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BYU basketball report card: Cougars strategically overwhelmed by Bulldogs

Published: Sunday, Jan. 26 2014 3:46 p.m. MST

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The Bulldogs are beatable because they simply don’t have the talent to overwhelm teams that can match them in coaching and execution. Like every basketball team, Gonzaga can also be beaten if its shots are not falling as they normally do at the same time a respectable opponent is making more than their normal share, which is exactly what happened when Gonzaga lost at Portland on Jan. 9.

When the Bulldogs are making shots like they were against BYU in the second half, however, they can play with anybody in college basketball.

Junior guard Kevin Pangos, who devastated the Cougars with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting (6-of-10 on 3-pointers) and seven assists with zero turnovers, is a legit star and a confident leader.

Gonzaga has eight players averaging at least seven points per game while shooting 51.2 percent as a team, including 42.3 percent from behind the arc.

The Bulldogs are not going to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament like they were last season, but they just might advance further than the second round this time.

Against BYU Saturday night, Gonzaga was dominant in every aspect of the game except rebounding.

Grade: A

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NorCalCougarFan&Alum
Elk Grove, CA

I love my Cougars, but I think coaching is a huge obstacle for the men's basketball and football teams. BYU has better coaching staffs in women's basketball, women's softball, and men and women's volleyball. The two main pilot sports are lacking in coaching while our less profitable sports continue to excel.

Outside-View
Federal Way, WA

I would like to see a response from the BYU coaching staff to see if they agree with your point made in this aticle. If any credibility to it, ask them how they plan to become more like Gonzaga.

Downtownchrisbrown
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I wasn't surprised to see the Zags pull away at the end. After the 3OT game on Thursday, I was surprised the Cougars hung in as long as they did.

AZBlue
Gilbert, AZ

Definitely the coach's fault. I mean, I can't believe how he streaked across the lane on three different occasions and then threw the ball directly into the hands of a Gonzaga player. Oh, wait, that was Halford (twice) and Haws (once). But I saw them practicing throwing the ball away and making stupid decisions, so it must be the coaches.

With the players he recruits, Rose does amazingly well. The one area in which ALL BYU athletes seem to suffer is ego! They routinely take other teams lightly. Is that on the coach? Maybe, but I remember my high school coach trying to beat into our heads to take the upcoming homecoming game against the 2-5 team seriously.... to no avail. We lost. Very embarrassing.... but NOT the coach's fault.

I frankly more scrutiny should be placed on Haws. He is a really good player, but his shot selection often leaves MUCH to be desired.

wallyball
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I think this is the most accurate analysis of the basketball team that I have read this year.
The defense is horrible and chaotic. The offense is pretty good but they don't always play well as a team. Rose and Pope are D-1 coaches but the other two need to move on. This team lacks discipline and their zone defensive scheme is fundamentally flawed. They can't decide how to defend the pick and roll and continually give up dribble penetration, which results in wide open threes. It comes down to either the coaches don't know what to do or the the players are incapable of carrying out an effective game plan. Maybe a little of both.

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