Getting Ready for Stew's Crew

Getting Ready for Stew's Crew

Posted - Nov. 15, 2010 at 6:02 p.m.



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The 23rd-ranked BYU hoopsters practiced Monday afternoon at the Marriott Center, two days ahead of their meeting with instate rival Utah State.

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You can hear post-practice interviews with head coach Dave Rose and forward Charles Abouo by clicking on their audio links in the "Cougar Cuts" box below.

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Stew Morrill's team came from down seven at half to win its opener with Weber State on the weekend, paced by juco transfer point guard Brockeith Pane's 23 points. The Aggies got 19 points and nine rebounds from senior pivot Tai Wesley.

Rose declined to say much about the novelty of seeing Utah State so early in the season, but used the words "excited" and "exciting" to describe the matchup.

Asked if there is potential motivation for his players after 2009's ten-point loss in Logan, Rose said "I hope so; we've got a bunch of competitive guys. Sometimes it doesn't really mean a lot, but in this situation, they have a lot of returners, and we have a lot of returners... any time you play an instate game, there's a lot of emotion involved; I don't know if (the loss) that will play a factor, but hopefully in (his players') preparation it plays a factor."

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You can hear Rose talk about the Aggies personnel, including Pane, whom Rose calls "another weapon, to really push that ball in transition and to look for points in transition. (The Aggies) have always been a great halfcourt-executing team, but this might give them another look and he's pretty impressive."

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Rose said there are no further games between BYU and Utah State scheduled at the present time. "Right now, we're trying to work out some dates," Rose says. "There seems to be a problem with some dates... right now there is no contract for next year, so we just have to see what happens."

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Based on combinations observed in practice today, it would be reasonable to infer that Rose is considering starting Chris Collinsworth and Noah Hartsock in the frontcourt against the Aggies. Brandon Davies got the starting nod in the post against Fresno State, with Hartsock coming off the bench and scoring a career-high 21 points.

Rose says he likes "Chris' ability to rebound out of his area, and Noah's skill-set is really good; I think the two of them complement each other well."

The coach added that "our post play needs to continue to get better; that'll be a real factor in how our team progresses. Right now, Utah State's post game is pretty established. Hopefully we'll be able to be up to the task."

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Rose has yet to announce who he will redshirt this season, but he may make that official this week. I would expect Anson Winder to spend the season as a scout team player and for him to see his first regular season game action in 2011-12.

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Football note: more kudos for BYU WR Luke Ashworth, with mentions of QB Jake Heaps and P/KO specialist Riley Stephenson.

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