BYU basketball report card: Cougars miss free throws, big opportunity vs. No. 13 Oregon

Published: Sunday, Dec. 22 2013 4:58 p.m. MST

It’s crazy how often a game comes down to free throws, and that was the case in the Cougars' four-point loss to the Ducks.

BYU made just 22-of-36 shots from the charity stripe (61.1 percent), and 12 of its 14 misses came in regulation. When a game goes into overtime, it’s generally not hard to figure where points could have come from to win the game in regulation.

Missed free throws have been a problem all season for the Cougars.

For much of the night against the 13th-ranked and undefeated Pac-12 Ducks, BYU looked like the better team. Give the Cougars a lot of credit for bouncing back strong after a demoralizing blowout loss to Utah a week prior. The Cougars again proved they can play with just about anybody when they are making shots.

Overall, the game is encouraging for BYU going into West Coast Conference play.

Here are the grades for each BYU position and other aspects of the game.

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Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

Succinct and on target.

Collinsworth is learning to drive and gaining value. Too bad Luke W has disappeared. Many of us had hopes for him! He seems to be "the second coming of Derek Dawes" (another BYU big man who never contributed much).

The good news is that BYU held the Oregon inside players in check most of the game. They continue to struggle with quick guards and keep allowing opponents' guards to have career games against them!

Rebounding was solid. Austin adds value there -- but so did Carlino, Collinsworth, and Mika to a degree!

I am hopeful that the team will learn from its tough losses. Time will tell!

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