Cougars face another tough challenge on the road vs. No. 13/11 Oregon

Dec 19, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee on December 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Updated: December 21, 2013 12:29 am

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose and players spoke to the media after Thursday's practice. The Cougars face No. 13/11 Oregon on the road on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PST. 

Coach Rose

On focus this week:
“I think there are some things we’ve taken from the last couple games that are really important for us to get better at. I think our guys have been really good and they’ve responded really well in a tough week. Their schedules are messed up staying up late studying and taking two finals every day this week. We understand that we’ve got to make better decisions on the offensive end of the floor, defensively we have to be way more consistent in our effort and execution.”

On tough non-conference schedule:
“There are no regrets. We’ve had so many opportunities to play good teams and we’re getting a lot of these teams back at our place. We’ve learned a lot from the games. I would like to put a schedule like this together every year, but maybe not so one-sided.”

“We’ve had opportunities out there and we haven’t capitalized on all of them, but we have another one on Saturday, so we’ll look forward to it.”

On team’s confidence:
“They’re down after this rivalry loss, obviously, but I think they understand we need to improve and get better. Right now, they’re all 100 percent committed to doing that.”

Matt Carlino

On practice this week:
“We’ve been conditioning a lot. Obviously not wanting to repeat what we did then, but moving on and getting ready for Oregon.”

On what to expect on Saturday:
“We expect to play a good team. They’re one of the top teams in the country and Coach was telling us today how much talent they have and we’re expecting to play a good team.”

On confidence level:
“I feel like we’re coming together as a team. I feel like we want to come out and play well in this Oregon game. It’s tough when you have a lot of space in between our games and with finals. We just want to come out and play well in this Oregon game to build our confidence going into league play.”

Kyle Collinsworth

On what practice has been like since Utah game:
“They’ve been pretty intense. They’re about coming together as a team and figuring out how we can get better each day and how to prepare for our game on Saturday against Oregon.”

On confidence level and tough schedule:
“We’re still confident. There were a lot of games we could’ve won that we didn’t. We’re always going to be confident. We just need to make us better to get us ready for Saturday and for conference play.”

“I’d rather play ranked teams because it’s going to help us come March and April. Those are teams you’re going to play. Those ranked teams are going to be where we want to be, so it’s good for us. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

On Oregon’s high-scoring offense and BYU’s defense:
“We’re going to have to play defense to win that game, that’s for sure. If we don’t play defense, we don’t win that game. It was this week’s emphasis as well as free-throw shooting.”

“We have to trust that if I close out, somebody’s going to help. It’s just the little principles we have, and we have to do them. We’re getting better. We’re a young team and we’re figuring it out. I promise by the end of the year, we’re going to be a good defensive team.”