BYU basketball: Cougars off to Big Apple to close out Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Florida State's defense will test BYU in new arena
BYU has shot better than 50 percent in its first two games.
The Seminoles are led by senior guard Michael Snaer, who is regarded as one of the top guards and defensive players in the nation. He averaged 14 points per game last season and he led FSU with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, against Buffalo.
"This is a really big, physical, athletic team," Rose said of Florida State. "They guard hard, they pressure you. Their guards are very good scoring guards. They have two groups — an experienced group that won a lot of games last year. Then they have some young, talented players that are still learning. It will be interesting to see how they guard us, how they pressure us and how we handle that pressure. We're excited to go play and see how we can do."
The Cougars embrace the pressure of playing on such a big stage.
"Coach talks about pressure and how you accept it," Zylstra said. "It should drive you, not make you nervous. We're excited. There's no pressure because we've been invited (to the tournament). We have the respect. We have to go out and win for ourselves and our team."
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