BYU basketball notebook: Cougars know they must rebound better

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  • Re:Every Game
    March 20, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    This is BYU's weaknesses and it has been all year. They have won games though when they have performed poorly and hopefully will do so today. At this point in the season you pretty much have to go with what got you here and great interior defense did not get the Cougars this far. I was impressed by their wild scrambling defense against Florida. Let's hope it works today.

  • Every game...
    March 20, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    the the Cougs have lost this year was because the other team got too many second chances...this isn't a "new" problem.

  • BYU fan in So Ca.
    March 20, 2010 9:54 a.m.

    We may not win the rebounding battle, but we will win the game. Our best defense is a chasing and switching defense, it has won us many games, getting steals and taking our opponent out of their offensive game. Yes, we want to get as many rebounds as we can off of that, but don't abandon it, don't let them get comfortable in their offence by sagging, don't change at the pearl of our strong defense on the ball. Go Cougs!

  • TED
    March 20, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    This keeping people off the offensive glass isn't a priority for BYU and it never has been. If it was, it would have been fixed a long time ago. Let's hope it can be fixed in thirty six hours. If not were finished. I think that TRUE GRIT can fix it!

  • Louisiana Cougar
    March 20, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    Cougs have to choose their poison.

    K-State is big, fast, and tough.

    Miles, Davies, Hartsock, and Abouo need to board hard . . . but so do Haws and Emery.

  • dj
    March 20, 2010 5:31 a.m.

    I am a Cougar fan, but I must admit that Majerus' Utah teams were the best at this. When they played in the final game of the NCAA tourney against Kentucky, I recall that the Kentucky players were so "boxed out" on some plays that the ball actually dropped untouched in the lane and was picked up by a Ute player. Awesome. Come on Cougars....let's do it. Call in Rick if we have to!!

  • Miles
    March 19, 2010 11:40 p.m.

    I love how Miles states that it is a learning experience, seeing how he could be playing his last game of college basketball. If its taken you four years and you havent learned how to rebound or be physical you probably arent going to learn over night. There is no reason that Miles shouldnt be average 10 or more rebounds a game. He is dang near 7'0". You might get more playing time. Rebounding all comes down desire and discpline. You dont have to have a 45" vertical to dominate on the glass.

  • BigBYUFan
    March 19, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    BAD defensive philosophy, sending the big men out chasing players around 3-point line.

    and one so easily corrected.

    just tell them to stop chasing at about 15 feet.

    too many teams take advantage of them getting easy baskets and rebounds.

  • Start on the boards
    March 19, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    The Florida game never goes to overtime and BYU cruises if we just learn how to box out and keep them off the glass. I hope we've learned a few things since that game and have a resolve to keep KSU off the glass.

    We can beat anybody in the country if we hold them to one shot possessions.

  • dj
    March 19, 2010 9:00 p.m.

    What ever happened to the "box out" concept? Hello can't out leap these physical guys. Get your arms and butt out and find a guy! I've got sixth graders on my son's team that do a better job with this than the Cougar bigs. Do we want it or not?

  • Cougar Blue
    March 19, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    Better rebounding? For sure. Our inside play was mediocre, at best, and must get better tomorrow or the dance will be over.