Men's Basketball Blog

Opponent Preview: Montana & Iowa State

Oct 15, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:14 pm | Permalink

Montana

Coach: Wayne Tinkle, 2011-12 Big Sky Coach of the Year
2011-12 record: 25-7
Big Sky conference record: 15-1, 1st
Postseason: NCAA second round, lost to Wisconsin
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 9 (2012)
Notables: The Griz finished the 2011-12 season winning 14 of its last 15 games. Montana is coming off its third-straight 20-win season and third-straight NCAA appearance.

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Top Returners
Will Cherry
*First Team All-Big Sky
*Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year
G 6-1 SR 15.8 ppg 3.9 rpg
Kareem Jamar
*FIrst Team All-Big Sky
G 6-5 JR 13.6 ppg 5.6 rpg
Mathias Ward F 6-7 SR 10.9 ppg 3.9 rpg

 

Iowa State

Coach: Fred Hoiberg, 2011-12 Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year
2011-12 record: 23-11
Big 12 record: 12-6, T-3rd
Postseason: NCAA third round, lost to eventual champion Kentucky
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 14 (2012)
Notables: In the 2011-12 season, the Cyclones tied the Big 12 record for biggest turnaround in league history at +8. The team was chosen to finish 8th in the conference preseason poll and actually finished tied for 3rd.

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Top Returners
Melvin Ejim F 6-6 JR 9.3 ppg 6.6 rpg
Chris Babb G 6-5 RS SR 7.8 ppg 4.1 rpg
Tyrus McGee G 6-2 SR 7.7 ppg 3.3 rpg

Opponent Preview: UT-San Antonio & Cal State Northridge

Oct 12, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 5:05 pm | Permalink

University of Texas-San Antonio

Coach: Brooks Thompson
2011-12 record: 18-14
Southland conference record: 10-6, 3rd west division
Postseason: none
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 4 (2011)
Notables: 2012-13 will be the first, and only, season in the WAC for UT-San Antonio before joining Conference USA.

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Top Returners
Jeromie Hill
*2nd Team All-Southland Conference
*NABC All-District 23 honors
F 6-8 JR 12.5 ppg 6.4 rpg
Michael Hale III G 5-9 SR 9.9 ppg 3.2 apg

 

 

Cal State Northridge

Coach: Bobby Braswell
2011-12 record: 7-12
Big West record: 3-13, T-8th
Postseason: none
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 2 (2009)
Notables: Braswell's 2011-12 team was his youngest ever with half the team as freshman

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Top Returners
Stephan Hicks G/F 6-6 RS SO 15.1 ppg 7.1 rpg
Josh Greene G 6-0 JR 12.4 ppg 2.9 apg
Stephen Maxwell F 6-7 SO 8.6 ppg 6.4 rpg

Opponent Preview: Saint Joseph's & Notre Dame

Oct 11, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:59 am | Updated: October 11, 2012 12:02 pm | Permalink

Saint Joseph's
Coach: Phil Martelli
2011-12 record: 20-14
Atlantic 10 conference record: 9-7, T-5th
Postseason: NIT second round, lost to Northern Iowa
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 19 (2008)
Notables: The Hawks return all five starters from 2011-12; just one nine teams in Division I to record 20 wins after losing 20 games the season before. 

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Top Returners
Carl Jones
*All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention
G 5-11 SR 17.0 ppg 3.3 apg
Langston Galloway
*All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team
*All-Big 5 1st Team
G 6-2 JR 15.5 ppg 4.5 rpg
CJ Aiken
*Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year
F 6-9 JR 10.9 ppg 5.1 rpg

 

Notre Dame
Coach: Mike Brey, 2012 NABC District V Coach of the Year
2011-12 record: 22-12
Big East record: 13-5, 3rd
Postseason: NCAA second round, lost to Xavier
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 32 (2012)
Notables: The 2011-12 season saw the the Fighting Irish reach their third straight 20-win campaign and third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. 

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Top Returners
Eric Atkins
*Notre Dame Oustanding Playmaker Award
G 6-2 JR 12.1 ppg 4.1 apg
Pat Connaughton G 6-5 SO 7.0 ppg 4.4 rpg
Jack Cooley F 6-9 SR 12.5 ppg 8.9 rpg
Jerian Grant G 6-5 JR 12.3 ppg 5.0 apg

Plaisted with the Clippers

Oct 09, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:41 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar Trent Plaisted, who has played professionally in Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey and Lithuania since leaving BYU, is on the LA Clippers training camp roster. The team arrived in China yesterday and will play the defending world champion Miami Heat in exhibition games on Thursday and Sunday. The Clippers' website is covering the team's trip and today the squad visited the Great Wall of China.

While at BYU from 2004 to 2008, Plaisted averaged 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds and shot .535 from the field. He led BYU to back-to-back conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008. The Seattle Super Sonics drafted Plaisted in the second round (46th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft and traded his rights to the Detroit Pistons. In the summer of 2010 he participated in the NBA Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls. That fall he was on the 76ers' training camp roster.

