Pregame Report vs. North Texas: Coach Rose, Haws and Bartley

Dec 02, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee on December 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Updated: December 2, 2013 7:24 pm

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, Tyler Haws and Frank Bartley IV talked about their matchup against North Texas Tuesday night. The Cougars will play North Texas at the Marriott Center at 7 p.m. MST. They game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM. 

Coach Rose

On what he liked when playing Utah State:
“We felt really good about the win and how we played. As we went and watched the film, we had certain parts of that game where we competed really well as a group. We didn’t do everything right, but our effort was so good that it made it really tough on them. That’s when you have guys helping each other and trusting each other. The best thing about that game is that we really grew as a group and our ability to trust each other.”

Most challenging aspects on North Texas:
“These guys are really quick. They play fast and their guards are really good dribble penetrators. They get the ball to the rim. Their big guy might be the best running big guy that we face. He can really get out and run to the rim. It’ll be a real fast-paced game. We’ll have a lot of the same issues that we had with Texas. They’re really good in transition.”

On tough schedule:
“We knew the teams would be good. When you play ranked teams, you’re really impressed and they’re really good. But sometimes those unranked teams are a little better and a little tougher but just may have not gotten the publicity yet. The one thing I do believe is every game is a real challenge for our guys and that will help us as we move along. You have to get ready and come every night to play.”

Tyler Haws

On North Texas:
“They’re a bunch of athletes. I think they’re a lot like Texas, really up tempo and their guards want to push it and try and finish in transition. Our defensive transition has got to be pretty good for us to win.”

On the new guys:
“They’re awesome. I feel like each game they get a little more comfortable and confident. They’re not afraid of anyone and they’re not going to back down.”

Frank Bartley IV

On North Texas:
“They’re a good team. They’re very physical and they like to get up and down the court. They’re going to come at us.”

On meeting his expectations and high points:
“I still have my ways to go. I’m still a freshman and I’m still getting better everyday. I’m not surprised about my success, but I feel like I can do a lot more. It’s just the beginning.”

“Just get on the court and play. The minutes I’m getting right now, I just have to keep building on that. There’s more to come. I think a lot of people are sleeping on me. I just want to keep making plays for my teammates, keep making the hustles plays, keep getting defensive stops and provide the spark when we need it.”