Bryant comes off the bench to help lead BYU past Pacific, 91-62

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  • dpal Provo, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 12:51 p.m.

    The article says, "The Cougars were more effective, and more efficient, offensively than they were at Saint Mary's." Of course. They were playing a much weaker team than St. Marys. You would expect them to do better. BYU has to learn how to play effective and efficient (both offensively and defensively) against the good teams, not just when they're playing against weak competition.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Jan. 10, 2017 1:27 a.m.

    @jessie ventura ute

    "...Do you think Pacific would beat UVU at home? It would have to be a pretty mediocre team to lose at home to UVU, right?"
    *********************
    Pretty tough talk for a fan of a team that came within a whisker of losing to that same UVU team (the utes trailed with 2 minutes to go). BTW, this is the same ute team that lost in Hawaii to the 6th place team in the WCC who just lost to a team that BYU beat by 30 points... Ahhh 30 point losses... How did y'all do against the WCC's 3rd place team last year in the NCAA Tourney? Nevermind...

    Some ute fans love to chest pump over the difficulty of the big bad pac12... Actually it's the same stuff we heard last year when 7 pac12 teams got an invite to the Tourney... The sad part is that 6 of those 7 were sent home after the first weekend... In my book that would seem to be the definition of "overrated"... Hopefully the Selection Committee paid attention and will adjust appropriately in March of this year... If a team loses by 30 points in their Conference Tourney and then loses by another 25 points to a lower seed in the Tourney that probably means they were a a bad selection.

  • CG Provo, UT
    Jan. 9, 2017 8:40 p.m.

    Minnie Ute

    Upsets happen, but let's not forget, U barely beat that same UVU team.

  • CougFaninTX Spring, TX
    Jan. 9, 2017 4:39 p.m.

    This article is about Elijah Bryant. Why do so many of U have to turn it into a BYU vs U thing? Let's face it, both U and Y are bubble teams this year, depending on whether PAC gets 6 or 7 and whether WCC gets 3.

    I knew BYU wouldn't reach the potential of the talent on their team until 2 years from now, but I did think we would be further along than we are. Mika has exceeded expectations, now I have to hope he sticks around for his Sr season. Emery, Childs, and Haws are not at the level I thought they would be. They are good, but not great. Maybe I thought all Top 100 played like Kentucky's Freshmen?

    Hopefully Bryant will be the missing link that helps this team reach their potential. For the first time, he looked good against Pacific. Now he needs to make an impact against the Zags and Gaels.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2017 4:39 p.m.

    @jello

    My starting five would be Mika, Childs, Bryant, Emery and Rose with the first three of the bench of Haws, Beo and Kaufusi.

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    I actually like having Bryant coming off the bench and keeping Haws in the starting lineup. Haws has a really strong chemistry with Mika and along with Rose do a good job of getting the offense going through the post. Bryant struggles with "me-first" tendencies much like Emery and having both of those guys starting and trying to establish their own games first might come at the expense of Mika.

    Plus Bryant has a little more aggressive mindset offensively, much like Skyler Halford did, and would be a good change of pace coming off the bench about the time opposing starters hit the wall and sub out and their 2nd string enters the game. Halford was really valuable in this role and having a physical, tough, aggressive, attack-the-rim player like Bryant to throw in the mix would be a real asset.

  • Jello is Good Seattle, WA
    Jan. 9, 2017 1:43 p.m.

    @Doctor C

    I disagree. Kaufusi would have been lost with St. Mary's. Gonzaga on the other hand with Karnowsky he will help. As to Emery, he is fine on some but not on others with his D. Light years ahead of Haws, but if we are strictly talking D, both Beo, Bryant and Guinn play better. Also I saw very little doubling down low against Saint Mary's. What I did see was matador defense and following the ball around with their eyes instead of playing their man. Sometimes some players forget that a lot of basketball happens away from the ball and that is where Saint Mary's beat us.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Jan. 9, 2017 1:05 p.m.

    Utah's out of conference SOS: 328

    BYU's out of conference SOS: 199

    Just saying.

    BYU took care of business. The game was never in doubt. Backups played more than 10 minutes of the 2nd half. So far, BYU has just one ugly loss. Too bad there aren't more resume builders left on their schedule. That's not really BYU's fault. Heck, even if they were still in the MWC, there would be fewer resume building opportunities.

