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Video credit: BYU
Scouting report: No. 3 seed BYU
Game info: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Marriott Center (20,900 capacity).
TV: ESPN (Roxy Bernstein and Sean Farnham).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Dave Rose took over on April 11, 2005 and had a 206-65 (.760) in eight years at BYU. He had been a Cougars assistant since 1997.
Prediction: Picked to finish second in the nine-team WCC in preseason poll of the conference coaches.
Series: Washington leads 10-8 in a series that began in the 1951 NCAA Regional third-place game. The Huskies are 4-4 in Provo, UT. Rose has never faced UW. Coach Lorenzo Romar is 0-1 against BYU after a loss with Pepperdine.
Last meeting: On Dec. 9, 1997, the Huskies overcame a 31-point barrage from Wesley Mekeli and dominated BYU in an 83-68 victory at the Marriott Center. The Huskies trailed 9-7 before Deon Luton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start a 14-2 run that put UW ahead for good at 21-11 with 9:16 left in the first half. Luton finished with 19 points, Patrick Femerling had 11 of his 13 points in the 2nd half and Thalo Green added 10.
Previous game: BYU lost 72-69 to San Diego in the WCC quarterfinals.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Belgium-born Tyler Haws (far right) is a household name in Utah where he won the state’s player of the year award as a prep senior in 2009. He had a nice freshman season in 2009-10 at BYU before leaving for a two-year LDS mission in the Philippines. He returned this season and is quickly becoming a star.
Soon the rest of the country will know all about the 6-5 sophomore shooting guard who averaged 20.9 points this season. Many liken him to former BYU star Jimmer Fredette, but he’s not as proficient on three-pointers as the second-year Sacramento Kings player. Haws shoots 38.6 percent behind the arc. However, he’s deadly everywhere else on the court. He shoots 47.3 percent from the floor and 86.8 percent at the free throw line.
Haws has scored 20-plus points in 21 games. He’s led BYU in scoring 18 times.
He scored a career-high 42 points against Virgina Tech. He converted 14 of 25 shots, including 6 of 8 three-pointers. He was also 8 of 9 on FTs. It was the most points by a BYU player not named Fredette since 1961.
Haws earned all-WCC honors and was named to the all-District team. His father Marty starred at BYU.
— Brandon Davies became a national story two years ago when BYU suspended the 6-9 forward for violation a school policy and engaging in premarital sex. At the time the Cougars were 27-2 and ranked No. 3 in the country. Rumors swirled Davies would transfer, but he returned to BYU last season and averaged 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds.
This season, he’s become even more of a stat stuffer while averaging at least one of everything (points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals). Here’s his number: 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.4 steals in 32 games. He’s had nine double-doubles this season. Davies earned all-WCC and all-District honors.
— BYU is an older, veteran team that starts three seniors and has a 22-year-old sophomore in Haws.
— The Cougars are also relatively undersized. They start four guards. Davies handles most of the big-man duties. He’s been able to dominate in the WCC, but it remains to be seen how he’ll fare against teams with a taller front line. Davies leads BYU in rebounds and Haws is second. Sophomore Nate Austin, a 6-10 forward, is also a prominent member of the rotation. He averages 15.9 minutes and 4.2 rebounds.
— BYU overcomes its lack of height with speed, quickness and a deadly perimeter shooting. The Cougars average 76.5 points. They shoot. 72.1 percent on free throws.
— UW fans may remember Matt Carlino who began his college career at UCLA, but didn’t play for the Bruins. The sophomore guard is averaging 10.7 points. Other than Haws and Davies, he’s the only BYU player averaging more than 10 points.
— Guard Brock Zylstra (107), Carlino (124) and Haws (101) have taken over 100 three-pointers.
— BYU is 6-1 all-time in NIT games played in the Marriott Center with the only loss coming to Washington in 1982. The Cougars advanced to the NCAA tournament the previous six years.
— The Cougars averaged 16,707 fans in 16 home games.
F – Brandon Davies, 6-9, 235, Sr., 17.6 ppg., 7.8 rpg., 1.0 bpg.
G – Brock Zylstra, 6-6, 210, Sr., 7.2, 3.8, 1.9 apg.
G – Tyler Haws, 6-5, 200, So., 20.9, 4.9, 1.9
G – Greg Cusick, 6-2, 185, Sr., 4.3, 2.4, 2.2
G – Matt Carlino, 6-2, 175, So., 10.7, 3.2, 4.3