BYU basketball: Noah Hartsock leads Blue team to win at Cougar Tipoff

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    Oct. 28, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    A lot of people are talking up Sharp in these comments, but he did not do a good job defending Hartsock and, despite playing 30 minutes and being the beneficiary of playing opposite the double-team drawing Davies he managed only 8 points. At 6'7" 185 he is scrawny by D-I standards and looked stiff to me.

    I figure by the end of December we will see Carlino, Harrison, Abouo, Hartsock, Davies as the first 5 with Winder, Rogers, and Collinsworth as the first three off the bench. We are more likely (in my opinion) to see Austin and Howard play than Sharp simply based on their size and ability to relieve Davies defensively.

    If you assume that the team will be the most successful using 8-9 guys instead of 10-11 then I would like to know who's playing time you are giving to him.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    I think how good this team ends up being will be determined by how good the guard line turns out being. I liked Harrison, Rogers is a gunner and I'm OK with that if he proves he can be consistent. Abuo needs to be consistent. At least some basketball is getting started, I hope the cougs have a great season. Go cougs.

  • Outsideview Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 27, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    I wish they would have had Mikael Lloyd last year. He could have been the difference in a final 4 apperance.

    I would like to know how the coaching assignments/responsibilitys are done now with Coach Pope compared to what Rice did.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    It was hard to make any acessment of players based on this game, but generally it looked like they were more into a half-court game than the up tempo game we are used to...that will take some patience from Cougar fans to watch...

    Who will step up and be leaders on this team? Of course Hartsock and Davies, but as things shake out, I wonder who the players will look to for the clutch shot, how all of it will fall into place..

    Also wondered what kind of D the Cougs will go with, how prepared they might be to face different offensive play by other teams...go Cougs.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 27, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    I don't know where to start . . .

    Hartsock and Abouo were as impressive as expected.

    Davies looked a little rusty in the first half, but I have no doubt he will be the leader in most categories. I expect Hartsock, Abouo and Davies to average 50 points per game.

    Carlino and Harrison are the new BYU backcourt. They are not Fredette and Emery, but they look very good. It's hard to believe they are Freshman. I'm looking forward to watching them the next four years. Winder and Zylstra will also get time on the perimeter.

    Stephen Rogers will be a solid back-up for Hartsock and Abouo.

    This was the first time I had seen Sharp play. He is much better than I thought he would be. I can see him getting playing time as a Freshman.

    Collinsworth looked winded at times, but I'm sure he'll progress as the season progresses. His size will be invaluable on the frontline against big teams like the Zags.

    Harward and Austin were both better than expected. But I'm guessing both will redshirt.

    There is no reason we shouldn't compete with the Zags for the WCC title, and see a 25+ win season. Go Cougs!

  • Broom Hockey Champ Alpine, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    I see another sweet 16 appearance around the corner. Hopefully, by then we'll have locked up Parker, too.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 9:15 a.m.

    And a new storybook era begins!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Oct. 27, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    Good to see Davies and Collinsworth back in action on the hardwood. Can't help but think that with their size last year we would have made the final four.