Re: TJ "It was obvious from the start that Portlands game plan was to
prevent Hartstock and Davies from getting the ball low and from scoring." I
agree with you. Very good point & observation. I believe that's the
defensive MO for the other WCC teams. If you can disrupt our "bigs"
& put the pressure on our guard play to produce, we've got to knock down our
shorts, and Carlino and company have simply not been doing that. I know they're
a very young team, but if they even want a sniff of NCAA Tourney, they have to
get more consistent guard play from here on out and win the WCC Tournament. If
they don't win the conf. tournament, I don't think there's any way they get an
NCAA Tourney at at-large bid. regarding the fans, it was awesome to
hear on the TV. Chants of "B-Y-U-Cougars" came across loud and clear.
Well done, Cougs fans in the Great Northwest!! I LOVE being able to watch each
game on TV with my boys.
It was obvious from the start that Portlands game plan was to prevent Hartstock
and Davies from getting the ball low and from scoring. It worked for awhile
because the outside shooting was terrible again, shich Portland was probably
counting on. BYU can beat average teams without their outside shots going in as
long as their defense is solid and their transition game is successful. They
likely won't beat Gonzaga in Spokane or either top WCC team in the tournament
unless they can shoot better from outside and that will leave them in the NIT
18 steals against Portland??? Not to be critical... but who outside of Utah is
going to even notice....and if they can't convert a high or even fair percent...
what real significance??? Doesn't diminish the basic premis... that the FG
shooting needs a lot of work...and there isn't much time to reflect on it.
It also seemed like they set a record for missed 3 pointers. The guards have
been awful since mid-December. Something is out of sync.