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Cougar Tracks: BYU's Rose still tinkering with his starters

Cougar Tracks: BYU's Rose still tinkering with his starters

By Jason Shepherd | Posted - Nov. 27, 2012 at 8:27 p.m.



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BYU head coach Dave Rose is planning on making changes to his starting lineup for the second straight game. After practice on Tuesday, Rose said, "We're gonna change it tomorrow, so it'll be a little bit different...I think I'm actually really pleased with how way we start games; looking for the best way to continue that start."

Last Saturday against Cal State Northridge, BYU's starting five consisted of Craig Cusick, Brock Zylstra, Tyler Haws, Agustin Ambrosino and Brandon Davies. Davies and Haws are locks to be starters. As far as Craig Cusick knew on Tuesday, he will remain the team's floor general, saying, "I think so as of right now, but you never know; things can always change."

It appears that the switch will probably come at the forward position with Josh Sharp returning to the lineup after a one-game absence.

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Wednesday night's game will be played at Energy Solutions Arena, a place in which BYU has had a lot of success. The Cougars have won their last five games played at ESA.

Dave Rose is a fan of playing games at the intersection of Karl Malone Drive and John Stockton Drive, saying, "These people here have been just terrific; they want us to come play and that's been really good for us."

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The Montana Grizzlies come into Wednesday's match-up with the Cougars playing well at 3-1. Montana is a great shooting team, hitting nearly 50% from the field and 47% from beyond the arc.

"This will be a real challenge", Rose said. "Our game plan will be to kinda get the shooters on the catch; when they catch that ball, we can't still be three or four feet away trailing off-screen; we gotta be there on the catch and challenge those things, try to make them create shots; because on a catch-and-shoot, they're really good."

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You can listen to post-practice audio from Dave Rose, Tyler Haws and Craig Cusick by clicking on the links to the left in "Cougar Cuts."

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Pregame coverage for BYU vs. Montana can be heard Wednesday at 6:00pm MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM. Tip-off is set for 7:00pm MT.

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Photo courtesy of BYU Photos

Jason Shepherd

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