Men's Basketball Blog

BYU vs. Eastern New Mexico preview

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:31 pm | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (7-3) returns to the Marriott Center on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST when they host NCAA Division II opponent Eastern New Mexico. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

The Cougars are coming off their first true road win, a 78-68 final over Weber State, behind a career-high 33 points from Brandon Davies. Davies scored 18 points in the first half on his way to a career night. 

Tyler Haws also scored in double digits for BYU, finishing with 23 points. Haws and Davies combined for 30 of BYU's 36 points in the first half.

Eastern New Mexico comes to Provo with a 5-5 record for just the second time in the series. The Greyhounds have lost their last two-straight games to Cameron University and, most recently, Cal Poly. Against the Mustangs junior Rodney Blackman led all scorers with 22 points, going 3 for 7 from the 3-point line. Blackman is a transfer this season from West Los Angeles College.

The Greyhounds finished the 2011-12 season with a 14-14 record, falling in the first round of the Lone Star Conference tournament to West Texas A&M.

BYU vs. Weber State preview

Dec 15, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:23 pm | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (6-3) is looking for its first true road win tonight when they play at Weber State at 7 p.m. MST live on BYUtv.

The Cougars are coming off a thrilling 61-58 win over rival Utah in the Deseret First Duel. 

Against the Utes, Matt Carlino led all players with a season-high 19 points while going 5 for 10 from behind the arc. Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies also sccored in double digits on 14 and 11 points, respectively. 

Weber State is currently on a three-game winning streak and looking to defend its 20-game home winning streak, the fourth longest streak in the country. 

Three players scored in double figures for the Wildcats as they beat UC Irvine 65-51 in their last outing for a 4-2 record on the year. 

The Wildcats went 25-7 last season, finishing the year in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament with a loss to Loyola Marymount. 

Media coverage prior to BYU at Weber State

Dec 14, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:00 pm | Permalink

Check out some of the media coverage leading up to BYU basketball's game at Weber State tomorrow at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and be broadcast live on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

Frontcourt depth sees improvement, Deseret News

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 12/11

Dec 12, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:55 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball assistant coach Terry Nashif was on the Tuesday night Coach's Show for head coach Dave Rose this week. Nashif started the radio show talking about BYU postponing its game with Utah State and then spent the majority of the show recaping the Cougars's game with Utah last Saturday.

The Cougars beat Utah 61-58. Matt Carlino led the team with a season-high 19 points. Coach Nashif congratulated the team on their win and talked about Carlino's performance and how he's stepped up this season.

"We're so proud of our guys for overcoming difficult shooting and getting that win. They battled tough for that one."

BYU has now won 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Utes. 

When sophomore Anson Winder joined the show, he talked about coming back from injury at the very beginning of this season and how he hopes to make an impact on the year. Winder also recapped his performance against Utah when he finished with three points in eight minutes, and wrapped up his portion with a short Q&A. 

Coach Nashif finished up the show with his thoughts on how the age change for LDS missionaries might affect recruiting and by answer fan questions. 

Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss BYU head coach Dave Rose live on Tuesday nights at Legends Grille on BYU campus. 

 

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 12/10

Dec 12, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:18 am | Updated: December 13, 2012 1:53 pm | Permalink

Dave Rose opened his Coach's Show on KSL 5 TV with a recap of the week, talking about the health of Utah State's Danny Berger and the rescheduling of the matchup for Feb. 19.

"One of the hardest things was just finding a time, or day, that worked for both of us. We got on the phone and found a day, and that day is the 19th of February. We both went to having a week with just one game to every week this season with two games."

A full recap of the 61-58 win over Utah was also talked about with Coach Rose offering insight of how the team adjusted at halftime and was able to make a comeback for the victory. 

"The key for us was the ability to adjust to how they (Utah) were guarding Brandon (Davies) and Ty (Haws), and then finding that third scorer in Matt to get us the win."

Carlino led the Cougars against Utah with a season-high 19 points, going 5 for 10 from beyond the arc. Coach Rose commended Carlino's performance on the night and how he's improved this season. In the "X's and O's" film session, Coach Rose broke down Carlino's performance against Utah. 

To finish the show, Rose talked about how the West Coast Conference is shaping up, previewed next week's matchup with Weber State and talked about the upcoming Children's with Christmas Cancer Foundation party on Wednesday evening that the team is hosting.

Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss Coach Rose on Sunday nights at 11 p.m. on KSL 5.

 

BYU vs. Utah preview

Dec 07, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:28 pm | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (5-3) will host instate rival Utah tomorrow night at 7 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center as part of the Deseret First Duel.

BYU is coming off a 62-83 loss on the road to Iowa State a week ago.

Against the Cyclones, Brandon Davies led all players with 20 points and six rebounds. Matt Carlino also scored in double-figure points with a season high of 12.

The Utes come to Provo with a 6-2 overall record, winning five of their last six games. In its most recent game, Utah defeated Boise State 76-55 behind a game-high 18 points from Jarred Dubois.

