Dick Harmon: BYU basketball locks up 3-seed, earns a much-needed rest

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  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 11:33 p.m.

    Win or lose in the conference tournament it was an outstanding season for a team with only 2 seniors and 8 freshmen, with most of them playing significant minutes. Next year we lose Abuo but if i'm counting right Hawes (who started ahead of abuo as a freshman) returns so that should be a wash or an improvement. Rodgers and Collinsworth should be healthy, Davies should be an beast and with a year under their belts we will see much improved play from returning freshmen Austin, Carlino, Winder, Harrison, Sharp and Cusick who all played meaningful minutes, we will also be gaining Harward a 6-10 center/forward off his redshirt year.

    We just have to wait and see who takes up the slack for losing Hartsock, I think maybe Zylstra will have a breakout year. BYU fans have a lot to look forward to and be excited about for years to come.

  • NW Coug Provo, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 8:09 p.m.

    @ I Bleed

    Agreed. The Basketball team has been remarkably consistent, year to year. Same story with football In fact, same story with the whole athletic program. BYU has never finished outside the top 50 in the Director's Cup since it was started in 1993 or so.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 26, 2012 7:57 p.m.

    Great year and another 25 win season. Very few teams have won 25 or more over the same span of years as BYU has. Great year cougars!!!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    By Abouo "the 24-7 Cougars have a good enough body of work that if they win one game, they'll receive an automatic NCAA bid"

    I wouldn't go there Charles. win them all are a must. The NCAA committees going to look at who will or will not going to be there when comes to injuries or suspension, etc. I think if you do win against Zags in the semi might get you in but not too shure about that either.

  • NW Coug Provo, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    I agree with whats been said. If we lose in vs San Diego, NIT. If we beat them and lose in semis, 11-12 seed in NCAA. If we lose in finals, 10-11 seed, if we win WCC tourney, 8-9 seed. With as inconsistent as our shooting has been, we could beat any team we match up against (under any seed) with good shooting, and easily lose to those same teams with poor shooting.

  • arod Ogden, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    I think BYU ought to beat San Diego on Friday. If not---I agree it is NIT.

    In Las Vegas they ought to have a decent shot of beating Gonzaga Saturday or a least making a good enough showing to safely get into the NCAA tourney. I would dare predict a BYU win over Gonzaga, guarded somewhat based on their health and how well they can bounce back from the night before (back to back games).

    Then Monday a rematch with St. Mary's. If someone can guard Dellavedova I think St. Mary's can be shut down. BYU has had difficulty stopping guards most of the year. I really think Abuou could cause Dellavedova fits if they designed a defense with that match up.

    I think that a win over San Diego probably gives BYU a berth in the big dance. Most of the "bubble" teams have already lost 10-11 games, and BYU would then be at least 25-8.

    Another great point for BYU health wise is the timing: WCC gets over March 3 or 5, and the big dance doesn't begin until March 13, or more likely 15 (depending if they have to play-in on Tuesday in the first round). That means BYU has roughy 10 days off to get healthy for the big dance. That's great! Sure not like the old Mountain West tourney when they were worn out from Thur, Fri, Sat. games and had to start NCAA 5 days later.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Feb. 26, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    Coach Rose continues to allow these terrible shooters cast off long shots whenever they touch the ball. They never run plays this year. They just run around and toss up prayer shots at will. Against most teams in the WCC, their defense is sufficient to keep them in the game, but against any good team in the top 50 in the country, they are just not going to win unless the other team (i.e. Gonzaga last time) plays worse on that particular day. I cannot recall a more frustrating year for fans. It's a little late in the year, but I just betcha that if they would cease and desist throwing up three pointers, their number would improve. Did you see Carlino drive and drive and drive to the basket unmolested, yet not be able to score layups? Why is he playing? If this is a rebuilding year, what are they rebuilding? Davies and Hartsock are all the Cougars have, sad to say.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 11:05 p.m.

    I like our team this year - lots of youth, decent defense, speed on offense and hustle. The shooting needs to get more consistent, but that should work out in time.

    I think BYU must make the final to get into the NCAAs. If they lose in the final to SMC, they get an 11-12 seed. If they somehow figure SMC out and win the tourney, a 9 seed. Lose in their opener and it is NIT time.

    We were very fortunate LMU lost this week.

    The no-Sunday game policy is good and bad. The rest is nice - and obviously BYU wouldn't play a game on Sunday. However, if they make the final, it means little active prep time, while you know the opposition will take in a full day of practice. Maybe not a big deal since everyone has played twice by now though.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 10:29 p.m.

    You know what will really benefit from the rest?

    The shooting arms of the BYU players who consistently cast it up from beyond their range.

    Feb. 25, 2012 10:10 p.m.

    What about Rodgers?