Game 15 - Cougars Open Defense of MWC Title on Saturday

Jimmer Fredette and the BYU men's basketball team open MWC action on Saturday at Colorado State. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

BYU GAME #15 FAST FACTS

BYU (12-2)

at

Colorado State (5-10)

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009

Moby Arena (8,745)

Fort Collins, Colo.

1 p.m. MT

Coaches:

BYU, Dave Rose (84-28 in fourth season; same overall)

Colorado State, Tim Miles (12-35 in second season; 224-167 in 14th season overall)

Series:

BYU leads, 84-46, including a 3-0 record last season

TV:

The Mtn.

Radio:

KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM) and the Cougar Sports Network (12 p.m. MT pregame show — Greg Wrubell, play-by-play; Mark Durrant, game analysis)

Web: Live audio and live stats links are available on the basketball schedule page at www.byucougars.com/basketball_m/

Cougars Open MWC Play at Colorado State

After ending nonconference action with an 85-64 home win against Western Oregon, 12-2 BYU will open MWC play at Colorado State (5-10) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The two-time defending league champion Cougars are off to their best start since the 1999-2000 season and their only losses this season have come against ranked foes Arizona State (No. 20) and Wake Forest (No. 6). BYU won the league with a 14-2 mark last season and a 13-3 record in 2006-07. The Cougars lead the all-time series against Colorado State 84-46. Saturday’s game can be heard live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 12 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 the The Mtn.

Up Next

BYU returns to the Marriott Center for its MWC home opener against TCU on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. MT. The Cougars will be looking to make it two-straight in the Marriott Center after their school record 53-game home winning streak was snapped by Wake Forest on Jan. 3. Follow the game on www.byucougars.com and listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 12 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 The Mtn.

Cougar Quick Hits

— At 12-2 BYU is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 season when the Cougars started 12-2.

— BYU’s school record 53 game home winning streak ended with a 94-87 loss to Wake Forest.

— Two-time MWC Coach of the Year Dave Rose has guided BYU to three-straight 20-win seasons and three-straight postseason appearances. In his first season the Cougars were 20-9 and made a trip to the NIT. In his second campaign he guided the Cougars to the outright MWC title, a top-25 ranking, a trip to the NCAA Tournament and a 25-9 overall record. Last season he led BYU to a 27-8 overall record, a second-straight outright league title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. He has the best record through 110 games of any BYU basketball coach.

— BYU has been picked to finish second (five first-place votes) in the MWC preseason poll by the league’s media.

Looking at Colorado State

Colorado State is 5-10 overall and 0-1 in conference play, coming off an 81-67 loss to TCU in the league opener for both teams. The Rams are in search of their first conference victory since the 2006-07 season after finishing 2007-08 with an 0-16 mark in the MWC. Guard Marcus Walker, the league’s leading scorer last season, is back and averaging a team-high 16.3 points per game. He is followed by forward Andy Ogide (9.9) who leads the team in field goal percentage (.539) and rebounding (7.0). Andre McFarland chips in 9.8 points per game and is the team’s leading three-point shooter, having hit 30-of-61 (.492) in 15 games. Willis Gardner, who exploded for a career-best 23 points in the TCU loss, averages 9.5 points per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the field. As a team Colorado State averages 70.7 points per game while allowing 71.5 points per contest. The Rams shoot 43.2 percent as a team and average 36.1 boards and 11.0 assists per game. Colorado State has recorded wins over Montana, Northern Colorado, New Orleans, Hawai’i and Vermont. Head coach Tim Miles is in his second year guiding the Rams and has a record of 12-35 at Colorado State.

Series Notes

Saturday’s game will be the 131st meeting between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1938. BYU leads the series 84-46 after winning all three meetings last season, including an 89-62 win in the first round of the MWC tournament. The Cougars also recorded a 92-73 home win and a 79-65 victory in Fort Collins last year. The Cougars own a 54-10 record in Provo while the Rams hold a 33-28 advantage in Fort Collins. The Cougars have won 13 of the last 17 games overall, seven of the last eight overall and nine straight in Provo since CSU swept the series in 1998. BYU has won two of the last three in Fort Collins including a 77-69 win in 2006, a 90-78 loss in 2007 and last season’s 79-65 win.

1,000-Point Man

Including a career-high 36 points against Long Beach State and performances of 30 points against Weber State, 28 against Cal Poly and 26 at Tulsa, Lee Cummard now has 250 total points for the season and 1,263 for his career. He is now 19th all-time in scoring in BYU history. Cummard is 22 points from passing Alan Taylor for 19th all-time.

Approaching 1,000 Points

Junior forward Jonathan Tavernari is fast approaching the 1,000-point club. Coming into the season he had 640 career points and with 259 points so far this season, Tavernari is now 101 points from reaching 1,000 for his career.

Downtown Record Watch

With two treys against Western Oregon Jonathan Tavernari has 156 career threes, including 39 this season. He started the season with 117 and has passed Andy Toolson for third place and is eight downtown makes from passing Mike Rose (163) for second. Tavernari also has 426 attempts from downtown, good for second all-time in school history. Lee Cummard has 133 threes for his career, now nine threes from passing Andy Toolson for fourth.

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