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Cougars set multiple conference tournament records

Mar 14, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:42 am | Updated: March 16, 2014 12:26 am | Permalink

In BYU's run to the West Coast Conference championship game, the Cougars set several conference records and several Cougars set BYU conference tournament records.

As a team, the Cougars set the WCC record for team rebounds in a single tournament with 129. BYU topped former record holder Loyola Marymount by one rebound. The Lions grabbed 128 boards in 1989.

Tyler Haws set the WCC record for individual free throws made with 29. Haws was 29 of 30 from the charity stripe over the three games. Through the semifinals, Gonzaga's Sam Dower Jr. set the record with 23 free throws. In the final, Dower went 0 of 3 and Haws was 11 of 11 to set a new record and stretch his personal streak to 26 straight free throws made.

Several BYU players set conference tournament individual game records. Kyle Collinsworth's 16 rebounds against LMU broke Rafael Araujo's previous record of 14 for most rebounds in a conference tournament game. Anson Winder set the BYU record for steals in a conference tournament game with six. The old record belonged to Jackson Emery who had five steals in 2011.

The Cougars rewrote a lot of the game free throw records. Winder hit 8 of 8 from the free throw line against LMU, which was tied for fourth most free throws made without a miss. Haws didn't wait to push Winder down to sixth by Tuesday night. Against San Francisco, Haws set the record for most free throws made without a miss in a game with 14. Against Gonzaga, Haws hit 11 of 11, which is now the third most in a conference tournament game.

Haws' 14 of 14 night at the free throw line against San Francisco is also the second most free throws made in a conference tournament game and is tied for the third most free throws attempted in a conference tournament game.

The Cougars haven't won a conference tournament since 2001 and BYU hadn't played three games in a tournament since 2011 when the Cougars beat TCU and New Mexico before losing to San Diego State. Collinsworth has played in six conference tournament games in his two seasons and now owns the career conference tournament record for rebounds with 58. He has three more than former record holder Lee Cummard and is second in rebounds per game with 9.7 rebounds per game behind Araujo's 11.3 rebounds per game. Collinsworth also moved into a tie for fourth in career steals with nine. He was passed by Winder, who is now third with 11 steals in conference tournament games.

Matt Carlino is now sixth in career conference tournament assists with 19 and is also second in turnovers.

Haws moved up on the scoring and free throw record lists in his conference tournament career. He is three points out of 10th in career scoring and is fourth in scoring average at 19.6 points per game.

Haws is now second in free throws made with 40 and is fifth in free throws attempted with 42. He is also first in free throw percentage at 95.2 percent.

Mika's record-setting freshman season

Freshman center Eric Mika has broken into the top 10 in 18 different freshman season records. He is already the most prolific freshman offensive rebounder in BYU history, but is also tied for the most offensive rebounds in a season at 91 with Rafael Araujo. He's top 10 in these freshman season categories:

Points 374 8th
Scoring Average 11.7 9th
Field Goals Made 137 6th
Field Goal Attempts 259 10th
Field Goal Percentage .529 7th
Free Throws Made 100 8th
Free Throw Attempts 164 5th
Rebounds 204 3rd
Rebounding Average 6.4 6th
Offensive Rebounds 91 1st
Blocks 24 6th
Blocks Average .75 7th
Personal Fouls 103 7th
Games Started 28 8th
Double Figure Scoring Games 23 4th
Double-Doubles 5 4th
20-Point Games 2 10th
10-Rebound Games 6 4th

Haws named to All-High Major First Team

Mar 14, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:21 am | Updated: March 28, 2014 6:06 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah - BYU's junior guard Tyler Haws was named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com All-High Major First Team.

Haws has also received West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors and was named to the USBWA All-District VIII team, WCC All-Tournament Team and the All-WCC Team. Haws averages 23.4 points per game along with 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Haws is currently sixth in the nation in scoring and led the WCC in scoring during the regular season.

Haws helped the Cougars to a 23-11 overall record and a 13-5 conference record. BYU finished second in the WCC in both the regular season and conference tournament. BYU will find out its NCAA tournament fate on Sunday at 4 p.m. MDT on CBS.

