Men's Basketball Blog

Day one in New York

Apr 01, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:20 pm | Permalink

These photos are a day late but not a dollar short. Check out some of the action from BYU's travel day on Easter Sunday to New York for the 2013 National Invitational Tournament semifinals. These great photos were taken by Jaren Wilkey of BYU Photo.

BYU basketball in the media before Tuesday

Apr 01, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:08 pm | Updated: April 1, 2013 2:11 pm | Permalink

The BYU basketball team is all set to play Baylor in the semifinals of the 2013 National Invitational Tournament in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT live on ESPN2.

Fans can tune into BYUtv at 6 p.m. EDT on Tuesday before the game to catch a special edition of "Countdown to Tip-off" with live coverage from Madison Square Garden.

Read up on what the Cougars have been doing in New York before the game in the local media, and see what the coaches and players are saying about the matchup.

Deseret News:
Cougars thrilled to be playing in NIT semifinals
C
ougars have impressive history with NIT
Cougars have found new life in NIT experience
BYU getting taste of the Big Apple

Salt Lake Tribune:
Video: BYU captains get a look at Times Square
Basketball season can be called success, players say
BYU deserves credit for motivated NIT play
Cougars stoked for return to NYC

Daily Herald:
BYU's Rose on late-season perspective

KSL.com:
No April Fool's joke, BYU still playing basketball
Cougars take Manhattan

BYU vs. Washington media attention

Mar 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:04 pm | Updated: March 20, 2013 3:25 pm | Permalink

The BYU basketball team defeated Washington 90-79 in the first round of the 2013 National Invitational Tournament. Tyler Haws led all players with 37 points, his third game this season with 30-plus points, and added 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Brandon Davies and Matt Carlino also contributed double-figure points with 22 and 20, respectively. The Cougars downed the Huskies, in part, thanks to 57 points in the second half – tied for the most points BYU has scored in a half this season – and 58 percent shooting from the field. BYU advances to host a second round game in the Marriott Center against the winner of No. 2 seed Tennessee and No. 7 seed Mercer. The date, time and broadcast information will be announced in the coming days.

After the win, the team earned some well-deserved media attention. Below is a list of local and national media outlets that highlighted the Cougars.

KSL.com: BYU handles Huskies, live to play another day

ESPN video: Scott Suggs rejected by Brandon Davies
ESPN.com: BYU 90, Washington 79

Deseret News: Cougars advance in NIT with 90-79 win over Washington
Deseret News: BYU wins, Twitter reacts

Salt Lake Tribune: Cougars run past Washington in NIT opener

The Washington Daily: BYU outguns UW in NIT first round

Daily Herald: Haws put on shooting clinic in NIT victory
D
aily Herald: BYU's "Big Three" gets rolling as Cougars start NIT with romp
Daily Herald video: New energy gives BYU boost over Washington 

The Seattle Times: BYU ends Huskies' season 
The Seattle Times blog: Washington falls to BYU

Former Cougar Gary Hill passed away on March 9, 2013

Mar 13, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:45 pm | Updated: March 13, 2013 5:12 pm | Permalink

Former BYU basketball player Gary Hill passed away on March 9, 2013. Hill played for the Cougars from 1964 to 1967 and was a member of the 1965-66 NIT Championship team. For his career, Hill averaged 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 64 career games. During BYU's run to the 1966 NIT title, Hill contributed 7.7 points and 5.0 boards. As a senior in 1966-67 he increased his scoring average to 10.1 points per game.

For more on Hill, visit his obituary on Legacy.com.

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 3/10

Mar 11, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:44 pm | Permalink

In the final KSL 5 TV coach's show, head coach Dave Rose gave a full recap of last week's West Coast Conference tournament loss to San Diego. 

"I felt bad for our guys - we had a great practice and I thought we were ready for the game. It's unfortunate because I know how much these guys put into it."

Against the Toreros, coach Rose highlighted Brandon Davies' performance. Davies finished with a near triple-double on 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Later in the show, coach Rose broke down the Top 5 plays from this last season. 

The Cougars finished the season 21-11 for their eighth-straight 20-win season with all of those eight seasons coming under coach Rose. In talking about what's next for his team, Rose said they're looking forward to more basketball.

"We're hoping for an NIT bid - I haven't done a lot of research into it but I know that a lot of last year's teams have a similar situation to us this year.. We'll keep our guys sharp and hopefully get a bid to keep going."

To finish up the show, coach Rose talked about some highlights for next season including the return of Kyle Collinsworth and incoming players from state champion Lone Peak High School.

Watch the full show on KSL.com

 

 

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 3/5

Mar 06, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:06 pm | Permalink

In his KSL radio coach's show finale, head coach Dave Rose previewed the upcoming West Coast Conference tournament and how the team has gotten to where they are now.

"I think everyone knows that we need to go down to the WCC tournament and win this thing. I can feel the sense of urgency from the guys and I hope that drives us. These guys are determined to do the best they can and make the most of this season."

