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Published: Friday, Oct. 18 2013 9:30 p.m. MDT

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Tators
Hyrum, UT

This all adds up to BYU continuing their decade plus domination of the Utes at a level that seems to make some online commenters almost start stuttering. It appears BYU will continue as best in the state for years to come.

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

Chase Fischer sits this year out due to transfer rules. Frank Bartley looks to be good I hope. The guy can jump. I also like the fact that BYU has multiple guys over 6'8".

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

No, Haws is not the next Jimmer (i.e. scoring machine), but he might do more good overall for the team. There is enough talent this year to make a run. Go Cougs!

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

BYU should be solid at the guard line but the jury is still out with regard to 1) the adequacy of post defense, 2) a center (since both Mika and Austin are really power forwards, 3) the ability to defend the three-point shot, and 4) the ability to play man-to-man defense and defend against a guard like Baylor's last year.

I like the Cougars as a probable second best team in the WCC. My prediction is that they may win 24 games this year -- prior to going to the NIT.

rlsintx
Plano, TX

Every one of these guards needs one thing: aggressive defense, that's one thing Jimmer never had. Do that, and Haws is highly sought player in 2 years. Very highly sought.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

The backcourt will be significantly improved over last year. Haws will not have a Jimmer like Junior campaign, but he'll still average about 20 points per game, with several 30+ point performances. Carlino will be significantly improved - at close to 15 points and 5 assists. Collinsworth will be around 10 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Bartley and Halford will be significantly better off the bench than what we had last year. Bartley looks very athletic and Halford looks like a great shooter.

If Mika and Austin can stay out of foul trouble, logging 25 - 30 minutes per game, we're in for a great season. Mika will have double digit, double doubles.

I'm not ready to concede the WCC crown to the Zags. Like us, they'll have a solid backcourt, but they lost a lot up front. WCC will get at least 2 invites, and we look like one of the top 2 teams in the conference.

Cougs will be back in the NCAA as a 7 - 10 team.

Loved watching Boom Shakalaka last night. Looking forward to the scrimmage and pre-season games this week!

Serenity Now
Highland, UT

Agree with CougFaninTX's comments. The backcourt is not the issue; it's whether our forwards/center can fill a complementary role to the solid guard play. My gut tells me we'll be great in transition, but weak in half-court sets unless Mika and Austin learn to play better with their backs to the basket. I doubt most teams will throw double-teams at our bigs, which may make open outside shots for our guards hard to come by....we'll see.

But overall, looking forward to a great season.

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