Schedule tidbits

Jul 11, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton on July 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Updated: July 11, 2012 5:10 pm

With the nonconference slate for the 2012-13 BYU basketball season announced, here are some facts about the teams the Cougars will face in November and December.

  • BYU plays three-straight games against in-state opponents (Utah State-Dec. 5, Utah-Dec. 8, at Weber State-Dec. 15). The last time the Cougars played three-straight games against in-state foes was in 1992. After opening the 1992-93 season at home against Arizona State, BYU played at Utah State and at Weber State before returning to the Marriott Center to play Southern Utah.
  • During the nonconference season, BYU will play four or five teams that played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. At the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Cougars will face two of the following three teams — Florida State, Saint Joseph's and Notre Dame. Florida State and Notre Dame both played in the big dance last season and Saint Joseph's played in the NIT. Other NCAA Tournament teams on the schedule include Montana, Iowa State and Baylor. Florida State and Iowa State both advanced to the Third Round while Baylor advanced to the Elite Eight and lost to eventual national champion Kentucky.
  • Four of BYU's opponents played in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, including Tennessee State, Georgia State, Utah State and Weber State. Tennessee State, Georgia State and Utah State were all eliminated by eventual champion Mercer. Weber State lost to WCC foe Loyola Marymount.
  • BYU's first four opponents won 20-plus games in 2011-12 and the Cougars will play nine teams during the nonconference season that won 20-plus games in 2011-12. Baylor won the most games at 30. 
  • Eight of BYU's nonconference opponents finished in the top three of their respective conferences. Montana was the Big Sky champion while Tennessee State (Ohio Valley) and Weber State (Big Sky) were second in their conferences and Florida State (ACC), Notre Dame (Big East), UT San Antonio (Southland West Division), Iowa State (Big 12) and Baylor (Big 12) were all third in their leagues.

Several of BYU's nonconference opponents were among the top teams in the NCAA in several statistical categories.

  • Georgia State was one of the top defensive teams in the NCAA in 2011-12: 11th in scoring defense (58.9), 4th in field goal percentage defense (38.0), 12th in blocks per game (5.4), 4th in steals per game (9.3) and 15th in turnover margin (+3.5)
  • Florida State was 5th in field goal percentage defense (38.1) and 7th in blocks per game (6.1)
  • Saint Joseph's was 2nd in blocks per game (7.1)
  • Notre Dame protected the ball as well as any team in the coutry as it was ranked 6th in assist turnover ratio (6th) and 3rd in turnovers per game (10.1). The Irish also fouled less than any other team in the country at 13.8 per game.
  • UT San Antonio relied heavily on 3-point shooting and was ranked 16th in 3-point field goals per game (8.5) and 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.4)
  • Iowa State was a few spots better than UT San Antonio in 3-point field goals per game (8.6)
  • Weber State was the best in the NCAA in free throw percentage (81.4), 7th in 3-point field goals per game (8.9) and 11th in turnovers per game (10.6).
  • Virginia Tech was 2nd in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.0)