What about Rodgers?
You know what will really benefit from the rest? The shooting arms
of the BYU players who consistently cast it up from beyond their range.
I like our team this year - lots of youth, decent defense, speed on offense and
hustle. The shooting needs to get more consistent, but that should work out in
time.I think BYU must make the final to get into the NCAAs. If they
lose in the final to SMC, they get an 11-12 seed. If they somehow figure SMC out
and win the tourney, a 9 seed. Lose in their opener and it is NIT time.We were very fortunate LMU lost this week.The no-Sunday game
policy is good and bad. The rest is nice - and obviously BYU wouldn't play a
game on Sunday. However, if they make the final, it means little active prep
time, while you know the opposition will take in a full day of practice. Maybe
not a big deal since everyone has played twice by now though.
Coach Rose continues to allow these terrible shooters cast off long shots
whenever they touch the ball. They never run plays this year. They just run
around and toss up prayer shots at will. Against most teams in the WCC, their
defense is sufficient to keep them in the game, but against any good team in the
top 50 in the country, they are just not going to win unless the other team
(i.e. Gonzaga last time) plays worse on that particular day. I cannot recall a
more frustrating year for fans. It's a little late in the year, but I just
betcha that if they would cease and desist throwing up three pointers, their
number would improve. Did you see Carlino drive and drive and drive to the
basket unmolested, yet not be able to score layups? Why is he playing? If this
is a rebuilding year, what are they rebuilding? Davies and Hartsock are all the
Cougars have, sad to say.
I think BYU ought to beat San Diego on Friday. If not---I agree it is NIT.In Las Vegas they ought to have a decent shot of beating Gonzaga
Saturday or a least making a good enough showing to safely get into the NCAA
tourney. I would dare predict a BYU win over Gonzaga, guarded somewhat based on
their health and how well they can bounce back from the night before (back to
back games).Then Monday a rematch with St. Mary's. If someone can
guard Dellavedova I think St. Mary's can be shut down. BYU has had difficulty
stopping guards most of the year. I really think Abuou could cause Dellavedova
fits if they designed a defense with that match up. I think that a
win over San Diego probably gives BYU a berth in the big dance. Most of the
"bubble" teams have already lost 10-11 games, and BYU would then be at
least 25-8.Another great point for BYU health wise is the timing:
WCC gets over March 3 or 5, and the big dance doesn't begin until March 13, or
more likely 15 (depending if they have to play-in on Tuesday in the first
round). That means BYU has roughy 10 days off to get healthy for the big dance.
That's great! Sure not like the old Mountain West tourney when they were worn
out from Thur, Fri, Sat. games and had to start NCAA 5 days later.
I agree with whats been said. If we lose in vs San Diego, NIT. If we beat them
and lose in semis, 11-12 seed in NCAA. If we lose in finals, 10-11 seed, if we
win WCC tourney, 8-9 seed. With as inconsistent as our shooting has been, we
could beat any team we match up against (under any seed) with good shooting, and
easily lose to those same teams with poor shooting.
By Abouo "the 24-7 Cougars have a good enough body of work that if they win
one game, they'll receive an automatic NCAA bid"I wouldn't go
there Charles. win them all are a must. The NCAA committees going to look at who
will or will not going to be there when comes to injuries or suspension, etc. I
think if you do win against Zags in the semi might get you in but not too shure
about that either.
Great year and another 25 win season. Very few teams have won 25 or more over
the same span of years as BYU has. Great year cougars!!!
@ I BleedAgreed. The Basketball team has been remarkably consistent,
year to year. Same story with football In fact, same story with the whole
athletic program. BYU has never finished outside the top 50 in the Director's
Cup since it was started in 1993 or so.
Win or lose in the conference tournament it was an outstanding season for a team
with only 2 seniors and 8 freshmen, with most of them playing significant
minutes. Next year we lose Abuo but if i'm counting right Hawes (who started
ahead of abuo as a freshman) returns so that should be a wash or an improvement.
Rodgers and Collinsworth should be healthy, Davies should be an beast and with a
year under their belts we will see much improved play from returning freshmen
Austin, Carlino, Winder, Harrison, Sharp and Cusick who all played meaningful
minutes, we will also be gaining Harward a 6-10 center/forward off his redshirt
year. We just have to wait and see who takes up the slack for losing
Hartsock, I think maybe Zylstra will have a breakout year. BYU fans have a lot
to look forward to and be excited about for years to come.