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Published: Monday, Dec. 23 2013 12:12 a.m. MST

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pby47
St George, UT

Free throw shooting is not a team event, it is a pure individual event, and it can only improve through individual effort, concentration, and practice. BYU's free throw shooting is completely unacceptable, considering they are a pretty good shooting team. This team has made me nervous from the beginning, and I kept saying, if they keep missing a lot of free throws it's going to cost them some games; this was one of them. They should have won by 10 in regulation. Early in the year, even Haws was missing a lot of free throws. Mika's FT shooting is unacceptable, he's going to be the hack-a-shaq of the league if he doesn't get better. Free throw shooting is one of the easiest parts of the game to improve. Coach...demand it of every player, teach them how to be a good free throw shooter, and they will improve.

TheNun
Granstville, UT

I keep reading about how the cougars lost this game because of some inefficiencies on offense. How can everyone not see the elephant in the room?

If your team scores 96 points, but you still loose the game, it clearly was not because the offense didn't hold up. Watching the matador type defense displayed against Oregon and Utah is the culprit, yet no one seems to want to discuss this problem. Instead, everyone keeps believing the cougs needed to merely score 101 points and this game would have been ours.

Perhaps this shoot first, play defense never, style of basketball holds up against teams in the WCC, but it should be crystal clear to the cougars at this point in the season, that teams who flourish in the post season are the ones who at least know how to spell D-E-F-E-N-S-E.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

I am trying to understand how the game of basketball is officiated. I am not saying the refs are the reason BYU lost this game but the officiating inconsistency ruins the game for me! No consensus on when or what is either a defensive or offensive foul. No consensus on what or when it is just good defense from one official to the next or from one game to the next! Sometimes it is so very frustrating one has to believe many of the calls are influenced for "personal" reasons. I prefer football, far fewer "judgment calls".

mnsave
Rigby, ID

THENUN, I really agree. BYU has always a defensive stopper. Abouo owned Damon Lillard, and Jackson Emery always shut down the other team's best player. I thought Collinsworth might be that guy this year.

When Collinsworth dished to Haws for a three on the first possession, I felt things were really looking good. I still think Collinsworth, Halford and Winder are better options than Carlino at the point. Let Carlino give Haws a rest and that's about it.

I'm excited to see Sharp getting more minutes. He's a better option than Bartley at the five.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

They lost this game because of free throws. In fact, look at every close loss this season and last, and missed free throws seem to be the difference.

One other note: Coach Rose didn't seem to want to use his bench in this game. Until both Mika and Austin picked up 5 fouls, he basically went 7 deep. Guys seemed tired at the end, coming up short on shots and losing a step on defense (which they can't afford to lose!) Halford scored a bunch of points in the 1st half, then didn't seem to get used at all in the 2nd half. If you want your stars to have something left at the end of the game, you got to give them some rest! Collinsworth and Haws played over 40 minutes! Yes, I know it was an overtime game, but you take away those minutes and they still both logged over 35. Most starters don't play much more than 30. Keep this up, and they won't have any legs at all by seasons' end. Use the bench!

Gone fishin
Seattle, WA

BYU lost the game due to their poor free throw shooting plain and simple.
I have been watching PAC officiating for years and I will say that PAC officiating is the worst of any conference in the country, and has been for years. It is too bad that the conference can spend millions of dollars updating the facilities but can't find qualified officials to do basketball games. PAC football officiating is on par with the rest of the country.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

Agree with NevadaCoug. Rose's substitution pattern has been puzzling to me. You foul out your 2 most important big men and Worthington doesn't even see the floor and Sharp is used sparingly? Halford (also a good free throw shooter) has a hot hand in the first half and doesn't get in the second half? And Collinsworth hardly ever gets a rest. And I have no idea why Winder is riding the pine Agree with NevadaCoug. Rose's substitution pattern has been puzzling to me. You foul out your 2 most important big men and Worthington doesn't even see the floor and Sharp is used sparingly? Halford (also a good free throw shooter) has a hot hand in the first half and doesn't get in the second half? And Collinsworth hardly ever gets a rest. And I have no idea why Winder is riding the pine so much...

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

Somewhat disagree with mnsave regarding guard options.
Despite Carlinos liabilities his strength is the transition game, which Rose is all about. No one on the team can run the floor on fast breaks like Carlino and he is a terrific rebounder and decent defender. And he is the 3rd best free throw shooter (behind Haws and Halford who rarely gets to the line). Collinsworth is a terrible free throw shooter and turns the ball over way too much as it is. Him at point would be a disaster. I've seen Halford look great and bad. I think he should get more playing time, especially when Carlino is stinking it up. He is a better 3-point shooter, foul shooter than Carlino. Winder is also spotty, but when the starters are hurting us he should be seeing more time. I think the jury is still out on Bartley. Great potential, but not a very good outside shooter or foul shooter. And he sometimes throws up prayers with 3 guys on him like Carlino.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

Oops. Sorry about the double paste on my first post. :-(

daver
Provo, 00

Teach proper form. Then have each player shoot 100 free throws each day and run a quarter mile for every free throw missed. Franchuk said that cured his high school team of missed free throws.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Gone under, it's pretty clear you don't understand how college basketball officiating works.

DRay
Roy, UT

One reason for missed free throws is the frenetic play, so that the players step up to the free throw line panting for breath, a bit battered. Like putting a guy in a whirlwind spin cycle and then asking them to walk a straight line.

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