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BYU basketball report card: Prairie View A&M brings out the best in BYU

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12 2013 12:02 p.m. MST

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Matt Gade, Deseret News
The strangest stat of the night was Matt Carlino only attempting two field goals. It was nice to see Carlino recognize that the team didn’t need him to score in this game. Despite six turnovers, he did a really nice job distributing the ball to a bunch of different guys. Certainly the opponent must be factored in, but it appeared Carlino is a much better defender playing man-to-man than in the zone.

In just 20 minutes of playing time, Tyler Haws scored a whole bunch of points (19) on near flawless shooting (7-of-11) in the first few minutes of the game and then his work was pretty much done.

Kyle Collinsworth also had 19 points for the Cougars. More importantly, he didn’t have a turnover. Collinsworth continued to look uncomfortable on the foul line, hitting just 63 percent, which is actually above his season average.

The guards off the bench were effective as well in doing a nice job filling the stat line. Frank Bartley IV showed some skill as a distributor, finishing with six assists.

Grade: A
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trueblueBYU
Provo, UT

Saturday night should be interesting. Utah will get the chance to show that their record is not a fluke. We shall see. I'm thinking it is!

WisCoug
VERONA, WI

I 100% agree with your assessment of Coach Rose's personnel decisions. Winder has shown great ability, but he needs to be getting steady minutes if he is going to be a factor come conference (and possibly NCAA) tournament time. I also think that in addition to how Worthington was used it is equally surprising how few minutes this year have gone Josh Sharp's way. Still, even with these head-scratchers a C- is probably a bit harsh.

That would have to assume that more than 25% of the coach's grade comes from how effectively he works in his bench during games decided early and that he got exactly 0 of those possible points. BYU's defense was excellent, their best players stayed out of foul trouble, Carlino played within himself for the most part (no terrible shots and definitely more than 7 good passes despite ending up with 7 assists), and the team shot a few percentage points better than their season average. All things that indicate he is doing his job well and that a B or a B- at worst would be more appropriate (just my two cents).

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

I, too, was bewildered by Rose not giving his bench more quality minutes, especially Sharp. The game was well in hand by the first half and putting the subs in early in the 2nd half would go a long way to improving your depth without risking the game at all. With the way the games are being officiated this year, Rose will be turning to his bench much more frequently. Why not give them as much playing time as opportunity presents.

If I were the opposing coach I would be kind of ticked Rose was so slow to play his bench….

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

I do think that something needs to be said for getting some of the starter experience. Mika is a true freshman, Collinsworth is just back from a mission. These guys are starters. They also used the minutes well. They were improved by them. It is a silly argument to say that Rose should have given more minutes to his bench. You cannot have the cake and eat it too.

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