Haws and Davies are pretty consistent... If they are going to be successfull,
both need to be consistent through the tournament as well but I believe the real
success or failure will fall on the shoulders on Carlino, Zylstra, Austin and
Sharp... These guys will need to play smart and aggressive yet under control...
Carlino needs to shoot when he's open and penetrate and dish
off without TOs; Zylstra needs to play with some confidence and take the shots
when he is open (he has great mechanics in his jump shot but rarely shows
confidence in it), and Davies and Austin need to watch their fouls and cut back
on the flopping... Austin particularly needs to stay on his feet particularly
around the basket...One key to ultimate success will be their
ability to shoot the 3 and step up their perimeter defense...If they
do these things they will make it to the Championship game... And if they make
it to Monday and hit some outside shots a little better they could very well
make Gonzaga a #3 seed in the NCAA Tourney...
Only way to win is someone must step up and lead or they could even go down
Game 1 should be a warm-up, but anything less than our best and the Gaels and
Zags will send us home.Keys to beating St Mary's and
Gonzago.1. Davies must stay out of foul trouble. He must be on the floor
for 30 minutes each game.2. Carlino must play like he did the first half
of WCC play. If he performs like he did in non-conference or the last six games
- it's back to Provo.3. Zylsta needs to hit his average. He is the
streakiest offensive player I've seen since Tavernari. 25% of the time
he's very good, 50% of the time he's very bad. If he can just be
average or above.Deliver on these three and we get a win against the
Gaels. Deliver on these three and we have a shot at stealing one against the
Zags, like we almost did in Provo.
Now would be a good time! Best of luck tonight.
The Cougars played well against the best teams, and for that I'm happy with
the team. It would be great to have made the plays to win those games, but
that's just not going to happen every year. They're a good team --
not Great, but good enough to be entertaining and keep up the Cougar Pride.
BYU getting into the tournament is not as important to a true fan of the
conference as Gonzaga holding onto the #1 ranking is. Therefore, I am one BYU
fan that is saying, please please please do not beat Gonzaga IF you are
fortunate enough to get past a hungry San Diego squad and more talented St.
Mary's squad. GO ZAGS!
Indeed, I hope the Cougs can play with a sense of urgency. However,
unfortunately they should have started out their conf. play with that same sense
instead of dialing-in the start of the season and now getting to this point
where they're now playing for their NCAA-Tourney Life. Tonight will be a
very tough test against USD. I hope they pull it off, but I don't see them
advancing much further in the conf. tourney.
My take is that BYU will beat San Diego, St. Marys, and the game with Gonzaga
will come down to the last minute. It will be close! If Y's shots got
down, they will win. Olynk will foul out and get some technicals!Let's see how my prediction stands!
Shout out to Christ B. and NavalVet. I know you guys are lurking out there
somewhere. Congrats to the Utes on qualifying for your post season tournament
last night. U must be so proud.
With good games by Haws, Davies, and Carlino, and solid support from Zylstra,
Cusick, Austin, and Sharp, BYU can beat Saint Mary's and would have a
decent chance of beating Gonzaga.Unfortunately, this team
hasn't mustered that kind of production against any RPI Top 100 team this
season, so the chances are slim for winning the conference tourney and getting
the auto-bid.In the long run, it would be more advantageous, to BYU
and the rest of the WCC, for Gonzaga to win the conference tourney and enter the
NCAA tournament as the overall #1 seed.A deep run by the Zags this
year, would give BYU and the rest of the WCC more credibility in years to come.
There is an underlying current of selfishness and distrust that has affected
this squad the entire season. Everybody talks about what needs to be
accomplished, but nobody has stepped up to truly be the leader of this team.
Chris / Nasal,Your man Washburn hits the 1000 pt mark, and not a
single comment on the article (from the U fans or BYU fans), but you guys jump
on every article BYU related. Who is obsessed with whom? You have shown your
true colors time and time again.
@IRS AgentYou are the BYU fan they insult. Don't egg them
on..I hope you both enjoy your day today, Chris/Naval.
Phew, good thing that game was just the "warm up". What time do they
play the Zags now? I can't find it on the schedule.