I disagree with the comment that this team is "too young"... It's
an easy to grab excuse and it is inaccurate. The Cougs play one Freshman for any
period of measurable time on the court (who is really our only back to the
basket player) and he is a good low post player that needs more coaching
attention on his Defensive foot work... We start a 22 year old Sophomore who is
a return missionary and who played on the BYU team that almost ran the table in
2011... We also start 3 juniors who all have 3 solid years of experience (mostly
in Division 1 Basketball)... Our first players off the bench are also Juniors
for the most part with a good couple of years of experience (Sharp and Winder an
Halpern or Carlino)... Bartley and Worthington are Freshman but have limited
Wow... This is a big disappointment... Just seems like the guys are not prepared
out there... Tyler is taking way too many shots that he shouldn't be
taking, and our Bigs are not able to stay on the floor because of foul
trouble.There has to be other issues behind the scene that we simply
don't know about...We deserved to lose this game... Austin
needs to start shooting the 3 ball like he did as a freshman... Collinsworth
needs to do nothing but shoot free throws for no less than 10 hours a week... In
fact everyone on the team with the exception of Haws, Halpern and Carlino need
to do the same and an expert needs to be analyzing and tweeking their shot.
Free throw shooting proficiency is accomplished by shooting enough free throws
every day that the mechanics become refined and the shot easy. Few, if any BYU
players have put the effort forth to accomplish this, and it shows in the game.
Most of the free throws taken tonight at the Pacific game (UOP 89 BYU 82) were
herky jerky make do and as a result too often missed. There's no way a good
D-1 team shoould be willing to accept less than 80% free throw shooting from
itself. It's got nothing to do with being young or tied; the lousy
mechanics are on clear display. UOP put the game away at the free throw line.
With present levels of proficiency, BYU never will. There's no damned
excuse for this.
Here's a thought - start playing Bartley and Winder.
Agree with most comments of FT shooting, but disagree with the question as to
whether FTs are being ignored by coaches. Rose teams usually shoot very well
from the line. I think this team, being young, is just not as centered as they
will be next year. FTs with the game on the line require relaxed confidence,
which is tougher with young players. That's my guess, anyway. I'm
pretty sure Coach Rose knows exactly what is going on.
McNasty:That's a lot of "ifs", and I agree. I love KC,
but I wonder if offense-for-defense substitutions aren't in order with him
during crunch time until he can be more reliable from the line.
Wonder why the others aren't learning from Haws at the free throw line?
Perhaps they don't feel it's that important? I'm puzzled as to
why they're so bad! It's the one part of their game that's so
painful to watch except for Haws of course!Go Cougars!
Re: MacNasty,If BYU is to shoot over 75 percent at the charity
stripe, it can only happen by keeping the ball out of the hands of those who
lack the "touch." Some of our better shooters from the field can't
buy scores that are supposedly "free." Sometimes we wonder if Coach
Rose even cares about free throw percentage. Those who consistently klunk their
free-throws off the rim are still trusted to handle the ball in crunch time,
when purposeful fouling can spell the difference between a win or a loss . . .
and did, three times, once in regulation and twice in overtimes, that cost us
the win in our wild triple-overtime loss to Portland. When the game is on the
line, and fouls are a certainty, can't we ensure that Haws is the man going
to the line?
If defense imrpovesIf FT% is 75 or higherIf FGM/FGA is
50% or higherIf turnovers are less than 10Cougars win