Santa Clara's Jared Brownridge was named All-High Major Freshman of the Year, while Saint Mary's Brad Waldow and Gonzaga's Sam Dower were both named to the All-High Major Fourth Team.

BYU and UCF to play Thursday night on ESPN

Mar 11, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 2:00 pm | Updated: March 11, 2014 7:35 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (March 11, 2014) — Brigham Young University, University of Central Florida and ESPN today announced the 2014 football game between the Cougars and Knights will be played on Thursday, Oct. 9 to a national television audience on ESPN. 

BYU will be making its first-ever visit to Bright House Networks Stadium for the Thursday night matchup. The Knights are coming off a 12-1 season and No. 10 final ranking in 2013. The Cougars won the inaugural contest between the two teams in Provo with a 24-17 victory in 2011. 

The Cougars will travel to Orlando to face the Knights after hosting Utah State on Friday, Oct. 3 in Provo. UCF will be coming off another Thursday night contest at Houston on Oct. 2. 

Game time for the Oct. 9 game featuring BYU and UCF will be announced once determined. 

Read more about BYU's 2014 schedule

Coach Rose and players talk about WCC Tournament

Mar 06, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:58 pm | Updated: March 6, 2014 11:00 pm | Permalink

Coach Dave Rose

On getting into the NCAA tournament:

“I think we probably have to win the tournament to get in and that’s what our mindset is, so let’s take this first game. The most important thing is to control what you can control and the sure bet is that if we win it, we’re in a nice spot.”

“There are no guarantees, you have to play well. You need a lot of guys to play well for a long period of time – for three-straight games. You can’t do it with one or two guys. Hopefully the roster here is up to the task for what we need to do.”

On line-up changes:

“I don’t think they’ve all paid off. We’ve had an interesting season, but I think so much credit goes to these players. I think Matt Carlino, especially early in the season when we made the decision to bring him off the bench, how he responded to that and how well he’s played in that role, I think has made a lot of the other decisions much easier. You have your captain, your leader, who’s really out front who’s continued to play really well and I think that set the example for everyone.”

On Eric Mika coming off the bench:

“Eric and I had quite a few conversations about that. Right now, it feels really good for both of us. Hopefully we can see really good, positive results from that. I think he’s playing really well and these tournaments are really different than regular season games. There’s a lot of emotion, a lot of urgency and a lot of energy; it’s great what guys look forward to.”

On LMU or Portland matchups:

“They’ve both caused different problems. Portland has a really strong and deep front line. It’s caused us problems with their shooters. Loyola Marymount is very athletic and they turn you over. There are issues on both sides, so we have to find out who we’re going to play and prepare for it.”

On Luke Worthington:

“I think he’s done a really good job in his commitment to the game plan and what he can do specifically to help us. Offensively, he’s blossomed into his own player as far as his ability to pick-and-roll and get stick backs and get to the free-throw line and make free throws.”

On this season overall:

“I’m proud of our guys. This season has been a real challenge with the early season schedule. We played really good teams and had a chance to win them, except for a few, but when you don’t win, you have to dig deep on where you’re going to go and what you’re going to do and this group has come together pretty well.”

Tyler Haws

On Saturday's opener:

“I think we’re in a great frame of mind. I think we’ve had a few tough challenges this year that have made us get in the right mindset. I feel like this team is tournament tested and we know what to expect. We know the challenge, and now it’s about going out and executing and doing what we know.”

On season’s rollercoaster ride:

“At times in the year it has felt like a rollercoaster ride, but we’ve learned a lot. I feel like our team has learned how to respond to losses and wins. There have been times when we won a few big games and lost four straight, but our guys have stayed together and we feel like we have a lot of basketball left to play in us. We’re hungry and we know what to expect going into Saturday.”

“There have been a few lineup changes the last few games and I think that’s always kind of scary late in the season, but our guys have responded really well. All we care about is winning games and I think everyone’s happy if we can figure that out. I don’t think it’s had too big of an effect on our players.”

