After cruising through their two exhibition games, the Cougars will open their season at home against Weber State Friday night.
After Thursday's practice, Dave Rose expressed his excitement on starting the regular season against a challenging team.
"That's probably one of the things that's exciting as a coach," Rose said. "You get pretty anxious to see how they're going to perform. You're pretty sure of their skill level, you know what they're capable of doing and you've seen their work ethic. Now, you're going to see a whole new side of these guys and how they respond to tough situations."
With a young team, Rose liked how his players, especially Eric Mika and Luke Worthington, were getting up to speed and how they were making progress on defense. Junior Tyler Haws was also optimistic about his younger teammates and the energy and toughness they brought.
"They don't let things get to them and they're going to be the same every single day," Haws said. "That's one thing I've noticed about these young guys."
Consistency and toughness has been an emphasis in practice this week, and Haws is ready for the challenge and is looking forward to proving that on the court.
BYU is 19-0 against Weber State at the Marriott Center and hopes to add to its undefeated record at home.
"Any team that comes in here, we expect to get a win," Haws said. "I feel like we have great fans and a great atmosphere. We love homecourt advantage."