Men's Basketball Blog

BYU vs. Tennessee State preview

Nov 08, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:13 pm | Permalink

BYU men's basketball will host Tennessee State in the 2012-13 season opener for both teams on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. MST. The game is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

BYU went 2-0 through this season’s exhibition games with wins over Southeastern Oklahoma State and Findlay. Returning starter Brandon Davies led the team, averaging 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds through the exhibition games while shooting .583 from the field.

Last season BYU finished 26-9 overall and 12-4 in the WCC. The Cougars received an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament where BYU recorded the largest comeback in the tournament’s history by overcoming a 25-point deficit to defeat Iona 78-72 in the First Four. The Cougars were eliminated by Marquette in the second round. BYU has won a tournament game in three-straight season, a program record.

The Tennessee State Tigers finished last season 20-13. It was the first time since the 1995-96 season the team had posted a winning record. It was also the first time the Tigers had eclipsed the 20-win plateau since the 1978-79 campaign.

After falling 54-52 in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship game as No. 2 seed, the Tigers announced they would accept a bid to the CIT. The postseason bid was the first of any kind for Tennessee State since the 1993-94 season.

The team finished their year in the CIT First Round with a loss to eventual champion Mercer.

Lucky for the Tigers, the 2012-13 squad consists of returning starters Robert Covington, Kellen Thorton and Patrick Miller. Covington averaged 17.8 ppg last year, Thorton averaged 9.1 and Miller contributed 10.8.

Tennessee State has played one game this season, an 86-56 exhibition win over Trevecca Nazarene. Thorton led all players with 18 points while Covington contributed a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Media coverage leading up to season opener

Nov 08, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:52 am | Permalink

Tyler Haws, Brandon Davies and Dave Rose addressed the media yesterday after practice and discussed Friday's season opener with Tennessee State. The videos embedded below are courtesy of BYUtv. See links to other stories below.

 

Rose, Davies and Haws on BYUtv's True Blue

Nov 06, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:54 pm | Permalink

Last night BYUtv's True Blue previewed the 2012-13 men's basketball season. Coach Dave Rose and two of BYU's captains, Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws, were guests on the show. See what they had to say below.

truTV to Televise 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Nov. 16-17

Nov 06, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:40 pm | Updated: November 6, 2012 3:42 pm | Permalink

It was announced several months ago that truTV would broadcast the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic games at the Barclays Center on Nov. 16 and 17. See below for information on how to find truTV.

truTV to Televise 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic November 16-17

Match-ups to Feature BYU vs. Florida State; Notre Dame vs. Saint Joseph’s

truTV will exclusively televise the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Action will begin with a doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 16, with BYU taking on Florida State at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Notre Dame and Saint Joseph’s.  Coverage will continue Saturday, Nov. 17, with the Consolation Game at 7 p.m., followed by the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Championship Game.  Brian Anderson will call the games on truTV alongside analysts Greg Anthony and Steve Smith with Craig Sager reporting courtside and contributor Seth Davis.

truTV and truTV HD Channel Designations in the Team Markets

Team City Cable Provider truTV truTV HD
BYU Salt Lake City, Utah Comcast 44 736
Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. Comcast 65 398
Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. Comcast 65 320
Saint Joseph's Philadelphia, Pa. Comcast 69 841
Satellite and Telco Affiliates Channel Information (Nationwide)
Provider truTV truTV HD
DIRECTV 246 246-1
Dish  Network 204 9430
Verizon 183 683
AT&T 164 1164

The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (cvcclassic.com) is one of the most prestigious early-season college basketball tournaments. Twelve schools will compete in the event, with four of those teams serving as regional hosts. Regional round action takes place November 9-13, 2012 with the four hosts – BYU, Florida State, Notre Dame and St. Joseph’s – advancing to the championship rounds on November 16-17 at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in televised and online sports programming, airing championship-level sporting events on TBS, TNT and truTV, and managing some of the most popular sports sites on the Internet. Turner Sports’ television lineup includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, NASCAR and professional golf. The company’s digital portfolio includes Bleacher Report, NASCAR.COM, NCAA.com and March Madness Live, PGATOUR.COM and PGA.com, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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BYU basketball program ranked ninth by Basketball Times

Nov 02, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:59 pm | Updated: November 2, 2012 4:07 pm | Permalink

Every five years since 1997, Basketball Times has ranked the top college basketball programs in the country. Only programs that have won two-thirds of their games over the last 10 years are included. BYU qualified for the first time this year and has earned a ranking of No. 9. A total of 33 teams are included in the rankings. A breakdown of how the programs are ranked follows with BYU's ranking in each category in parenthesis:

  • Must win at least two-thirds of their games over the last 10 years (18th, .719)
  • Number of former players in the NBA (25th, 1)
  • Four-class team graduation rate for incoming freshmen as listed in the 2012 NCAA Graduation Rates Report (T-8th, 71%)
  • Academic reputation score as listed in the U.S. News & World Report 2013 issue of America's Best Colleges (T-19th, 67 on a 100-point scale)
  • A panel of 10 writers from Basketball Times and the United States Basketball Writers Association rank the head coach (16th) and perceived 'cleanliness' of the programs (5th)

While no two ranking systems are alike, the fact that BYU is ranked so highly by a system that takes into account both academics and winning is a testament to the program. BYU coach Dave Rose has the Cougars winning at a higher rate than any other time in program history. BYU has won 25-plus games and reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six years. In addition, his program is the only in the country to reach the NCAA Tournament and receive recognition from the NCAA for its Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in each of the last six seasons.

