BYU basketball: 3 keys to BYU loss to No. 6 Baylor

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  • baldy Provo, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    I'll make it three out of ten comments--60% free throw shooting killed them. Even 80% would have been 4 more points--freebies at that.

  • Alterego Ogden, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    missed free throws.

  • kokua KAYSVILLE, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    Yes you are correct the 3 things missing were 3 more points. The Rose Cougars without Rogers off the bench points and Carlino's first game handling the ball, they fell to a very good Baylor team by a mere 3 points.

    I see a very bright future for the Rose Cougars in 2011 !

  • BYUHOCKEY American Fork, UT
    Dec. 17, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    #4 was the referees. i was at the game. pathetic reffing....they were inconsistent in their calls. blown calls several times at key opportune situations.

    #5. rogers was missing due to injury.

    #6. carlino's first game.

  • Seattleview Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 17, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    I was very impressed with Davies game. I would love to see him play like that all of the time. The BYU trademark of "turnovers" really cost them the game.

    Zilstra didnt get too many opportunitys. Give credit to Baylor for some of that.

    Harrison also played a better game.

    Better Defense on their their three point shooters and less turnovers.

    a great game to watch.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Dec. 17, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    Overall a good showing by the Cougars.
    I'm impressed.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Dec. 17, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    I think the biggest reason for the loss was too much 1 on 1 inside in the second half. And the refs completely changed the way they were calling the game inside in the 2nd half, it was like a brawl anywhere near the paint.

    @sls, cut this freshman some slack in his 1st game. He also made some huge basket that kept us in the game.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Dec. 17, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    I'm surprised BYU didn't try to get Austin any 3 point looks

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Dec. 17, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    As stated above, missed free throws were a factor. They usually are in close games. But I'm convinced that missing Stephen Rogers, who will be out for about 3 weeks, was crucial. He's good for 10 points per game average, and also plays very good defense. Considering we were just one 3-point shot from going into overtime, there's a very good chance he would've made enough of a difference to have pulled out a win in this one.
    But beyond that, it was a great effort from both teams. I'm convinced that we could beat Baylor at least 2 out of every 5 times, based on how it appeared today. And considering that Baylor is a top-10 in the nation team, that's a real compliment. We are going to be contenders in the WCC and should be a shoe-in for NCAA tournament play. It's going to continue being a fun year... one that will show us getting better and better as the guys become more comfortable in their post-Jimmer positions on the team. Having Carlino available will also be a positive difference. Coach Rose's team usually learn and grow from tough losses. This one too!

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Dec. 17, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Number 2 was the biggest killer, in terms of both lost points and lost momentum. I haven't seen the Cougars commit so many unforced errors in a long, long time.

    One other thought: Carlino seemed to try too much to be what everyone accused Jimmer of doing last year. The new guy took some ill-advised shots without even looking for other players first.

  • Michael2013 PROVO, UT
    Dec. 17, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    I think that the biggest reason BYU lost was missed free throws.