BYU basketball: Brandon Davies' absence is huge on the inside

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  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    March 3, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    The four guys that BYU needed to step up to fill the void of Davies absense didnt get it done. Hartsock and Collinsworth were both held scoreless, Rogers had just 3 points and Abuouo finished with 8 on 1 of 6 shooting. These guys need to spend some time after practice working on their shots and find their touch and quick. Fredette is gonna continue to get doubled and even triple teamed at times so guys will have open looks and they have got to start knocking them down when they do.

  • AZ Dave Chandler, AZ
    March 3, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    one and do............nay too easy

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 3, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    Bo Jangles

    "A guy actually hurts his team when he's only shooting 38% and puts it up 26 times."

    How so, when the rest of the team is only shooting 10 of 39 (26%)?

    Abouo, Hartsock and Collinsworth were a combined 1 of 12 (8%)!!!

    Jimmer's 38.46% shooting actually RAISED the shooting percentage of the team.

    Jimmer is getting double- and triple-teamed and fouled on almost every shot attempt. It's the job of the rest of the players to hit open shots when Jimmer draws two or three defenders, then passes the ball to an open teammate.

    For 99.9% of college basketball players, 33 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals, with only 3 turnovers, would be a career night, regardless of the shooting percentage.

    Stick to dancing. Basketball analysis is obviously not your forte.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    March 3, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    NM shot better than usual and BYU was much worse. That lead to more rebounds for the Lobos. BYU was shocked due to Davies loss and NM took advantage as they should. BYU will play better than this, just a question of will it be enough. Beat the pokes.

  • unaffiliated_person Saratoga Springs, UT
    March 3, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    Davies being removed would not have been as bad if Chris C were still around. Losing their 2 best post players in the same year definitely hurts. Abuou is good, but lacks the size. Hartsock is good, but can't play both the 4 and 5 spot at the same time. Anderson need some work, and Magnusson is not good. This may turn into another one and done year at the NCAA's without any frontcourt.

  • Bo Jangles Meridian, ID
    March 3, 2011 10:51 a.m.

    Riddles, 33 points on 26 attemps is not a good night. A guy actually hurts his team when he's only shooting 38% and puts it up 26 times.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 3, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    Anderson tries, but he's no Davies.

    Brandon is quick, smooth, good footwork, good hands, and has a variety of moves to score with his back to the basket. On defense he's a great rebounder and shot blocker and helps control the paint. His biggest weakness is he's a bit of a foul magnet.

    Anderson reminds me of a tall, gangly teenager, who still hasn't grown into his body, and can barely walk and chew gum at the same time. He has absolutely no footwork, he's slow as an ox, and he has hands of stone. Decent shot blocker, but poor rebounder because he can't hold onto the ball.

    This isn't the same team without Brandon, but the Cougars still have the talent to make a deep run in the tournament. Without Brandon, however, their margin for error is significantly smaller.

    Jimmer did his part last night - 33 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals.

    Now, the rest of the Cougars need to step up and do their part.

    Hartsock, Collinsworth, and Abouo combined - 8 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal - isn't going to get it done.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 3, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    Sounds like New Mexico prepared and executed the perfect game plan for the circumstances. As a Ute fan I hope they don't win on Saturday so we can have a chance at tying them and getting the 5 seed.

  • HSCOACH Heber City, UT
    March 3, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    when you miss a lot of shots the other team gets a lot of rebounds and when they do not miss many there are not many rebounds to get. We will miss Brandon. But we now need to redefine who/what we are and move on. Team and fans.

  • Cougar Blue N. Las Vegas, NV
    March 3, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    Well, I'm glad the rebounding disparity wasn't worse. On ESPN last night, two commentaters were lashing the Cougars for being outrebounded 40-14. Frankly, with the 14 number, so was I.

  • dustman Nampa, ID
    March 3, 2011 7:40 a.m.

    UNM totally out-hustled BYU. BYU didn't rebound and they let their frustrations overtake their game. Hopefully there's a big kid that can rebound out there that wants to play for BYU, because the big guys there now don't want to.

    The refs didn't call a very tight game and they let both teams just play. It was pretty physical in the beginning. But thats how the ref's call it in the NCAA tourney. Without an abundance of fouls being called, Jimmer's game is cut down and others need to step up.

    Wyoming hustles. They go 100% all the time and they pound the boards. I hope BYU will prepare for that. Jimmer and Emery need to calm themselves and focus.

  • Cougs4Life Gilbert, AZ
    March 3, 2011 7:02 a.m.

    I think that it became obvious last night that Davies played a key role on two accounts: 1.) He is the key to offensive entry when he sets the high post pick and roll with Jimmer and is a threat to hit the foul line jumper and 2.) He played a huge role in controlling the middle of the Cougar zone defense that has been so effective. Hopefully with some additional time to practice these two issues can be adjusted, but most importantly the team needs some confidence back...hopefully playing Wyoming is just the medicine we need!

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    March 3, 2011 6:57 a.m.

    How about that sweet revenge on New Mexico! Oh wait nevermind.....

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    March 3, 2011 1:10 a.m.

    How about them Cougars!

  • T-Mac Meridian, ID
    March 3, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    Teams that rely on outside shooting like BYU will sometimes hit shooting slumps that run for several games... you just knew this would eventually happen to them. The question is how quickly will they be able to pull themselves out of the slump?