WCC Tip-Off media coverage

Oct 30, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:34 pm | Permalink

At the West Coast Conference Tip-Off event yesterday, it was announced that BYU men's basketball was picked to finish second in the regular season by the league's coaches. The coaches also selected the preseason All-WCC team which included Cougar senior forward Brandon Davies.

Following are some of the media highlights from the event:

Quotes: WCC Tip-Off Event

Oct 29, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:30 pm | Updated: October 29, 2012 3:05 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose and senior Brock Zylstra spent a few minutes talking about this year's team as part of the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Men's basketball Tip-Off Event. 

Coming out of the Mountain West Conference, talk about that first year in the West Coast Conference and how it looked from your point of view.
Dave Rose: I think there are way more similarities than there are differences. The biggest difference is the venue – the MWC maybe has larger venues with larger crowds but as far as the competition and excitement, it’s very similar. I’ve been very impressed. I know the players a lot better now and I know we’re in for another tough year. This is a fantastic league. One thing comforting to us, and our fans, is that we had a successful season last year – we might not have done as well as we would’ve liked but we still got to play in the NCAA Tournament. That’s a great opportunity for our program.

Brock, what about your experience of playing in both leagues?
Brock Zylstra: I think coach hit it pretty well but the routine you get in as a player – you know what hotels you’re staying in, you know the arenas – I think that has been the biggest difference. As far as everything else goes you’re still playing basketball and you’re still competing against really good teams. It’s just basketball after all that other stuff.

Talk about the experience you have on this year's team.
Dave Rose: We certainly have a more experienced team going into this year than last year. Last year we had guys who had been in the program but they weren’t frontline guys. This year we’ve got Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws who have played a lot of minutes for us and were all-conference selections. We also bring back Brandon Davies, Brock (Zylstra) and Nate Austin – we have a lot of guys on our roster who have played important minutes for us coming in. That’ll be the difference this season. There’s no question that depth is the key to any good team, but especially to a team looking to win a conference championship. We’ll see though – in this conference your team has to be good early, good in the middle and good late.

What’s been the toughest West Coast Conference arena to play in?
Dave Rose: I would say Saint Mary’s, Gonzaga – I guess I’ll just list all the places we lost. No, but really, I think if you ask our players they’d say the feel of those venues is just a little different than the MWC but they are just as exciting and emotional.

How important is senior leadership to your team?
Brock Zylstra: I think there are a few of us on the team that have been playing for a few years who will step up. We have a few new guys on the team this year and everything is new to them so they look to somebody that has been there. We’re there to lead those younger guys and do whatever we can to help them out.

Do you think this conference helps prepare you for the postseason?
Dave Rose: There’s no question it does. This conference is extremely competitive. I think the players are very talented and the coaches are very strategic. One thing we had to work on last year was, sometimes, changing our plan of attack in the middle of the game. Hopefully our experience from last year can help us be successful this year. 

Opponent Preview: Northern Arizona & Virginia Tech

Oct 23, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:36 pm | Updated: October 23, 2012 12:38 pm | Permalink

Northern Arizona

Coach: Jack Murphy
2011-12 record: 5-24
Big Sky Conference record: 1-15, 9tn
Postseason: none 
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 2 (2000)

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Top Returners
Gabe Roger G 6-2 SR 10.2 ppg 1.3 rpg
Michael Dunn G 6-0 SR 6.8 ppg 3.0 rpg

 

Virginia Tech

Coach: James Johnson, beginning his first season with Virginia Tech in 2012-13
2011-12 record: 16-17
ACC record: 4-12, 9th
Postseason: none
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 8 (2007)

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Top Returners
Erick Green G 6-3 SR 15.6 ppg 3.3 rpg
Jarell Eddie F 6-7 JR 9.1 ppg 4.8 rpg

Opponent Preview: E. New Mexico & Baylor

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 1:17 pm | Permalink

Eastern New Mexico

Coach: Andrew Helton
2011-12 record: 14-14
Lone Star Conference record: 7-11, 6th South Division
Postseason: none
Notables: Last season, head coach Andrew Helton led the Greyhounds to their second-straight season with double-digit wins for the first time since the 2006-07 season. 

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Top Returners
Devone Davis 6-1 G SR 9.0 ppg 3.3 rpg

 

Baylor

Coach: Scott Drew
2011-12 record: 30-8
Big 12 record: 12-6, T-3rd
Postseason: NCAA tournament Elite Eight, lost to Kentucky
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 7 (2012) 
Notables: Ranked 18 in the 2012-13 Preseason USA Today coaches poll.

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Top Returners
Pierre Jackson
*Big 12 Preseason Player of the Yr
*AP Honorable Mention All-American
G 5-10 SR 13.8 ppg 5.9 apg
Brady Heslip G 6-2 JR 10.3 ppg 1.3 rpg