I agree with Sports Nutz, Shaw is a black hole when he gets the ball. Yes he is
the leading scorer but he is also taking 7-8 more shots a game than anyone else.
He's good for his rebounding but he needs to learn how to pass out if the
shot isn't there. I mean Allen Iverson was a leading scorer in the NBA but
how many shots a game did he need to take to get that title?
I've been a big supporter of Stew and USU basketball for some time. Stew
is an excellent coach, and I've been thrilled that Utah State has had him.
However, his recruiting is really suspect. We always have the excuse that
we're not athletic enough, a half step slow, or not quite big enough to go
against top teams. WHY IS THIS? There is no reason that we cannot recruit
excellent talent to USU. We have terrific facilities and a home court
atmosphere that is one of the best in the country. Just read Steve
Fischer's comments from the other night after the SDSU game. It should be
much easier to recruit talent for basketball than football. But, it takes the
coach wanting to do this, and for some reason Stew just doesn't go after
these types of players. This needs to change immediately. There is no reason
that USU shouldn't be able to play at the top of the MWC. Coach
you've got to fix this starting this recruiting season.
I hate to admit this, but the Aggies are pretty mediocre this year. Might as
well take our licks now and prepare for next season. I still believe
Stew is the right coach for the program. He has done far more good than bad for
the program and he has earned the right to transition the Ags into the Mountain
West.But this is a hard lesson he is currently learning: none of the
teams in this conference are pansies (except SJSU and Fresno).Onward
and upward, work out the kinks, and Go Aggies!
nampaggie9, Come on now, don't use that excuse. If Utah State is a good
basketball program then going to the MWC shouldn't take a year or two to
"learn the ropes" That seems like a huge copout for a program that I
thought was better than that. The MWC is a decent league no doubt. Decent,
certainly not great. And if Utah State is a good program as we all want them to
be, lets no use excuses. The last couple years we all would have said that Utah
State was as good as just about any MWC program. So if that's the case,
lets not use excuses about getting used to the conference. Go aggies, Go Utes,
and anyone who plays byu!
Utah State is a nice little local program that likely will never do anything on
the national stage. With Stew being as incredible as he is, and Utah State
still hasn't done anything in the big dance in how many decades? Yes I
know Wichita State exists, and Florida Gulf Coast and VCU, but for every one of
those there are 50 similar small schools that have never done anything. And if
USU can't get past the first round with Stew, you guys can stop dreaming
about ever sniffing a final 4 or something like that.
I agree with you Chris, but this is more of a learning the ropes of a new
conference year for the aggies, I'm sure stew will get it figured out,
however I am impressed with the Utes BB team this year, I was pulling for you
guys against Arizona, good luck the rest of the year, GO AGGIES, GO UTES!
CougOrUte..Naah,Glad you took my comment just how I meant it and I
totally agree with you when it comes to the Utes being in the same boat. Both
programs will definitely have their fair share of growing pains.I do think
Stew's a fantastic coach and like you said, he'll likely get it
figured out sooner vs later.I also agree that BYU losing to far lesser
programs is mind boggling. I get their losses to top 25 teams but dropping games
to anyone other than St Mary's or Gonzaga in the WCC would be unacceptable
to me if I was a coug fan. And as you stated, based on money and facilities
I'm not so sure losing to those two teams should be acceptable either.Anyway... go Aggies and go Utes!
motorbikeWhats wrong with "incorrectly thinking this may be the
year"Seems like a pretty logical and reasonable thought. Yes,
the aggies have done poorly in the first round for many years, so isn't a
very reasonable thought and hope that maybe this year they may win a game?I don't remember aggies guaranteeing any first round win. Its
always a "this MAY be the year" just as you yourself stated. That seems
like exactly the thought fans should have when they've done poorly in the
tournament. Again, we don't hear aggies guaranteeing they get to the sweet
16 or even the 2nd round, its a hope and a "We may" this year.
That's how they should be feeling and speaking.
@motorbike No offense taken, USU is definitely finding out what playing a big
boy schedule is like. Looks like most of the big 3 teams in the state are. But
you know in Stew we trust. I have no doubt the Aggies will get there. I think
the Utes will eventually get there as well. Both the Utes and the Aggies are
going to have to learn to win on the road. What I don't understand is why
the Cougs are losing to teams with far less resources and facilities than BYU
does. At least the Utes and Aggies are making strides playing against programs
that generally have more funds and resources than they do. Good luck to the
Utes, hope they continue to make strides. I feel the second half of the
conference schedule will go better for the Aggies. They will get there.
I hate to say it but perhaps USU is finding out what it means to play a big boy
schedule. Based on the countless one and done appearances in the NCAA Tourney, I
think it's safe to say that this was fairly predictable.Don't take that the wrong way USU fans, I'm a Ute fan that has
always pulled for the Aggies outside of when they play Utah. But I get tired of
incorrectly thinking "this may be the year they win a tourney game."
Agree with Sports Nutz. I've been waiting all year for that lineup. Davis
and Moore need to be on the floor at the same time, not rotating!
Shaw needs to realize he doesn't have to shoot the ball every single time
he touches it. Moore should be on the floor as much as possible. Would love to
see a lineup of Medlin at the 1, Butterfield at 2, Moore the 3, Davis the 4 and
Shaw (if he will pass) at the 5. Hopefully Stew and company and turn this
around? GO AGGIES.