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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.

Cougars looking forward to season opener at home

Nov 07, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:10 pm | Updated: November 7, 2013 9:46 pm | Permalink

After cruising through their two exhibition games, the Cougars will open their season at home against Weber State Friday night.

After Thursday's practice, Dave Rose expressed his excitement on starting the regular season against a challenging team.

"That's probably one of the things that's exciting as a coach," Rose said. "You get pretty anxious to see how they're going to perform. You're pretty sure of their skill level, you know what they're capable of doing and you've seen their work ethic. Now, you're going to see a whole new side of these guys and how they respond to tough situations."

With a young team, Rose liked how his players, especially Eric Mika and Luke Worthington, were getting up to speed and how they were making progress on defense. Junior Tyler Haws was also optimistic about his younger teammates and the energy and toughness they brought.

"They don't let things get to them and they're going to be the same every single day," Haws said. "That's one thing I've noticed about these young guys."

Consistency and toughness has been an emphasis in practice this week, and Haws is ready for the challenge and is looking forward to proving that on the court.

BYU is 19-0 against Weber State at the Marriott Center and hopes to add to its undefeated record at home.

"Any team that comes in here, we expect to get a win," Haws said. "I feel like we have great fans and a great atmosphere. We love homecourt advantage."

Keep track of your Cougars in the Pros

Nov 07, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 11:34 am | Updated: November 7, 2013 11:43 am | Permalink

Keep track of your Cougars in the pros from Jimmer Fredette and Brandon Davies to Lee Cummard and Jonathan Tavernari.

Stats of former Cougars will be updated weekly on the page with highlights of weekly performances. 

This week's highlight: On Monday, Nov. 4, rookie Brandon Davies finished with four points, two steals, one rebound and one assist (all career highs) in a loss to the Golden State Warriors. 

Below are links to players' profiles, stats and team websites:

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 2.0 1.0 1.0
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 3.0 0.5 0.5
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 8.3 6.7 2.2
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 11.6 3.7 1.1
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 4.2 2.8 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.1 5.1 1.1

BYU will participate in Poinsettia Bowl in 2016 and 2018

Nov 06, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 12:00 pm | Permalink

Brigham Young University has accepted an invitation to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl following the 2016 and 2018 regular seasons.

The Cougars will play in San Diego if bowl eligible and not selected to participate in the College Football Playoff. BYU will face one of the top teams from the Mountain West both years.

Dates, kickoff times and broadcast plans will be announced at a later date.

Haws on True Blue, Nov. 4, 2013

Nov 06, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:10 am | Updated: November 6, 2013 10:25 am | Permalink

Junior guard and preseason All-American Tyler Haws was on BYUtv's True Blue on Monday to preview the upcoming season. See what he had to say below. BYU opens the 2013-14 season on Friday at home against Weber State at 7 p.m. MST. Watch the game on BYUtv and listen on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

BYUtv promo for the 2013-14 season

Nov 05, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:28 pm | Permalink

BYUtv released its first promo for the 2013-14 season today. Check it out below. They'll be releasing more as the season progresses and we'll make sure to post them here.

Introducing the BYU Hoops Mailbag

Nov 05, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:49 am | Updated: November 5, 2013 2:42 pm | Permalink

This season the BYU Athletic Communications staff will start a weekly mailbag where fans can get questions answered related to Cougar hoops. It can be a historical question, a burning question about this year's team, some statistical minutae, a detail you noticed on television, questions about how the West Coast Conference is performing or anything else – but not recruiting. Try to aim for something higher than is 'so-and-so single?' We'll put together a selection of questions and answers each Wednesday throughout the season.

Include your name and hometown with the question and send it to Some weeks we may go to Twitter looking for questions, but most questions are probably better asked in more than 140 characters.

We will try our hardest to put in the research, ask the appropriate player or go back and watch the tape to see just what happened and get an answer. The first mailbag will run Wednesday, Nov. 6 and questions should be in by Monday, Nov. 4. The mailbag will run weekly on the same Monday and Wednesday schedule.