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BYU basketball report card: No Haws magic this time as Cougars fall to No. 12 Wichita State

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27 2013 2:09 p.m. MST

There was no Tyler Haws magic this time for BYU.

The Cougars trailed No. 12 Wichita State by just three with 2:10 remaining but were outscored 11-1 by the Shockers to close the game, aided by Nate Austin’s ejection and Dave Rose’s technical. The final score of 75-62 was not indicative of the competitive nature of the contest.

The Shockers shockingly held BYU to just seven assists on the night, compared to their 13. They also outshot the Cougars from the field and the free-throw line, out-rebounded them, had more steals and blocks and had fewer turnovers. It is somewhat surprising then that BYU still had a chance to win in the closing minutes.

It is debatable whether Wichita State is truly a top-15 team. What is not debatable is that the Shockers made the Final-4 last season and returned a significant amount of their players this year. Considering the competition, and the fact BYU did not bring its A-game Tuesday night, it's a positive sign that the Cougars will be able to compete in every game they play if they can make progress in a few areas.

Here is a more detailed breakdown with grades for each BYU position group and other aspects of the game.

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wallyball
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Nate,
I think your analysis is right on the money. 7 assists, poor free throw shooting, forced shots and a marginal zone defense all contributed to the loss. How do we know BYU isn't athletic enough to play man to man? It can't be too much worse than that zone. Teams aren't missing shots because they are closely contested, they're just missing open shots. We can't hope for that to continue all year.

KSUBYU
Las Vegas, NV

Lets not get too excited about this game and its overall outcome. BYU has played 7 games, they start a newly returned missionary, a true freshman and the bench is young for the most part. Let them get some time in and when the WCC begins I think you will see a superior team and a top 20 ranking by seasons end.

SHOCKERFAN
MARION, KS

The analysis and comments are similar to what we heard last spring during our tourny run. Teams said they played their worst game of the year. It was due to in large part to our defense. Specifically, Tekele Cotton covered Haws during the first half and Carlino in the second. Their production is reflected in his smothering effort. He is our MVP. Good luck the rest of the year. Maybe we meet in March Madness.

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