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BYU Basketball Player Profile: Anson Winder ready for increased role

BYU Basketball Player Profile: Anson Winder ready for increased role

After an up-and-down career, the Las Vegas native is poised to be a consistent contributor in his last year wearing Cougar blue. For the past four years Anson Winder has been with the Cougars, he has been a hard man to peg. His playing time has been inconsistent and he's battled constant injuries. His sophomore year, he only averaged eight minutes and struggled with a nagging ankle injury that limited his effectiveness. But as the phrase goes, this year is a new year. Near the end of last season, he proved himself to be a catalyst for a young Cougar team. He shot better than 57 percent in...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 20, 2014
By The Numbers: BYU's bend-then-break defense

By The Numbers: BYU's bend-then-break defense

Examining the numbers behind BYU's defensive struggles. After giving up 29 unanswered points in the span of 17 game minutes, BYU's defense appears to be the weakest such unit in nearly a decade. Watching Cody Fajardo and the Nevada Wolf Pack trample and cut through the defense in the second half felt like watching video of a train crushing a car. (These were a staple in those "Most incredible videos"-type shows that were popular before the dominance of YouTube.) You clicked on the video after reading the title, you know the wreck is coming, but you watching in hope just in case it is...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 20, 2014
BYU Basketball Player Profile: Chase Fischer aims to fill Cougars' sharpshooting need

BYU Basketball Player Profile: Chase Fischer aims to fill Cougars' sharpshooting need

Dave Rose hasn't had much luck with transfers lately — but the coach hopes the former Wake Forest marksman will help solve BYU's long-running long-range shooting woes. For a college basketball coach, bringing in transfers can be a little like playing roulette — there are a large number of possible scenarios for how things could work out (for better or worse), and there's no way of knowing which one will come to fruition. Nevertheless, you still put your chips down as best you can and hope the ball bounces your way. BYU coach Dave Rose hasn't had much luck with this game lately — to...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 20, 2014
The Ultimate 2014-15 BYU Basketball Preview: Player profiles, predictions, analysis, schedule and more

The Ultimate 2014-15 BYU Basketball Preview: Player profiles, predictions, analysis, schedule and more

Everything you need to prepare for BYU hoops and the WCC in the 2014-15 season. Everything. 2014-15 BYU COUGARS SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME TV BLOG EXHIBITION Fri, Oct 17 2014 Boomshakalaka Team Showcase Provo, UT Smith Fieldhouse 7:00 PM MDT BYUtv Wed, Oct 29 Cougar Tipoff Provo, UT Marriott Center 7:00 PM MDT Sat, Nov 1 Colorado School of Mines Provo, UT Marriott Center 7:00 PM MDT Sat, Nov 8 Seattle Pacific Provo, UT Marriott Center 7:00 PM...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 19, 2014
Nevada vs BYU final: Cougars drop third straight game

Nevada vs BYU final: Cougars drop third straight game

Poor performance in 2nd half allows Wolf Pack to escape with a win BYU turned in a very powerful and complete performance through the first half. Christian Stewart threw for over 200 yards and three TDs and Paul Lasike added a rushing touchdown. The BYU defense allowed a long rushing play that set up the Wolf Pack’s only touchdown of the first half. BYU took a 28-13 lead into the break. The second half brought an entirely new story. The Wolf Pack scored 29 straight points coming out after the half with Cody Fajardo scoring on two rushing touchdowns. One of them a long scramble and another...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 18, 2014

What to watch in college football: Week 8

Take a look at the "must see" games in week 8 Week eight of the college football season brings a number of opportunities to see quality football. A number of ranked teams will face off against each other, trying to earn the upper hand for the highly touted playoff berths. Other teams are looking to find a leg up in conference play, or just trying to survive another grueling season. So which games should you be showing on your big screen TV? Take a look below and let us know if we missed any. #14 Kansas State @ #11 Oklahoma The Wildcats invade Norman to take on the Sooners at 12:00 pm ET on...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 18, 2014
BYU Football bold predictions vs. Nevada: Cougars start strong, end losing streak

BYU Football bold predictions vs. Nevada: Cougars start strong, end losing streak

