Men's Basketball Blog

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.

Video: Craig Cusick's journey

Feb 26, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:43 pm | Updated: February 26, 2013 3:14 pm | Permalink

Senior walk-on Craig Cusick hit the buzzer beater in BYU's 70-68 win over Utah State just a few hours after finding out his father had been diagnosed with cancer. 

BYUtv featured Craig in one of their recent videos, and also included an extended video with words from teammate Brock Zylstra and assistant coach Tim LaComb about Craig and the Cusick family. 

See both videos below.

Cancer can affect everyone, and certainly the BYU basketball team is no exception. BYU head coach Dave Rose is a cancer survivor, surviving a cancer scare in June of 2009.

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 2/24

Feb 25, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:38 pm | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, coach Dave Rose began his weekly coach's show with a full recap of last week's games. Last week BYU defeated Utah State 70-68 and fell to Saint Mary's 64-57 on the road. 

"I think our win at home definitely gave us some momentum going into that Saint Mary's game. We couldn't quite get it done but we'll be looking forward to another oppourtunity to play them, hopefully, in the conference tournament."

Against Utah State Rose said he couldn't have imagined a better ending, with Craig Cusick hitting the buzzer beater after earlier that day he found out his father had cancer. Cusick finished with four points in the game and a team-high five rebounds. Tyler Haws's performance was also recognized - the sophomore finished with 27 points, making a career-high 14 trips to the free-throw line and finishing 12 of them. 

"Good win for our guys - but, on a personal note, a great win for Craig after such a tough day."

Coach Rose said he thought the team was ready against Saint Mary's and, defensively, it was one of their best games. Against the Gaels, Brandon Davies' 25 points were praised as the one offensive constant throughout the game. 

Later in the show, Davies' ability to be effective in the post and how the team runs their offense through him was discussed by coach Rose. 

And to wrap up the show, coach Rose talked about how the rest of the West Coast Conference teams are shaping up and what's next on the schedule for BYU. 

Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose on KSL 5 TV every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST.

 

Craig Cusick on ESPN SportsCenter

Feb 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:52 pm | Updated: February 20, 2013 5:06 pm | Permalink

After hitting the game-winning buzzer beater in BYU's 70-68 victory over Utah State, BYU senior Craig Cusick was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter. Cusick talked about what the shot meant for him personally after finding out earlier that day his father had cancer.

Cusick has moved himself into a starting position, getting nine starts this season, and is averaging 4.2 points per game after walking onto the team three years ago as a practice player, meaning he wasn't listed on the official roster. 

Feature on Brandon Davies

Feb 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:40 am | Permalink

Senior Brandon Davies was recently featured on BYUtv's True Blue. See the video below. 

Davies has become one of BYU's most successful big men. He is BYU's most recent addition to the 1,000-point club with 1,539 career points to place him 12th all-time and is also 12th all-time on BYU's career double-double list with 21. His career rebounds of 768 place him 11th on the all-time list.

Video: Hutchins and Minson jersey retirement

Feb 19, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:05 pm | Permalink

BYU legends Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson joined Danny Ainge and Kresimir Cosic as the only BYU men’s basketball players to have their jerseys retired during halftime of Saturday’s 86-72 win over Portland.

BYUtv highlighted the 1951 NIT National Championship team, of which Hutchins and Minson were members, with a video tribute. 

The halftime ceremony was aired live on BYUtv and included remarks from the two former players, a letter from Elder Jeffery R. Holland and words from athletic director Tom Holmoe. 

See both videos below.

Also visit the BYUtv sports YouTube page to see the videos about Minson and Hutchins, and more about BYU athletics.

 

BYU Coach's Show: Monday 2/18

Feb 19, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:15 am | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose began his weekly radio show with a recap of last week's one-game week and how the team made it work in their favor to get an 86-74 win on Saturday against Portland. 

"When you get the schedule for the year you have to just make the best with it and, at first, we were worried about back-to-back bye weeks. But now it's looking like a good thing for our team to regroup. I know the guys are definitely looking forward to this week over last week - the guys love playing games. For us coaches, though, there's just so much you can accomplish on bye weeks."

Coming up this week for BYU is a game on Tuesday at home against Utah State, rescheduled from earlier in the season, and on the road on Thursday against Saint Mary's. Previewing the week coach Rose said, obviously, for Tuesday the most important thing is that player Danny Berger was able to recover and now the teams will prepare to play each other. A big thing for Thursday's game will be how well the team can regroup and practice on Wednesday with a quick turnaround to play on the road. 

Later in the show, Brandon Davies joined coach Rose to talk about how the season is shaping up for him. Davies said he believes in this team and what they can do. Before leaving the show, Davies answered some fan questions. 

"It's a really important time for Brandon right now - he knows how teams are playing him and he's learning to adjust. The coaches realy like his approach and what he's able to do. It's his responsibility to make plays for us."

To wrap up the show, Rose also answered questions submitted by fans.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose live from Legends Grille on BYU campus every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST.

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 2/17

Feb 18, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:37 pm | Updated: February 18, 2013 9:39 pm | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, head coach Dave Rose kicked off his weekly show with a full recap of last week's action against Portland. The Cougars had just one game last week, on Saturday, against Portland in the Marriott Center. BYU won 86-72.

"We had a long week, which was nice, and played really well. I think our guys were very dialed in on the challenge we gave them to come and compete together as a group. Everyone has different ideas of how to fix things but we needed to do it together, and I'm happy with how that happened on Saturday."

BYU's ability to play as a team was highlighted by coach Rose. Brandon Davies's performance against the Pilots was also highlighted. 

"One of our major themes on offense was to share the ball, and I think that even transitioned over to the defensive side. I'm happy to see the guys come out with the emphasis of playing together. It's great to see Brandon getting the points he deserves out there."

The jersey retirement of Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson was talked about, and coach Rose said the two former players spent a few minutes before the game in the locker room talking to the players.

Later in the show, coach Rose talked about the team's strategy for getting a basket off in-bounds plays. And to finish the show, coach Rose talked about how the rest of the West Coast Conference teams are shaping up and previewed BYU's upcoming week with games against Utah State and Saint Mary's.

Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST on KSL 5 TV.