BYU will host Arizona State at the Marriott Center on Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Cougars to Host Arizona State
BYU men’s basketball (6-1) will host Arizona State — the team that gave the Cougars their first loss in 2008-09 — Tuesday in the Marriott Center at 8 p.m. Playing at University of Phoenix Stadium last season, BYU hit a potential game winner at the buzzer that was called good on the court but later overturned after a review by the officials. Tuesday’s game can be heard live on KSL Newsradio beginning with the pregame show at 7 p.m. MT on 102.7 FM and 1160 AM or via the Internet at KSL.com. The game will be televised live on The Mtn.
The Cougars will head west to play former BYU head coach Steve Cleveland and Fresno State on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Listen to the game live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 7 p.m. MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM or via the Internet at KSL.com. The game will be televised live on The Mtn.
Cougar Quick Hits
— With 13 points vs. San Francisco, Jimmer Fredette has scored in double figures in 21-straight games, the longest such streak since Travis Hansen scored in double figures in 21-straight games during the 2002-03 season. He was also 4-of-4 from the line against the Dons, extending his streak of consecutive makes to 27.
— Since Rose took over as head coach of BYU basketball, the Cougars are 65-3 (.956) in the Marriott Center, including a 53-game winning streak from 2005 to 2008 — the longest in school history. With the win over Weber State, the Cougars have a 10-game home winning streak.
— Two-time MWC Coach of the Year Dave Rose has guided BYU to three-straight MWC regular season titles and three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Under Rose, BYU also has four-straight 20-win seasons and four-straight postseason appearances. At 103-35 (.746) overall, he reached 100 wins faster than any other coach in BYU history. Roger Reid held the previous record, reaching 100 wins in 143 games.
— BYU has been picked to finish first (23 of 24 first-place votes) in the MWC preseason poll by the league’s media.
— Senior forward Jonathan Tavernari became BYU’s all-time leader in three-pointers with two treys vs. San Francisco to give him 214, one ahead of Mark Bigelow. He is also climbing the lists for points (20th with 1,233) and steals (T7th with 124).
BYU GAME #8 FAST FACTS
BYU (6-1) vs. Arizona State (6-2)
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009
Marriott Center (22,700)
8 p.m. MT
BYU, Dave Rose (103-35 in fifth season; same overall)
Arizona State, Herb Sendek (60-47 in fourth season; 314-205 in 17th season overall)
BYU leads 26-22, with Arizona State winning 76-75 last season
Live on The Mtn. (Bill Riley, play-by-play; Dave Bollwinkel, game analysis)
KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM and online at KSL.com) and the Cougar Sports Network (7 p.m. MT pregame show — Greg Wrubell, play-by-play; Mark Durrant, game analysis)
Live stats links are available on the basketball schedule page at www.byucougars.com/basketball_m/
Looking at Arizona State
Arizona State is 6-2 on the season and is coming off a home loss to Baylor, 64-61. The Sun Devils started the season with four straight wins, all at home, before losing to Duke in the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York. They rebounded with a win over LSU in the NIT consolation game and then defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff at home before the Baylor loss. Arizona State is 5-1 in home games and 1-1 in neutral games. The Sun Devils have yet to play a true road game this season. Rihards Kuksiks leads Arizona State in scoring at 12.3 points per game and is shooting .396 from downtown with 21 makes. Derek Glasser averages 11.5 points and leads the team with 5.3 assists per game. Eric Boateng is the third scorer in double figures, also at 11.5 per game, and leads the team in rebounding (6.6 per game) and shooting percentage (.700). Trent Lockett averages 9.5 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per contest. As a team Arizona State averages 73.2 points and shoots .510 from the field while their opponents average 56.0 points and shoot .385 from the field. Herb Sendek is in his fourth season as the head coach at Arizona State. He ha a 60-47 record with the Sun Devils.
Arizona State’s Last Outing — Arizona State Falls Late to Baylor, 64-61
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)--Tweety Carter tied a season high with 27 points, including two free throws with 14.3 seconds remaining, and LaceDarius Dunn made an uncontested layup with five seconds left as Baylor beat Arizona State 64-61 to continue the Big 12’s unbeaten run in the Big12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Carter made 7 of 9 3-pointers after hitting all six of his 3-point attempts while scoring 27 points in his last game, a 69-64 victory over Xavier on Nov. 29. Carter made 3-point field goals on four of five Baylor possessions to key a 13-0 run that gave the Bears (7-1) a 52-47 lead with 5:21 remaining. Rihards Kuksiks, who led Arizona State (6-2) with 16 points, scored 11 straight Sun Devil points, tying the game at 58 on a 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining. Kuksiks made one of his first 12 field goal attempts before hitting his last four.
