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Published: Sunday, Jan. 5 2014 3:22 p.m. MST

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Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Start Halford at the point. Coolingsworth at 2, Haws at 3, Nate at 4 and Mika at 5

cal cougar
camarillo, CA

I expect quite a different outcome for these games. LMU is probably a pretty good team. But Pepperdine is below average.

Haws learned not to sit back for the first half like Pepperdine. His leadership is essential. Carlino has been humbled into playing within himself. I expect him to come back around at some point. He is so way up and way down. Middle of the road would be nice. The extremes don't help a team. Overdependence on a good player is bad if he disappears some times.

I didn't see so much over penetration in this last game. More midrange and short range. Loved the movement in this game. Not so much dribble drive. Loved the defensive pressure.

Play like this, and you can play with a Gonzaga. Go back to the dribble drive, over penetrating bunch with no passing and no defense and we will get blown out by bad teams. This team has talent. Use it.

oaklandaforlife
SLC, UT

Certainly hope the Mika kid is OK. Watching the game again, something didn't seem right with him after halftime. Hope it is just a mild turn or something. The "Y" can't afford to lose this kid.

MizzouBlue
Carthage, MO

It was good to see Rose employ man to man defense. It paid off. Halford, Carlino & Winder did a terrific job on Johnny Dees. I know San Diego is one of the weaker teams in the WCC, but if our Cougs bring the same intensity to the remaining games good things will happen!

mnsave
Rigby, ID

MizzouBlue:
I agree with you. Rose says he is a "man-to-man" coach and that it's easier to rebound out of the "man". The defense has been so bad, why not go with "man" most, or all of the time. I really like Coach Rose and believe he is working hard to correct the problems with the team. Everything was better against SDU. Hopefully this is a new trend. I liked that ten guys saw playing time.

portlander
Arlington, WA

I've never really appreciated Coach Rose very much. He's a great guy, but spends too much time watching the floor beneath where he sits too much, and is not very engaged with the game right in front of him. I also do not appreciate his game planning very much. He has the guys kick it into the, right under the basket, where the defense collapses in on the BYU player with the ball. Someone used the term, "over-penetration". What they need to learn is to play the "inside-out" game. Once the ball goes inside, and defense begins to collapse, the offensive player then kicks the ball back out to Haws or Carlino, for an easy open 3 or jumpshot.

This is just basic ball, and these kids are not being game-planned for it.

Sweater In Rafters
Franklin, IN

WCC teams...yawn

ballpark
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staring line up should be...carlino point, haws 2, halford 3, collingsworth 4, Mika 5. This would be the most productive 5 that BYU has. Collingsworth has no outside game but is good around the basket. Any of the 4 could push the ball up on a fastbreak. Austin is just not productive and should not be starting. He should come off the bench to give Mika a break. The staff needs to let Carlino be Carlino. When he is on he is very good as evident by games like Stanford. When he is off, they should sit him. Sharp could easily provide ALL that Austin can give and more. Winder should also be seeing some playing time. He is a threat from outside and no one else on the team seems to be able to hit the 3.

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