Davies is the most athletic big man I can remember. He has filled out and is
getting the ball in better position low to the basket than before. His moves are
amazing. He has matured so much as a low post player and his confidence is
clearly showing. Now I see him learning more discretion to determine how best
to use his talents against the defenses. Teams are really afraid of him and
rightly so. Throwing three men on him in one game was a suprise and a great
sign of respect. He tried to push through them and would have been better
served by accepting the defense and working to get the ball to the open man much
sooner. He will learn this and he must as more teams will double and triple
team him - he deserves it.
BYU is going to be much better than expected based on the quality of the young
players in the backcourt and the transfer student Matt Carlino coming on to the
court in December against Baylor.I am really pleased and impressed
with Anson Windor. I watched him last year on the bench as he watched Jimmer
and Jckson play. I worried that he would be timid. Boy was I wrong. He has
great skills, he knows it and he is ready to show what he can do, without being
over-anxious.Our frontcourt has strong upper classmen, but has great
depth with freshmen that can play.Other schools seem to find
freshman that can come in and make strong contributions their first year. BYU
can now claim the same thing in these young men - Anson Windor, Matt Carlino,
Demarcus Harrision, Nate Austin, Josh Sharp, Austin Nelson.WOW!
Everyone needs to get off of UTAH's case and let them regroup. It is just wrong
the way they are being peppered when they are so far down. The
so-called Ute fans should keep the comments about everyone positive when their
team is hurting so bad and not draw negative attention to themselves. It is
just plain sad to see these commentors saying things that will bring negative
attention to the poor performance of their PAC 12 team. I love the
Pac 8 that has grown to be the PAC 12. UTAH and all of us who live here should
be proud that they are in that conference. Now let us help encourage them to
improve the team to compete in a way that brings honor to the state. This was a once proud squad and will be again. I look forward to that day and
will encourage as much as possible. May BYU and UTAH beat them all and when they
play each other, may the games be epoch again.
I looked up sagarinand BYU is 75, not 129. Clearly they were lowered after
winning on Tuesday.
It is very hard to get a feel for how good a team is going to be when it has so
many freshman & inexperienced returning players.Thus far, I am
very impressed with DeMarcus Harrison & Anson Winder. Winder has a beautiful
shot -- did anyone else see his turnaround 3-point jump shot last night? And wow, has Stephen Rogers improved or what? He looked over-matched at
times last season but I think he's capable of scoring 15 points a game with 8
boards. And then everyone returns next year and Tyler Haws returns
from his mission (I don't think any of these frosh have missions planned).
atl134Reduced to using conference smack?For a Utah
basketball fan, that's just plain sad.
Guys:Honor Code and Doug 10 are USU fans not Utah fans.
CougFaninTX"I don't understand why Zylstra is starting over
Rogers. Rogers is the leading scorer in 12 minutes of play? Play Rogers for 30
minutes a game and his point total will look like Fredette."Zylstra is starting over Rogers because Coach Rose wants to have a high scorer
coming off the bench.Winder is looking very good; he still has a lot
to learn about BYU's offense, but he's got talent, and he and Harrison are going
to be another dynamic duo before they finish they're careers at BYU. With
Carlina joining the team in mid-December and Cusick's toughness, BYU is going to
have a very deep and talented group of point guards.
atl134If you're going to cite Sagarin ratings, you need to look a
little closer at the details:#7 PAC12 - central mean 78.93, simple
average 78.47#12 WCC - central mean 75.55, simple average 76.05The Top 2 teams in the WCC are ranked higher #12 Saint Mary's and
#17 Gonzagathan the Top 2 teams in the PAC12#21
California and #23 Washingtonbut your most glaring omissions#77 BYU#100 Utah State#111 Weber State#222 Utah
Valley#239 Utah#271 So UtahCongratulations, Utah is
still ahead of So Utahbtw, according to Sagarin, Utah hasn't
officially won a game yet; sorry, U will have to do better than beating an NAIA
team by 3 points to put a W in the W/L column
Can't wait to invade the Jenny Craig Arena Big Time
@still blue after all these years"P.S. did anyone see that Mizzou
beat Cal (Pac 12 favorite to win league) by 39? The WCC might be better than the
Pac 12 in basketball. "The WCC is not better than the PAC-12.
The Sagarin rankings have the Pac-12 7th for conferences (behind all the
football AQ divisions, and the Atlantic-10) and the WCC 12th (behind the 7
noted, also Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Conference USA, and Horizon).Pac-12 schools21. California 23. Washington 34. Washington State
36. Arizona 55. Stanford 80.Oregon 82.Oregon State 119.Colorado 174.USC 195.UCLA
208.Arizona State 239.UtahWCC schools12. Saint Mary's 17.
