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Fredette: "New Team, New Time."



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Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery and head coach Dave Rose have concluded their podium session here at the Ford Center, with Fredette shaking off BYU's 8-game, 17 year NCAA Tournament drought, saying "those teams in the past have nothing to do with us...it's a new team, it's a new time, and we need to not think about it at all."

Emery added "it's a different bunch of guys... we've just got to focus on this game and not on past experience."

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You can hear the complete media sessions by clicking on the "Cougar Cuts" links to the right.

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Word is Tyler Haws looked great at this morning's off-site practice. His left eye has opened substantially since only two days ago, and at the Ford Center shootaround, he moved and shot the ball well. I am told that during Monday's practice, he was still "feeling his way around," but he looks pretty much close to normal today. Haws is projected to start tomorrow's game, as is center Chris Miles.

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I interviewed Florida assistant coach Larry Shyatt in a conversation you can hear during tomorrow morning's "Cougar Tipoff Show." Shyatt was Jerry Pimm's assistant at Utah in the 70s, then served as Gary Colson's top assistant at New Mexico, and later served for one season as Wyoming's head coach, during Dave Rose's first season on the BYU bench.

Shyatt was very gracious and recounted his recollections of and respect for the BYU Basketball program. Asked his reaction to getting matched up with BYU, he jokingly said "they usually were the enemy, so this is very similar."

Referring to Coach Rose's recent cancer scare, Shyatt said "I have great sentiment toward this past year; not just basketball-wise, but the game of life."

About his days in the old WAC: "There's still a place in my heart for the league."

About the Cougars: "Wow, after seeing them the last four or five games...terrific. They play the game the right way, so skilled on offense....the best passing team I've seen in years."

On BYU's style of play: "If this game gets out of control in the 80s and 90s, that's probably not a good thing for the Gators."

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