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Published: Saturday, Nov. 2 2013 9:30 p.m. MDT

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poyman
Lincoln City, OR

Unfortunately I missed the game tonight but it sounds like Mika is ramping up nicely... Haws doesn't quite seem to have his touch back yet and Carlino needs to be a consistent Marksman from the arch if we are to have a good year this year... Not sure why we are all calling Collinsworth a Guard still, who are we fooling?... He's a 3 or a 4 on this team and anyone who watches this team knows that... In fact, he typically guards the 4 from the opposing team in one on one match ups...

I was hoping that I would hear some comments about Winder, but I guess not.

I sure hope that this team steps up early and often... They have the talent but will they have the discipline?

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

Mika showed a lot more intensity in this second exhibition game... his future with the Cougs looks bright. I think Sharp and Austin have both improved in the off-season and we could be more solid in the post than we were last year, even with the absence of Davies. Can't wait to see how we do against actual competition. Go Cougs!

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

The 4 guard scheme works if you have good 3-point shooting. from what I have seen in 2 exhibition games, we really don't have good 3-point shooting. Halford has been disappointing. Carlino looks solid. Collingsworth can do everything but shoot from outside. Haws isn't scoring as much but is playing better team ball. Mika is going to be really good. He really came out and looked terrific last night. Worthington can't score--touch of a blacksmith. Winder will contribute, but doesn't look very improved. Austin and Sharp are both maturing and improving.

Until we can show that we can shoot consistently and productively from outside, I would like to see us go big. But if we come up against teams with really good 3 point shooting, that poses some match-up problems.

Will BYU be better this year? In the paint, I think we certainly will be. The jury is still out with our outside shooting. I haven't seen anything to suggest that we've upgraded perimeter scoring.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

Poyman, if you had been able to see the game you would have known that Collinsworth DID play as a guard for part of the game. In fact, he ran the point when Carlino was out...and showed off some pretty amazing moves while doing so.

I'm excited to see what Collinsworth can do with this team. Remember last season when teams ganged up on Haws and limited the Cougars' offense? Yeah, not this year. Gang up on Haws, and Collinsworth is going to torch them. And when Carlino is on as well? And with Mika inside (if he can avoid foul trouble)? There's a ton of potential with this squad.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Mika is a freshman, but looks like a junior. Definitely a beast from the get-go. The Cougars are going to be fun to watch.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

Watched the game last night and that Mika kid is a beast on the boards! I think he's picking up quite nicely where Davis left off, and I believe he'll be even better! Cougar sports is so exciting to watch! Btw, thanks to ESPN and BYUtv for bringing such joy in our living room! I love it even more when they win!

Go Cougars!

cal cougar
camarillo, CA

I repeat develop the shot of Worthington.

Mika is a beast. Run off ball screens for him from the high post or anything from 15 feet out. Then hit him as he comes open. He is unstoppable when they do this. He is good off entry passes at the low post, but amazing off a screen to the low post.

Guards(with the exception of Haws) need to realize they can shoot from areas that are not layups or 3 point land. If Carlino could shoot a stop and pop bank shot from 8 feet out on the way to a layup, he would be devastating. The midrange game should not be ignored. Also, anything further than 15 feet, catch and shoot is much better than the taking a shot off the dribble.

We will need these abilities to compete against Gonzaga. 1 on 2 dimensional teams can not compete. We have all the pieces to be able to go far this year.

By the way, Winder looks good this year. Again, he needs to develop his midrange game with his ability to penetrate and he would by awesome.

Alpiner
Alpine, UT

Carlino was out of control and ball hogging at the beginning of the game. He seems to be more interested in scoring than being the point guard. UNLV loses to Dixie. Dixie's point guard is an ex Lone Peak player. Perhaps we would do better with him. Believe his name is Kimball Payne.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

Alpiner, I agree that Carlino's "me-first" approach is detrimental to the team. However, he was able to settle down after a similar start to last season. I'm hoping he quickly figures out that Ty Haws is still the man and it's o.k. to share. If he can we could be very good. Go Cougs!

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