This one has to be on the coaching to me. The guard play way awful, but staying
in the zone until we were down 21 was the reason the Cougars lost. They let them
have wide open threes and they didn't rebound in the zone at all. Way too many
second chance points. The reprehensible student behavior was incredibly
disappointing. The refs missed a lot of calls, but they were not the reason the
Officials also need a grade for this one and it would have to be an F. The
officials should generally be low visibility in a game, but in this one they
were the show and it was because of inconsistency. Players can adjust to how
the refs are calling a game if it is consistent. This was a new low benchmark
in officiating. I hope to never see this same crew do another college
basketball game because it was awful.
Scoring aside, last years guard combo of Jimmer and Jacks provided amazing
on-floor leadership for the Cougars. They easily lifted the play of everyone on
the squad. As can be expected, senior guards bring maturity and consistency to
any team. It is hard for any team to lose such an amazing duo of back-court
leaders. Fast forward one year: brand new (young) guards cannot be expected to
step up with the kind of maturity and emotional leadership as those we lost. The
result should not come as any surprise. Carlino came in with huge sneakers to
fill. We need to give him another year at least. Remember, Jimmer was no star
as a freshman or even as a sophomore for that matter.I think similar
comments apply on the grid iron. (Jake Heaps). Riley just has the moxie,
maturity, and on-field leadership needed in the signal-caller position. What he
seems to lack in over the top talent he makes up in maturity and leadership.
How about a grade for the fans. I would say an F in this one.I wasn't at
the game, but on TV you could see the fans embarrass BYU. Who
throws things on the Court? 3 different occurrences in the game?Let's stop blaming the refs and take responsibility for the loss. St Mary's
played much better than BYU. The cougars could not hit any shots, were 2-13
from 3-pointers.St Mary's shot 56% while BYU shot 41%. There are always missed calls in games, usually both ways, that is how sports
goes. If you can't handle that, then don't go to the game. St Mary's dominated
the game, really officiating had little to no impact.Disappointed in
the loss, but more disappointed and embarrassed in the behavior by the fans.
I find it amusing those who are blaming the officiating for the loss.
Particularly after having the chance to overhear a group of St. Mary's fans at
the airport talking about how horrible the officiating was against their team.
So BYU fans think the officials were biased against us and St. Mary's fans think
the officials were biased against them. As for the fan behavior the
grade of "F" is far too kind to those who chose to disrupt the game.
The officials gave the fans a warning after the first incident, then a technical
foul after the half and easily could have issued another at the end of the game.
Rather and wisely they chose to end the game early. What saddens me most is
that all of this boorish behavior was being televised to the entire nation.I truly hope that BYU police and the BYU athletics department scrutinize
ever piece of video available to identify those individuals that were
responsible for this embarrassment to the good name of Brigham Young University
and that those individuals are barred from ever attending another organized BYU
activity again. To those individuals who chose to throw egg on the face of the
school they allegedly support I have one question.Do you truly
believe that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is pleased with the way you
represented His university and His church last night?