Behind the Mic: BYU basketball: Depth paying dividends for Cougars

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  • Hondo Springville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    Does anyone know whether Matt Montague figures into future plans for the Cougs? He could really be a strong mentor for the team next year, given that we are losing some of our top talent to the NBA.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    MoodyBlue wrote; As this week begins, the loss at New Mexico stands out like a huge black eye.

    Not so much moody. A loss to an inferior team is a black eye in a 12 game football season but in basketball it is the newest crave. All the top 25 teams are doing it.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Feb. 21, 2011 6:54 p.m.


    I'm with you and Alpine Blue. That would be great!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 21, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    OK Wayne Rout...we heard you five or six times in other posts So SDSU schedules a week off each time they play BYU. Stick a sock in it and come up with something different to say. Even Hedgie Doggie has a lesser limited train of thought. It didn't help them when they were in Provo. So who cares!!!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 21, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Let's enjoy the present while we have it, but for those worrying about next year - we will move from a guard focused scoring attack to a front line focused scoring attack. Sure, there will be some rebuilding without Fredette and Emery, but there is no reason we shouldn't win the WCC with a 25+ win season.

    Hartsock, Davies and C. Collinsworth will be the anchors upfront. But we also have three big RM's returning (Michael Boswell - 6'9", Ian Harward and Nate Austin - 6'10"). I bet Harward and Austin will redshirt.

    Rogers will be a scoring machine next year as a starter at the 3 spot. Abouo will finally get his due and start at the 4 spot.

    Matt Carlino (xfer from UCLA) will start at the point, but isn't eligible until December.

    But look for significant contributions off the bench from Damarcus Harrison and Anson Winder. Both could turn into starters by the end of their Freshman campaign - they're that good.

    Hopefully, Chapman will commit for the following year. He is extremely athletic.

    And there you have it - it's a very bright future.

  • Alpine Blue Alpine, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    @ panamadesnews

    Unfortunately the Chris_B you address is not the real BYU-baiting "Chris B" troll, but an imposter-a far nicer knock-off that the real Chris B.

    Nevertheless, I totally concur with your wish to have BYU and Utah meeting in the finals of the MWC tourney final. A final "goodbye" to Craig the commish.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    Thanks, Chris B. Your positive comment is appreciated. Utah had a great win, where BYU couldn't get one this year. Hope to see Utah do something in the MWC tournament. Would be exciting to see BYU and Utah play in the tournament championship game. Wouldn't that send Craig Thompson a message. He would be irate beyond words. Come on, players on both teams, do it!

  • Hondo Springville, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    I think the Cougs are great this year and have enjoyed going to the MC to watch a few games and watching the other games on the tube.

    Despite having one of the better teams in the country, I wish we had a Matt Montague-type coming off the bench. Someone who could really light it up from deep and provide a tough, physical presence.

  • Bronco Loco Henderson, NV
    Feb. 21, 2011 2:26 p.m.

    I wouldn't really call Jimmer and Emery depth. It's pretty much the Jimmer show and the supporting cast.

  • The Jimmer Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    Interesting story.

    I'm definitely glad The Jimmer has been able to play a little less. I hope he earns POY honors but not at the expense of the team's success. A balanced attack will be very important as BYU reaches its final stretch of conference play and then the MWC and NCAA tournaments.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    Maybe Carlino or Davies will provide some star power next year. Charles in Charge or Noahhhhhhhhhhhh will step up. My guess it will be Mr. Rogers that hits the threes and slashes for lay ups. Next year will take care of itself on ESPN and plenty of new venues in the WCC. This year we proudly yell "Jimmer" or "You got Jimmered" or "Fredetta about it". All clever and fun for crowds that are having a great time winning.

  • moodyblue77 Provo, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    As this week begins, the loss at New Mexico stands out like a huge black eye.

    Can't wait for CSU in Provo on Wednesday.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Feb. 21, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    I wonder why SDSU has a week off before the BYU game in Provo and have another week off before the coming game Saturday. I wonder how this strange thing happened?

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    I give a lot of credit to the success of this team to Coach Dave Rose. His experience as a college player at Houston and following years as a coach at different levels has given him a lot of experience and respectability on and off the playing floor. The players look to him, trust him, and he in turn, respects them, pushes them, and gives them his all. I have watched him grow and develop greatly since Steve Cleveland left.

    Coach Rose has given Jimmer room to grow and develop and also kept him grounded. He is the one who has kept any competitiveness of the other players away from this team's star. He has been able to get them to "step up" and play hard.

    The way he handled his battle with cancer was a great morale booster for this team and showed them how to handle themselves in difficult times. Dave Rose is an excellent role model for young men on his team. I hope he is our coach for many years to come!!!

    Also, Dave Rice has been an outstanding asset to this team with the offensive coaching. He is often an unsung hero!

    Go Courgars!

  • Gifford VanBuren Holladay, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    What do you have planned for next year when Jimmer graduates and you cant shriek are squeal his name anymore? None of the other names on the roster really roll off the high-pitched tongue like Jimmer's.

  • Chris_B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    Go kewgs! Let's have 30+ pt Jimmertime wins @ both home & away this week, thus ensuring MWC title & #1 seed. tds representin'!

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Good analysis. Opponents haven't looked on BYU as a team, only a Fredette which is frightening to coaches. That will get worse for them with the emergence of other scorers. Success to you Cougars.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 11:14 a.m.

    This has helped both the team and Jimmer. Less pressure on Jimmer knowing that there are several other capable of having a big game. Davies, Emery, Abouo, Rogers and even Collinsworth and Hartstock to some degree have really stepped up the last few weeks. They are confident and that makes BYU a more dangerous and harder to guard team.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    Sure this story gives a keen insight to coaching decisions, and how it might affect BYU through the rest of the season, and into the NCAA playoffs, including key team and individual stats...


    I'm sure most everyone would rather have a rundown of "your" personal favorite MWC gyms (and maybe restaurants with bulletproof glass), finishing with the MC as your "favorite".

    More fluff, and less substance...

    Or not...