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Coach Rose on tomorrow's matchup with Utah State

Nov 29, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:32 pm | Permalink

BYU coach Dave Rose met with the media after today's practice to discuss Saturday's game against Utah State. The Cougars and Aggies play at 7 p.m. MST at EnergySolutions Arena. They game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM. Visit the game day page on BYUcougars.com for more information.

“We had a great game up there a few years ago with Utah State at EnergySolutions Arena. With the experience of their team, starting four seniors, and the youth of our group and where we’ve been and the fact that we’re coming off a loss, it should be a really exciting game. We’re looking forward to it.”

On playing a familiar in-state opponent:
“Most of the players know each other and the staffs know each other. We’ve recruited some of their players and they’ve recruited some of our players and they end up where they end up. Then you get to play each other once a year.”

On the last decade of games between BYU and Utah State:
“They’ve been really competitive games. They usually go right down to the wire. Last year it was a last possession shot off a rebound that won the game for us. I know our guys are really looking forward to it and hopefully there’s a great crowd in there and there’s good energy.”

“When you look at the programs over the last eight to 10 years there have been good teams and good teams are hard to beat. Stew has one of his really special teams this year with with the combination of their experience and the depth at each position. I think it’s going to be a real battle.

“I believe Utah State is going to have a great season based on watching film and where they’ve been and what they’re doing. These guys really know how to close a game. When you play in a program and you understand the expectations and you have won for years and years, you figure out how to close games and that’s what this team does really well.”

“Our guys are excited. There hasn’t been a lot of emotion on our part that we’ve had to put into these guys. They know the importance of these games and they know how difficult it is to beat good teams. This will be a good game.”

Howell a nominee for 2013 Broyles Award

Nov 27, 2013 - Posted by at 3:27 pm | Updated: November 27, 2013 3:45 pm | Permalink

BYU defensive coordinator and secondary coach Nick Howell is one of 40 nominees for the 2013 Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach in college football. The list of nominees was announced Wednesday by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. 

After three years on the full-time staff, Howell was promoted in 2013 to serve as defensive coordinator. As such, Howell took on the task of preparing the BYU defense to adjust to playing in essence an extra quarter of football per game in 2013 because of BYU's new up-tempo offense. Only six teams in the nation have had to defend more plays than BYU this year and of those that have had to defend as many plays only Oregon and Oklahoma State allow fewer yards per game. BYU has played 878 plays on defense in 11 games to date. BYU ranks No. 16 nationally in both points per play allowed (0.277) and yards per play allowed (4.83) despite the extra demands of the high number of plays to defend.  

Howell was the special teams coordinator the past two seasons while also coaching the Cougar secondary, where he has served since switching from outside linebackers during the 2010 season. In his seventh season in Provo and 12th year of coaching, Howell started at BYU as a defensive intern (2007) and graduate assistant (2008-09) after working in Utah’s high school coaching ranks. Prior to BYU, he was the head coach at Ben Lomond High School (2004-06), defensive coordinator at Weber High School (2003) and defensive line coach at Sky View High School (2002).

The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The Rotary Club of Little Rock presents the Broyles Award. The winner of the 2012 Broyles Award was Bob Diaco, Notre Dame.

The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history.

The Broyles Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

For more information, visit www.BroylesAward.com or search for Broyles Award on Facebook and Twitter.

A complete list of nominees for the 2013 Broyles Award is included below.

2013 Broyles Award Nominee

  • Alabama - Doug Nussmeier, Offensive Coordinator
  • Arizona - Jeff Casteel, Defensive Coordinator
  • Arizona State - Mike Norvell, Offensive Coordinator
  • Arkansas State - Kent Riddle, Assistant Head Coach, TE’s/Special Teams
  • Auburn - Rhett Lashlee, Offensive Coordinator
  • Ball State - Rich Skrosky, Offensive Coordinator
  • Baylor - Philip Montgomery, Offensive Coordinator
  • Boston College - Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator
  • Brigham Young - Nick Howell, Defensive Coordinator
  • Central Florida - Brent Key, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
  • Colorado State - Dave Baldwin, Offensive Coordinator
  • Clemson - Chad Morris, Offensive Coordinator
  • Duke - Kurt Roper, Offensive Coordinator
  • Florida State - Jeremy Pruitt, Defensive Coordinator
  • Fresno State - Dave Schramm, Offensive Coordinator
  • Georgia Tech - Ted Roof, Defensive Coordinator
  • Houston - David Gibbs, Defensive Coordinator
  • Indiana - Seth Littrell, Offensive Coordinator
  • Iowa - Phil Parker, Defensive Coordinator
  • Louisville - Vance Bedford, Defensive Coordinator
  • LSU - Cam Cameron, Offensive Coordinator
  • Michigan State - Pat Narduzzi, Defensive Coordinator
  • Minnesota - Tracy Claeys, Defensive Coordinator
  • Missouri - Josh Henson, Offensive Coordinator
  • Nebraska - Tim Beck, Offensive Coordinator
  • Ohio State - Tom Herman, Offensive Coordinator
  • Oklahoma State - Glenn Spencer, Defensive Coordinator
  • Ole Miss - Dan Werner, Co-Offensive Coordinator
  • Rice - Chris Thurmond, Defensive Coordinator
  • San Jose State - Jimmie Dougherty, Offensive Coordinator
  • South Carolina - Lorenzo Ward, Defensive Coordinator
  • South Florida - Stu Holt, Special Teams Coordinator
  • Stanford - Derek Mason, Defensive Coordinator
  • Texas State - Mike Schultz, Offensive Coordinator
  • UCLA - Jeff Ulbrich, Assistant Head Coach/LB’s/Special Teams
  • Utah - Ilaisa Tuiaki, Defensive Line
  • Utah State - Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
  • Virginia Tech - Torrian Gray, Defensive Secondary Coach/Pass Game Coordinator
  • Western Michigan - Charles Huff, RB Coach
  • Wisconsin - Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator/LB’s

