The Cougs have all the right pieces to make a run the next six weeks, but they
are young and inconsistent. If we play like we did against Texas, Stanford,
Iowa St and Wichita St; we can compete with anyone outside the Top 10. We need more consistent shooting on offense, better free throw shooting
and better defense. Don't be surprised by a late surge by the Cougs.
Winning the WCC tourney is not out of the question.
I agree with the assessment of Collinsworth. He's been very steady and
solid. In fact, aside from Haws, he's been the most consistent Cougs
player. However, I've been very disappointment in Austin. We need more
productivity from our Bigs. Agreed he's been solid in the rebouding area--
the numbers speak for themselves; however, he's also in consistent foul
trouble in almost every game. Just think how more solid he's overall game
would be if he was on the floor for longer period of times.
None of that story means a thing until Collinsworth & others learn to groove
their "charity-shooting" to at least 75+%. BYU has lost 2-3 games
because of poor, no terrible free-throws. That comes down to both the
players & COACHES fault.Rebounding is great but if you get
fouled when getting the rebound & go the 'charity-stripe" &
throw up a brick & in Collinsworth's case most of the time a
"cinder-block" what have you gained - NOTHING - but a rebound stat &
a missed "free-throw" stat. Come on coaches - it is all in their
heads - groove the eye, arm & hand motion..
Wayne, I agree that Austin leaves it all out there and he has become one of my
favorites as well. I think he has good company in Halford... did you see that
play last week where Carlino poked the ball free and Halford literally dove 10+
feet to poke it before the other team could scoop it up? There is a lot of
potential on this team. Better free throws and defense and we're a top 25
I don't want to date myself, but I have been a Cougar fan since the days of
Jeff Congdon and John Fairchild. I have seen a lot of great players...real or
imagined. Austin is my favorite right after Danny Ainge. Austin works harder
and cares more than anyone else on the team. He's my favorite of this
group. Some of our players this year are hot and cold. Austin and BYU are
perfect together. He's a great player who would have his shirt in the
rafters if they retired them for players who give 100% and sacrifice their
bodies by the team.
All three are amazing and should compete for WCC player of the year.
As far as schedule strength goes:To this point Ken Pomeroy at least
has their schedule ranked 10th in the country after 22 games. I think it would
be safe to say that is at least close to the toughest schedule they've
played. Just NCSOS has them 26th then their 9 WCC games puts them UP to 10th.
I'm not convinced that they had a more difficult schedule when
they were in the MWC. Perhaps a slightly more difficult conference schedule, but
not a more difficult overall schedule.
RE: truthIt's their hardest schedule up to this point in the
season because of the difficult non-conference schedule. BYU has played teams
currently ranked #4, #16, #21, #25 (a win), #27/24, as well as several other top
100 teams. The SOS will continue to drop as the WCC season progresses but the
point of the article was to show how well BYU has done against the difficult
schedule they have played thus far.
You would think with rebounding machines and one of the best scorers in the
country byu would be doing better than 4th, in the 10 "best" conference
in the country
The hardest schedule they have ever played? The WCC conference is not the best
conference by far. They had way harder schedules when they played in the