On health and time off:

“At this time of the year I think bodies start breaking down and it definitely helps to have some time off and just get healthy. I think it’s good for our minds, too, but practices are still really intense and guys aren’t ready to be done.”

Matt Carlino

On team’s readiness level:

“I feel like we’re playing well right now. Once you get to the tournament, it hits you on what it’s all about. Especially with young guys, I don’t know if you can really be ready until you get there, but we’re as ready as we can be.”

On winning conference tournament and urgency:

“We’d like to win the championship because that guarantees us to be in the [NCAA] tournament. We don’t want to leave it up to somebody choosing if we’re going to be in it or not, so if we can just go win those games, that’d be great.”

“It’s not a shock to me with where we’re at and the position we’re in. We’re in a great position now to get three more wins and being in the NCAA tournament.”

Kyle Collinsworth

On his knee and health:

“It’s getting a lot better, but we’re still doing rehab to take care of it and doing a lot of extra stuff.”

On potential matchups:

“At this point, every team can win. It’s that time of year where teams get that magic in March. You can be beaten by any team and we know that and we have to stay focused no matter who we play. We’ll play the winner of LMU and Portland. We’ll be ready for both teams and I’m looking forward to it.”

On possibility of playing Gonzaga in the championship game:

“I don’t really care. I just want us to be in the championship and whoever is there is there. If it’s Gonzaga, it’s Gonzaga, and it’ll be fun.”

On playing best basketball right now:

“We’ve closed some games down the stretch, which is huge for us because we struggled with that early. It’s been a good sign that we can finish games and win close games like that.” 

Haws set up for run at WCC history

Mar 05, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 1:12 pm | Updated: March 5, 2014 2:39 pm | Permalink

Junior guard Tyler Haws has already set himself up for a senior year to remember even with a handful of games remaining in his junior campaign.

Haws will have plenty of records to reach for his senior year: the career scoring mark at BYU, free throws made and free throw percentage by a Cougar as well as West Coast Conference records.

This year, Haws recorded the fifth most points in a season in WCC games. He scored 423 points in 18 games and led the league in scoring for the second straight season. He is just the 11th player to lead the league in scoring in all games in two seasons and the ninth to do it consecutively. In conference games, Haws is the eighth player to lead the league in scoring in consecutive seasons and the 11th to do so twice.

As for next year, no one has ever done it three times in either instance. Bill Russell came within .9 points per game of leading the conference in three straight seasons, while San Francisco's Dior Lowhorn and LMU's Keith Smith fell three points per game short.

Since Haws has led the league in scoring in two consecutive seasons, BYU has now done it in three straight seasons after Brandon Davies (conference games only) and Noah Hartsock (all games) led the league in scoring in 2011-2012. In all games, only LMU also accomplished the feat from 1988 until 1992 as Hank Gathers, Bo Kimble and Terrell Lowery led the conference in scoring. In WCC games only, it has happened four times. San Francisco led the league in scoring from 2006 to 2009 thanks to Antonio Kellogg and Lowhorn. LMU did it from 1987 to 1992 and also 1982 until 1986 with Greg Goorjian, Forrest McKenzie and Keith Smith. That Lions team led the league in scoring in WCC games in nine of 10 seasons from 1982 to 1992.

 

Scoring Leaders in All Games School Years
Tyler Haws BYU 2012-2014
Dior Lowhorn San Francisco 2007-2009
Jeff Brown Gonzaga 1992-1994
Terrell Lowery LMU 1990-1992
Keith Smith LMU 1984-1986
Quintin Dailey San Francisco 1980-1982
Frank Oleynick Seattle 1973-1975
William Averitt Pepperdine 1971-1973
Steve Gray Saint Mary's 1961-1963
Sterling Forbes Pepperdine 1957-58 & 1959-60
Bill Russell San Francisco 1953-54 & 1955-56

 

Scoring Leaders in WCC Games School Years
Tyler Haws BYU 2012-2014
Dior Lowhorn San Francisco 2007-2009
Jeff Brown Gonzaga 1992-1994
Terrell Lowery LMU 1990-1992
Bo Kimble LMU 1978-88 & 1989-90
Forrest McKenzie LMU 1983-84 & 1985-86
Quintin Dailey San Francisco 1980-1982
Frank Oleynick Seattle 1973-9175
William Averitt Pepperdine 1971-1973
Bill Russell San Francisco 1953-54 & 1955-56

Rose, three Cougars earn All-Conference Honors

Mar 04, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:11 pm | Updated: March 4, 2014 3:48 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose was named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and Tyler Haws was named WCC Player of the Year by CollegeSportsMadness.com on Tuesday. 