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week Three: Thanksgiving Edition

Nov 26, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 3:54 pm | Updated: November 27, 2013 4:17 pm | Permalink

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of the BYU Hoops Mailbag. A few things we're thankful for around these parts this week: Eric Mika's goggles, Tyler Haws' mastery of H-O-R-S-E, being an "older" team, an orange ball, a round hoop and of course family, friends and BYU fans. Now on to the questions.

Carly from Hooper asked:

The Cougars lost to Iowa State who are coached by former NBA player Fred Hoiberg, what's BYU's record in games against teams with former NBA players as head coaches?

BYU is 7-8 against current NCAA coaches who played in the NBA. There are currently 13 NCAA Division I coaches who have played in the NBA. The Cougars have only faced five of the 13 and have only faced former New Mexico head coach Steve Alford more than twice. Utah's Larry Krystowiak is the only other coach on the list BYU will face this season after beating Stanford's Johnny Dawkins two weeks ago and falling to Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg last week.

Coach School Years BYU vs.
Steve Alford UCLA 2013-present 0-0
  New Mexico 2007-2013 3-5
  Iowa 1999-2007 0-0
  SW Missouri State 1995-1999 0-0
Larry Krystowiak Utah 2011-present 2-0
  Montana 2004-2006 0-0
Billy Donovan Florida 1996-present 1-1
Fred Hoiberg Iowa State 2010-present 0-2
Johnny Dawkins Stanford 2008-present 1-0
Andy Kennedy Ole Miss 2006-present 0-0
  Cincinnati 2005-2006 0-0
Reggie Theus Cal State Northridge 2013-present 0-0
  New Mexico State 2005-2007 0-0
Cuonzo Martin Tennessee 2011-present 0-0
  Missouri State 2008-2011 0-0
Bryce Drew Valparaiso 2011-present 0-0
Dan Majerle Grand Canyon 2013-present 0-0
Eddie Jordan Rutgers 2013-present 0-0
Kevin Ollie Connecticut 2013-present 0-0
Bobby Hurley Buffalo 2013-present 0-0

Spencer from South Jordan asked:

The Cougars lost to Wichita State last night. When was the last time BYU faced a Final Four participant from the previous year?

The last time the Cougars faced a team who made it to the Final Four the previous season was in 2006 against UCLA. BYU lost 82-69 in the game played in Los Angeles, Calif. The Bruins had lost in the title game a season earlier.

Since 1990, BYU has played seven games against the previous year's Final Four participants. BYU is 0-7 and has only played one of the seven teams in the Marriott Center, while four of the seven games have been on neutral courts and one was in the NCAA tournament. Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse were all defending champions, while the other three games were against teams that lost in the title game. Wichita State was the first Final Four team BYU has faced since 1990 that didn't make it to the title game.

Opponent W-L Score Location Date
Duke L 89-66 Maui Invitational, Maui, Hawaii Dec. 23, 1992
North Carolina L 97-65 Tournament of Champions, Charlotte, N.C. Dec. 4, 1993
Utah L 75-54 Salt Lake City, Utah Jan. 9, 1999
Utah L 71-46 Provo, Utah Feb. 6, 1999
Syracuse L 80-75 NCAA First Round, Denver, Colo. Mar. 18, 2004
UCLA L 82-69 Los Angeles, Calif. Nov. 15, 2006
Wichita State L 75-62 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Kansas City, Mo. Nov. 26, 2013

Have questions you'd like to see answered? Include your name and hometown with a question and send it to basketballpr@byu.edu. The mailbag will run weekly with a Monday night deadline for questions and will be published on Wednesdays.

