The article says, "The Cougars were more effective, and more efficient,
offensively than they were at Saint Mary's." Of course. They were
playing a much weaker team than St. Marys. You would expect them to do better.
BYU has to learn how to play effective and efficient (both offensively and
defensively) against the good teams, not just when they're playing against
@jessie ventura ute"...Do you think Pacific would beat UVU at
home? It would have to be a pretty mediocre team to lose at home to UVU,
right?"*********************Pretty tough talk for a fan of a
team that came within a whisker of losing to that same UVU team (the utes
trailed with 2 minutes to go). BTW, this is the same ute team that lost in
Hawaii to the 6th place team in the WCC who just lost to a team that BYU beat by
30 points... Ahhh 30 point losses... How did y'all do against the
WCC's 3rd place team last year in the NCAA Tourney? Nevermind...Some ute fans love to chest pump over the difficulty of the big bad pac12...
Actually it's the same stuff we heard last year when 7 pac12 teams got an
invite to the Tourney... The sad part is that 6 of those 7 were sent home after
the first weekend... In my book that would seem to be the definition of
"overrated"... Hopefully the Selection Committee paid attention and will
adjust appropriately in March of this year... If a team loses by 30 points in
their Conference Tourney and then loses by another 25 points to a lower seed in
the Tourney that probably means they were a a bad selection.
Minnie Ute Upsets happen, but let's not forget, U barely beat
that same UVU team.
This article is about Elijah Bryant. Why do so many of U have to turn it into a
BYU vs U thing? Let's face it, both U and Y are bubble teams this year,
depending on whether PAC gets 6 or 7 and whether WCC gets 3.I knew
BYU wouldn't reach the potential of the talent on their team until 2 years
from now, but I did think we would be further along than we are. Mika has
exceeded expectations, now I have to hope he sticks around for his Sr season.
Emery, Childs, and Haws are not at the level I thought they would be. They are
good, but not great. Maybe I thought all Top 100 played like Kentucky's
Freshmen?Hopefully Bryant will be the missing link that helps this
team reach their potential. For the first time, he looked good against
Pacific. Now he needs to make an impact against the Zags and Gaels.
@jelloMy starting five would be Mika, Childs, Bryant, Emery and Rose
with the first three of the bench of Haws, Beo and Kaufusi.-------------I actually like having Bryant coming off the bench
and keeping Haws in the starting lineup. Haws has a really strong chemistry with
Mika and along with Rose do a good job of getting the offense going through the
post. Bryant struggles with "me-first" tendencies much like Emery and
having both of those guys starting and trying to establish their own games first
might come at the expense of Mika.Plus Bryant has a little more
aggressive mindset offensively, much like Skyler Halford did, and would be a
good change of pace coming off the bench about the time opposing starters hit
the wall and sub out and their 2nd string enters the game. Halford was really
valuable in this role and having a physical, tough, aggressive, attack-the-rim
player like Bryant to throw in the mix would be a real asset.
@Doctor CI disagree. Kaufusi would have been lost with St.
Mary's. Gonzaga on the other hand with Karnowsky he will help. As to
Emery, he is fine on some but not on others with his D. Light years ahead of
Haws, but if we are strictly talking D, both Beo, Bryant and Guinn play better.
Also I saw very little doubling down low against Saint Mary's. What I did
see was matador defense and following the ball around with their eyes instead of
playing their man. Sometimes some players forget that a lot of basketball
happens away from the ball and that is where Saint Mary's beat us.
Utah's out of conference SOS: 328BYU's out of conference
SOS: 199Just saying.BYU took care of business. The game
was never in doubt. Backups played more than 10 minutes of the 2nd half. So
far, BYU has just one ugly loss. Too bad there aren't more resume builders
left on their schedule. That's not really BYU's fault. Heck, even if
they were still in the MWC, there would be fewer resume building
opportunities.Just take them one at a time and don't worry
about anything else.
I don't think we need Childs offense as much as we need Kaufusi's
defense, big presence and rebounding. They better get Kaufusi in a lot and ready
to compete against Gonzaga and St. Mary's. Emery is actually a very good
defender as evidenced by his recent shut down of the opposing teams best guards.
He is quick, fast and tenacious. I think with Kaufusi and Mika down low the
guards can stay out and defend the 3 rather than doubling down in the paint, and
Bryant can defend the 1,2and 3.
I agree that Kaufusi will be big for this team by conference tournament time,
but I still like Childs to start as he has a much larger upside on offense. My
starting five would be Mika, Childs, Bryant, Emery and Rose with the first three
of the bench of Haws, Beo and Kaufusi. I think having Haws and Emery on the
court at the same time for most of the game takes away from each of their
effectiveness. They are too similar of players many times trying to spot up at
the same places or running off of the same screens. And both have trouble
defending guards with either quickness or size.
@Uteanymous - Salt Lake City, UtahJan. 9, 2017 8:58 a.m.Minnesota UtePacific would DESTROY most of the teams Utah played
in November and December, including Northwest Nazarene and Concordia.............................Do you think Pacific would beat UVU at
home? It would have to be a pretty mediocre team to lose at home to UVU, right?
