MiP, these are all projections but, as they run BYU is in whether or not you
like it.I do however think it is likely BYU will play Gonzaga twice
more and they definitely need to win one of those two in order to feel good
about their chances. They are currently (1-4) against the RPI top 50 and (1-6)
probably will not do it. Now, Nevada and Oregon continuing to win
will help but, I'm not sure either will crack the top 50.
First of all, I wouldn't think about the ncaa tournament. They need to mix up
their playing style when those 3's don't fall for them. One game at a time and
better win them all at wcc tourney. Some players (young ones) need to stop being
selfish and let those bigs do most of inside game. Sure, I would love to see our
Cougars goto the ncaa if they do well toward the end.
Can anyone tell me why not shooting more than 5 3-pointers a game [right now] is
not an option? I'm not saying they shouldn't be shooting mid-range jumpers, but
they're killing themselves during this drought (and still winning games). How
about a few jab-step-fakes at the 3 line and blowing by their defenders? It's
bball 101, friends. Not to mention that they have 2 of the best big men
(arguably) in the west. More touches for Davies and Hartsock should = more
"A loss in Spokane keeps the Cougs in 3rd, puts the Cougs back on the
bubble"CFinTx, Back? Sorry to tell you, but BYU IS on the
bubble. Which is why one week Lunardi has them as an '11 seed', then the next
week out, then the next an '11 seed,' etc. Lunardi had St. Mary's in and out all
season last year---and they were left out, despite a stellar record and quality
wins. If anything, a win at Gonzaga and BYU will be off the bubble,
presuming wins in SF and SC ---a loss, and they'll be needing the WCC tourney to
get in. That's the bubble.
If BYU's shooting from behind the arc catches fire, watch out, they will create
some noise in March. The 3 point loss to a very good Baylor team showed me what
this team is capable of. They just need to find a way to be consistent.The game against the Zags in Spokane should be a good one. A win in
Spokane most likely means a 2nd place finish in the WCC. A loss in Spokane
keeps the Cougs in 3rd, puts the Cougs back on the bubble, and sets up a likely
rematch with the Zags in the semis.Exciting times ahead!
Notice that up to the USD game, BYU was shooting about 40% from 3-point land.
That percentage would put them in the top 15 3-point-shooting teams today.
Compare BYU's 16% with the worst-shooting team (for the season), Grambling
State, who is shooting 26%. If they had continued shooting 40%, they would have
scored an additional 78 points in these 6 games. Significant? Yes.But, BYU is 4-2 over those 6 games, including wins over VT and Zaga. So, they
got that going for them. Which is nice. Considering.