    Just take them one at a time and don't worry about anything else.

  • Doctor C Orem, UT
    Jan. 9, 2017 11:31 a.m.

    I don't think we need Childs offense as much as we need Kaufusi's defense, big presence and rebounding. They better get Kaufusi in a lot and ready to compete against Gonzaga and St. Mary's. Emery is actually a very good defender as evidenced by his recent shut down of the opposing teams best guards. He is quick, fast and tenacious. I think with Kaufusi and Mika down low the guards can stay out and defend the 3 rather than doubling down in the paint, and Bryant can defend the 1,2and 3.

  • Jello is Good Seattle, WA
    Jan. 9, 2017 11:08 a.m.

    I agree that Kaufusi will be big for this team by conference tournament time, but I still like Childs to start as he has a much larger upside on offense. My starting five would be Mika, Childs, Bryant, Emery and Rose with the first three of the bench of Haws, Beo and Kaufusi. I think having Haws and Emery on the court at the same time for most of the game takes away from each of their effectiveness. They are too similar of players many times trying to spot up at the same places or running off of the same screens. And both have trouble defending guards with either quickness or size.

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    Jan. 9, 2017 11:05 a.m.

    @Uteanymous - Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 9, 2017 8:58 a.m.

    Minnesota Ute

    Pacific would DESTROY most of the teams Utah played in November and December, including Northwest Nazarene and Concordia.

    ............................

    Do you think Pacific would beat UVU at home? It would have to be a pretty mediocre team to lose at home to UVU, right?

  • Doctor C Orem, UT
    Jan. 9, 2017 10:30 a.m.

    Bryant looked really good on Saturday. He is quick, tall and handles the ball really well. He can also defend and get to the rack. I would like to see him improve on getting assists but that should come with more playing time. He will be critical to this teams success and should be starting. Kaufusi is also the other important piece. Corbin is the best athlete on this team who happens also to be the biggest. We need him to match up defensively with the biggest man on the other team and allow Mika to roam a bit and block shots. Coach Rose start: Mika, Kaufusi down low, Bryant, Nick and TJ up top and then Rose and Childs and Beo off the bench. This team could be special.

  • Jello is Good Seattle, WA
    Jan. 9, 2017 9:26 a.m.

    @JohnInSLC - Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 8, 2017 9:52 p.m.

    "Spare us the sanctimony; BYU 'fans' dominated the comments by bagging on Utah's win over ASU earlier in the day. Clean up your own backyard first."

    2 out of 11 comments on the Utah article were BYU fans discussing schedule. 6 out of 17 comments on this article are Ute fans hammering BYU's opponent.

    Seems your #2 ranking in most obsessed fan base is not in any jeopardy any time soon.

  • Jello is Good Seattle, WA
    Jan. 9, 2017 9:17 a.m.

    @Rikitikitavi - Cardston, Alberta
    Jan. 8, 2017 9:25 p.m.

    "Bryant is a huge key to success for BYU. His performance Thurs was dismal. Hope his turnaround Sat vs Pacific is the start of an amazing season for this promising young athlete."

    I didn't think is performance on Thursday was bad at all. He's still knocking a little rust off, but the stat sheet doesn't tell all the story. He is that defender that we need to stay with the other team's guy and match up physically and with quickness.

    By the end of the year if Rose makes the right moves with this team, they just might make the dance and the two players most responsible will be Mika and Bryant.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 9, 2017 8:58 a.m.

    Minnesota Ute

    Pacific would DESTROY most of the teams Utah played in November and December, including Northwest Nazarene and Concordia.

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 9, 2017 8:47 a.m.

    JohnInSLC

    Spare us the hypocrisy.

    Utah cancels the game at BYU and schedules the 340th easiest OOC schedule in the country, almost entirely at home,

    then our whiny little brothers complain about BYU playing scheduled home-and-home conference games, including two Top 25 teams.

  • SportsFan Provo, UT
    Jan. 9, 2017 8:42 a.m.

    Sweater In Rafters

    It's kinda like the Ute's pre-conference schedule except for BYU plays half of the games on the road and the Cougars play two Top 25 teams home-and-home, instead playing nothing but a bunch of gimmes at home.

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    Jan. 9, 2017 7:58 a.m.

