trollBYU plays like a Top 30 team in a handful of packed high
school-sized gyms.Utah plays like a Bottom 30 team in front of
numerous high school-sized crowds.Given a choice, which team would
you really rather be?
Luv 2 Troll UDuke plays in Cameron Indoor Arena, capacity-9,000(with
standing room). Loyola of Chicago won a national championship and played in a
4,000 seat gymnasium. I'm not sure what excites you about BYU playing some of
their games in smaller arenas. They play half their games in the third largest
college arena in the country which, by the way, is often near capacity. And as
for the HD truck, don't you wish you had one?
Matt Carlino has proven he is a game changer. in just over 4 minutes he scored
16 last night. wow. he can shoot the 3 in the face of adversity but does it with
the idea he can score every time. he is a freshman and in reality is playing
like jimmer did as a late sophomore/early junior. i don't think he will be the
next Jimmer as he does see the other members of his team on the court and does
play very good defense. one thing he has that Jimmer didn't is a better all
around supporting cast especially at the freshman level. this team is deeper
than it ever has been. i would hope that Jabari Parker in Chicago is seeing what
kind of impact he could have and immediately.
I know I am in the minority here, but the PG play is not the
"X-factor" that this team needs to worry about in WCC play. Carlino is
just fine as a replacement for ole #32. To me, the bigger question mark is a
replacement for the defense of Mr. Emery. Again, I know I am in the minority,
but that kind of effort is not apparent in his replacements this year. Also, I
don't think Davies' consistency is any different than it was last year -- just
more apparent because he is counted on to do more this year - or more directly,
BYU fans put more expectations on him than they should have (go figure).
Harstock has become my favorite Coug this year. In fact, as a Utah fan, I gave
him a standing ovation for his performance against Utah. The guy looks like he
should be the leading scorer for the Provo 256th Ward, but he has some serious
Harrison needs to get major minutes--possibly a permanent starter role. His
shot selection needs some work, but he has strong handles and amazing wing
defense. Vs. Baylor our D was substantially better when he was in the game.
His athleticism is elite. He could become Emery-like defensively, but with the
ability to create his own shot.Also, I don't want to get my hopes up
about Carlino and I don't want to do him the disservice of Jimmer comparisons,
but wow... He is ridiculously skilled for being a freshman. I'm excited to see
his progression.If we can dominate the point/wing, this is going to
be an amazing team going forward. Carlino/Harrison are the two players on our
roster that have the potential to do it.
This team is looking good but they need Rogers back ASAP, Collinsworth is out
for the season and will not be back this year. The question will be if he
decides to come back next year. We need that position filled with a player that
is not hurt all the time.
I predict BYU will split home and away with Gonzaga and St Marys. Gonzaga will
sweep St Marys and win the WCC. BYU will win the Tourney in Las Vegas and both
Gonzaga and BYU will go to the Big dance in March. By Tourney time the young
Carlno, Winder and Harrison will be seasoned players,then watch out! Go Cougs!
Carlino has only played in four games for the Cougars and the Carlino envy from
the kids on the hill has already started.Gotta love it!
I was wrong about Carlino. I thought Rose was giving him too many minutes, too
soon. Cusick has done a great job of controlling tempo and directing the
team... and he plays good defense. The first few games Carlino showed great
spark and potential on offense but was a defensive liability, and seemed to
disrupt team chemistry. That certainly wasn't the case tonight against San
Marcos. If Carlino plays day in and out like he did tonight he'll be playing in
the NBA. Great work Carlino and go Cougs!
Luv 2 Troll U | 9:17 a.m. Dec. 27, 2011 Sandy, UT WCC
X-factor...That sounds hilarious. I sure hope the team can fit their
HD truck in high school gyms. It is indeed a worry, alot more worry
than Utah carrying in their super 8 camera for coverage....
Honor CodeI suggest you change breakfast choices and newspapers.
X Factor!So, is Simon Cowell one of the Line Judges?LOL!
@anonymous infinityBYU both out rebounded and outscored Baylor in
the paint. Baylor clearly did not "expose(d) what I(you)say". BYU is also pretty deep, especially at the guard and wing positions, the
bigs took a hit in depth when Collinsworth went down and losing Rogers is
definately a hit although both should be back before the conference season even
ends, but the bigs have decent depth as well since Abuo, Collinsworth and Rogers
when they return, play down low. You also conveniently left BYU's best player
and big, Hartsock, completely out of your "analysis". Was that because
it disproves your "points"? BYU is definately not the best
team in the country but your "analysis" of them was simply
@ anonymous forever?I beg to differ on a few points: 1) Overall team
speed is better with this version of the Cougs see Baylor game as evidence
(although we miss Emery's defensive speed). 2) The Y can field a bigger
frontcourt and overall taller team now than most years. 3) Team depth is vastly
improved as well. 4)I think you'll see BYU absolutely contend and not just
"compete" in the WCC. 5)An interesting mix of talent has seemed to
make up for many deficiencies.So, I guess I beg to differ on most of
There is no real quickness, explosive jumping ability, or beef on this edition
of the Cougars. There is also a clear tendency to commit silly fouls. Austin
and Davies cannot carry BYU in the post. One or both of them will undoubtably
get hurt, and then what? Baylor clearly exposed what I say. Abuou needs to be
more consistent. And Carlino/Cusic need to drive and kick to get the front
court players involved early in the game. Zylstra, if he is a consistent scorer
could make the Cougars competitive in the WCC. Beyond conference play, the
going for BYU will be difficult due to their lack of depth and player
This cougar team has alot of potential, Carlino just is the icing on the top,
inconsistency by Daivies may be the biggest problem/question mark we have, if
Rogers can come back and play to the level he was before he hurt his knee , this
team will be tough to beat. I love what we have seen in Carlino but I don't
think we have seen anything yet, I think he hasn't even had a true breakout game
for him, 30's and maybe even 40 pts are well within his reach. I think he really
thinks he can be the next Jimmer, I hope he can.Harrison has alot of
potential and I hope he gets major minutes while Rogers is out and that it gets
him to shooting with confidence, he can be a difference maker.
