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Published: Monday, Feb. 4 2013 1:22 a.m. MST

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Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

I'm not ready to give up on the Cougars as a tourney contender just yet. When they play together they are really good. Even though they belong solidly on the bubble, I believe that winning 1-2 quality road games may get them in this year. AND, if they do get in they are streaky enough that could pull off an upset or two. It's a shame the consistency isn't there because I believe this is one of the most talented cougar teams of all time, but they haven't seemed to get things together (i.e. to gel) and the defensive intensity isn't there. Put Sharps effort into Davies body and we're a legit sweet 16 team. Go Cougs!

WON84
PLANO, TX

They continue to be among Lunardi's last four out in large part because of a pretty soft bubble. The problem they're going to run into is despite a solid RPI, they have two Top 100 wins, both of which are in conference against the same team. They badly need to win at SMC and pickup the home game against Gonzaga if they want to get an at-large bid. That half court shot really hurt them.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

If the Cougs win both games against the Gaels (regular season and WCC tourney), they'll be dancing.

If the Cougs lose to the Gaels in the regular season, but beat them in the WCC, they have a chance to dance, but it will depend on how the other conference tournaments turn out.

Lose both games to the Gaels, and it's NIT all the way.

Unfortunately the WCC will not get three teams in this year. The second team to dance is likely to be whoever plays the Zags in the conference championship game.

As for Sharp, he played his best game of the season of Saturday. If we could get about 30 points from Sharp and Carlino every game, it would free up Davies and Haws for even better looks, and the Zags better watch out!

With Sharp, Haws and Carlino all Sophomore's - they will be an even more dynamic trio in their Junior and Senior seasons. Along with Austin, who continue to improve.

Down under
Pullman, WA

CougFanIn TX,
I could not agree more. Next few years looks very bright for BYU. If we could get some more quality big men to help up front the BYU team would be dymanic. I'm not sure who is going and coming on the mission front but the recruiting class is very good this year.

GD
Syracuse, UT

The Y has a 7 footer coming off a mission but he looks like Harward in that he doesn't look too strong. If the two freshman coming in can be productive the Y should be decent next year. I kind of think that next year we will be weaker than this year. Carlino is playing his best ball but he still lacks the skills to be a great point guard. Maybe he'll learn, Hope so.
Gary

byufan1993
Provo, , UT

The Lone Peak Center will be here next year. Eric Mika. He's playing a year before he leaves for a mission. Hopefully he can come in and help fill the front court void. If he can, look out!

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Glad to see Coach Rose is needling his inconsistent players by publicly stating that he's continuing to evaluate who starts.

However, it might be too late in the season for any good to come of it. If players haven't found their groove yet, doubt they will soon enough.

BYU will likely need to win the WCC tourney to get in the big dance, unless Rose can figure out how to beat Gonzaga here, and return the favor to St. Mary's there, then beat one of them in the WCC tourney.

Sure glad to see Carlino evolving nicely.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

Most of Josh's points are hustle points and those are valuable. He's not someone that's going to put a move on someone to create his own shot but he gets his through hustle, getting to the right spot at the right time for an easy basket from a teammate who's double teamed, fighting for an offensive rebound, or picking up a loose ball and putting it in. Basically all garbage points but very valuable.

What's frustrating is he'll have a game like this and then disappear for the next 4 or 5 games and be content to be a spectator on offense. Same for Brick Zilchstra, Anson Winder and Craig Cusick. From one game to the next we never know if any of these guys are going to show up to play, yet Rose keeps giving them premium minutes on the floor.

Some of these guys go basically unguarded by opposing defenses so they can focus on doubling Brandon and Tyler. They've had long enough to step up and play hard every night. They don't and it's frustrating to watch.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

(-cont)

I forgot to add Nate Austin to my list.

I think Coach Rose is a great coach and we're lucky to have him. I think one area that he limits himself in is by whittling his team down to just about 8 players and leaving the rest on the bench to languish for long stretches.

Basketball players need consistent playing time to stay in rhythm and keep confidence in their shot. We've always kind of whittled the rotation down to as few as possible and I think our team wears down as the season progresses (Haws looks to be wearing down a bit).

When we played St Mary's last year they went deep into their bench and it seemed like every player that came into the game made a big play or hit a big shot. This allowed their starters to stay out of foul trouble, get valuable rest and finish strong. I think the reason their subs were able to come in and be confident hitting big shots, etc was because they routinely go deeper on their bench and newer/younger players get time to acclimate to their system and also maintain confidence in their shot.

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