Free throw shooting is not a team event, it is a pure individual event, and it
can only improve through individual effort, concentration, and practice.
BYU's free throw shooting is completely unacceptable, considering they are
a pretty good shooting team. This team has made me nervous from the beginning,
and I kept saying, if they keep missing a lot of free throws it's going to
cost them some games; this was one of them. They should have won by 10 in
regulation. Early in the year, even Haws was missing a lot of free throws.
Mika's FT shooting is unacceptable, he's going to be the hack-a-shaq
of the league if he doesn't get better. Free throw shooting is one of the
easiest parts of the game to improve. Coach...demand it of every player, teach
them how to be a good free throw shooter, and they will improve.
I keep reading about how the cougars lost this game because of some
inefficiencies on offense. How can everyone not see the elephant in the room?If your team scores 96 points, but you still loose the game, it clearly
was not because the offense didn't hold up. Watching the matador type
defense displayed against Oregon and Utah is the culprit, yet no one seems to
want to discuss this problem. Instead, everyone keeps believing the cougs needed
to merely score 101 points and this game would have been ours.Perhaps this shoot first, play defense never, style of basketball holds up
against teams in the WCC, but it should be crystal clear to the cougars at this
point in the season, that teams who flourish in the post season are the ones who
at least know how to spell D-E-F-E-N-S-E.
I am trying to understand how the game of basketball is officiated. I am not
saying the refs are the reason BYU lost this game but the officiating
inconsistency ruins the game for me! No consensus on when or what is either a
defensive or offensive foul. No consensus on what or when it is just good
defense from one official to the next or from one game to the next! Sometimes it
is so very frustrating one has to believe many of the calls are influenced for
"personal" reasons. I prefer football, far fewer "judgment
THENUN, I really agree. BYU has always a defensive stopper. Abouo owned Damon
Lillard, and Jackson Emery always shut down the other team's best player.
I thought Collinsworth might be that guy this year.When Collinsworth
dished to Haws for a three on the first possession, I felt things were really
looking good. I still think Collinsworth, Halford and Winder are better options
than Carlino at the point. Let Carlino give Haws a rest and that's about
it.I'm excited to see Sharp getting more minutes. He's a
better option than Bartley at the five.
They lost this game because of free throws. In fact, look at every close loss
this season and last, and missed free throws seem to be the difference.One other note: Coach Rose didn't seem to want to use his bench in this
game. Until both Mika and Austin picked up 5 fouls, he basically went 7 deep.
Guys seemed tired at the end, coming up short on shots and losing a step on
defense (which they can't afford to lose!) Halford scored a bunch of
points in the 1st half, then didn't seem to get used at all in the 2nd
half. If you want your stars to have something left at the end of the game, you
got to give them some rest! Collinsworth and Haws played over 40 minutes! Yes,
I know it was an overtime game, but you take away those minutes and they still
both logged over 35. Most starters don't play much more than 30. Keep
this up, and they won't have any legs at all by seasons' end. Use the
BYU lost the game due to their poor free throw shooting plain and simple.
I have been watching PAC officiating for years and I will say that PAC
officiating is the worst of any conference in the country, and has been for
years. It is too bad that the conference can spend millions of dollars updating
the facilities but can't find qualified officials to do basketball games.
PAC football officiating is on par with the rest of the country.
Agree with NevadaCoug. Rose's substitution pattern has been puzzling to
me. You foul out your 2 most important big men and Worthington doesn't
even see the floor and Sharp is used sparingly? Halford (also a good free throw
shooter) has a hot hand in the first half and doesn't get in the second
half? And Collinsworth hardly ever gets a rest. And I have no idea why Winder is
riding the pine Agree with NevadaCoug. Rose's substitution pattern has
been puzzling to me. You foul out your 2 most important big men and Worthington
doesn't even see the floor and Sharp is used sparingly? Halford (also a
good free throw shooter) has a hot hand in the first half and doesn't get
in the second half? And Collinsworth hardly ever gets a rest. And I have no idea
why Winder is riding the pine so much...
Somewhat disagree with mnsave regarding guard options. Despite Carlinos
liabilities his strength is the transition game, which Rose is all about. No
one on the team can run the floor on fast breaks like Carlino and he is a
terrific rebounder and decent defender. And he is the 3rd best free throw
shooter (behind Haws and Halford who rarely gets to the line). Collinsworth is
a terrible free throw shooter and turns the ball over way too much as it is. Him
at point would be a disaster. I've seen Halford look great and bad. I think
he should get more playing time, especially when Carlino is stinking it up. He
is a better 3-point shooter, foul shooter than Carlino. Winder is also spotty,
but when the starters are hurting us he should be seeing more time. I think the
jury is still out on Bartley. Great potential, but not a very good outside
shooter or foul shooter. And he sometimes throws up prayers with 3 guys on him
Oops. Sorry about the double paste on my first post. :-(
Teach proper form. Then have each player shoot 100 free throws each day and run
a quarter mile for every free throw missed. Franchuk said that cured his high
school team of missed free throws.
Gone under, it's pretty clear you don't understand how college
basketball officiating works.
One reason for missed free throws is the frenetic play, so that the players step
up to the free throw line panting for breath, a bit battered. Like putting a
guy in a whirlwind spin cycle and then asking them to walk a straight line.