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Cougars look to extend streak as they enter final week of regular season

Posted Feb 24th - 11:36pm by Jaren Wood

The BYU men’s basketball team looks to finish the season strong as it enters its final week of the regular season. The Cougars (21-8, 11-5 WCC) are currently in third place in the WCC standings and head out on the road to face Portland and Gonzaga this weekend, preparing themselves for the WCC tournament, which will take place in Las Vegas beginning the following weekend.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, BYU had its Senior Night in which the team beat San Diego 75-62. Head Coach Dave Rose was pleased overall with what he saw. He talked about the team’s play in his weekly radio show Tuesday night.

“We got better as the game went on, we continued to play well, we rebounded the ball really well,” Rose said. “We did a good job of holding San Diego off, a team who is a really gritty, feisty, efficient team. It was a good win for us as we could be playing those guys in a week.”


BYU AD Holmoe: 'It's our intention (to) be playing in a Power 5 conference sometime in the near future.'

Posted Feb 24th - 3:52pm

Saying he anticipates another round of college football realignment, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe on Tuesday restated his program's plans to leave football independence behind, if and when a better opportunity becomes available.

"I think so," said Holmoe when asked if he expects more shifting on the college football landscape. "I think there would be one more (realignment cycle)."

"I'm hoping (for more movement), because it's our intention that we would be playing in what they would commonly call a 'Power 5' conference sometime in the near future."


BYU senior night provides opportunity to reflect on Tyler Haws' and other senior's careers

Posted Feb 18th - 8:14pm by Trevor Woller

As the Cougar basketball season winds down, this week’s regular season home finale creates a time for coaches and fans to reminisce on Tyler Haws' sensational career at BYU.

Thursday’s game against the University of San Diego is senior night for four seniors on BYU’s roster: Haws, Anson Winder, Josh Sharp and Skyler Halford. Each senior has contributed significantly to another 20-win season. Winder has evolved as the team’s second leading scorer, Halford has blossomed into his role as a 6th man off the bench, and Sharp has provided much-needed rebounding and energy the past few games. However, the spotlight on Thursday will fall on Haws, as he wraps up his historic career as a Cougar.

Haws enters Thursday’s game with 2,565 points, good for second place on BYU’s list of career scoring leaders. Haws will need to score 35 points against the Toreros to pass Jimmer Fredette as BYU’s all-time scoring leader. Haws has already scored 35 points once this season, against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 29. Despite the real possibility that Haws could break the record during his last game as a Cougar in the Marriott Center, Haws says he isn’t focused on setting the record and doesn’t care when or where he sets it.


Close calls have BYU on the NCAA tourney bubble

Posted Feb 18th - 8:57am by Greg Wrubell

BYU is inching back onto the NCAA tournament bubble with three games remaining in the regular season, and as ESPN recently noted during its latest Bubble Watch, "it's kind of crazy they're in this position to begin with," referencing the fact that BYU features two of the country's best players in Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth.

So, how did BYU end up in this position? Frontcourt challenges and defensive lapses will be targeted as responsible explanations, but those issues notwithstanding, BYU's bubble status is arguably as much about a simple albeit crucial failure to finish, in just a handful of games. The Cougars' average margin of defeat in its eight losses is 4.7 points, and no game has been lost by more than seven points.

How unusual is it that BYU has the résumé it does without a single blowout loss? Fairly unusual. There are 17 NCAA Div. I teams this season with at least 20 wins and at least five losses—-in other words, teams good enough to have won a lot, yet with enough losses to put a dent in their postseason portfolio. All teams but one are in the RPI top 100. BYU is the only one of the 17 without a single double-digit setback, and the Cougars' average margin of defeat is the smallest of all teams listed.


BYU says goodbye to seniors, but not the hopes of NCAA tournament bid

Posted Feb 17th - 11:59pm by Katie Nielson

PROVO — According to BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, the past week has played out as one of the best of the season for the Cougars.

