Delly is a gritty, confident, never quit player, NBA bound for sure, where he
would be very John Stockton-like, a true point guard, and I'd hope Matt
Carlino might learn from his efficient style.
I love my Cougs. However, I'm not keeping my hopes since they are playing
on the Gaels' home court, and BYU has issues in so many different areas
both offensively and defensively. That was obvious in the Cougars' bare
bones win against a Utah State team that isn't very good. Any dream of an
invitation to the Big Dance though is out of reach if they don't pull off a
"Miracle on 24th Street" during the rest of this season. This includes
wins against the Gaels and Zags.
The best thing about delley is that he graduates this year. Good luck in the
nba, bad boy!
BYU's prospects for an at-large bid to the Big Dance are pretty much dead,
but a good showing against Saint Mary's tonight, could give the Cougars the
necessary confidence to beat the Gaels in the WCC tournament. Beating Gonzaga is
another matter. The Bulldogs are just too good.Anything is possible,
but the most likely scenario is losing to Saint Mary's and Gonzaga, and
beating LMU to finish the regular season 21-10. An quarter-final win in the WCC
tourney, a possible upset of Saint Mary's in the semi-finals, and a loss to
Gonzaga in the finals.23-11 or 22-11 heading into the NIT.6 straight 25+ win NCAA tournaments, bookended by 20+ win NIT appearances in
Dave Rose's first 8 seasons, not bad.Help is on the way.
BYU's 2013 recruiting class may be it's best to date, and 2014 could
be even better than 2013.
If the Y does bring their A game on both ends for the ENTIRE game it will be a
blowout. If they do it will be close. GO COUGS and play hard.
BYU can do this. If they can just toughen up, take matters into their own hands
and not be shoved around by these guys, they will be okay. It may be a big
"if" but it's doable.Davies would have to play like man
and stop flopping, as would Austin, and maybe we could see Kafusi bang around
with their bigs. If they can man-up, play hard, play mean, and not
back down, they'll be okay.Cougs by 6
In the first game Austin drew an offensive foul on Delly. He tried it again and
Delly hit an easy 8 footer while Austin, 6'11", is laying flat on his
back. This has happened before with Austin and Davis. They are laying on their
backs while the other team is getting offensive rebounds. Maybe we ought to
worry more about rebounding and playing good defense, rather than drawing
"Help is on the way. BYU's 2013 recruiting class may be it's best
to date, and 2014 could be even better than 2013."Emery,
Hartsock, Calvert, Ainge, and Shaw will all leave on missions between this year
and next. So, the only new players coming in next year are Mika, Worthington,
and K Collinsworth. Mika is a good player, but he is not going to replace what
Davies brought to the table right out of the gate. Worthington is a skilled
player, but will be fighting with Austin and Sharp for minutes right away.The guard line could be one of the worst 3-pt shooting groups of all
time at BYU with the graduations of Zylstra and Cusick and the poor shooting of
Ambrosino, Delgado, Winder and Collinsworth (pre-mission). The best
thing happening to BYU next year is that the Zags will be depleted (with
Stockton, Harris, Dower, and Olynik all graduating) and the Gaels take a big hit
losing Dellevadova and Levesque.The best year coming will almost
certainly be after this year's recruits get back from missions in
2015-2016. That team will have Chatman, Nelson, Emery, Hartsock, Harward, Shaw,
Calvert, Collinsworth, & Worthington (?).
I could not agree more with mnsave on his post. Davies and Austin are going for
charges all the time rather than making smart attempts at blocking shots (even
if you don't block them all, you will change more than a few) and then make
a strong rebound. Out-rebound SMC and BYU will have a chance. Out-rebound them and shoot well from outside the arc, and they will have an
even better chance. Out-rebound SMC, shoot well from outside and defend
the 3-pt line well and you SHOULD win.Unfortunately, these are the
things BYU has needed to do, but couldn't, all season long.
I actually am looking forward to a Santa Claraish performance away from home.
BYU is due one big shooting night on the road; They are due one big rebounding
performance and they are due being able to out talent a team. Maybe tonight the
dues are paid in full.If not...Well, it's another
20 point loss for my Cougars. BTW, can someone please tell Carlino to stop
taking stupid shots and throwing the ball away? Against ST Mary's in Provo,
at the start of the 2nd half, we caused an 7/8 point turnaround. Count em:
Davies throws up a wide open 3 point brick for the first shot of the half.
Followed by a made basket and foul on the defensive side. Followed by a SM two
pointer. Sure, it was only 5 made points, but a wide open guard on the Cougar
side still had the confidence from the first half to ripple the net. Count em.
7/8 points. That was the end of the game. SM took all the MO and left BYU
holding an empty cup. If my beloved Cougars play that dumb tonight the dues will
still be owed.
Hidden in this article is the truism that WCC refs are allowing the smaller
schools to rough up the Cougars for whatever reason. If we had the same
officials that called the Utah State game, BYU would get more free throws and
the complesion of the game would change as St Mary's realized that they
can't foul their way to success.
An excellent breakdown of both Tyler Haws' phenomenal shot, and then
Delly's shot (not a heave) is located at SMCHoops (dot) com. (I can't
post the link?)"...Delly goes straight at [the defender] and
then Euro-steps his way into space. Who does this? As the clock is ending,
40-feet away from the basket, in front of 20,000 hostile fans?"