Troll: I am pretty sure those HD trucks don't actually drive *in* to the
buildings themselves. Please grow up. Oh, except for when the HD truck is at
Cowboys Stadium, *then* it pulls right into the building. But I guess a u fan
doesn't know anything about playing there, do you?
Troll U, I bet BYU puts more fans in those "high school gyms" than the
U does in any Pac 10.2 arenas all year, including the Huntsman Center. So much
for U pride!
Luv 2 Troll URiddle me this...What's worse, small gyms
that are packed to the rafters, or the huntsman center with less than a thousand
fans?Do some homework, look at how big some of the top 25 teams gyms
are and then ask yourself this question...Is it the size of the gym
that matters, or is it the teams playing in those gyms.Just as in
football, you should be well read before you comment.
I am pretty sure that Honor code and troll U are the two biggest HOH's on the
WCC X-factor...That sounds hilarious. I sure hope the team can fit
their HD truck in high school gyms.
Lots of talent on this team. Coach Rose is the right person to develop it and
pick a starting rotation. Good luck and we look forward to March Madness.
I don't know all the WCC awards yet, but if the conference has a Freshman of the
Year award; my money is on Carlino. To step onto the court and make the kind of
impact he has made in three games, is very unusual and very encouraging.Davies has been hot and cold this year. If he can play consistently
like he did against Baylor, the Cougs are a legit Sweet 16 team. I think he is
the real X factor. We know what we're going to get from Carlino and
Hartsock. Both will average 15 - 20 points and 5 - 10 assists / rebounds
respectively.I'd be surprised if we see Collinsworth again this
year. I'm hopefully he can get another year of eligibility, and return healthy
for a successful campaign next yeat.I haven't read any updates on
Rogers since his surgery, but my expectations are low that we will see him
anywhere close to 100% the rest of this year. To have somebody of his caliber
coming off the bench, and provide the spark, was exciting. This was a big loss
for the Cougs.Demarcus Harrison could end up being another X factor
with increased time in Roger's absence.
Carlino has the ability and mind to be a great scorer. I think it's unusual to
have such a player come into the program immediately after the greatest player
of all time left. Pretty fortunate for BYU.The kid is going to be
BYU's offense is doing well, but the Cougars have struggled on defense,
especially in defending the 3. If BYU wants to win the WCC and do something in
the NCAA this year, they're going to have to step up their defense. Holding CSSM
to under 60 tonight would be a good start.
Only time will tell on Carlino. So far the coug's appear tentative in the paint.
However, I love the ball movement and unselfish, mature court presents.As long as the Cougs stay in there game rhythm dictating the game tempo and
push the middle and kicking the ball out they will wear down teams and come out
on top.Keep the pressure on boy's and it will be another exciting
It seems to me like Davies (so far) has been weak when it comes to finishing in
the paint. He needs to be more aggressive down low. Carlino will be the X-factor
but he needs help from Davies. Abuouo needs to take better care of the ball.
Always good to read Dick Harmon stories for breakfast. Crunchy bowl a corn
flakes to start off with and then they get soggy just like Dicks reporting!
Carlino has played well . . . but there are so many conditional situations for
any team and/or combination of events.Collinsworth and Rogers
certainly could have also made the difference against Baylor. Perhaps Carlino
and chemistry could have pulled out the USU game, but this article is so much
speculation!I am looking forward to Thursday's game. It should tell
a lot about the Cougars and their future this season. Hartsock is
the X-factor in my book this year. Davies has disappeared at times. Noah
Hartsock has been Mr. Dependable.Anson Winder's emergence has been a
pleasant addition -- and he was the Mike Loyd (as in the Florida game) in
pulling out a great victory last week.
Carlino did not start against Baylor, as the article states. He came off the
bench in that game.Good luck to Matt the rest of the way!
Carlino did not start against Baylor. He is the x factor and if he plays well
the cougars win. It would be nice to have brandon davies be more consistent as
well and a healthy Stephen Rogers sure wouldn't hurt. Asking for a healthy
Collinsworth would be too much.