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Published: Saturday, Nov. 26 2011 10:50 p.m. MST

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SoCalTrueBlue
San Diego, CA

Demarcus Harrison should be given more playing time, and Zylstra less. Coach Rose should have given Jimmer more playing time as a freshman. Unfortunately, I see the same approach with Harrison as a freshman. Let him develop quickly because he is the future of this team.

chubbuckidahocougfan
Chubbuck, Idaho

Davis has alot to work on. He doesn't look as good as I though he would be this year. He doesn't finish well around the basket and he is not smart with his stupid fouls that he commits to get himself in foul trouble early on. Hartsock is the team's most consistent and best player currently but he doesn't demand the ball when BYU need a basket. I predict they'll win 20 games....get to the NIT and win 3 to 4 games.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Yup. Until the players AND Rose figure out how to NOT have those long non-scoring stretches, they'll continue to lose to good teams. I'll keep beating this drum until that's fixed.

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

WhatsInItForMe

Scoreless streaks are common for every team that's ever stepped onto a basketball court from peewee leagues to professional teams.

BYU is a very young and rebuilding team; playing an experienced Top 10 team close for all but five minutes of the game is great.

Brust, the Wisconsin played who lit up BYU hitting 7 of 10 3's, was 1 for 6 from three the night before versus Bradley. It happens. Players sometimes get in a groove and it's impossible to stop them no matter how closely they're guarded.

The most important thing is BYU is improving every game and less than a month into the season they're already competitive with Top 10 level competition.

Buffalo1
McLean, VA

Does anyone know Collinsworth's health status? If he can come back and be effective, this could be a very good team when Carlino arrives, plus adding a good big guy to the front line. Thanks for any current feedback on his status -- poor guy has had nothing but injury problems, but when healthy he can really play.

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

Buffalo1

Collinsworth had an MRI and no new damage was discovered to his injured knee, just some not uncommon swelling related to the operation. He's practicing, but I think they're bringing him along slowly to allow the knee to fully heal.

Buffalo1
McLean, VA

TrueBlue:

Thanks for the update. That is a more positive report versus what I feared might be the case. Hopefully the rehab goes well, and he ends up as a substantial contributor. However, I agree with the approach -- obviously his health comes as first priority.

Take Care Buffalo1

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Obviously BYU is not good enough at this point to beat a team like Wisconsin. Still having watched most of the game so far I think the talent is there, although they have alot of young guys. Just keep working on improving and by the conference season they should be very good. I think they'll be an NCAA team with a chance to win a game or two.

riddlemethis
Clearfield, UT

What's in it for me:

I agree. The two losses have had abnormally long scoring droughts. AND they have both been on the road. While there are some positives from saturday's game, the Cougs need to figure out how to not go 5 or 6 mins on the road without a basket.

ogmson
Mapleton, Utah

I think Rose took a break from Coaching in the second half. I really don't have a clue what he was doing, sitting down most of the final ten minutes was not what the team needed. Oh how we are going to miss Rice.

I would have sat Davies for the rest of the game after his 3rd foul and 3rd turnover...he never did get into the groove and his best move was starring down the big man from UW.

Last, I have no clue as to why the coaches failed to put someone on the shooting guard for UW. Ridiculous. I don't care that he shot 1 of 6 the night before...you can't give a shooter wide open looks at the basket shot after shot after nauseating shot. It was more embarrassing than any other aspect of the game...the fact that BYU could not/would not guard him. The Big Ten TV commentators started to get sarcastic about BYU not guarding him. What a joke.

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