    Wow!!! They beat powerhouse Pacific in Provo!!! How impressive!!!

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Jan. 8, 2017 11:36 p.m.

    As usual some folks miss the point. It's not that some ute fans come on to BYU articles and comment... It's that the criticism is about stuff that their own team is guilty of... When ute fans criticize SOS it would help if they understood what their own schedule looks like (it's every bit as weak)... When these same folks want to poke at WCC competition it would be more credible if they knew how their team had performed against the Conference and the teams from that conference. That's not being sanctimonious, that's simply pointing out the obvious.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 8, 2017 9:52 p.m.

    "some ute fans come on a BYU article and trash talk BYU's schedule"

    Spare us the sanctimony; BYU 'fans' dominated the comments by bagging on Utah's win over ASU earlier in the day. Clean up your own backyard first.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Jan. 8, 2017 9:25 p.m.

    Bryant is a huge key to success for BYU. His performance Thurs was dismal. Hope his turnaround Sat vs Pacific is the start of an amazing season for this promising young athlete.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Jan. 8, 2017 6:32 p.m.

    It's humorous how some ute fans come on a BYU article and trash talk BYU's schedule... The utes got beat this year by a team that is in 6th place and falling in the WCC on a neutral court, they were killed by the 3rd place team in the WCC last year to end their season in the round of 32, and 2 years before that (when they played a similar SOS as they are playing today) they captured a low seeding in the NIT where they lose by double digits (again) to the WCC's 3rd place team ending their season (another one and done).

    Their trash talk of BYU's schedule and performance simply makes me smile. For "criticisms" to have substance they have to have some substance and they need to come from folks who don't reside in glass houses. But then, that would require a small bit of logic.

    Cal State Riverside, Montana State, Prarieview A&M, Stephen F Austin... Need I go on?
    Oh, and BTW... You want to take shots at Pacific or Loyola Maymont? Let's talk about OSU and Stanford... Now there's two powerhouses.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Jan. 8, 2017 1:25 p.m.

    @ GoRed

    Perhaps you'd explain why Utah played nobody this year then gets beaten by Arizona. Their soft preseason schedule didn't seem to help much. Wonder what their SOS is. They'll be bringing down UCLA and USC's SOS, unfortunately.

    @ other crybabies

    This BYU team has potential but they're so young they can't keep it together against more mature teams. I'm pretty sure St Mary's is the real deal. So is Gonzaga, UCLA and USC. Good for them. I think BYU will catch up but they'll be in 3rd again this year. Maybe win the NIT this year?

  • 6 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Jan. 8, 2017 11:55 a.m.

    Great job Cougars!

    Once again they prove that they "... don't lose to teams that their not suppose to..."

  • BPositive South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 8, 2017 10:01 a.m.

    Those haircuts....

    One day they will look back at the roman helmet look and cringe...

  • Jello is Good Seattle, WA
    Jan. 8, 2017 8:58 a.m.

    Bryant is knocking the rust off. For BYU to make the Dance, he needs to be in the starting lineup. Child's seems to have lost his way a little.

  • Cedarcreek320 Star Valley Ranch, WY
    Jan. 8, 2017 8:36 a.m.

    Good job! You managed to beat another bad team with a losing record.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Jan. 8, 2017 6:44 a.m.

    Maybe the loss to St. Mary's was planned so they would keep their high ranking until BYU can get them at home and pummel them and Gonzaga late in the season? Hmmm not likely. BYU can win every game left outside those two teams and it will not matter. The pedal to the metal and rhen to the pavement are the two teams BYU is behind. BYU needs a split with both. No top 25 wins means NIT again!

  • Sweater In Rafters Franklin, IN
    Jan. 8, 2017 3:55 a.m.

    Nice win. It's kind of like retirement for the rest of the season. Nice relaxing season schedule.

    Low stress!

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Jan. 7, 2017 10:19 p.m.

    BYU convincingly beat Pacific with the bench playing 15 minutes but maybe not good enough because BYU's ranking on KenPom dropped.

    Losing to better opponents and beating weaker opponents doesn't really help your rankings much. Still, I am looking forward to continued improvement by BYU, go Cougars!

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Jan. 7, 2017 9:34 p.m.

    A solid victory against a team that is projected to finish last in the conference.