BYU men's basketball: Cougars return home after splitting road trip to the Northwest

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  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    Jan. 29, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Cinci Man,
    I agree with you. I wonder if Haws feels a lot of self inflicted pressure because he feels he doesn't have much help, so he forces the issue. Because Zylstra and Carlino have been playing better, he should make a better effort to get them involved when he has the ball.

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    I enjoy BYU basketball but I get frustrated when Davies (especially) or Haws feel like they need to shoot when there are 3 or four guys around them. I would guess that the Y loses the ball in at least 8 of those situations per game. They probably don't count as turnovers but should. I think if the y would quit forcing things when they don't need to it would make them better. Gonzaga took advantage of the Y in every area. Of course they are a couple of steps above the Y in talent. I noticed against Portland there were several times when we forced it with hurried shots or bad shots which a good team would make us pay. Sorry to be so negative. I like the Y. I just don't see a lot of improvement going on.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Jan. 28, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    Look out N.I.T. Here come the Cougs!

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Jan. 28, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    He sure did make a great shot. And if he had made the other players better by running plays that get the ball into the hands of the open guys, he would not have missed 8 shots including missing both 3-pointers. How many of his 16 shots were rushed? How many had to be rushed? I'll stick with my talking points. And I agree with Esquire too.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 28, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    @ phantomblade- Interesting point about Carlino. I wasn't aware of that. I just wish I felt more comfortable each time he touches the ball. I don't! He causes my blood pressure to rise! :) "BYU still has a slim chance of making the tournament ..." I agree & agree that your "Ifs" are slim. Looks like this may be an NIT year. I hope I'm wrong. Just looking at things a bit more realistically.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    Way to earn a split over 2 quality opponents. We still have a good shot at the NCAA tourney.

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    Jan. 28, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    Cinci Man,
    It looked like Haws hit a pretty pressure packed shot against St. Mary's. A slump with a lot of defensive attention is different thatn letting pressure get to you. Especially when Haws has little help, including, from Davies. "Esquire" has it right.

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 28, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    So. Cal Reader

    Carlino has actually been more consistent than either Davies or Haws since BYU began conference play. If Haws had gotten his season scoring average at Gonzaga, BYU would have won.

    BYU still has a slim chance of making the tournament, IF, the Cougars can win out (beating SMC on the road and Gonzaga at home - difficult, but not impossible), or by winning the WCC tournament.

    Jan. 28, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    @So. Cal Reader, I agree that Haws is not playing as well. I was wondering the same that there may be something wrong with him physically that we are not aware of (i.e. sickness, injury, etc.). However, I also keep thinking that it is still his first year back from the mission. I know he was playing much better at the beginning of the year than he is right now, and seemed to be in much better shape. But still needs more time to get back to where he should be after the mission.

    Either way, good game to the Cougs in Portland. Just wish we could play well against St. Mary's and Gonzaga. Seem to do well against the others, but need to get over that hump with the better teams.

    Go Cougs!

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 28, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    Nice performance against Portland as the Cougs should have shown. Now the key is how consistent can Davies and Carlino be against the rest of the WCC competition. Also, am I the only one who thinks there may be something wrong/hurt about Haws, or is he simply in a multi-game funk? He shots selection and, especially, execution hasn't been as good of late, and he's definitely missing more of his free throws.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    Against good teams, shut down Davies and Hawes, and BYU loses. This will continue until the rest of the team steps up.

    Jan. 28, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    "The kid that ejected was the most exciting part of the game. Ready for the Y to beat someone besides the ones they are supposed to beat. Either way, this team has overachieved this season."

    They've overachieved by losing to the four good / two average teams they've faced?

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 2:38 a.m.

    The kid that ejected was the most exciting part of the game. Ready for the Y to beat someone besides the ones they are supposed to beat. Either way, this team has overachieved this season.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Jan. 27, 2013 9:30 p.m.

    As I said earlier, Tyler lets pressure get him down. It's easy to criticize that, but it wasn't meant that way. It's just an observation that some have about Tyler. Time and maturity will help him overcome this weakness. Somehow he has to learn that you win and lose as a team. It's not all about one guy. If he does his best to make other payers better, he'll find himself more at ease and confident in his contribution. He doesn't have to make all the points. He doesn't have to take every shot. He needs to make the opther players better but improving his own skill at dishing to the right people at the right time. He is expected to be the scorer, 'tis true, but he is part of a team. Take it to the team Tyler. And good luck this week Cougars!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 27, 2013 7:44 p.m.

    Sharp was awesome in both games. I love the way he plays. I hope his efforts are contagious. What a great player!