BYU is loaded with talent, but it's young talent.I'm
thinking that we've probably got the NIT coming this year, that being said
BYU will be an absolute force once we hit the stride where the young players gel
as a team. I don't think that's this season, it might be next season,
3 years from now the team will be amazing.
@hobo"What happened to the final four talk?"********************Give it a couple of years and then remember
@rikitikitaviAgreed... If one reads the efficiency chart for
Thursday Nights game they will quickly see that both Elijah and Braedon had
double digit negative numbers (meaning that when they were on the floor Saint
Mary's outscored BYU by more than 10 points). In fact, most of the game was
played by BYU at a 10 point deficit. If you recorded the game simply go back to
about the 14 minute mark in the first half when both of these players
substituted in... BYU was playing even and when these 2 players rotated out we
were down double digits.Few people see these numbers because they
are typically not in the box scores of college games. Yet, it is a very telling
stat... It helps identify the most efficient combination of players to have out
on the floor at a given time or in a given situation. This efficiency can change
from game to game and good coaches take note of this and manipulate the
rotations accordingly. However, over a 5 to 10 game span you can begin to see
trends that will help your team be more efficient down the stretch as you
prepare for a Conference Tournament.So far, Beo seems to be the most
efficient coming off the bench.
Mika has made himself into a great post player, but he can't do it all.
BYU needs outside shooting to beat any half-way decent team. Steven Beo is the
best shooter on the team, yet he's lucky to get one open look per game.
I think they will bounce back and beat Pacific and this is coming from the Guy
who is constantly putting down BYU, sheeeesh
SMC returned all their starters from last year and they have a lot of experience
playing in at the D1 level.BYU started with two seniors, Kyle Davis
and LJ Rose. Davis is gone. The rest of the starters are freshmen and
sophomores. Most players at the D1 level don't see significant playing
time until their junior year.The BYU team is inexperience at the D1
level and, except for the Lone Peak three, they have little experience playing
together, even less playing together at the D1 level.Mika and Haws
are fresh off their missions, as is Dastrup. Mika is exhausted after 10 to 12
minutes of play. It takes a year to really get back into Basketball shape.While the players need to develop patience, so do the fans. This team
has the talent and the coaching to get them to the final four, but it will not
happen over night. Next time they play SMC they will apply the lessons learned
and the game is likely to be much different.
I still think this team has talent, they just don't play well as a team
consistently.I think we all saw what a well coached team looks like in St
Maries. They are not any more athletic than BYU players but they are taught to
defend much better, rebound better, move and pass the ball much better, and are
better composed.I don't buy the immaturity excuse.It's coaching. I hope I'm wrong but I think this is as good as it is
going to get under the current coaching regime.
What happened to the final four talk?Fan expectations were way too
high for this group.
The Cougars can lose to anybody. I hope today they bring players who will play
well. This is a tough season to watch.
The Lone Peak 3 are now in the big leagues. Things are a lot different now.
Elijah Bryant did pretty good I thought. If he continues to get his strength
back I think he will help the team. T.J. Haws needs to find his touch, not sure
where it is but I hope he finds it soon especially on the 3 point shots. Go
Welcome to all the "armchair quarterbacks".
Elijah was a total liability on Thurs. Forcing himself into traffic, getting in
trouble then tossing up poor shots.
Pacific will be tired coming off the long bus ride from Tabonia. This fares well
A couple of "lessons" I hope BYU learned from this game were 1) Passing
is faster and more efficient than dribbling. St Mary's passing was s SO
effect that they had BYU's defense running all over the place, and yet they
got wide open looks constantly. 2) consistent 3 point shooting can even beat a
great inside game by BYU's Mika. Oh yes, I forgot to mention how Mika
"showed up" ready to play. Now if only the guards would do the same!