BYU at Utah State Game Notes - Game 1

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BYU vs. Utah State Game Notes

BYU basketball will open the 2011-12 season at Utah State on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. MST. The Cougars are coming off trip to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and a program-record 32 victories.

BYU Cougars (0-0)
Head Coach: Dave Rose (Houston, 1983)
Career Record: 159-45 (7th season)
Record at BYU: Same

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Utah State Aggies (0-0)
Head Coach: Stew Morrill (Gonzaga, 1974)
Career Record: 542-241 (26th season)
Record at Utah State: 324-103 (14th)

Game Information

  • Friday, Nov. 11, 2011• 7:05 p.m. MT
  • Logan, Utah • Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
  • TV: KCSG
  • TV Talent: TBA
  • Live Video: ESPN3.com
  • Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM • BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Video: TBA
  • Live Audio: KSL.com
  • Live Stats: BYUcougars.com 

Series Info

  • Series: BYU leads 136-91
  • Last Meeting: BYU won 78-72 in Provo
  • Provo: BYU leads, 84-31
  • Logan: USU leads, 51-59
  • Neutral: BYU leads, 1-0

Quick Hits

  • The 2011-12 season marks BYU’s first as a member of the West Coast Conference and a new television partnership with BYUtv and ESPN that will give fans unprecedented access to BYU basketball. ESPN will broadcast eight BYU games and BYUtv is currently scheduled to televise 17 games.
  • Under Dave Rose, BYU is 4-2 in its season openers, including wins in it’s last four openers: 74-34 at Long Beach State in 2007, 75-65 vs. Long Beach State in 2008, 70-60 vs. Bradley in 2009 and 83-56 vs. Fresno State in 2010.
  • Under Dave Rose, BYU is 5-1 in its road openers, including wins in the last four seasons. Last season, BYU defeated Creighton 77-65 in its first true road game. The Cougars also won two neutral site games before the Creighton game.
  • The Cougars return three starters from last season’s 32-5 team, including Brandon Davies (11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Noah Hartsock (8.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Charles Abouo (7.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg).
  • BYU basketball coach Dave Rose has led the Cougars to their most successful six-year stretch in program history. He is second in program history in wins (159), first in winning percentage (.779) and has led the Cougars to five-straight NCAA Tournament berths and four conference titles in the last five seasons.
  • BYU — along with Butler, Kansas and Pittsburgh — is one of only four NCAA Division I programs that has won at least 25 games in each of the last five seasons. Only eight teams have acheived the mark in each of the last four seasons, including BYU and WCC foes Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.

Up Next

BYU will play its 2011-12 home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 15, against BYU-Hawaii. Follow the game live via GameTracker on www.byucougars.com and listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 6 p.m. MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City or via the Internet at KSL.com. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and BYUtv.org.

Preseason Accolades

The team and several individuals received preseason honors from the preseason magazines and online previews. See the list below.
 
Team Predictions
  • WCC Second Place – Athlon Sports
  • WCC Third Place – Sporting News, Lindy’s Sports, CBSSports.com, WCC Preseason Poll
  • NCAA Tournament No. 10 seed – Athlon Sports
  • NCAA Tournament No. 12 seed – Sporting News
  • Top 5 Breakout Team – Doug Gottlieb, ESPN.com Insider
Individual Honors
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