They won both of their games, and held onto third place in the West Coast Conference standings. But, Rose also noted last week is behind them, and now the focus is San Diego coming to the Marriott Center Thursday night.

“Our Monday and Tuesday practice is all on San Diego," Rose said. "We are trying to accomplish some real important things with this team.”


BYU seniors feature star power, role players

Posted Feb 17th - 7:52am by Greg Wrubell

After a year's absence, Senior Night returns to the Marriott Center on Thursday, as four BYU hoopsters--Skyler Halford, Tyler Haws, Josh Sharp and Anson Winder--play their final regular-season home game. Injured senior Nate Austin plans to pursue a medical-hardship waiver to allow his return to the team for next season, so he will not be included in the farewell festivities.

Last year's roster did not include a single senior, making this week's send-off the ninth in Dave Rose's ten seasons as BYU head coach. He's accustomed to the unique nature of a night that goes from flowers and family to opening tipoff in a matter of moments.

"Senior Nights are always emotional nights," says Rose. "Usually until that first four-minute timeout, you get a real interesting vibe. I remember Jimmer (Fredette)'s Senior Night; he had a terrible time the first eight to ten minutes of the game, then he went on and had an unbelievable finish."


BYU prepares for a battle against Saint Mary's

Posted Feb 11th - 7:59pm by Katie Nielson

PROVO — It has been a busy week in Provo. A contract extension for BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, announcements of a new practice facility and Marriott Center renovations, along with hype surrounding Kyle Collinsworth's latest triple-double and a nearing milestone for Tyler Haws have headlined the days leading up to BYU's Thursday night showdown with Saint Mary's.

Now, Rose is focused solely on the Gaels, who make their way to Provo to play in the Marriott Center. The conference showdown is the second and final regular-season meeting; Brad Waldow's 24 points and 14 rebounds paced the Gaels to an 82-77 win over BYU last month in Moraga.

“I think that we will have to try a lot of different things. If there is one thing it’s that not only is (Waldow) really smart and really skilled, but he is really smart,” said Rose. “If you try the same thing over and over, you can get into a pretty good rhythm but you can’t just double team him because he’s really strong and he is a really good passer right out of the post.”


Cougars look to finish strong as they enter final homestand of season

Posted Feb 10th - 11:28pm by Jaren Wood

BYU looks to finish strong as it enters its final homestand of the season

With the home stretch of the season nearing, the BYU men’s basketball team looks to stabilize and finish strong in a week that has featured big news for both the players and coaches. Just five games remain for BYU, and it enters into its final homestand of the season this weekend.

The big news this week were announcements made Monday, and again Tuesday in a press conference held at the Marriott Center. On Monday, BYU announced that Dave Rose had received a five-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2019-2020 season.


BYU announces Marriott Center improvements, hoops practice facility

Posted Feb 10th - 7:03pm by Greg Wrubell

One day after announcing a five-year contract extension for head basketball coach Dave Rose, BYU on Tuesday unveiled plans for multiple facilities improvements, including construction of an indoor practice facility to be located adjacent to the Marriott Center.

The arena itself will undergo significant renovations, with the completion of a lower-bowl seating overhaul and the installation of a new center-mounted scoreboard and video-board/LED-ring displays.

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Rose agrees to new 5-year contract with Cougars

Posted Feb 9th - 3:50pm by Jason Shepherd

PROVO — Tom Holmoe, Brigham Young University director of athletics, announced Monday that men’s head basketball coach Dave Rose has agreed to a new five-year contract. Rose’s new deal will keep him in Provo through the 2019-2020 basketball season.

“I’m excited about the future of BYU basketball,” Rose said. “Tom Holmoe, Brian Santiago and the university administration have provided great support and I look forward to the things we can accomplish together over the next several years. We have great student-athletes and coaches at BYU who are committed to the success of our program.”

Rose was hired as head coach at BYU in 2005. Since then, he’s accumulated a record of 250-86, which is the highest winning percentage in BYU history.


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