Haws was also named to the WCC All-Conference First Team by the website. Junior guard Matt Carlino and sophomore guard Kyle Collinsworth were also named to the All-Conference Third Team. 

Rose has won 20-plus games in each of his nine seasons at BYU including 21 so far this season. This year the Cougars finished in second place for the first time since joining the WCC with a 13-5 conference record.

Haws led the league in scoring, while Carlino and Collinsworth were 14th and 15th in the WCC in overall scoring per game. Collinsworth was third in rebounding and assists, while Carlino was fourth in assists in the WCC. Carlino led the league in overall steals, while Collinsworth led the league in steals in WCC play.

Other players on the first team include LMU's Anthony Ireland, San Diego's Johnny Dee, Saint Mary's Brad Waldow and Gonzaga's Sam Dower.

For the full list of award winners and all four WCC All-Conference teams, visit CollegeSportsMadness.com

March Baseball Blog

Mar 04, 2014 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 1:51 pm | Updated: March 6, 2014 11:41 am | Permalink

DEVOTIONAL IN LOUISIANA: On Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., BYU's baseball team will speak at a morning devotional in Louisiana prior to playing the fourth game in a series at Nicholls State that evening at 6 p.m.

NEW OFFICE DIGS: Finishing touches are nearly complete on a new office for Coach Mike Littlewood. No longer will the head coach have to share a room with his assistants now that a private office has been added next door. A separate room to break down video and films for scouting reports and team analysis was also included in the expansion. On the softball side, Coach Gordon Eakin has a private office now that an office has been added for his assistants Kristin Delahoussaye Morrison and Pete Meredith.

ROYAL BLUE JERSEYS: For the Utah game BYU donned Royal Blue uniforms, batting helmets and a matching cap. The throw-back uniforms were done to inspire alumni and remind the team of past tradition.

MLB JERSEYS: As part of the renovation on the ground level of Miller Park, BYU's coaches added framed jerseys on the tunnel adjacent to the locker room for past Major League Baseball players Jeremy Guthrie (Cleveland Indians), Kevin Towers (San Diego Padres), Dane Iorg (St. Louis Cardinals), Vance Law (Montreal Expos) and 1960 Cy Young winner Vernon Law (Pittsburgh Pirates).

CHARADES IN RAIN: During the rain delay between BYU and Seattle in St. George, both teams provided entertainment. Jeff Barker and Tyler Kendrick reversed their uniforms, wearing pants over their heads and jerseys as substitute pants. The two looked like they were running upside down on their hands and arms as they dashed from the dugout into the outfield at Bruce Hurst Field. Barker had previously performed this stunt during summer ball rain delays in Southern California and a couple years ago when he played for future BYU assistant coach Brent Haring in Virginia.

Seattle's team countered by gathering in a circle to watch a mock wrestling match between two teammates. The Cougars then formed their own circle watching a skinny bare-chested Kendrick pretend he was exercising on a body blade machine. As Kendrick ducked out of sight, a bare-chested muscular Bryan Heward stood up to show the benefits of weightlifting.

Here you can view a past rain delay charades involving BYU baseball.

GRADUATION: Next month on April 24-25, Chris Howard (exercise science), Chunner Nyberg and Desmond Poulson  both in sociology will be walking through BYU graduation exercises along with former Cougar pitcher Marc Oslund ( Interdisciplinary Humanities).

MARRIAGE DURING BREAK: During the week of BYU final exams next month, BYU baseball will not be playing any games between April 19-29. It ended up being a perfect time for Coach Mike Littlewood, whose daughter Mica will be married to Andrew Condos in the Salt Lake Temple.

