Playing in bandboxes is the one big negative I've always had with being in the
WCC. It's crazy. Coupled with the fact that the Cougars have padded their win
loss record with a bunch of Mercy State's. What was San Marcos all about? Did
we have a donor at their school? Geez; that game was ugly. Abuou's play was
fright night revisited. What's wrong with Carlino's face? The Cougars need to
start decently and eliminate their tendency to force passes that aren't there.
The outside shooting needs to be on target. The 6'4" starting Gael guards
will pose a problem. My hope is they will jam the ball into the post and get
the Gael bigs in foul trouble early, and not be tempted to bomb away from the
outside. Go Cougars.
Comparing BYU's 2005 team (and coach) to BYU's 2011 team and coach is a real
stretch. We are much better now and while we may lose, frankly, I'm expecting
a win. And I believe the team is expecting to win. Given our injuries, this
team is performing pretty well.
"It was a great atmosphere it was packed with people hanging over the
rails underneath the one end of the basket," said Rose. "In that
setting I remember how difficult it was for us to score during different points
in the game."Were the people hanging over the rails deflecting
shots?Sagarain has St. Mary's by 3.23 points. That's a toss-up.
Good luck, Cougars!
Without Rogers, BYU may not pull this one off. However, they should get them
back in Provo.
Sagarin has Saint Mary's ranked ahead of California, the only PAC 12 team ranked
in the Top 40.This will be a tough challenge for the Cougars, but at
least they have a pretty good idea of the type of team they'll be facing, having
beaten the Gaels in the South Padre Island Invitational championship game last
season.If the Cougars limit their turnovers to under 15, they'll
have a decent chance of winning their first WCC game.
SM has to have a slight edge in the conference race right now based on how they
are playing. A BYU loss wouldn't hurt the Cougs as much as it would hurt the
Gaels. A BYU win on the road against SM would give the Cougs a slight advantage
of SM, Zags and SF in the conference race.Right about now, I'm
wishing Rogers and Collinsworth were healthy. I'm hoping Davies can stay out of
foul trouble and have a game like he did against Baylor. I'm hoping Zylstra and
Winder get their shooting touch back. Austin had a couple of great games, but
has been quiet the last few games. Time for him to really make an impact when
he's on the floor. I'm feeling the most confidence in Hartsock and Carlino,
knowing both will get 15-20 points and 5-10 rebounds / assists.This
should be a great game. A win on ESPN2 would also get the attention of some
media and coaches and would move the Cougs closer to breaking into the Top 25.