LMU's perimeter defense was nothing out of the ordinary. Yes, some shots were
contested but most were open looks. Also, most of BYU's losses have been
influenced by a big discrepancy in made free throws.
Refs missed a few calls, but you can blame this solely on 2 for 25 shooting from
3pt. It's amazing that an entire team that's been shooting 40% from 3pt could
all be so ice cold, at home, on the same night.Ireland is very good;
BYU had nobody who could guard him one on one, kinda like Jimmer last year, but
without the deep three range. It would have been interesting to see if Jackson
could have slowed him down.
Well, that's not good. Puts even more emphasis on the 4 big games remaining on
the regular season schedule. A win at Va. Tech would go a long way toward making
up for this loss. I still think the Cougs have a shot at a 8-10 seed in the
tourny, but they can't slip up again and need to beat the Zags and St. Mary's at
home and beat Va. Tech on the road. Then make it to the conference tournament
finals. Bad shooting nights happen. It is part of living by the
three point shot and being a young team.
Chirp Chirp Chirp.....three bid league my butt.....nice Cougars and at home!!!!
You live by the sword, and you die by the sword. I have never like the 3 point
basket, nor the 3 free throws on an foul. It has ruined the game at all levels.
In the first place in high school and college it is two short. It has ruined
the game. Couple that with the wrestling match that has evolved in post
guarding. The fouling the officials allow is ludicrous. Clean up the game and
get the 3 pointer out of the game. BYU should not come out shooting the long
shots. The need to establish the inside game and draw fouls, if any will be
called by the zebras. This loss was totally unnecessary. I am appalled by the
strategy by the coaches. Now the Cougars are behind the eightball. The failure
of backup big people is also a glaring weakness; particularly at the foul line.
We need some meaty bigs on this club; plus some perimeter guarding. The LMU
coaches took the Cougars to school; and it turns out they were just the better
team last night.
get the 3 pointer out of the game? dude this isnt the 50's
The problem isn't necessarily that they couldn't hit threes. The problem was
that they kept shooting them; often very early in the shot clock without even
looking for other options. If the outside shot is all you have, take what they
give you. But there were other options. And even if the outside shot was the
only option, it didn't have to be from such long range. One of the first things
my first real basketball coach ever taught me was this: if you can take a step
or two closer to the basket and still have an open shot, do it. Had the Cougars
done that, maybe they would have made a few more of those outside shots. They
might have been worth just two points, but maybe it would have made the
difference.And don't forget one other thing that hurt last night:
Mr. Charles Abouo. He pretty much single handedly killed the Cougars rally
toward the end. One possession remains in my mind: After nearly turning the
ball over on a forced pass to Davies that just happened to bounce right back to
him, Abouo then threw the ball right to the LMU player. Yuck.
Malibu is just the ticket to heating up BYU's outside shooting again. Still, if
BYU's guards had driven inside more when the outside shots weren't falling, the
Cougars would have had a better chance of beating LMU. A lesson learned.
Can't blame the refs on this one Riddles.If half of those players
decided to just try to drive it in for 2 points, the cougies would have won.When you live by the 3, you die by the 3.
Carlino is very capable of penetrating into the paint and making a big play. He
just didn't do it very much. When the 3's aren't falling, you have to create by
driving into the paint, just like Ireland did.
Arestwo words: reading comprehensionI didn't blame the
refs.And yes, BYU should have been driving more when the outside
shots weren't falling. That said, even when BYU gets off to a cold start from
3PT, they usually heat up at some point in the game; it just didn't happen
Anonymus Infinity: I agree with some things you said, the rough play in the
paint, some meaty bigs would help and maybe most important would be some good
perimeter defense. That said , I totally disagree with your comments on the 3 pt
shot , I'm an old timer (in my 60's) and the 3 pt shot has opened the game up
and brought some interesting dimensions to the game. Having the 3 pt shot makes
the game interesting. How coaches and players use the 3 pt shot is debatable but
having it as part of the game is a good thing. Usually the cougs use it to their
advantage. The player today rely too much on the 3 pt shot and need to learn how
to use the mid range jumper more. Too often they either shoot the 3 or go all
the way to the hole, the mid range game is not something most of the young kids
have and it is something coaches need to push for players to develop and use.
BYU needs to open games by going inside 1st, then start taking the opportunity
3's as they come in the flow, we came out forcing up 3 pointers to get started
off on the wrong foot then precedent was set for the game.