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Published: Wednesday, July 13 2011 3:43 p.m. MDT

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CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

With the Summer sport's doldrums, I get excited about even a short article like this. Jimmer and Jacks are irreplacable, but we'll still have a solid team.

Carlino, Harrison, Winder, Abouo, Rogers, Hartsock, Collinsworth and Davies will challenge the Zags for the crown. It's probably not a 30 win season, but 25+ is very realistic. And depending on the draw, they could make some noise at the dance.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

I don't doubt that Coach Rose will have this team ready to win 25+ games this season.

Sans Jimmer/Jackson, BYU's team will still have a great offense if they do a run-n-gun. There are enough scorers who can make it work, although it might not look so smooth at first with so many new faces.

It's BYU's defense that's been underrated over the years. They play very good team defense, and that should continue. It's a staple of Rose's coaching style.

With the help the bigs will receive with the new assitant coach, could be a very good team up front.

This is going to be such a beautiful year in BYU sports!

ute-chute
Beverly Hills, CA

BYU doesn't have a chance.

Remember how Utah dropped off after Van Horn went to the NBA?

Captain L
Provo, UT

I think this BYU basketball team will be pretty good, they won't have Jimmer but they will have a lot of talent and will play more of a team game, not so much One on five. I hope Davies becomes the leading scorer, Hartsock should be solid, Chris C. should be solid and better than last yr. Abuo should be better. The first half of the season when Carlino can't play will be interesting , (who will emerge at point), over all this team should be deep and talented.

wardu
Fallon, NV

I just think it will be great to watch Basketball and football, BYU style, on TV again.

HappyPessimist
Clearfield, UT

@ute-chute

I remember that. Utah dropped off all the way to the NCAA finals. I am guessing you're kidding.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

@ ute-chute,

Van Horn was no Jimmer. And lately, Utah's no BYU.

Apples to apples, people.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

It's very possible that Jimmer's teammates got to counting on him (and watching him) so much that their own offensive games suffered.

We'll see for those that return next year whether they can produce without Jimmer around.

Sure gonna miss him, but don't think BYU basketball will tank without him. Rose proved he could win before Jimmer, and will do so after Jimmer.

UtahUte16
Salt Lake City, UT

Will Haws be playing this year?

Doctor J
Manti, UT

BYU will be Ranked this year!

Tommy2Shoes
Lehi, UT

I'm hoping Noah can get 20 per game. He has not lived up offensively to his shooting star averages from high school but has shown flashes of his potential. Last year to impress folks, so let's do it Noah before a big flood drowns your career. He has played some pretty tough interior defense and if Brandon is back the D should be solid plus he'll get more open shots.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Hartsock's still on the team? I thought that guy graduated like 5 years ago!! :o) Run-N-Gun or whatever, I'll be satisfied with a strong season and another trip to the NCAA Tourney! For you WCC naysayers, that conference if better than you give them credit for. The play is very similar to the MWC. I just wished they played in larger venues.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

BYU returns everyone besides Jimmer, Emery, and Logan. They have a couple more solid big guys back from missions. They have Davies back as well as Collinsworth and they have some good guards coming who should be able to run the team well. I look for another excellent year with an NCAA berth.

fan in orem
Orem, Utah

utah ute 16: I think Haws is gone one more season.

Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

Let's all hope that the WCC moves all BYU games on the road to larger venues. Y fans will fill these small arenas to more than over-flowing. Case in point: when I called Gonzaga I was advised they have NO general admission tickets as all tickets are gone every year to season ticket holders. The only tickets available are those allocated for the visiting team(s). I did not ask how many that would be for BYU so I made sure to renew my Cougar Club membership.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

BYU I love you but.... this seasons team is like the Jazz banking on CJ. There are going to be 5 or6 great games worth watching and the rest of the season talking about how great Jimmer was last season.

There are plenty of returning players but none of them is consistent, unless you call 8-9 ppg consistent.

JustintimeY
Boise, Id

Braking in two new guards will be a big challenge, without Davies this will be a very average BYU team. I think many fans are getting overly optimistic about next years team, having visions of Jimmer and Jackson as "senior" guards. I think 20 to 25 wins will be a big success even with Davies, without him this team, will have a hard time braking 20. Either way I will be watching and hoping that they can jell early and prove me wrong.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

It's really going to be interesting to see what happens when WCC schools realize how much more in home gate receipts they can reap in games vs BYU. Whether it's enough to make it worth renting out a larger venue for those games remains to be seen.

Very likely the games at WCC teams' homes vs BYU will each be sold out. BYU could have a home-court advantage for WCC schools that don't have good home showings, unless simply having BYU come to town brings out more of their fans.

Sure am looking forward to this new BYU basketball era.

I think BYU fans will be pleasantly surprised by the new additions to the team. Rose wouldn't be thinking run-n-gun unless he had the players to pull it off.

Farid @ Pocatello
Pocatello, ID

The whole "WCC teams might look for larger venues for BYU games" idea is a very interesting thought.

The "little gym" schools--those with 3,500 or so seats--certainly should consider moving to a bigger facility for the BYU game. The other side of the coin, though, would be the loss of their home-court advantage.

Say they find a 7,000 seat arena, giving them 3,500 or so more seats. You would have to assume that most of those extra patrons would be BYU fans. Also, BYU's "home court" at Energy Solutions Arena just isn't the same as playing at the Marriott Center. You would have to assume that playing "across town" wouldn't be the same for those teams as well.

Is the extra money worth the loss of a true home game? I don't know. It will be interesting to find out how some of those schools see it.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Can't wait for all of this to get going. Great TV coverage for both football and basketball. It's going to be a nice long stretch of entertainment!

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