The offense will further its post-Taysom transformation in what should be a good win against Nevada. A two game losing streak was not what BYU fans were expecting would happen after starting 4-0 this season. The offense last week was not completely different from what we've seen in the previous four and half games with Taysom Hill at the helm. But it was noticeably less reliant on the quarterback running the ball out of the read option, though that didn't stop Stewart from keeping it himself or tucking and running. Stewart even showed some Taysom-like running ability on a long third down...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 18, 2014
How to watch Nevada vs BYU: Game time, TV schedule, and more

How to watch Nevada vs BYU: Game time, TV schedule, and more

Game Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 18, 8:15 p.m. MT Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT Game Notes: BYU Nevada Channel: ESPN2 TV Broadcast team: Dave Lamont - play-by-play Ray Bentley - analyst Dawn Davenport - sideline reporter Pre-game Show: Countdown to Kick-off (7:00 pm MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Dave McCann and Blaine Flower joined by BYUtv's team of analyst and reporters Post-Game Show: BYUtv Sports Post-Game (Immediately following the game, approx. 12:00 am MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Player & coach interviews, highlights, and...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 17, 2014

BYU kicks off basketball season with Boom Shakalaka

Come for Luke Worthington missing eight straight bank shots on live TV, stay for Josh Sharp going all Lion King with his infant child. The BYU men's and women's basketball teams got their seasons under way on Friday evening with the programs' second annual Boom Shakalaka event at the Smith Fieldhouse. The players competed in a variety of skills challenges, including a 3-point shootout, a obstacle course-style relay and a dunk contest. 3-Point Shootout The men's and women's teams paired up contestants for the 3-point shootout, with Anson Winder and Cassie Broadhead ultimately coming away...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 17, 2014

Game-changing player of the week: Sione Takitaki

Although forced into duty by Injuries, Sione Takitaki seems poised to provide that extra pressure on the quarterback that the Cougars have been searching for since losing Kyle Van Noy. After a disappointing overtime loss to the UCF Knights last Thursday, the BYU Cougars look to right the ship and snap their two game skid on Saturday, at home in Provo, against the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Cougars have some young players who are stepping up big and are candidates to have big games against the Wolf pack in front of the home crowd. Unfortunately, the reason that some of these young guys are...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 17, 2014

Game 7 - Nevada at BYU: Previews, predictions, betting lines and more

Everything you need to know as Nevada returns to Provo as the Wolf Pack and BYU both look to end losing streaks. The History On Saturday the BYU Cougars will host the Nevada Wolf Pack for the 10th meeting between the schools.  The Cougars have a winning record at 5-2-2, but in the modern era, the Cougars are only 2-2.  The series started in 1929 and the last game was played in 2013.  Interestingly, the two ties both came at home in 1930 and 1940.  On the road BYU has a 4-1 record with the lone loss coming in 2002. Provo, UT 2010 (13-27) In the first career start for freshman...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 16, 2014
College football TV schedule: Week 8

College football TV schedule: Week 8

In a week that involves five games between top 25 teams, and a top billing between the 2nd ranked and 5th ranked teams, the opening game is brought to you by the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Pittsburgh Panthers. On Saturday at 8 pm ET on ABC the 5th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will hit the road and pay a visit to the 2nd ranked Florida State Seminoles. This match-up could be set up as a classic from the start so make sure you are in front of the TV for this one. BYU will once again be shown on National TV as they will take on Nevada at 10:15 pm ET on ESPN2 as both teams fight to end...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 16, 2014

BYU vs. Nevada: Odds, betting lines and computer predictions

Using data from Las Vegas and several computer predictors to get a hopefully-accurate preview for BYU's late-night matchup with Nevada. With the ups and downs of last week's eventual overtime loss to Central Florida, I'm sure most of you are totally on board with the "a win is a win" mindset. It's time BYU gets back in the W column. Let's look at how BYU is expected to fare against Nevada from sportsbooks and predictors. (This is, of course, for entertainment purposes only. While we don't encourage gambling, referencing predictions from the people who make money on predictions can be...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 16, 2014
BYU Football Recruiting: 2016 Utah QB Jaren Hall commits to BYU

