Rebounding key to winning, Haws expected to play

Nov 19, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee on November 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Updated: November 20, 2013 12:12 am

The Cougars all agreed that crashing the boards will be a key to winning on Wednesday night against the No. 21 Iowa State Cyclones.

"I think we're going to be able to rebound with them and handle them on the boards, but they're a very good rebounding team," Matt Carlino said. "We're going to have to really work at it and that's going to be a huge point of emphasis for us." 

BYU hopes to have all five players go to the boards against Iowa, a team averaging 42.7 rebounds per game, and run out in transition. Coach Dave Rose also pointed out that his guards need to be active for the long rebounds that come off Iowa's deep shots. 

Rose believes if BYU plays the way it did against Weber State, Stanford and Mount St. Mary's, Wednesday's game will be a good, competitive game. 

"I think every experience you go with a new group of guys is a learning experience," Rose said. "This game has a really unique challenge to it. These guys will all be ready to play and there'll be a lot of energy and excitement in the building, so we'll see how our guys handle that." 

After beating No. 7 Michigan, the Cyclones are on the schedule as a "big game" and should expect a big crowd at the Marriott Center.

"The Marriott Center is awesome when it's packed, and it should be a good crowd tomorrow," Tyler Haws said. "This is what you work hard for. We prepare the same way for every team, so it should be another game for us that we could win." 

Haws expects to play Wednesday night after sitting the last two games due to a lower abdominal strain.

"I feel good and I practiced today, so I'll be ready to go," Haws said.