Gonzaga 77. BYU 129. Portland 154. Santa Clara 164. San Francisco 206. Loyola
Marymount 254. Pepperdine 272. San DiegoThe Sagarin rankings use a
central mean to generate conference rank so it's the middle schools in each
conference that weight the most. Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, and Colorado
are just ranked higher than Portland, Santa Clara, and San Francisco so it's the
Pac-12's depth that makes it the superior conference.
Ute trolls, commenting on BYU boards. And talking about basketball none the
less. A Ute mocking BYU's schedule.....My gosh, pay attention there Jethro, and
get the car key outta your ear. You've already lost to 2 division 2 schools. But
of course I've missed the point,,,,we're from the mighty Pac 10, everyone we
schedule is a force to be reckoned with, BYU being the exception...anyone can
beat them. As a matter of fact we're so superior we no longer play the
Aggies.....we are now consumed with The Adams Family...er,er,um, I mean Adams
dalefarrDon't read the article, don't go on the comment board and
don't comment if you don't care...me thinks you care but are discouraged with
your schools performance...but then, I don't care.
I can not beleive that Ute followers are knocking the BYU basketball team
knowing what Utah is putting on an empty Huntsman Center basketball
I don't care.
To the uninformed kids on the hill: BYU didn't schedule Longwood or
Prairie View A&M; they're simply the first two opponents in the Chicago
Invitational Challenge which will continue in the Sears Centre in Chicago
against Nevada on Friday, with the winner of that game likely playing #11
Wisconsin for the tournament championship.------------------Nice job Cougars - five players in double figures and 20 assists on 41
made baskets. This is going to be a very fun team to watch as they develop into
a very good team by the time conference games begin.
Friday and Saturday should be good tests to see where BYU is really at. I don't
think anyone would pick them to beat Wisconsin but if they can beat Nevada on
Friday and play Wisconsin well, that would be a very good weekend for a team
that is 50% Freshmen.I won't say much to the Ute fans trying to talk
smack here other than losing to Adams State and Montana State should be enough
to keep them away for now. I remember Roger Reids last year at BYU so I won't
say anything more other than I hope Utah can come together and win some games.
@QD Great post.
Good wins, playing Winder is proving to be a very good decision. I still think
we need more consistency game to game from everyone not named after an old
testament prophet. We've got to go prove it on the road now and continue to
get better every week. But this team has potential to win a conf title and one
or two in the NCAA tournament. P.S. did anyone see that Mizzou
beat Cal (Pac 12 favorite to win league) by 39? The WCC might be better than
the Pac 12 in basketball.
Doug10 No, BYU was unable to get Payson on their schedule...in fact
Payson and most of the 2A, 3A and some 4A schools have already booked with the
University of Utah...so this could be a good season for Utah as they are
projected to go 14 -11 with these schools.
Scoring spree against what?
As a Crimson Club member I wish my team could pound the Pee Wee Teams too. I
wish we coud pound anyone. Can we schedule Payson High?
H.C.That's right, the Y does pound the pee wee teams. However, your
team apparently is the pee wee team for other schedules.
I am so impressed that someone gets up at 6:02 a.m. just to post an anti-BYU
remark.Great win. Have to play'em as they come.
Did the COugars manage to get Payson high school on their schedule this year?
Great job Cougars, you're continue to pound these PEE WEE teams you schedule.
Can't wait til you're back in the NCAA Tournament Bracket in 20 years from now!
Congratulations Cougars!More and more BYU is developing the teamwork
that will carry them to another great season. Rogers had a great night scoring a
career high 18 coming off the bench, but the most impressive things about this
game was seeing BYU push the ball up the floor, crisp ball movement, draining
3's, and having 4 players scoring in double figures.The zone defense
was very effective, except for giving up too many offensive rebounds. Gotta work
on boxing out.Nevada will be a good game to hone their skills a
little more before a possible matchup against one of their biggest tests this
season, Wisconsin.Good luck in Chicago Cougars!
@uthoops - you're right, we are having quite a season. And we didn't lose to
Adams State.Hartsock and Abouo are solid and consistent.Davies is a little bit streaker, but he will average a double, double by year
end.Winder is the PG or backup depending on Carlino.I
don't understand why Zylstra is starting over Rogers. Rogers is the leading
scorer in 12 minutes of play? Play Rogers for 30 minutes a game and his point
total will look like Fredette. Harrison has the most potential on
the team.Austin and Sharp are very good backups, especially
considering they are Freshmen.