The WCC announced yesterday its All-Conference team with Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws named to the All-WCC team. 

"Individual awards in a team game are always difficult to talk about because, really, there's no way Brandon and Tyler could get that award without the team. But there are guys who have to step up and take charge, so I'm proud of them."

In the upcoming conference tournament, the Cougars are a No. 3 seed and will play Friday night against the winner of San Diego and Pepperdine. Coach Rose mentioned the difficulties his team has had with both squads this year and talked a little about the strengths of each. 

Later in the show, senior Craig Cusick joined to talk about how the team is feeling for the rest of the year and how he thinks this season has gone. 

Cusick and coach Rose talked a little strategy on how the team is going to go into the tournament strong and be prepared to get the wins they need. They also talked a little about Cusick's father who was recently diagnosed with cancer and how he's doing. 

To finish the show, coach Rose answered questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com

Two sport star Bronson Kaufusi

Mar 06, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:18 pm | Permalink

Check out this feature by BYUtv's Kathy Aiken on Bronson Kaufusi, a freshman forward on the BYU basketball team. Kaufusi joined the squad at the end of December after totaling 23 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup and 1 fumble recovery as a freshman defensive lineman on the football team.

Kaufusi and the Cougars head to Las Vegas this week for the WCC Championships. BYU will play the winner of San Diego and Pepperdine on Friday at 8:30 p.m. PST in the Orleans Arena. The game will be televised on ESPNU and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM. 

Coach's Show: Sunday 3/3

Mar 04, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:10 pm | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, BYU head coach Dave Rose recapped last week's games against Gonzaga and LMU. The Cougars fell to the Bulldogs 70-65 at home and defeated LMU 73-70 on the road. 

"it was a special night on Thursday in the Marriott Center - great crowd, huge crowd and we were playing a really great team. We had a lot of chances. We got in a spot where we just needed to make a few plays to stay in it but we didn't, and they did, so they got it. That road game against LMU was a dangerous one and we knew that going in - LMU is a team that really knows how to compete."

On senior night against Bulldogs, coach Rose highlighted the senior play of Brandon Davies, Brock Zylstra and Craig Cusick. Each senior finished in double figures.

Against the Lions, Rose said Tyler Haws's performance helped get the Cougars the win. Haws finished with 24 points.

Later in the show, coach Rose spent went more in-depth talking about BYU's three seniors and how each of their unique skills augment the team. 

To finish the show, coach Rose talked about the other teams in the West Coast Conference and how each team wrapped up the year. Coach also previewed the upcoming WCC Tournament this weekend in Las Vegas. 

"It'll be interesting all week to prep for two teams going into this tournament - we'll have to get ready for Pepperdine and San Diego."

 

 

Senior Night tribute

Mar 02, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:43 am | Permalink

In BYU's final regular season home game, five seniors were honored for their contributions to the basketball program.

See the video tribute below.

Brock Zylstra, Brandon Davies, Craig Cusick, Chris Collinsworth and Stephen Rogers were all honored before the home game against Gonzaga on Feb. 28. Collinsworth and Rogers haven't played this year due to injuries before the season that have kept them out.  

Zylstra, Davies and Cusick are all starters for this year's squad.

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 2/26

Feb 28, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:11 pm | Permalink

In his weekly KSL radio coach's show, head coach Dave Rose started with a recap of last week with BYU winning at home against Utah State and falling on the road to Saint Mary's. 

"I think our guys were ready to go, and they obviously know it's a challenge against Saint Mary's, but I thought we were prepared. We started the game with a great game plan and physically we were up to the task. We got behind late and just didn't make a few plays that we needed to. Hopefully, though, our guys can take a lot of confidence from that game even though it was a loss."

The possibility of meeting Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference tournament was discussed with coach Rose saying he'd enjoy another match-up but knows it'd be another tough game. He hopes the guys would be confident going into that game but said the team would have to work to get a good game plan. 

Coach Rose also spent some time previewing next week's games against No. 2 Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount. Gonzaga is the highest-ranked team to play in the Marriott Center. 

"Hopefully the fans will be treated to a great game against Gonzaga. I can promise that the Zags are ever-bit deserving of that high ranking, and I think it's going to be a fun one in the Marriott Center. This will be an interesting week with the two teams we're playing so we'll have to be consistent in our preparation. Consistency is a huge factor for our confidence."

Senior Brock Zylstra joined the show in the later half, talking about life in the WCC and the end of his senior career at BYU. Coach Rose talked about how he first met Zylstra and why they decided to bring him onto the team. Zylstra answered questions from fans before his segment finished.

Coach Rose finished the show by also answering fan questions.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose in Legends Grille on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. MST. 

Only one more round of coach's shows is left. Sunday night on KSL 5 TV at 11 p.m. and next Tuesday night on KSL radio at 7 p.m.