Once again, poor shooting combined with poor defense. As Carlino
goes, so goes the team. I know this kid has it in him to be great. What is the
matter? Is he a head case?Bright spots-- Haws and Sharpe. Haws
really was the only offense in the second half. I really don't think
Davies' foul trouble made that much of a difference. He wasn't that
effective when he was in (except at the very start).Decent teams
shoot a high percentage against us because our defense is poor, especially
Memo to Coach Rose; it makes no sense to sit Davies down with two fouls, keep
him in the game and tell him, "Brandon, if you foul out you don't play
anymore in this game, can you understand that?" Davies has a bizarre knack,
since his freshman season, to commit really dumb, early fouls. He's now a
senior and he's still making the same early, dumb fouls. Is he a slow
learner, or can Rose not communicate with Davies or teach him to not do dumb
stuff? I think BYU will be mediocre until Tyler and his little
brother, and Nick Emery are on the floor together. I give up on Davies, he is
important to this team, but just gets into foul trouble and watches the rest of
the game from the bench.
The competition outside of the Rockies is just too tough for this group.It's very telling when the leading scorer on the team has played
the least of anyone else on the team in the past two years.The rest
of the group better man up!
I hope this game sticks in the heads of the team and fans when we are getting
big headed about how good BYU is when playing sub-par teams in the WCC in the
Marriott Center in February. Our team is still not ready for prime time. Like
the football team, they just lack the desire to win and don't play smart.
Forget the fact we we don't match up athletically. Desire and focus can
make up for other gaps.BYU had better bring its "A" Game the
next time it wants to play in NYC.
I was at this game, and it appeared to me that the guards are not carrying their
weight. They seemed afraid to shoot the outside shot, and when they took the
shots, they were badly off target. The outside game has to get better. Davies,
who seems sullen, can't carry the team. Haws looked good. Free throw
shooting was abysmal. Watching Florida State and St. Joseph in the next game was
not only more entertaining, but both teams play at a higher level than BYU and
Notre Dame. This is not likely to be an inspiring year.
I'm sorry but this team is going to struggle this year and probably
won't get to the NCAA tourney. They are not big enough - Sharp is not a
power forward, Davies always gets in foul trouble, and neither Austin or Harward
are yet major college players. Harward may be by his junior year. Haws is
really a guard playing forward and our guards cannot shoot a lick,plus against
good teams they turn the ball over. Those are the facts and Rose will perform
magic to get them to 22wins and 3rd place again in WCC. But that won't get
them in tourney.
The guards look great against poor to average teams. Against decent teams they
fold. BYU is a middle of the pack team in the WCC this year. I would be very
surprised if they ended up in 3rd place.
If Craig Cusick plays more than 5-7 minutes per game, BYU is in serious trouble.
He is steady and doesn't make a lot of mistakes but he is short, slow and
can't run. Once or twice per year Cusick hits 3-4 threes in a game. I
cant believe that coach Rose has not prepared Raul Delgado to play. Raul is a
decent athlete and should be getting a lot more minutes. Cusick is a NAIA