SUPER PREPS: In the USA Today Super 25 preseason high school poll Bishop Gorman High of Las Vegas was ranked No. 12, Flower Mound High in Texas was No. 16 and ThunderRidge High in Colorado was No. 45. Those schools are familiar to BYU baseball because current Cougars CJ Latham and Mackay Jacobsen played at Bishop Gorman and Flower Mound, respectively last season. And future Cougar pitcher A. J. Jones who signed last November plays on the ThunderRidge team. 

TUCKETT'S TOUR: Former BYU baseball coach and athletic director Glen Tuckett will join some of his former players Jeff Bills, Tom Fife, Gary Pullins and Mike Staffieri again this year in California. Glen and his "boys" will take in Bay Area site and the BYU baseball games in San Francisco, the last of which is at the home of the Giants, AT&T Ballpark.

THE W.tv: Earlier this month BYU made its baseball debut against Utah on the W.tv, an audio stream which will have play-by-play from veteran BYU baseball announcer Brent Norton. Norton will also call the play-by-play for KOVO 960 AM. The Cougars will be on The W.tv against Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara in Provo as well as at Portland when Norton will not be the "voice." Of course, the Cougars have the best of both worlds with Norton providing radio play-by-play for all of BYU's league games and many games being televised live and replayed on BYUtv.

KOVO STREAM: We are grateful to BYU fan Daniel Ormsby from Odessa, Texas who wrote last month that "960 AM began streaming last year online. All you do is open up that link and then click the 960 AM stream. It will have all the BYU baseball games on 960 AM available."

PA ANNOUNCER: Jan Davis is the new public address announcer for BYU baseball, replacing former Cougar Brock Lucker who moved on. Davis is the father of BYU baseball trainer Alex Davis. So you might hear a proud tone in dad's voice when he announces the starting lineup for the Cougars along with the coaching staff and its baseball trainer.

Cougars in the Pros: Fredette debuts in Chicago

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:51 am | Updated: March 3, 2014 9:52 am | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette played for three minutes in his debut with the Chicago Bulls and finished with two points and two rebounds against the Knicks on Sunday. 

Fredette signed with the Bulls for the remainder of the season after clearing waivers with the Kings. 

Trent Plaisted went for four points, seven rebounds and a block in an 81-77 win on Saturday against Walter Tigers. Rafael Araujo added four points in a 12-point win, while Charles Abouo contributed three points and three rebounds in a 74-72 victory over Ourense last Friday. 

For weekly updates on Cougars in the Pros, visit the page under the info tab, here

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Chicago NBA USA 5.8 1.1 1.5
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.5 2.0 0.6
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 5.5 3.9 0.8
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 12.4 6.1 2.1
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.2 4.4 0.8
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 5.6 3.3 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 10.3 7.1 1.8

Digital Review: February

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 9:22 am | Updated: March 3, 2014 12:40 pm | Permalink

BYU closed out the regular season with a victory at San Diego on Saturday. The Cougars have won four straight games including victories over Gonzaga and Saint Mary's and begin the West Coast Conference tournament on Saturday against the winner of the LMU-Portalnd game at 3 p.m. MST. Highlights from games in February are found below with other video and audio grouped by outlet.

Highlights

Matt Carlino Player of the Week

Portland Highlights

BYUtv Portland Highlights

Carlino scores 30 against Portland

Gonzaga Highlights

San Francisco Highlights

BYUtv San Francisco Highlights

Saint Mary's Highlights


BYUtv

Dave Rose Practice Interview Feb. 27

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Feb. 27

Anson Winder and Eric Mika Practice Interview Feb. 27

Dave Rose Practice Interview Feb. 19

Nate Austin Practice Interview Feb. 19

Kyle Collinsworth Practice Interview Feb. 19

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Feb. 19

Dave Rose Practice Interview Feb. 11

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Feb. 11

Eric Mika Practice Interview Feb. 11

Kyle Collinsworth Practice Interview Feb. 11

Lone Peak Basketball Pipeline

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Feb. 5

Matt Carlino Practice Interview Feb. 5

Anson Winder Practice Interview Feb. 5


IMG

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Feb. 25

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Feb. 19

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Feb. 11

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Feb. 4

ESPN

Bubble Comparison

KSL

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Anson Winder Feb. 25
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2514/251451/25145158.mp3