Utah went 6-25 last season, finishing the year with a 53-41 loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament and a 1-11 record through its last 12 games. They return three starters this season in David Foster, Cedric Martin and Jason Washburn. 

Q&A with Cory Calvert

Dec 07, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:06 pm | Updated: December 7, 2012 3:07 pm | Permalink

Why did you choose to come to BYU?

I love the school and the tradition it has. The basketball program is great, so it was kind of an easy choice.

If you could do one thing extremely well, besides basketball, what would that be?

Probably golf, which I’m really bad at.

When did you start playing basketball?

At three or four years old I started shooting hoops, so I’ve pretty much always played. My dad loves basketball so he kind of got me into it.

If you could play any position in any other sport, what would you play?

Quarterback.

Who’s been the most influential person in your life?

My parents have been awesome. They’ve been great examples of how to live your life.

Who’s the funniest person on the team?

I actually think Agui (Agustin Ambrosino) is pretty funny. He’s got kind of a dry sense of humor but I think he’s pretty funny. Plus his accent is fun.

What’s something unique about you that most people don’t know?

My dad’s name is Cory also, so I’m a Jr.

What’s your favorite meal?

Steak and mashed potatoes.

Who’s your favorite athlete?

Probably Ty Lawson because he plays on my favorite team, the Nuggets, and he’s a lot of fun to watch.

Q&A with Nate Austin

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:08 pm | Permalink

Why did you choose to come to BYU?

It was a dream come true to play here, more than anything. I grew up going to all the football games. Before I committed here I was probably a bigger BYU football fan than I was a BYU basketball fan. It’s still probably pretty close. It’s always been a dream of mine, so when BYU offered, it was a done deal.

What’s the best thing about Coach Rose?

He’s very passionate about the game. Big competitor. He’ll do whatever it takes to win. He and the other coaches obviously spend tons of time making the scouting reports. He’s just really passionate and wants to win.

If you could do one thing extremely well, besides basketball, what would that be?

I think it would be cool to do the eating contests, like the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contests. I don’t know how those guys just pound it down, but I think that would be fun to do.

When did you start playing basketball?

I’ve played basically all my life. I had a Little Tikes hoop when I was about three or four years old and I would shoot around with my little brother. I guess as I grew up, like literally, as I got taller I thought this must be the sport for me. I’ve always loved playing football, but my body was built to play basketball and that’s fine with me. I love this sport.

If you had to play a different position, what would you play?

I like where I play. I like playing power forward more, being able to play with your back to the basket or stepping outside and shooting. I think that’s perfect for me. I’m not a typical center where you just play back-to-the-basket the whole time. I like to take the outside shot sometimes, too.

Who’s been the most influential person in your life?

My parents. They’ve always been there for me, always given me advice and I can talk to them about anything.

What’s something unique about you that people don’t know?

I love the series 24. This offseason, with my shoulder recovering, I watched 6 seasons of the show and just finished the eighth season a couple weeks ago. Once I finished it was like a piece of me was gone. I don’t have anything to watch on Netflix anymore.

If you could meet anybody from history, who would it be?

Probably Kevin Garnett. He’s my favorite basketball player. I love his game, I love how hard he plays. He works hard on both sides of the floor, so I try to shape my game after his a little bit.

Tyler Haws on Mormon Times

Dec 05, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:22 pm | Permalink

BYU sophomore guard Tyler Haws was recently featured on Mormon Times. Haws talks about his decision a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what he learned from his experience and the current BYU basketball team. Mormon Times also included some interview extras.

The feature is a follow up of sorts to 'A Work in Progress,' a feature produced by the Church that focused on Haws's preparation to serve a mission.

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 12/4

Dec 05, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:52 am | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose and player Cory Calvert were live at Legends Grille Tuesday night on the weekly KSL Radio Coach's Show. 

Rose began the show previewing the upcoming week with two instate rivals and offering his sympathy for Utah State's Danny Berger who collapsed at practice on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's really sad when you hear about something like this happening to someone so young. I can't imagine. I feel for the staff, the players and Danny's family. All we can do now is just wait to see what happens and hope for the best.

"It seems sort of trivial to be talking about playing a game under the circumstances but this is a growing time for our team and a time for us to get better. We're still looking to make progress this season. Our guys have a lot of will to prove and practice the last few days have shown that. They've worked hard."

A continuing series with Utah and Utah State was talked about and also the challenges BYU has faced playing on the road this season. 

"We need to become more diverse as a team so we can attack the issues we're having and become more consistent. I thought, of those tough road games we've had, we actually competed well against Notre Dame and had a good chance to win, but those other two just got away from us."

When freshman Calvert joined the show, Rose talked about the first time he met Calvert play and how he came to play at BYU. 

"It was such a great honor to get invited to play here," Calvert said. "When I got the offer I accepted right away."

The show finished up with a short Q&A session from fan questions with Rose.

Listen to the full audio on KLS.com and don't miss Coach Rose at Legends Grille next Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST.