Mika and byu have underperformed. I think it may be a case of playing up(or
down) to the level of competition. The wcc is not a good league(zero ranked
teams and ninth per espn) and byu has not proven to be anything other than
another team for Gonzaga to beat. With as highly touted as mika was
and with a third year starting point guard in carlino and a junior who will
become byu's all time leading scorer, that should be the recipe for a sweet
16 team. But byu just isn't very good.No team in
that situatuon(3rd year staring pg, all time leading scorer, and top 100 player
in the county even if he is a freshman) should lose to Pepperdine, pacific
community, Portland dental college, and Mary Lola. Such a team
should beat all those by 20. Mika and byu have just been bad
It was fun to watch Lone Peak win State last year, and the accomplishments of
that team really boosted Utah high school basketball. Mika has played well this
year, though he has lots of things to improve on, such as free throw shooting,
fouling out of games, and not being physical enough to guard some players well,
and leaving his feet too often, causing potential injury to himself. He has a
great attitude, is fun to watch, and I appreciate all he has positively
contributed to the BYU BB team this year. Wish him well on his mission, hope he
is called to Japan.
And this coming from a fan of the worst team in the state. CB should not poke
fun at BYU's foes unless he wants to look at the ABSOLUTE worst preseason
schedule in ALL of Division 1 basketball. Real basketball pundits rank BYU
preseason schedule as one of the toughest in the country. Factor in the
conference schedule and BYU still plays a tougher schedule. As bad as CB
thinks BYU is u us much worse and will NOT make the NCAA tourney.CB seems
to forget that Mika is only a freshman and still has better numbers than most
all of u's players.
CB should not be casting stones. BYU played 3 top 25 teams on the road and lost
by fewer points by far than the utes lost tonight. Loveridge and Wright are
just not that good. Utah is just plain bad.
Although chris b's comments are always less than objective when it comes to
BYU, I am one fanatical Cougar fan that agrees with something he implies... I
think that BYU has been inconsistent... The Cougs have huge talent
and they are far better than their record indicates... Our inability to keep our
Bigs on the floor due to foul trouble, our less than impressive FT shooting
(which ranks worse in the NCAA Stat Rankings than the utes SOS, our shooters
inability to hit the 3's with consistency, and our well documented weakness
on the defensive side of the court... All of this has resulted in producing a
team that should be outstanding but is really only very good night in and night
out...The WCC is a far better conference than chrisb or other ute
fans give them credit for... And the big bad pac12 is vastly over-rated and not
nearly the power house that chrisb and other ute fans pound their chest over.
They too only have one ranked team and that team is falling... BYU played 3
pac12 teams, all on the road, and could very easily be 2-1 right now with one
made free throw in Eugene.
Mika is a freshman. Get real people, he is a stud in the making.
As much as I like Haws, BYU plays best when the offense is in transition and the
focus is away from Haws, with scoring more balanced. BYU needs Carlino to step
up and play like he did against Stanford and Texas earlier in the year, and we
need to see more of Winder and Bartley off the bench. If we can get the #2 seed
in the WCC tournament, I think we can make it to the finals and beat Gonzaga and
get the auto bid. But we won't win in the NCAA tourney without Carlino at
his best like he was in the NIT last year. Most improved player this year is
Nate Austin; Mika is very good and will develop into a great player, but
he's not there yet mentally.
Mika needs to become less concerned with what is going on in the stands and more
focused on what he is doing on the court. He is physical presence that BYU needs
on the floor for 30 plus minutes. When he's out there, BYU does well. But
he seems to have this immature side that pops up all the time, where he makes
silly fouls, plays reckless, ans starts jawing with fans. The Utah game I gave
him a pass, but the St. Mary's choke signal he did does nobody any good.
It's difficult to lose in the fashion St. Mary'd did. I didn't
see Delavadova give the choke sign when he beat BYU in Provo. Just immature
stuff. Get past that, stay on the floor, and help the program win games. Leave
the trash talk for others.