I thought Tennessee State was better than I expected (a fast team!) and BYU was
a little worse. TSU didn't shoot very well in the 2nd half which might be
due to a better BYU defensive effort but only partially. TSU did get a lot more
2nd chances offensively and if their shots had been dropping this would have
been much closer. Wasn't happy with all the turnovers. BYU lost the ball
many times without any unusual pressure from TSU. I'm hoping this is just
early season jitters and BYU will play much better as a team with more
Defense looked really good for the most part but I'm sure coach Rose will
get on the team about the rebounding and boxing out. The offense is going to
come along as a more steady sub rotation gets set. All in all a good game and a
lot to look forward to!Go Cougars!
Tyler looked impressive. I think we can count on him to pick up Noah's
points. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he's the leading scorer
on the team. He may have the best mid range game of all players in the West.Every year it seems like Brandon struggles a little bit in November,
starts to come on in December and is solid January - March. Last night was no
different.Only two more games to work the kinks out. Looking
forward to seeing the Cougs play Florida State and Notre Dame.
TSU is a really good team. They were really sportsmanlike in tough situations.
Had this game been just before conference play, it would have gotten more buzz
because I predict they'll have a stellar winning record by that point. I continue to not be impressed with how BYU marketing for T-shirts
continues to be an embarrassment. Sometimes I'm glad I'm done being a
student there now. "Roar as one" or whatever that was? So lame. It
reminded me of high school. Who is making these decisions?
Was I the only one who noticed Carlino's whopping improvement from the last
two games? I thought he as the major difference in the game. He actually played
point guard and distributed the ball, instead of dribbling until he gave up the
ball or launched a ridiculous shot. I yelled at him on the television just as
much last night, but this time I was cheering him on. I'm guessing he and
Coach Rose have had some one-on-ones over the last week and it paid off big
time. Yes, Tyler played well, but on many of his makes he received
the assist from Matt.Nice game, Carlino!!! Some of us noticed.
StrikerROC stands for "Roar of Cougars", nothing more than a
name they've adopted for the BYU student section. It's just a fun
little thing for the students, similar to fan sections that many colleges and
even some professional sports teams have.The team up north adopted
MUSS for their student many years ago to give some meaning to the nonsensical
word "muss" in Utah's fight song.btw, Congrats to the
BYU students - the student section was awesome last night!
Still some wrinkles to work out, but BYU looked impressive against what will be
a very good Tennessee State team. Need to work on those free throws though -
looking at you Craig.BYU's defense was very impressive against
a very quick Tenn St team, especially when the Cougars were making their run in
the second half to build their lead to double digits.Florida State
was upset by South Florida last night and Dixie State took UNLV into overtime,
so it's not unusual for very good teams to struggle a little in the first
games of the season.Haws looks very impressive and will likely be
BYU's top scorers and a very good defensive player and rebounder as well.
Agree with oldcougar. If Carlino can continue to dish out close to 10
assists a night, they will be a very tough team to beat . He would have had
several more assists except for missed baskets.The guards HAVE to shoot
free throws better than that. This was a problem last year.Hartsocks'
absence was clearly noticeable on the rebounding. Davis needs to stay home more
and get the rebound instead of "cherry-picking' to pick up the easy
fast break points.
I believe this team will be excellent again this year--I like what I'm
seeing! Solid bench, pushes the ball, hard-working defense, an intense coach
who balances getting on the players with congratulating them when they do well,
Davies and Haws. Agreed that boards and charity shots need improvement, though
I believe Rose will have them ready for league play. I hope they win the WCC
and go a little deeper in the tournament this year. Teams are going to struggle
with Haws...very fine player.
idabluAs far as the guards shooting free throws, Haws and Carlino
were 11 for 13 from the stripe. It was Cusick who shot free throws like he was
shooting a medicine ball, 1 for 5.Davies has always been an
on-again, off-again FT shooter. You just hope that he's on-again when the
game is on the line.
Someone in Frisco Texas predicted Hawes, Davies and Carlino would average 60
points per game. Tonight 47. They have a long way to go CFT. Congrats to the Cougs on their win, 1-0.