A&M after practice. The Cougars will take on Prairie View A&M at the Marriott Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
On Prairie View A&M:
"Three of their starters average double figures. They're a good scoring team. It's pretty similar to the last two games we played. They really like to push the ball in transition and we're going to have to do a good job with defensive transition. They really rely on dribble penetration and have a 5-11 guy who can drive the ball and get to the middle of the floor. We're going to have to do a much better job than we did on Saturday."
"We've got a lot of work to do. I think our team has proven that we've got good scorers, we can score inside, we can score outside, but defensively is a challenge."
On playing zone defense:
"We played a lot of zone in Kansas City and hopefully we can get back to man-to-man defense. This team has played a lot more man-to-man than zone this year. We can get way better and the last two practices, the guys have shown a lot of improvement and we'll see improvement tomorrow night."
On what they're working on for Prairie View A&M:
"We obviously have to get better defensively. There's been a huge emphasis on the defensive side of the floor. We can put the ball in the basket, but we have to focus on defending and keep the teams from scoring."
"They have some really good guards that like to penetrate and shoot a little bit. They've played some tough teams this year and played them pretty well, so we have to be ready for them."
"We just have to take it one game at a time. You can't overlook anyone, so we're focused on tomorrow."
On defensive issues:
"We worked really hard in the summer on our defense. I think we just kind of get relaxed sometimes, because we have athletes and we have a lot of good defenders on the team. I think it's more of a mindset and we're trying to fix that."
On 7-3 record so far:
"We're a little disappointed just because we felt like in each of our losses we had chances to pull away and get those wins. Obviously they would've been big wins for us, but there's a little bit of disappointment but we're happy with where we're at. I think we've gotten better and learned a lot from our losses, so hopefully it helps us going forward and hopefully we continue to get better."
On coming off of UMass loss:
"We talked a lot about defense. We've given up so many points, especially on the road. We just have to get better. We score a lot of points, but if we're not going to defend, we're not going to win."
On Prairie View A&M:
"That's what it comes down to, getting stops. We can score a lot of points and if anyone wants to run with us, we're going to score a lot even if they don't. We just have to get stops."