Opponent Preview: Florida State

Oct 09, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:11 pm | Permalink

The Cougars will play Florida State in New York as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. ET.


Florida State

Coach: Leonard Hamilton, 2011-12 ACC Coach of the Year

2011-12 record: 25-10

ACC record: 12-4, 3rd

Postseason: NCAA third round, lost to Cincinnati

NCAA tournament appearances (last): 16 (2012)

Notables: In 2011-12 the Seminoles captured the school's first ACC championship since joining the league in 1991-92; Ranked 10th in the Final AP poll.

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Top Returners
Michael Snaer
*only returning starter
*ACC tourney MVP
*All-ACC 2nd Team
G 6-5 SR 14.0 ppg 3.8 rpg
Ian Miller G 6-3 JR 10.3 ppg 2.0 rpg
Terrance Shannon (stats from 2010-11)
*redshirt last season due to injury
F 6-8 RS JR 10.3 ppg 4.4 rpg

Opponent Preview: Georgia State

Oct 08, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:28 pm | Updated: October 8, 2012 3:29 pm | Permalink

The Cougars host Georgia State in Provo, Utah, on November 13 at 7 p.m. MST.

Georgia State

Coach: Ron Hunter, 2012 Atlanta Tip-Off Club Georgia College Coach of the Year

2011-12 record: 22-12

Colonial Athletic Association record: 11-7, 6th

Postseason: CollegeInsider.com Second Round, lost to eventual champion Mercer

NCAA tournament appearances (last): 2 (2001)

Notables: The 22 wins in 2011-12 was the second-most wins in school basketball history.

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Top Returners
Devonta White
*only returning starter
G 5-10 JR 12.9 ppg 2.9 apg
James Vincent C 6-10 SR 3.2 ppg 1.8 rpg
Rashaad Richardson G 6-4 JR 5.4 ppg 1.4 rpg

Opponent previews: Tennessee State

Sep 25, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:04 pm | Updated: September 25, 2012 2:06 pm | Permalink

Starting today and continuing until the start of the regular season on Nov. 9, we will give a short synopsis of all of BYU's opponents here on the BYU Basketball Blog.

Tennessee State

Coach: Travis Williams

2011-12 record: 20-13

Ohio Valley conference record: 11-5, 2nd

Postseason: CollegeInsider.com First Round, lost to Mercer

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Top Returners
Robert Covington 6-9 F Sr. 17.8 ppg 7.9 rpg
Patrick Miller 6-1 G Jr. 10.8 ppg 3.6 apg
Kellen Thornton 6-7 F Sr. 9.1 ppg 4.5 rpg
Jordan Cyphers 6-4 G Sr. 8.0 ppg 1.7 rpg

Travis Hansen featured on BYUtv's Legends

Sep 06, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:41 am | Permalink

Former Cougar Travis Hansen was recently featured on BYUtv's Legends. Check out the entire episode on BYUtv.org. Hansen was a two-time All-MWC honoree and averaged 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in his three seasons at BYU, including 16.8 points, 4.8 boards and 2.4 assists his senior season.

Hansen was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks where he played for one season. He then went on to enjoy a successful career overseas, playing in Spain and Russia. While in Russia, he and his wife were inspired to help children throughout the world and started the Little Heroes Foundation. Watch the episode for more on Hansen, his basketball career and his foundation.

More on ESPN.com's 50 in 50

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:37 pm | Permalink

Earlier today ESPN.com started its 50 in 50 series in which it is ranking the top 50 men’s basketball programs from the last 50 years (starting with the 1962-63 season to now). BYU was ranked No. 36.

In the breakdown ESPN.com includes the rank by decade, including how many points the program accumulated each decade and where that point total ranks. See below.

Rank by the decade

  • 1962-69: 28 (39th)
  • 1970-79: 23 (T-67th)
  • 1980-89: 50 (T-43rd)
  • 1990-99: 36 (60th)
  • 2000-present: 81 (29th)

Interestingly, BYU’s highest point total by far came from 2000 to now. Granted, that is a little more than a decade, but it is a testament to the job Coach Dave Rose has done in the last seven seasons.

With four conference titles, winning percentages of .690 or above every year (including two .800 seasons), six NCAA Tournament teams (including the Sweet 16 in 2011), a first-team All-American and a top 10 draft pick (anyone heard of Jimmer?), Rose has accumulated 58 points in his seven years, more than any other decade based on ESPN.com’s point system.

Dave Rose reflects and looks forward

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:35 pm | Updated: August 15, 2012 4:36 pm | Permalink

The WCC recently posted a video interview with BYU basketball coach Dave Rose. He took the time to reflect on last season, the quality of WCC basketball and his excitement for the future.