Dick Harmon: Delly awaits visiting Cougar hoop squad

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  • TheOnlyATN Shingle Springs, CA
    Feb. 21, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    An excellent breakdown of both Tyler Haws' phenomenal shot, and then Delly's shot (not a heave) is located at SMCHoops (dot) com. (I can't post the link?)

    "...Delly goes straight at [the defender] and then Euro-steps his way into space. Who does this? As the clock is ending, 40-feet away from the basket, in front of 20,000 hostile fans?"

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Feb. 21, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    Hidden in this article is the truism that WCC refs are allowing the smaller schools to rough up the Cougars for whatever reason. If we had the same officials that called the Utah State game, BYU would get more free throws and the complesion of the game would change as St Mary's realized that they can't foul their way to success.

  • ogmson Mapleton, Utah
    Feb. 21, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    I actually am looking forward to a Santa Claraish performance away from home. BYU is due one big shooting night on the road; They are due one big rebounding performance and they are due being able to out talent a team. Maybe tonight the dues are paid in full.

    If not...

    Well, it's another 20 point loss for my Cougars. BTW, can someone please tell Carlino to stop taking stupid shots and throwing the ball away? Against ST Mary's in Provo, at the start of the 2nd half, we caused an 7/8 point turnaround. Count em: Davies throws up a wide open 3 point brick for the first shot of the half. Followed by a made basket and foul on the defensive side. Followed by a SM two pointer. Sure, it was only 5 made points, but a wide open guard on the Cougar side still had the confidence from the first half to ripple the net. Count em. 7/8 points. That was the end of the game. SM took all the MO and left BYU holding an empty cup. If my beloved Cougars play that dumb tonight the dues will still be owed.

    Feb. 21, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    I could not agree more with mnsave on his post. Davies and Austin are going for charges all the time rather than making smart attempts at blocking shots (even if you don't block them all, you will change more than a few) and then make a strong rebound.

    Out-rebound SMC and BYU will have a chance.
    Out-rebound them and shoot well from outside the arc, and they will have an even better chance.
    Out-rebound SMC, shoot well from outside and defend the 3-pt line well and you SHOULD win.

    Unfortunately, these are the things BYU has needed to do, but couldn't, all season long.

    Feb. 21, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    "Help is on the way. BYU's 2013 recruiting class may be it's best to date, and 2014 could be even better than 2013."

    Emery, Hartsock, Calvert, Ainge, and Shaw will all leave on missions between this year and next. So, the only new players coming in next year are Mika, Worthington, and K Collinsworth. Mika is a good player, but he is not going to replace what Davies brought to the table right out of the gate. Worthington is a skilled player, but will be fighting with Austin and Sharp for minutes right away.

    The guard line could be one of the worst 3-pt shooting groups of all time at BYU with the graduations of Zylstra and Cusick and the poor shooting of Ambrosino, Delgado, Winder and Collinsworth (pre-mission).

    The best thing happening to BYU next year is that the Zags will be depleted (with Stockton, Harris, Dower, and Olynik all graduating) and the Gaels take a big hit losing Dellevadova and Levesque.

    The best year coming will almost certainly be after this year's recruits get back from missions in 2015-2016. That team will have Chatman, Nelson, Emery, Hartsock, Harward, Shaw, Calvert, Collinsworth, & Worthington (?).

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    Feb. 21, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    In the first game Austin drew an offensive foul on Delly. He tried it again and Delly hit an easy 8 footer while Austin, 6'11", is laying flat on his back. This has happened before with Austin and Davis. They are laying on their backs while the other team is getting offensive rebounds. Maybe we ought to worry more about rebounding and playing good defense, rather than drawing offensive fouls.

  • Runner Chandler, AZ
    Feb. 21, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    BYU can do this. If they can just toughen up, take matters into their own hands and not be shoved around by these guys, they will be okay. It may be a big "if" but it's doable.

    Davies would have to play like man and stop flopping, as would Austin, and maybe we could see Kafusi bang around with their bigs.

    If they can man-up, play hard, play mean, and not back down, they'll be okay.

    Cougs by 6

  • Down under Pullman, WA
    Feb. 21, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    If the Y does bring their A game on both ends for the ENTIRE game it will be a blowout. If they do it will be close. GO COUGS and play hard.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    BYU's prospects for an at-large bid to the Big Dance are pretty much dead, but a good showing against Saint Mary's tonight, could give the Cougars the necessary confidence to beat the Gaels in the WCC tournament. Beating Gonzaga is another matter. The Bulldogs are just too good.

    Anything is possible, but the most likely scenario is losing to Saint Mary's and Gonzaga, and beating LMU to finish the regular season 21-10. An quarter-final win in the WCC tourney, a possible upset of Saint Mary's in the semi-finals, and a loss to Gonzaga in the finals.

    23-11 or 22-11 heading into the NIT.

    6 straight 25+ win NCAA tournaments, bookended by 20+ win NIT appearances in Dave Rose's first 8 seasons, not bad.

    Help is on the way. BYU's 2013 recruiting class may be it's best to date, and 2014 could be even better than 2013.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 21, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    The best thing about delley is that he graduates this year. Good luck in the nba, bad boy!

  • rafinsure Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00
    Feb. 21, 2013 6:49 a.m.

    I love my Cougs. However, I'm not keeping my hopes since they are playing on the Gaels' home court, and BYU has issues in so many different areas both offensively and defensively. That was obvious in the Cougars' bare bones win against a Utah State team that isn't very good. Any dream of an invitation to the Big Dance though is out of reach if they don't pull off a "Miracle on 24th Street" during the rest of this season. This includes wins against the Gaels and Zags.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 7:59 p.m.

    Delly is a gritty, confident, never quit player, NBA bound for sure, where he would be very John Stockton-like, a true point guard, and I'd hope Matt Carlino might learn from his efficient style.