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Dick Harmon: BYU believes maturity, health will help in huge road swing at Pacific and St. Mary's

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  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    Feb. 12, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    If defense imrpoves

    If FT% is 75 or higher

    If FGM/FGA is 50% or higher

    If turnovers are less than 10

    Cougars win

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 8:02 p.m.

    Re: MacNasty,

    If BYU is to shoot over 75 percent at the charity stripe, it can only happen by keeping the ball out of the hands of those who lack the "touch." Some of our better shooters from the field can't buy scores that are supposedly "free." Sometimes we wonder if Coach Rose even cares about free throw percentage. Those who consistently klunk their free-throws off the rim are still trusted to handle the ball in crunch time, when purposeful fouling can spell the difference between a win or a loss . . . and did, three times, once in regulation and twice in overtimes, that cost us the win in our wild triple-overtime loss to Portland. When the game is on the line, and fouls are a certainty, can't we ensure that Haws is the man going to the line?

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Feb. 13, 2014 7:17 a.m.

    Wonder why the others aren't learning from Haws at the free throw line? Perhaps they don't feel it's that important? I'm puzzled as to why they're so bad! It's the one part of their game that's so painful to watch except for Haws of course!

    Go Cougars!

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    Feb. 13, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    McNasty:

    That's a lot of "ifs", and I agree. I love KC, but I wonder if offense-for-defense substitutions aren't in order with him during crunch time until he can be more reliable from the line.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Feb. 13, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    Agree with most comments of FT shooting, but disagree with the question as to whether FTs are being ignored by coaches. Rose teams usually shoot very well from the line. I think this team, being young, is just not as centered as they will be next year. FTs with the game on the line require relaxed confidence, which is tougher with young players. That's my guess, anyway. I'm pretty sure Coach Rose knows exactly what is going on.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:14 p.m.

    Here's a thought - start playing Bartley and Winder.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    Feb. 14, 2014 12:18 a.m.

    Free throw shooting proficiency is accomplished by shooting enough free throws every day that the mechanics become refined and the shot easy. Few, if any BYU players have put the effort forth to accomplish this, and it shows in the game. Most of the free throws taken tonight at the Pacific game (UOP 89 BYU 82) were herky jerky make do and as a result too often missed. There's no way a good D-1 team shoould be willing to accept less than 80% free throw shooting from itself. It's got nothing to do with being young or tied; the lousy mechanics are on clear display. UOP put the game away at the free throw line. With present levels of proficiency, BYU never will. There's no damned excuse for this.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Feb. 14, 2014 3:29 a.m.

    Wow... This is a big disappointment... Just seems like the guys are not prepared out there... Tyler is taking way too many shots that he shouldn't be taking, and our Bigs are not able to stay on the floor because of foul trouble.

    There has to be other issues behind the scene that we simply don't know about...

    We deserved to lose this game... Austin needs to start shooting the 3 ball like he did as a freshman... Collinsworth needs to do nothing but shoot free throws for no less than 10 hours a week... In fact everyone on the team with the exception of Haws, Halpern and Carlino need to do the same and an expert needs to be analyzing and tweeking their shot.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Feb. 14, 2014 3:40 a.m.

    I disagree with the comment that this team is "too young"... It's an easy to grab excuse and it is inaccurate. The Cougs play one Freshman for any period of measurable time on the court (who is really our only back to the basket player) and he is a good low post player that needs more coaching attention on his Defensive foot work... We start a 22 year old Sophomore who is a return missionary and who played on the BYU team that almost ran the table in 2011... We also start 3 juniors who all have 3 solid years of experience (mostly in Division 1 Basketball)... Our first players off the bench are also Juniors for the most part with a good couple of years of experience (Sharp and Winder an Halpern or Carlino)... Bartley and Worthington are Freshman but have limited minutes.