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Published: Saturday, Dec. 15 2012 11:06 p.m. MST

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OCoug
Ogden, UT

Good win. Never really felt like the Cougs lost control of the game. Davies looked great, Haws was solid and Calvert was a bright spot at point guard. Calvert should definitely get more playing time after tonight's performance. Unsure on why Anson Winder didn't get in the game.

Wildcat
O-town, UT

Surprised it took Rahe 15 minutes to figure out they needed to double Davies. Weber State just doesn't have the big inside game to compete with players like him...probably haven't had a big power forward since Harold Arceneaux.

Still, the Wildcats played with a lot of grit and made some runs. They will need to improve the inside game (recruit some forwards--not just guards) and do better from the free throw line. Thanks for twenty consecutive home wins, let's start another streak as the 20-game Big Sky Conference schedule starts.

GO WILDCATS!

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

Weber State made the mistake of designing their defense to our strengths for most the game. In other words, they defended the perimeter (a BYU weakness) very well, leaving the paint pretty open to BYU's strength. Teams that beat us or play us well are ones that successfully shut down Haws and/or Davis and force the guards to beat them. BYU has not been a very good 3-point shooting team, and I think opponents would be wise to dare us to beat them with 3 point play. That strategy almost worked for Utah. What saved us was Carlino's uncharacteristic hot night.

Wildcat
O-town, UT

Totally agree with Idablu's assessment. If you are going to make somebody beat you, make it someone other than Davies (far and away the biggest strength). I am surprised coach Rahe didn't come out with the double against Davies and give up the perimeter shots. Tresnak got two fouls early, and the game got out of reach from there. Also Weber State did better with an up tempo game, but went away from it.

Good luck to BYU the rest of the way. Weber State is going to have to improve their inside game if they want to upset Montana's bid to repeat as Big Sky Champions. Some of the other teams in the Big Sky have improved and will be more of a challenge to both Weber State and Montana--primarily Sacramento State.

Gonzaga looks tough, but BYU should be right behind them.

cal cougar
camarillo, CA

The Good
Coach Rose players play with passion, unselfish with lots of assists, good defense, good ball movement.

The Bad
Brandon Davies gets ball in 1 spot.(the low-post). Does do decent job of passing/scoring. Could be such a weapon if once he started low post moves, he could look to pass to wide open wing players once they double or triple team. Additionally, half the time, post up at the elbow, pass to wing cutters with center out of position guarding him. Drive to the basket on slow centers. Pass to weakside wing. My favorite, Haws to come across top of Brandon at the elbow (using Brandon as screen) catch a pass from Brandon at the free throw line and shoot there. Possibilities are endless and involves the whole team. Offense needs to go through Brandon at low and high post.

The Ugly
Two shots used on offense. Layup or 3-pointer. Add short to mid-range jumpers. Players that use(d) short-midrange game, 3-pointer, layups: Haws, Hartsock, Jimmer, Cummard. Players that should (have), Tavernari, Zylstra, Carlino(rest-of-team). Variety with offensive shot selection a must.

Dave, take care of Bad and Ugly.

cal cougar
camarillo, CA

One last comment. Marty Haws as an assistant coach. He has done a wonderful job with his boys. Could be really useful to the rest of the team.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

@Cal Cougar
"Marty Haws as an assistant coach"

What, and run the risk of being accused of nepotism? As you may recall, that didn't work out too well for Roger Reid.
I am sure Marty Haws would be a great coach, but politically, I think that would get a little too sticky.

cal cougar
camarillo, CA

Idablu,

You might be right about the nepotism. Did not think of that.

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