Cougs dominated on the boards, and were respectable at the free throw line. They
just turned it over too many times and did not shoot well. 6 assists for the
entire game is a glaring stat. Shot selection?
Everyone has defeats. The best people and teams learn from their defeats and
improves. I personally have learned far more from my defeats in life than from
my victories. Go Cougars, continue to grow but stay humble!
Not trying to rub salt in a wound, but one thing the Cougars could learn from
the Utes and some other teams is that when you're struggling offensively
tough defense can keep the game close enough to still give you a chance. The
Utes have had a lot of close losses this season in games when they have
struggled offensively. BYU hasn't been really tough defensively for most
of the Dave Rose era.
Mormon Ute is right on....BYU's defense has been soft all year. And this
is from an admitted Cougar fan. A replay of the LMU tournament game from Sat.
shows a number of easy buckets for Lions late in the game - a game the Cougs
could've won by over 20, but didn't. Maybe Mark Few & staff were
watching that one too?
MormonUte, as a byu fan I agree with you. I do think it is a little bit of a
give and take though. Hardly ever do you find a great offensive team that is
also a great defensive team. Simply due to personnel and amount of energy it
requires to be great on both ends, coaches have to pick and choose a little bit
where the focus will be. Also, a team that plays as fast as byu does will
naturally give up more points on defense because there are more possessions.I'm not suggesting byu doesn't need to work on defense - they
absolutely do. I'm just saying a byu fan could easily tell Utah they
should have focused more on offense and then maybe their offensive problems
wouldn't have led to some of those losses. Neither byu or Utah have been
overly impressive this year.
Slater Martin circa 1958: "Defense is 90% desire."I've
seen teams with limited talent and physical disadvantages consistently take
"great" teams to the wood shed. Of course, these undersized teams had
that "desire," played smart, and executed on the fundamentals (i.e., One
of my coaches: "If you can't 'see' your man, the ball, and
the basket at all times you are out of position.").BYU will
never have the best over-all talent, but with sound coaching and kids with the
smarts and motivation, they can be giant-beaters. Rose needs to make some staff
changes because the young men aren't getting what they need.P.S. Slater Martin was a 5'10" play making guard with Bob Petit on
the St. Louis Hawks franchise in the NBA. He was an All-Star and played on four
or five NBA championship teams.
CougarCat,I guarantee the Bulldogs watched the LMU game.Sports Are Great,You are totally right about both teams. Each
have weaknesses that they need to work on. I do like a team that stresses
defense more, because it's something players can still do well even when
their shot has left them. I learned this watching Rick Majerus use less
talented players to get to the NCAA title game by stressing defensive
fundamentals and sound execution.All that being said, I am impressed
with Tyler Haws. His shot was off the entire tournament and yet he still found
a way to score right around his average by getting to the free throw line. He
was perfect on free throws the last two games and that is something like defense
that a player can be consistent on every games.
Coaching grade? Adjustments grade? Individual performances grade? What
happened? Why do we always seem to struggle in tourney games on national tv?
Or maybe the Zags were just that much better and caused us to stink. We had no
answer? Or the answer was there but we just couldn't find it. I put a lot
on the coaches for that! We showed little composure and a lot of shakiness, as
hard as the effort may have been. I don't want to see us go out in a first
round, playing like that.