After opening the 2014-15 with a 95-90 win over Long Beach State, BYU men's basketball will host Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.
BYU Cougars (1-0, 0-0 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Career Record: 233-78 (10th)
- Record at BYU: Same
Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (1-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
- Head Coach: Steve Shields
- Alma Mater: Baylor, 1988
- Career Record: 180-160 (12th)
- Record at UALR: Same
- Series Record: First meeting
- Last Meeting: First meeting
- H/A/N: 0-0/0-0/0-0
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Blaine Fowler (analyst), Spencer Linton (reporter)
- Live Video: www.BYUtvsports.com
- Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Audio/Stats: BYUcougars.com
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BYU opens its 10th season with Dave Rose at the helm. Rose is BYU’s all-time leader in winning percentage at 74.9 percent and second in career wins at 233. He has led the Cougars to nine-straight 20-win seasons and nine-straight postseason appearances, including seven NCAA tournament appearances during that stretch.
Senior guard Tyler Haws, the 2013-14 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, has been named by the coaches to the preseason All-WCC team and the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50. Haws led the league in scoring and was sixth in the NCAA in 2013-14 at 23.2 points per game.
Junior guard Kyle Collinsworth was selected by the WCC coaches to the preseason All-WCC team. Collinsworth, an All-WCC performer last season, is coming off a torn ACL suffered at the end of last season.
BYU head coach Dave Rose has led BYU to one of the most successful runs in program history since taking over in 2005. His career record of 233-78 ranks him second in BYU history in total victories and first in winning percentage (.749). Rose has been named conference coach of the year three times, district coach of the year twice, led the Cougars to four conference titles, seven NCAA tournament appearances, two NIT appearances, six 25-win seasons and nine 20-win seasons. In 2010, he led BYU to its first NCAA tournament win in 17 years and the Cougars won at least one postseason game in the next three seasons, including a spot in the Sweet 16 in 2011, a win in the 2012 NCAA tournament and a trip to the NIT semifinals in 2013.
The Cougars will be looking to keep several program-record streaks intact during 2014-15. Coming into the season, Dave Rose has led the Cougars to nine-straight 20-win seasons, nine-straight postseason appearances and nine-straight seasons with 10-plus conference victories.
Cougars leading the league
In each of BYU’s three seasons in the WCC, the Cougars have had the leading scorer in all games (Noah Hartsock in 2011-12, Tyler Haws in 2012-13 and 2013-14) and in league games (Brandon Davies in 2011-12, Haws in 2012-13 and 2013-14). Only one other school (Loyola Marymount from 1988-89 to 1991-92) has had the league’s leading scorer in at least three-straight seasons in all games. In league games, a school has had the league’s leading scorer in at least three-straight seasons three other times (San Francisco from 2006-07 to 2008-09, Loyola Marymount from 1982-83 to 1985-86 and Loyola Marymount from 1987-88 to 1991-92).
2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational
BYU will play in the 31st annual EA SPORTS™ Maui Invitational® this season. The 2014 Championship Round of the premier early-season college basketball tournament will take place at the Lahaina Civic Center on the beautiful island of Maui from Nov. 24-26.
The Championship Round will feature Arizona, BYU, Kansas State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego Stateand host Chaminade. The seven Division I teams have each appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2012, with five earning berths in 2014, including Arizona’s run to the Elite Eight. Chaminade has advanced to the previous two NCAA Division II Tournaments.
BYU will take on former Mountain West Conference foe San Diego State in the first round on Monday, Nov. 24, at 9:30 p.m. MST on ESPN2. The Cougars own a 48-23 advantage in the all-time series against the Aztecs, including seven wins in the last nine meetings.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will offer live, high-definition television coverage of all 12 Championship Round contests. Games will also be broadcast live on the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. See the complete bracket on page 21 of this release.
Rose vs. the state
BYU basketball coach Dave Rose has compiled a record of 29-7 vs. in-state opponents since taking over in 2005-06. He has the best winning percentage (.806) of any coach vs. in-state teams during that time and is second in wins (Utah State’s Stew Morrill is 30-10 vs. in-state teams since 2005-06, a .750 winning percentage). BYU plays at Utah State on Dec. 2, hosts Utah on Dec. 10 and plays at Weber State on Dec. 13.
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