BYU basketball notebook: Matt Carlino earned a starting role with his play

Published: Monday, Dec. 19 2011 8:21 p.m. MST

PROVO — Matt Carlino finished his first game against Baylor at the point position — now he'll be starting there. Playing an impressive debut, which included 18 points off the bench, was apparently good enough to name him as the starter. He'll be backed up by Craig Cusick with Anson Winder moving back to his more natural 2-guard position.

Unfortunately for Rose, that might not be the only lineup shifting he has to do leading up to tonight's game against Buffalo. Freshman DaMarcus Harrison, who took a lot of the injured Stephen Rogers' minutes against Baylor, was seen limping out of practice, aided by a trainer.

"He tweaked his ankle," said Rose. "(the trainer) says there is a possibility that he could play (against Buffalo) depending on how it swells tonight, but it looks like it's one of those things that when you twist it that it's three to four days before you get back."

The intention is, or at least was, to use Harrison more and more increasingly, hoping that he responds positively with his increased workload. So how did he respond on Saturday against Baylor?

"I thought he played great," Rose assessed. "He was really aggressive, he was active and he's a guy who we'll put in that lineup expecting him, when he's open, to shoot — he's a good shooter."

BATTLING BUFFALO: The Cougars traveled to upstate New York last season to take on the Bulls, taking a 90-82 victory. It was an up-tempo game which included a lot of scoring runs by BYU to build big leads, with most of those runs answered by Buffalo in keeping the game close.

They return a lot of players from last year's team. Rose expects a very competitive game.

"They're very, very efficient with how they run their offense," he said. "The pace of their offense is really hard to defend. They bring all of their guys up, so they're hard to defend and with only one day of prep it's going to be a challenge for us."

JIMMER FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE: Like a lot of Cougar fans, Coach Rose made sure he tuned into Jimmer Fredette's first NBA preseason game Saturday night. Although the Sacramento Kings lost the game to the Golden State Warriors 107-96, Fredette had an impressive debut, tying for the team lead in scoring with 21 points.

"It was one of the first times I've been able to watch him in a long time where I could just relax and not sorry about the outcome of the game," he said. "He's pretty impressive … there's a lot of things he needs to learn, but how to get the ball in the basket probably isn't one of them — he's got that figured out."

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