BYU basketball notebook: Cougars got beaten badly on the boards — until it mattered most

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  • Bryan
    March 19, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    I love the good things that came out of this game. Hopefully even more good things come out of the next same so they can pull out the win!

  • jimmer time
    March 19, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    Fredette is doing exactly what coach Rose wants him to do. If Rose wanted Jimmer to pass more, he would tell him to or sit him-don't you think that Rose has full confidence in Lloyd coming in to spell Jimmer????
    So get off Jimmer, he is doing exactly what Rose wants. If you are going to chew on someone, chew on the bigs; they have been letting players get too many Off. boards and kept Florida in the game with way too many soft fouls.

  • geezergary
    March 19, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    Ainge played on the best BYU team ever. Roberts and Kite both had long NBA careers and the guard who played opposite Danny,(Mr. Marie Osmond), was a first round draft choice who got injured in pre-season camp and lost his shot at the NBA. The other starting forward had a professional career in Europe. No other Y team comes close to matching that.

  • J-Rob
    March 19, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    Basketballogy - I am not sure that Ainge had a "much less talented" team than Fredette. If my memory serves me correctly he was playing with two future long time professionals in Greg Kite and Fred Roberts??? I love them both however and like you think their games are mostly just similar in the fact that they were and are great basketball players. Jimmer and danny have different styles.

  • Basketballogy
    March 19, 2010 10:50 a.m.

    I guess comparisons between Fredette and Ainge are unavoidable, but I don't think Fredette is in Ainge's league, actually.

    Ainge succeeded with a team much less talented than Fredette's, consequently, BYU succeeded because Ainge dominated.

    On the other hand, I'm not sure BYU succeeds because of Fredette. It was interesting how BYU's run coincided with sitting Jimmer.

    Fredette turns his teammates into spectators with his love of overdribbling, then they struggle to step up when they do finally get a touch.

    If Fredette could be Fredette without dominating the ball so much, that would be ideal. The Y could use a Nash-like guard more than an Iverson.

    BYU is not going to get past Kansas State with another poor rebounding effort. The Y needs its bigs to step up, and Jimmer's going to have to involve them so they can.

  • david farnsworth
    March 19, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    Hah. I was AT that game. It was played in Providence RI, and a bunch of us guys attending the Washington Seminar that year drove up from DC to see the game against UCLA. Ainge was a monster!

  • Remembering Danny A.
    March 19, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    I am pretty sure that was 1981 when Danny scored 37 against UCLA. I had just gotten married then and it was the next game against Notre Dame that sealed Danny place in BYU lore. BTW, IIRC at half-time Danny had 2 less points than then entire UCLA team.

  • Louisiana Cougar
    March 19, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    It was interesting seeing Boylen on ESPN as a commentator. He handled himself well and made a number of insightful comments about many of the games he observed.

    Congrats to the Cougars and to the Lobos! Big wins!

  • East coast arrogance
    March 19, 2010 8:01 a.m.

    How did he get away? And why would he want to?

    Hey how did the big east do on thursday? If overseated Villanova had lost, it would have been a clean sweep. So much for the east coast heavy rpi!

  • What does Boylen think?
    March 19, 2010 6:34 a.m.

    After BYU beat the Utes the first time this year, Boylen tried to nudge Fredette into leaving early for the NBA. He didn't say anything more about it after Mike Loyd came to play in the Huntsman Center. I wonder if he still wants that to happen now? Mike Loyd seems to be perfectly capable of stepping into BYU's starting lineup to replace Fredette.