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NCAA All-Access and Tournament Previews

Nov 15, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:42 am | Updated: November 15, 2013 1:33 pm | Permalink

Cloee Colohan returns with another segment of All-Access. This time taking you inside the team finding out its NCAA opponent and region. Check out the video here.

Senior Niki Fernandes transferred from San Diego State to BYU and is ready to help the Cougars make another deep run in the NCAA tournament, read that story here.

Allwhitekit.com previews the BYU-Weber State game, here, while Collegesportsmadness.com previews BYU's draw in the tournament which also features No. 4 seed Denver and No. 1 seed Florida State, here.

Cougars not hanging their hats on Stanford win

Nov 14, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:23 pm | Updated: November 14, 2013 5:32 pm | Permalink

Despite coming off a big win against Stanford Monday night, the Cougars are not hanging their hats and are continuing to prepare for the long season. 

"We definitely enjoyed the win against Stanford for a couple days," Tyler Haws said. "But, I think we've come back from the high and we're ready for the next challenge."

Head coach Dave Rose was most excited about how his players contributed with energy, focus and urgency. The 112-103 win against Stanford was the most points scored during Rose's coaching era at BYU.

"Now the biggest concern is how do we get better," Rose said. "How do we get better from a game we played really well."

Playing back-to-back games against Mount St. Mary's and Colorado Mesa is not a favorable schedule choice, but Rose and his team will be ready.

"We say that you have to treat every game the same," Haws said. "We prepare it the same way and we can't overlook anyone. We have to be ready to play and we have to look at it just the same as any other game." 

With their three-guard lineup, the Cougars have been able to attack and play the up-tempo speed they've been talking about during the offseason and hope to continue that style of play against Mount St. Mary's.

"They have really good guards," Rose said. "Their three guards are really experienced. We have to attack, we have to make plays, we have to be really unselfish and try to attack their defense."

Matt Carlino who has been averaging 24 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists the past two games has been a big part of BYU's 2-0 record.

"Experience is a big thing," Rose said. "I would say that the experience has given him a lot of confidence and hopefully he can continue to play well." 

The potential was evident in the last two games and Haws attributes it to everyone's attitude on the team. 

"It's very exciting," Haws said. "I love this team because we just compete and fight every single play. No matter if the other team makes a run, we're going to keep coming back and keep fighting."

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week One

Nov 13, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:19 am | Updated: November 13, 2013 11:24 am | Permalink

Welcome to the first installment of the BYU Hoops Mailbag. The Cougars won their first two games over a long weekend defeating Weber State at home Friday and Stanford on the road Monday. This week BYU faces Mount St. Mary's on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. MT followed by Colorado Mesa on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Reggie from Cedar Hills, Utah, asked:

What is BYU's record in home openers at the Marriott Center?

The Cougars are 33-10 in home openers at the Marriott Center, which dates back to the Marriott Center opening to start the 1971-72 season. BYU is in the midst of an eight-game winning streak in home openers after the 81-72 win over Weber State last Friday. The current win streak is tied with 1971-72 until 1978-79 when the Cougars won their first eight home openers at the Marriott Center.

Jordan from Norman, Okla., asked a three-parter:

When was the last time BYU scored that many points against a Pac-12 team?

BYU's 112 points scored against Stanford was a record for the Cougars against a Pac-12 team. BYU scored 104 at Utah on Jan. 11, 2011 in a 104-79 win, but the Utes were a member of the MWC at the time. The last time BYU scored 100-plus against a team that was in the Pac-10 at the time was Dec. 1, 1992 at home against Arizona State, a 108-98 win. 

… or in the second game of the season or earlier?

BYU's 112 points scored at Stanford are the most scored in one of the team's first two games of the season since the Cougars defeated Hofstra 119-84 on Nov. 30, 1983 at home. That was the second game of that season. Other notable early season scores include: In 2000-01, BYU scored 100 points in the season opener against Elon. The Cougars won 100-63. The Arizona State game referenced above was also a season opener. In 1986-87, the Cougars scored 110 in the opener (a 119-110 loss at Oklahoma) and 100 in the second game (a 100-86 home win against Utah State).

When was the last time we shot about 53.5% against a power conference team?

The last time BYU shot 53.5 percent or better against a power conference team was Dec. 28, 2009, at Arizona. The Cougars shot 56.9 percent (37 of 65) from the field in BYU's 99-69 win. Jimmer Fredette scored 47 points on 16 of 23 shooting to set the BYU single game scoring record (a record he broke a few times the following season). Current Cougar Tyler Haws, a freshman that season, hit 5 of 8 from the field and 2 of 4 from three for 12 points in that game.

Shooter from Hickory, Ind., asked:

Is the West Coast Conference still undefeated? Really?

Yes, the West Coast Conference's 10 teams haven't lost yet. The conference as a whole is 15-0 with wins over major conference opponents Stanford, Colorado State, Nevada, Louisiana Tech and Akron. 

Only the Big Ten is the only other conference still without a loss by any of its teams. The 12 Big Ten teams are 21-0.

Have questions you'd like to see answered? Include your name and hometown with the 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.

Fernandes' goal makes it to No. 2 on WCC Top Plays

Nov 12, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:43 pm | Permalink

Senior forward Niki Fernandes' goal against Saint Mary's made the rundown of top plays from the past week in the West Coast Conference. The corner kick from Marissa Nimmer was headed back to Fernandes by Ashley Hatch before being headed into the back of the net. Check it out at No. 2 in the video below.