Cougars in the Pros: Tavernari totals 23 points and 10 rebounds in two games

Nov 25, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 1:32 pm | Updated: November 25, 2013 3:35 pm | Permalink

Jonathan Tavernari combined for a total of 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots in two games last week. He finished with 17 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots in an 82-78 win against Macae last Thursday. 

Charles Abouo contributed seven points and four rebounds in a 80-59 win against Ourense in 10 minutes of play, while Trent Plaisted also added seven points and four rebounds in a 75-62 win against the Artland Dragons last Saturday. 

Jimmer Fredette played in four games last week to combine for a total of 18 points, six rebounds and six assists, while averaging 12.5 minutes per game. In a 113-106 win against the Phoenix Suns, Fredette contributed eight points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Brandon Davies, who's been averaging 11 minutes per game this season, added two points, two rebounds and two steals in a loss to the Indiana Pacers last Saturday.

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 4.0 1.7 1.7
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.3 2.3 0.4
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 3.0 4.0 0.0
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 8.9 5.6 1.8
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 9.7 7.7 1.3
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.5 3.4 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.2 5.1 1.1

Cougars receive NSCAA Team Academic Award

Nov 21, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:31 am | Permalink

BYU women's soccer received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for having a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Cougars are one of 593 women's soccer teams in all divisions to receive the award.

Since the start of the season, BYU had 10 players named to the West Coast Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll and five players receive WCC All-Academic honors, including goalkeeper Erica Owens being named to the WCC All-Academic team for the second straight year. The Cougars have also been nationally ranked every week this season on their way to a second consecutive WCC championship.

Check out the NSCAA Team Academic Award announcement.

No. 21 Iowa State wins a close one, 90-88

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:46 pm | Permalink
The second half began with both teams trading points back and forth. The score remained with the Cougars ahead 58-54 at the first timeout.
 
Iowa State tied the score for the first time in the second half from a free throw with 7:20 left in the game to make the score 73-73. The Cylcones took their first lead since the 10:37 mark in the first half at 78-77. 
 
Iowa State's DeAndre Kane got a flagarant two foul and was ejecgted with under four minutes to go after poking Eric Mika in the eyes. Mika left the game and would not return. A pair of Tyler Haws free throws put the Cougars behind 82-79. 
 
Haws drained a mid-range jump shot to put the score at 89-87 with the Cyclone advantage. With 30.0 seconds left in regulation, the ball was tipped on the Iowa State inbounds pass. Anson Winder recovered the ball and got fouled, hitting one of two free throws which left the score at 89-88, Cylcones.
 
Haws had a chance to take the lead but was blocked. After recovereing the ball, Daniel Edozie made one free throw. The ball was inbounded to Kyle Collinsworth who missed the last shot of regulation, giving Iowa State the 90-88 win. 
 
Four Cougars finished the game in double-figure points: Mika (17), Haws (20), Matt Carlino (19) and Collinsworth (11). 
 
Nate Austin grabbed 13 boards to have consecutive games with double-figure rebounds for the first time in his career. 

BYU leads No. 21 Iowa State at halftime

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 8:23 pm | Updated: November 20, 2013 8:38 pm | Permalink

Eric Mika, Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws led the Cougars in the first half of the game. All three had 12 points at the end of the half. Mika had 10 points in the first eight minutes of regulation.

Iowa State opened up strong in the first half of the game, taking a quick 7-2 lead.

BYU took its first lead at 15-14 from a Kyle Collinsworth bucket. The Cougars later went on an 8-0 run, sparked by five-straight points from Carlino, to put BYU up 25-18. 

A Carlino steal and assist to Mika led to an alley-oop dunk that gave the Cougars their largest lead of the half with a 36-24 advantage.

A 10-0 run eclipsed by a pair of free throws brought Iowa State within a point of BYU at 43-42. Carlino took the last shot of the first half just before the buzzer, extending the lead to 47-42.

The Cyclones shot 46 percent compared to the Cougars' 47 percent. BYU outrebounded Iowa State 27-19. The Cougars held an 11-2 advantage with points from turnovers. 

Thornock's goal makes it on WCC's Top Plays

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 2:54 pm | Updated: November 20, 2013 2:58 pm | Permalink

Another week and another goal making it to No. 2 on the West Coast Conference's top play countdown. This time it's Jaiden Thornock's goal which made it 2-0 against Weber State. The goal helped BYU advance to face Colorado in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. MT.

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week Two

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:58 am | Updated: November 26, 2013 3:52 pm | Permalink

The mailbag returns for its second installment, this time with one question and a long answer.

