BYU basketball: Cougars fall to Notre Dame 78-68 in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

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  • kfbob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    If Craig Cusick plays more than 5-7 minutes per game, BYU is in serious trouble. He is steady and doesn't make a lot of mistakes but he is short, slow and can't run. Once or twice per year Cusick hits 3-4 threes in a game. I cant believe that coach Rose has not prepared Raul Delgado to play. Raul is a decent athlete and should be getting a lot more minutes. Cusick is a NAIA caliber player.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 18, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    The guards look great against poor to average teams. Against decent teams they fold. BYU is a middle of the pack team in the WCC this year. I would be very surprised if they ended up in 3rd place.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    I'm sorry but this team is going to struggle this year and probably won't get to the NCAA tourney. They are not big enough - Sharp is not a power forward, Davies always gets in foul trouble, and neither Austin or Harward are yet major college players. Harward may be by his junior year. Haws is really a guard playing forward and our guards cannot shoot a lick,plus against good teams they turn the ball over. Those are the facts and Rose will perform magic to get them to 22wins and 3rd place again in WCC. But that won't get them in tourney.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    I was at this game, and it appeared to me that the guards are not carrying their weight. They seemed afraid to shoot the outside shot, and when they took the shots, they were badly off target. The outside game has to get better. Davies, who seems sullen, can't carry the team. Haws looked good. Free throw shooting was abysmal. Watching Florida State and St. Joseph in the next game was not only more entertaining, but both teams play at a higher level than BYU and Notre Dame. This is not likely to be an inspiring year.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Nov. 18, 2012 6:08 a.m.

    I hope this game sticks in the heads of the team and fans when we are getting big headed about how good BYU is when playing sub-par teams in the WCC in the Marriott Center in February. Our team is still not ready for prime time. Like the football team, they just lack the desire to win and don't play smart. Forget the fact we we don't match up athletically. Desire and focus can make up for other gaps.

    BYU had better bring its "A" Game the next time it wants to play in NYC.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 2:07 a.m.

    The competition outside of the Rockies is just too tough for this group.

    It's very telling when the leading scorer on the team has played the least of anyone else on the team in the past two years.

    The rest of the group better man up!

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.

    Memo to Coach Rose; it makes no sense to sit Davies down with two fouls, keep him in the game and tell him, "Brandon, if you foul out you don't play anymore in this game, can you understand that?" Davies has a bizarre knack, since his freshman season, to commit really dumb, early fouls. He's now a senior and he's still making the same early, dumb fouls. Is he a slow learner, or can Rose not communicate with Davies or teach him to not do dumb stuff?

    I think BYU will be mediocre until Tyler and his little brother, and Nick Emery are on the floor together. I give up on Davies, he is important to this team, but just gets into foul trouble and watches the rest of the game from the bench.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 18, 2012 1:34 a.m.

    Once again, poor shooting combined with poor defense.

    As Carlino goes, so goes the team. I know this kid has it in him to be great. What is the matter? Is he a head case?

    Bright spots-- Haws and Sharpe. Haws really was the only offense in the second half. I really don't think Davies' foul trouble made that much of a difference. He wasn't that effective when he was in (except at the very start).

    Decent teams shoot a high percentage against us because our defense is poor, especially Zylstra.