NCAA tournament reaction

Nov 11, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 6:33 pm | Permalink

Here's reaction from the NCAA Selection Show earlier this afternoon courtesy of BYUtv. The Cougars face Weber State on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Cougars in the Pros: Tavernari scores a combined 33 points in two games

Nov 11, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:39 pm | Updated: November 11, 2013 3:52 pm | Permalink

Jonathan Tavernari finished with a double double, 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in an 89-81 win against Paulistano last Friday. Despite a loss to Paulistano on a back-to-back, Tavernari scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in 39 minutes of play the following night.  

Charles Abouo finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in a 71-68 loss to Andorra on Friday night. 

Brandon Davies contributed four points, three rebounds and one steal in a 127-125 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Jimmer Fredette added four points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 19 minutes of play in a loss against the Portland Trailblazers. 

To view weekly stat updates, visit the Cougars in the Pros page under the info tab. Check out their season stats in the table below.

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 3.0 2.0 2.0
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.5 1.0 0.3
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 9.6 5.1 0.7
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 9.1 6.1 2.3
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 11.9 4.0 1.2
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.0 3.5 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.5 5.3 1.3

Mendenhall, Edwards similarities over first 111 games

Nov 09, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 9:42 am | Updated: November 12, 2013 2:48 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall is looking for his 81st win at the helm of the Cougars as he leads his team into Camp Randall Stadium today to face No. 21 Wisconsin.

This will be Mendenhall’s 112th game overseeing the BYU program. Now in his ninth season, he has won over 72 percent of BYU’s games under his leadership while achieving an 80-31 record.

Interestingly, Mendenhall matched legendary Cougar coach LaVell Edwards by winning his 80th contest in his 111th game. Coach Edwards also won his 80th game in his 111th outing during his 10th season to boast a nearly identical 80-30-1 record at that point of his career.

There are several other similarities when looking back at the first 111 games of BYU’s two most successful coaches.

Edwards’ teams boasted four winning streaks of at least six games (17, 11, 7, 6). Mendenhall’s teams have also had four such streaks (16, 11, 6, 6) and could add to that total if able to improve upon the current five game-streak entering today’s game at Wisconsin.

The longest losing streak for Edwards was four games, something his teams endured twice. Mendenhall, likewise, has suffered no more than four losses at a time, with one such skid back in 2010.

The opponents BYU played have changed a bit from the beginning of the Edwards era to the program’s current status of football independence.

Edwards’ teams faced teams that currently hail from an automatic-qualifying BCS conference 16 times, earning an 8-8 record with wins over Kansas State (2), Oregon State (2), Oregon, Texas A&M, Wisconsin and SMU.  Mendenhall’s teams have faced teams from BCS leagues 31 times, achieving a 15-16 record with wins over UCLA (2), Washington (2), Oregon State (2), Georgia Tech (2), Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas, Ole Miss, Arizona, Washington State and Houston. Overall, BYU has played 17 different programs from an automatic-qualifying BCS league in those 31 games while Edwards’ teams played nine programs over the 16 games.

When it comes to postseason, Edwards’ teams went to five bowls over that 111-game span with a 1-4 record while beginning what would become a great BYU bowl legacy. Mendenhall has built upon the legacy by taking the Cougars to a bowl each year while winning a program-record four straight bowls to boast a 6-2 postseason record. 

Fireside in Madison, Wisc.

Nov 08, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 11:19 pm | Updated: November 8, 2013 11:22 pm | Permalink

Haws and Carlino lead BYU to victory

Nov 08, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 9:06 pm | Permalink

The second half played out much like with the first half with Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws leading the way to an 81-72 victory.

Haws led the Cougars in scoring with 14 in the half and Carlino added 11 points. Haws had the first dunk of the year for BYU with just over five minutes left in the game. Sophomore Kyle Collinsworth contributed five points with four rebounds and three assists, and freshman Eric Mika had five points, two assists and two blocks.

After Weber State closed to within five, BYU went on a 15-1 run to push the lead to 20 at 61-41. Carlino led BYU with five points during the run and Collinsworth added four points of his own. Mika made his presence felt on the defensive end with two blocks during the stretch.

The rest of the half saw a series of small runs by both teams. Weber State closed out the game on an 8-0 run over the final three minutes to bring the lead to single digits.

BYU shot 46.9 percent from the floor while limiting Weber State to 38.2 percent shooting in the second half.

BYU leads Weber State 44-33 at the half

Nov 08, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 8:01 pm | Updated: November 8, 2013 8:03 pm | Permalink

Juniors Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws led BYU to a 44-33 halftime lead over in-state rival Weber State.

Haws scored 14 points with eight rebounds and Carlino had 11 points with four assists and two steals.

BYU jumped out to a quick start with Carlino scoring the first two points of the game on a jumper from the top of the key and then started a 15-1 run with his second basket of the game. On a Weber State fast break during the run, sophomore Kyle Collinsworth ran down the court to deny a layup. Haws had seven points during the run.

After the under eight minute media timeout, the Cougars went on a 9-0 run to go up 35-16. Haws hit the first three of the game for the Cougars to cap the run to go along with four points from Carlino.

BYU dominated the glass outrebounding Weber State 24-18 including six offensive rebounds. They shot 42.5 percent from the field and 60 percent from behind the arc.