BYU Cougars (8-7, 0-2) vs. San Diego Toreros (9-6, 0-2)
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2014
Location: Marriott Center, Provo, Utah
Time: 6:00 PM PST
Last Season: San Diego won 2 of the 3 matchups. The Cougars won 74-57 in Provo, the Toreros won 74-68 in San Diego, and the Toreros also defeated the Cougars in the quarterfinals of the WCC Tournament 72-69 in Las Vegas.
Kyle Collinsworth, 13.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 5.3 APG
Matt Carlino, 15.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.5 APG
Tyler Haws, 22.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG
Eric Mika, 13.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG
Nate Austin, 4.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG
Christopher Anderson, 10.5 PPG, 6.6 APG
Johnny Dee, 18.9 PPG
Brett Bailey, 2.8 PPG
Jito Kok, 5.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG
Dennis Kramer, 11.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG
KEYS TO THE GAME
Carlino needs to regain confidence: We all know what Matt Carlino can be at his best. 2 years ago at San Francisco. Last year vs. Santa Clara at home. Somewhere inside this slumping turnover brick machine is that player. That player needs to come back, and very soon. He is really the only thing (other than a big football player rejoining this team) that can save the Cougars’ season.
Get Christopher Anderson out of his slump: A shooting slump that is. He is still a great distributor, and had 12 assists against LMU. But he’s 6 for his last 28 from the field. Essentially no one has scored other than Dee/Kramer/Sandaze recently for San Diego. Anderson is a capable scorer and occasional shooter. He needs to step it up scoring or else he will be put in the category of Jordan Giusti and Demetri Goodson (point guards who cannot shoot).
Both teams were picked in the top half of the WCC in the preseason and both are in dire need of a victory. The Cougars are at home at it is nearly impossible for road teams to win in the Marriott Center. Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth will step up and lead the Cougars to a 78-65 victory.