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Chase Fischer Feb. 18
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2514/251431/25143184.mp3

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Luke Worthington Feb. 11
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2514/251414/25141496.mp3

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose and Eric Mika Feb. 5
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2513/251388/25138856.mp3


TheW.tv

WCC This Week

Inside the WCC Special: Tyler Haws Interview

Bubble Watch

Campus Insiders Live

Inside the WCC Feb. 19

Inside the WCC Feb. 15

WCC Goes Hollywood

Inside the WCC Feb. 7

On the Bubble

Gigg

It's Not Unusual

Suit & Tie

Coach Rose and players talk after practice about Saturday's game at San Diego

Feb 27, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:28 pm | Updated: February 27, 2014 7:08 pm | Permalink

Coach Dave Rose

On San Diego:
“I think it’s been an interesting series between the two of us. The games have been competitive, and I think the challenge is that they’re a really good defensive team and a great 3-point shooting team. Those are things that have caused us problems and hopefully we’ll be ready for it.”

“Pace will be important. Defensive execution, rebounding the ball, shot selection, our ability to make shots, all those things are important, but if we play at the pace we want to play, it’ll be way different for them. Usually the team at home has an advantage dictating that and hopefully we break through it.”

On recent wins:
“I would say that we have more players playing well. I think we went through stretches through the season where we had guys playing really good basketball, but it was hard to get everybody playing their best, and I think now we have a deep group of guys that are all contributing and playing well, and hopefully that continues.”

On starting lineup:
“I think the group plays well together. I think they give us a pretty good defensive presence and then we get a lot of juice coming off the bench for the offensive and defensive punch.”

On opponents guarding Kyle Collinsworth:
“He’s done a terrific job of trying to handle these really quick, athletic play-making guards and staying in front of them and control penetration. I think his length causes those issues, but I think his athleticism and lateral quickness and his physical nature, he can beat guys to those spots.”

Tyler Haws

On overall mindset on season finale and chemistry:
“We’re trying to get our bodies right and our minds right for what we have to do. This is a great team we’re playing and we got beat down there last year, so we’re just trying to prepare the right way and get ready for them.”

“I think the stakes are high every year, but we’re taking each game one game at a time and all we can focus on is the next one.”

“I think we’ve turned a corner on a few things, but I think one thing we’ve learned this year is just that when you feel like you turned a corner, that’s when you get bit. We can’t relax and all of our guys know that so we’re trying to focus on the next game and stay mentally into it.”

On San Diego’s guards:
“We have to know where the shooters are and they have guys who come off the bench who can shoot the ball, too. I think it’s a similar challenge to what we faced the last couple games; it seems like every team in this league has a shooter so you have to know where they are.”

Anson Winder

On being in the starting lineup:
“It’s an exciting feeling having started these last couple games and helping the team win games, so as of right now, it’s fun and it’s what you’ve dreamed of to start in big college basketball games like that.”

On USD’s guard Johnny Dee:
“I’ll probably start out on Johnny Dee, but we’ll all have a chance to guard him because he moves so well in their offense and throughout the course of the game.”

“I think it was five guys keying on him, whether he’s dribbling the ball up the court or running off a screen, and I think that’s what helped us win last time we played them.”

On San Diego’s confidence after win against Gonzaga:
“It’s a huge win. If you can get a win on Gonzaga, your chances are high in winning most games in the conference. I think they’re going to have a lot of enthusiasm, and they’re going to be excited to play us and that’s what we’re expecting, to get their best game.”

“We’ll come into this game like we come into any other game. Every other game is just as important to win, whether it’s in March or in the beginning of the year. We’re going to come into this game knowing we have to win and we’re going to take it just as seriously as any other game.”