Bryant looked really good on Saturday. He is quick, tall and handles the ball
really well. He can also defend and get to the rack. I would like to see him
improve on getting assists but that should come with more playing time. He will
be critical to this teams success and should be starting. Kaufusi is also the
other important piece. Corbin is the best athlete on this team who happens also
to be the biggest. We need him to match up defensively with the biggest man on
the other team and allow Mika to roam a bit and block shots. Coach Rose start:
Mika, Kaufusi down low, Bryant, Nick and TJ up top and then Rose and Childs and
Beo off the bench. This team could be special.
@JohnInSLC - Cottonwood Heights, UTJan. 8, 2017 9:52 p.m."Spare us the sanctimony; BYU 'fans' dominated the comments by
bagging on Utah's win over ASU earlier in the day. Clean up your own
backyard first."2 out of 11 comments on the Utah article were
BYU fans discussing schedule. 6 out of 17 comments on this article are Ute fans
hammering BYU's opponent. Seems your #2 ranking in most
obsessed fan base is not in any jeopardy any time soon.
@Rikitikitavi - Cardston, AlbertaJan. 8, 2017 9:25 p.m."Bryant is a huge key to success for BYU. His performance Thurs was
dismal. Hope his turnaround Sat vs Pacific is the start of an amazing season for
this promising young athlete."I didn't think is performance
on Thursday was bad at all. He's still knocking a little rust off, but the
stat sheet doesn't tell all the story. He is that defender that we need to
stay with the other team's guy and match up physically and with
quickness.By the end of the year if Rose makes the right moves with
this team, they just might make the dance and the two players most responsible
will be Mika and Bryant.
Minnesota UtePacific would DESTROY most of the teams Utah played in
November and December, including Northwest Nazarene and Concordia.
JohnInSLCSpare us the hypocrisy.Utah cancels the game at
BYU and schedules the 340th easiest OOC schedule in the country, almost entirely
at home, then our whiny little brothers complain about BYU playing
scheduled home-and-home conference games, including two Top 25 teams.
Sweater In RaftersIt's kinda like the Ute's pre-conference
schedule except for BYU plays half of the games on the road and the Cougars play
two Top 25 teams home-and-home, instead playing nothing but a bunch of gimmes at
Wow!!! They beat powerhouse Pacific in Provo!!! How impressive!!!
As usual some folks miss the point. It's not that some ute fans come on to
BYU articles and comment... It's that the criticism is about stuff that
their own team is guilty of... When ute fans criticize SOS it would help if they
understood what their own schedule looks like (it's every bit as weak)...
When these same folks want to poke at WCC competition it would be more credible
if they knew how their team had performed against the Conference and the teams
from that conference. That's not being sanctimonious, that's simply
pointing out the obvious.
"some ute fans come on a BYU article and trash talk BYU's
schedule"Spare us the sanctimony; BYU 'fans' dominated
the comments by bagging on Utah's win over ASU earlier in the day. Clean
up your own backyard first.
Bryant is a huge key to success for BYU. His performance Thurs was dismal. Hope
his turnaround Sat vs Pacific is the start of an amazing season for this
promising young athlete.
It's humorous how some ute fans come on a BYU article and trash talk
BYU's schedule... The utes got beat this year by a team that is in 6th
place and falling in the WCC on a neutral court, they were killed by the 3rd
place team in the WCC last year to end their season in the round of 32, and 2
years before that (when they played a similar SOS as they are playing today)
they captured a low seeding in the NIT where they lose by double digits (again)
to the WCC's 3rd place team ending their season (another one and done).Their trash talk of BYU's schedule and performance simply makes me
smile. For "criticisms" to have substance they have to have some
substance and they need to come from folks who don't reside in glass
houses. But then, that would require a small bit of logic.Cal State
Riverside, Montana State, Prarieview A&M, Stephen F Austin... Need I go
on?Oh, and BTW... You want to take shots at Pacific or Loyola Maymont?
Let's talk about OSU and Stanford... Now there's two powerhouses.
@ GoRedPerhaps you'd explain why Utah played nobody this year
then gets beaten by Arizona. Their soft preseason schedule didn't seem to
help much. Wonder what their SOS is. They'll be bringing down UCLA and
USC's SOS, unfortunately.@ other crybabiesThis BYU
team has potential but they're so young they can't keep it together
against more mature teams. I'm pretty sure St Mary's is the real deal.
So is Gonzaga, UCLA and USC. Good for them. I think BYU will catch up but
they'll be in 3rd again this year. Maybe win the NIT this year?
Great job Cougars!Once again they prove that they "...
don't lose to teams that their not suppose to..."
Those haircuts....One day they will look back at the roman helmet
look and cringe...
Bryant is knocking the rust off. For BYU to make the Dance, he needs to be in
the starting lineup. Child's seems to have lost his way a little.
Good job! You managed to beat another bad team with a losing record.
Maybe the loss to St. Mary's was planned so they would keep their high
ranking until BYU can get them at home and pummel them and Gonzaga late in the
season? Hmmm not likely. BYU can win every game left outside those two teams and
it will not matter. The pedal to the metal and rhen to the pavement are the two
teams BYU is behind. BYU needs a split with both. No top 25 wins means NIT
Nice win. It's kind of like retirement for the rest of the season. Nice
relaxing season schedule.Low stress!
BYU convincingly beat Pacific with the bench playing 15 minutes but maybe not
good enough because BYU's ranking on KenPom dropped.Losing to
better opponents and beating weaker opponents doesn't really help your
rankings much. Still, I am looking forward to continued improvement by BYU, go
A solid victory against a team that is projected to finish last in the