BYU Football Recruiting: 2016 Utah QB Jaren Hall commits to BYU

The Cougar bloodlines run deep in BYU's latest commitment. 2016 Maple Mountain (UT) quarterback Jaren Hall committed to BYU on Thursday, with the news coming from Scout: 2016 Maple Mountain quarterback Jaren Hall (@J_tom24) committed to #BYU moments ago. Great pick-up for the #Cougars. http://t.co/WM5g9xVzHT — Doug Kimmel (@DougKimmelScout) October 16, 2014 Jaren Hall, the son of former BYU running back Kalin Hall, is a listed as a dual-threat quarterback who stands at 6-foot-0 and 185 pounds. Through nine games, the junior has thrown for 2,043 yards, 21 touchdowns and 7...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 16, 2014
BYU Basketball Player Profile: Nate Austin, role player extraordinaire

BYU Basketball Player Profile: Nate Austin, role player extraordinaire

Nate Austin may not be flashy, but he leaves it all on the floor every single night — and the Cougars will need even more of his hustle and rebounding in the coming season. "History is made by those who show up." – Benjamin Disraeli You've probably heard that quote before. It's not a new one. In fact, it's very old. Its source, Benjamin Disraeli, reached the zenith of his influence in the 1870s when he served his second stint as prime minister of the United Kingdom. But despite the fact that Disraeli's maxim is well over 100 years old and was ostensibly intended to encourage civic...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 16, 2014

What you need to Know: BYU vs Nevada preview

Nevada visits Provo on Saturday as both teams try to end losing streaks. As both teams struggle with pass defense, it could be a game where both teams air it out. The History On Saturday the BYU Cougars will host the Nevada Wolf Pack for the 10th meeting between the schools.  The Cougars have a winning record at 5-2-2, but in the modern era, the Cougars are only 2-2.  The series started in 1929 and the last game was played in 2013.  Interestingly, the two ties both came at home in 1930 and 1940.  On the road BYU has a 4-1 record with the lone loss coming in 2002. Provo, UT 2010...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 15, 2014
CougarCast: BYU vs Nevada Preview

CougarCast: BYU vs Nevada Preview

Tosh and Keith analyze what's going on with the BYU Cougars football team, and what it means for the matchup with the dangerous Wolf Pack. Tosh and Keith are reminded of a very important lesson at the beginning of this podcast.  Don't turn your back on the Wolf Pack, you might end up in a body bag! In this episode: This is a dangerous game for the Cougars (1:22) Nevada QB Cody Fajardo and the balanced Nevada offensive attack (2:35) Does the BYU D give up big plays? (6:25) Is the reputation of BYU being vulnerable to a mobile QB still valid? (8:35) With injuries, new players are getting...

BYU Football: In defense of GFGH and other underdog tactics

There seems to be some skepticism about the wisdom of Go Fast Go Hard, and other tactics BYU uses. Let's remember why they are employed in the first place. BYU 4th down attempts: 7 (70th), 42.9% conversion (88th) Penalties: 6th most 2013, 3rd most 2014 After back to back lackluster offensive performances, I've seen more and more skepticism about Go Fast Go Hard (GFGH) from BYU fans, not just from the Alex Jones-infused Cougarboard crowd, but from others who have a reputation for being intelligent and reasonable. Given the frustration with the coaching staff, and with another season's...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 14, 2014

BYU in the NBA: Preseason games lend to solid performances

An update on how the week went for former BYU players playing pro basketball. This week was a good week for the former Cougars trying to find roles on NBA teams. Both Jimmer Fredette and Brandon Davies enjoyed solid performances in their preseason games. Jimmer played in two games, Monday against Atlanta and Wednesday against Washington. He continues to play a significant amount of minutes as he recorded 16 against the Hawks and 20 against the Wizards. He averaged 11.5 points, 1.5 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game this week. He is shooting 56 percent from the field, 53.8 percent from...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 14, 2014

2014-15 BYU men's basketball roster

The full roster for BYU men's basketball in the 2014-15 season. Num Name Height Weight Pos Class Hometown Last School 1 Chase Fischer 6-3 195 G Junior Ripley, WV Wake Forest 2 Jordan Ellis * 6-1 180 G Junior Medford, OR Portland State 3 Tyler Haws 6-5 195 G Senior Alpine, UT Lone Peak HS (UT) 5 Kyle Collinsworth 6-6 210 G Junior Provo, UT Provo HS (UT) 10 Ryan Andrus 6-11 215 F Freshman American Fork, UT American Fork HS (UT) 12 Josh...

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