Kevin from Tallahassee, Fla., asks:

Some media pointed out that Creighton’s Doug McDermott averaged more points than minutes for a little while early this season. Any Cougars accomplished this even on a game-by-game basis?

After going through this year’s four games and all of last season, 11 different times BYU players either scored more points than they played minutes or were within one point for every minute played.

So far this season, only Eric Mika against Mount St. Mary’s with 20 points in 21 minutes and Matt Carlino with 26 points in 22 minutes against Stanford have accomplished the feat or gotten close to it.

The leader last year was Tyler Haws with three games of more points than minutes. Brandon Davies had two, as did Bronson Kaufusi. Anson Winder and Cory Calvert each did it once.

You probably noticed these players don’t all have the same things in common. Davies and Haws started almost every game and averaged 29 and 34 minutes per game last year, while the others averaged less than eight minutes per game and came off the bench.

For the starters, it came down to outscoring their minutes played, so their good shooting nights gave them a chance. Davies shot 20 percent better from the field than his season average in his two games, while Haws shot between five and 15 percent better from the field in his three games.

This season, when Mika and Carlino accomplished the feat, their shooting was also up. Mika shot 90 percent from the field, while in his other three games he’s shot .526 from the field. Carlino was at 50 percent against Stanford, 15 points higher than his other games.

As for the players who accomplished the feat coming off the bench, it took a hot start and some other help. Winder scored four points in four minutes against Loyola Marymount. He recorded two steals to help get him two good looks. Against Weber State, Calvert was 3 of 4 from the field, but also hit a 3-pointer and made multiple free throws. Kaufusi accomplished both of his with a steal each time and being perfect from the field in his limited minutes.

So scoring more points than minutes played means what exactly? For a starter who plays a fair amount of minutes, it means they had an efficient scoring night. For a player coming off the bench, it means they were able to get high percentage shots quickly in a short amount of time. It probably isn’t a repeatable skill, McDermott is currently averaging 28 minutes and 25 points and no one came close to averaging something close last season, but it should make for an important contribution to the team. After all BYU is 9-1 in games when a player scores more than or almost as many points as minutes played. Check out the list below:

 

2013-14

Mika vs. Mount St. Mary’s 21 minutes and 20 points

Carlino at Stanford 22 minutes and 26 points

2012-2013

Davies vs. Georgia State 29 minutes and 28 points

Davies vs. Northern Arizona 26 minutes and 27 points

Haws vs. Cal State Northridge 33 minutes and 32 points

Haws vs. Virginia Tech 35 minutes and 42 points

Haws vs. Washington 38 minutes and 37 points

Winder vs. Loyola Marymount 4 minutes and 4 points

Calvert at Weber State 10 minutes and 9 points

Kaufusi vs. Loyola Marymount 2 minutes and 2 points

Kaufusi vs. San Francisco 5 points and 5 minutes

 

Have questions you'd like to see answered? Include your name and hometown with a question and send it to basketballpr@byu.edu. The mailbag will run weekly with a Monday night deadline for questions and will be published on Wednesdays.

Our Corner of the Bracket

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 10:34 am | Updated: November 20, 2013 10:48 am | Permalink

Now that BYU women's soccer has made it to Tallahassee, Fla., for the second and hopefully third rounds of the NCAA tournament, let's take a look at how the rest of our region is looking.

At the other host site in Lincoln, Neb., the No. 2 seed Huskers are playing Boston College in their second round matchup on Friday. Nebraska won both the Big Ten regular season title and the conference tournament. Boston College finished sixth in the ACC behind the four No. 1 seeds and Notre Dame. ACC teams haven't lost yet in the tournament.

After beating Seattle 2-0 on Saturday, No. 3 seed Portland faces Illinois Friday in the other game in Lincoln. The Illini needed penalty kicks to beat Washington State in the first round. The field was more mud than grass, but Illinois won despite being outshot 29-10. In the regular season, Illinois tied for fifth in the Big Ten and was one of eight teams the Big Ten got in the tournament. In the first round, those teams went 5-3.

Here in Tallahassee, Florida State plays Ole Miss on Thursday at 5 p.m. MT. The Seminoles are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and have a 32-game unbeaten streak on their home field. Ole Miss finished fourth in the SEC, which had six teams make the tournament. All six won in the first round.

The Cougars face Colorado in the other Tallahassee game on Thursday at 2:30 MT. Colorado finished sixth in the Pac 12 and was one of six teams from the conference who made the tournament. Pac 12 teams went 3-3 in the first round. The Buffaloes are led by senior Anne Stuller, who totaled nine goals and seven assists, and freshman forward Brie Hooks with eight goals and two assists of her own.