Tuesday’s game will be the 49th meeting between BYU and Arizona State with the Cougars owning a 26-22 advantage in the series. Arizona State won last season at University of Phoenix Stadium 76-75. Charles Abouo hit a shot at the buzzer for BYU that was called good by the officials. The play was reviewed and the call overturned, giving the win to the Sun Devils. The Cougars had won the previous two meetings and four of five between the schools before last season’s setback. BYU is 20-4 all-time vs. Arizona State in Provo, including 11-3 in the Marriott Center.
100 Victories and Counting
With BYU’s 83-65 win over Hawai’i, Dave Rose earned his 100th career victory in his 134th game as BYU’s head coach. He reached the 100-win plateau faster than any coach in BYU history. Roger Reid previously held the record, achieving the mark in 143 games. Below is a list of the BYU head coaches who won at least 100 games, their career record, how many games it took them to reach the milestone and who they defeated for victory number 100.
CoachYearsCareer Recordto 100 wins100th Win
G. Ott Romney1928-35139-71 (.662)1482/25/33 vs. Utah State, 48-36
Floyd Millett1941-49104-77 (.575)1742/12/48 at Utah State, 67-54
Stan Watts1949-72371-254 (.594)1441/29/54 at Washington, 89-79
Frank Arnold1975-83137-94 (.593)1652/21/81 vs. New Mexico, 78-72
Ladell Andersen1983-89114-71 (.616)1553/17/88 vs. UNC-Charlotte, 98-92*
Roger Reid1989-96152-77 (.664)1432/17/94 at Air Force, 94-82
Steve Cleveland1997-2005138-108 (.561)1742/3/03 vs. Air Force, 65-33
Dave Rose2005-present103-35 (.746)13411/20/09 at Hawai’i, 83-65
*1988 NCAA Tournament (Atlanta)
With 10 points vs. San Francisco, Jonathan Tavernari has 1,233 career points and is ranked 20th all-time in scoring at BYU. He is 52 points from passing Alan Taylor for 19th all-time.
Downtown Record Watch
Jonathan Tavernari hit two threes vs. San Francisco to become BYU’s all-time leader in career threes, passing Mark Bigelow who had 213 in his career. Tavernari owns the record for threes in a season with 88 in 2007-08. He also has 575 attempts from downtown, first all-time in school history.
Top-10 Pick Pockets
Senior forward Jonathan Tavernari had one steal at Utah State to give him 124 for his career. He is seventh all-time in BYU history and five from passing Lee Cummard for sixth.
When Jimmer Scores 20...
Jimmer Fredette had 23 points in BYU’ 87-70 win over Weber State, his fourth 20-point game this season and 12th of his career. BYU is 10-2 when Fredette scores 20 or more and has won the last nine games in which he has reached the 20-point mark. With three-straight 20-point games to start 2009-10, he matched his longest streak for consecutive games with 20 or more points. The first streak came last season when he had 21 at Utah (Jan. 27, 2009), 28 at home against Wyoming (Jan. 31) and 20 at Air Force (Feb. 3).
First Career Start
Freshman Tyler Haws started for the first time in his young career at Hawai’i, helping the Cougars to an 83-65 win over the Rainbow Warriors. He chipped in a career-best 12 points, one assist and one steal in the victory while playing a career-high 25 minutes. He has now started five-straight games for the Cougars. Noah Hartsock made his first career start vs. San Francisco and turned in five points, two assists, two blocks, two steals and two points in 28 minutes of action.
BYU’s bench has scored at least 21 points six times and in double figures in all seven games this season, including 21 against Bradley, 30 vs. Idaho State, 23 at Hawai’i, a season-high of 46 vs. Southern, 25 vs. Weber State and 23 vs. San Francisco. Last season the BYU bench scored 20-plus points just eight times all season. The 46 bench points vs. Southern are the most bench points by a BYU team since the reserves scored 59 vs. Western Oregon on Dec. 22, 2006.