Season Record: 0-0
TV: BYUtv, 7 PM Utah Time
|Stats||NBA Ranking||Stats||NBA Ranking|
|78.2 PPG||13th||69.1 PPG||146th|
|38.5 RPG||21st||34.3 RPG||189th|
|17.0 APG||6th||12.7 APG||179th|
|.468 FG%||43rd||.442 FG%||136th|
*PPG – Points per game RPG – Rebounds APG – Assists FG% – Field Goal %
How they match up:
As far as a match up goes, you can look at the stats above and get a really good idea of what to expect on Friday night in the MC. You’ll have a loud crowd, ready to cheer on the Cougars and see what this team will be made of this season. As far as the game goes, it will be close, but not for long. BYU plays at such a high tempo they will get out and run the Tigers ragged without much effort. A couple of things to watch for though:
- The Tigers return a lot of experience from last year’s squad that won 20 games in 2011-2012 and placed 2nd in the Ohio Valley Conference
- Among those returning are senior big man Robert Covington who averaged 17.9 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game while shooting over 52% from the field and over 78% from the line. And keep an eye on him as he can step out and shoot the three at better than 45%. He was by far and away, the most consistent bomber on the team.
- The rest of the team isn’t going to make anyone super nervous. But they do return a total of 10 players this season and nine of them played in at least 24 of the 34 games. There won’t be much that BYU can throw at them that they won’t know how to deal with.
The problem will be that there will just be so much of it for them to deal with. BYU will blitz them with speed and shooting prowess from around the perimeter while Brandon Davies patrols the paint and gobbles up offensive rebounds.
And that will be one of the two keys to this game: Davies playing big but smart and sophomore point guard Matt Carlino playing like Matt Carlino and not trying to play like Jimmer. Carlino has it in him to be special; he just has to reign it in and play like the player that got him offers all over the country and not like the guy he “replaced.”
This will be over before half time.
Prediction: BYU wins going away in Provo