Quotes from Jan. 8 after practice

Jan 09, 2014 - Posted by knielsen on January 9, 2014 at 9:43 am | Updated: January 9, 2014 5:01 pm

BYU head coach Dave Rose

On Eric Mika:

"He's getting better every day. He did a little bit today in practice and we'll just see how he feels tomorrow. Hopefully, somehow he gets to where it feels comfortable enough to see if we can get a few minutes out of him."

On facing Pepperdine again:

"This team is a very good defensive team. They were a really good defensive team last year. Offensively, they've got a lot more firepower. Somewhere close to 60 percent of the points being scored are from guys that weren't on the team last year. When you see a team that was pretty competitive last year and all the guys that were starters are now all their reserves you know the team is actually really improved."

"What they have that is really impressive is two really skilled post guys who can spread the floor really well, can pass and shoot and then four guards that are good shooters. Schemes that you use with them you have to get in and out of them because when they get comfortable they're really good at passing out of them, dribbling through them and scoring in the low post."

On Skyler Halford coming off a big game:

"What we really need to focus on with Skyler is his defensive assignment. The real challenge for us tomorrow will be to handle these post guys and still be able to handle the perimeter. Hopefully, he'll focus in on that defensive assignment, bring a lot of energy to that side of the floor and then offensively see what comes to him."

Emphasis on defense

"I think it’s a real emphasis with our whole group. We had a tough time out on the road, when you look at the final scores we played well offensively in those games. To move forward, we felt like we need to make a real conscious effort defensively to not only understand the scouting report but to have an urgent attitude toward executing it and to hold them accountable in the film room."

Perimeter defense against Pepperdine

"There are things we need to do differently. This league is really good at shooting the 3-point shot. The challenge with Pepperdine is the fact that their post guys, if you let them go 1-on-1, when you bring the second defender those guards space the floor so well there's so much area you have to cover we have to be really attentive to how we move and rotate out of those things."

Kyle Collinsworth

On facing Pepperdine again:

"Of course whenever you lose a game to a team, you want to beat when they come in your building. We've got to guard the 3-point line a little better. They made a lot of 3s on us, so that'll be a big focus for us."

"We lost the game, but we played a good last 15 minutes. If we can play like the last 15 minutes for the whole game we'll feel really confident."

Tyler Haws

Facing Pepperdine again:

"I feel like we know their sets and personnel. We've played them once before so we know the challenge ahead of us we just have to go out and make it happen."

"Every game you play in conference is a big one. You need to get your home wins. I don’t know if revenge is the right word, but every game is important in league and we're definitely ready for the challenge."

The San Diego win:

"I think we found our rhythm in lots of areas. We were mentally into it for 40 minutes, the coaches put together a great game plan and the players did our best to execute it."

On Skyler Halford's game against San Diego:

"He came in and knocked down shots and followed Johnny Dee around the whole night. He was a big spark for us the whole night on both ends of the floor. I know Sky will be looking forward to the next challenge too."

On the challenge of coming off a big game for Skyler:

"(The challenge is) to stay aggressive. You can't play on your heels or try and change your game or what you do. Stay aggressive and when you have an open shot step up and knock it down."