I have been saying this for a half of a season about Kaufusi. I am just so
glad that Dave Rose has come around with getting a physical presence in the
game. I think this has held back many very good Dave Rose teams in the past.
We have the WCC to thank for showing Dave the light. I would like to think
some of our comments helped, but that would probably not be the truth. But you
Every conference has different styles of play and the WCC is more physical while
the refs call things a little different so we need to adjust, especially since
we really don't have a center (#5). Davies is good, but he is a power
forward, not really a center. Kaufusi is the best we could do on short notice
and he actually plays better than I thought he would. Don't think for a
minute that opposing players don't know what they are doing when they
charge him, they know it is likely he will get the foul. A few of those opposing
players have been surprised at how solid he is which has made them think twice
about charging in against him again.Admittedly he is a little
awkward which is to be expected for someone so large. It would probably take at
least a couple years of hard work to turn him into a center and he IS a good
athlete. Normally I wouldn't expect him back next year but I haven't
noticed a recruit to replace Davies and Kaufusi unless Mika doesn't go on a
mission right away.
Well, it seems like my comment was not posted. So go Cougs. Please, just
hit all your free throws.
@rafinsure - "Cougar basketball needs to change its style of play and begin
recruiting outside the Wasatch Front."Why? Do you like watching
schools like Utah pass it around for 30 seconds and score 50 points? And as for
recruiting, the #1 high school team in the nation is from the Wasatch Front, and
the top 3 players on that team are coming to BYU (Mika, Emery, Haws).But just for balance, BYU also has the #1 high school player from Washington
(Chatman), #1 from Idaho (Shaw), #1 from Colorado (Calvert) and will likely get
#1 from Arizona (Dastrup). Along with top players from Oklahoma (Hartsock),
Wisconsin (Worthington) and California (Nielsen). And still hoping Chapman
(another Utah player) commits.Just curious, who is BYU missing out
on? I'm sure Mr. Rose would love your insight.There is
absolutely nothing wrong with BYU recruiting or their style of play. This year
and next year could be a little down (if you call 23 wins a down season), but
look for the Cougs to dance deep into the NCAA in 2015 and beyond with some
more 30 win seasons.
Tom in CAVallejo, CA" ..... I'd say Utah has a better
chance of winning the Pac 12 tournament than you guys do of beating both St.
Mary's and Gonzaga ..... "Chrissy - that is pretty
profound. Says a lot about your weak bcs conference Chrissy. _________Since Coug fans enjoy stats, here is one. All but one
school in the PAC has made it to the final four. BYU has never been there. Stop
losing at home to the bottom feeders of the WCC. And then come back and talk
" ..... I'd say Utah has a better chance of winning the Pac 12
tournament than you guys do of beating both St. Mary's and Gonzaga .....
"Chrissy - that is pretty profound. Says a lot about your weak
bcs conference Chrissy. Re: Kaufusi:I like it when the
defender hits the floor, and Kaufusi looks down on him like a sacked QB.
Re: Spokane Ute- "BYU will end up in the NIT, and that's not all that
bad." I don't care much for your colors, but I couldn't agree with
you more. The Cougs go into every season with the NCAA Tourney as the goal. NIT
is not looked at as a "goal." But, under the circumstances of how
they've played, that's the best they can realistically hope for.
Let's stop blaming the officials. WCC ball is very different from Mountain
West ball. It's more aggressive and up tempo. It's more East
Coast/LA/Bay Area style. BYU fans need to stop moaning and groaning, and just
realize that Cougar basketball needs to change its style of play and begin
recruiting outside the Wasatch Front. Cougar basketball can recruit some non LDS
players from the West Coast, East Coast, or Europe who are willing to live the
university's standards. The football team does it all the time. Finally, I
love the Cougars, but their chances of winning the WCC are pretty slim. A third
place finish and a NIT invitation are more reasonable. It's time to call
this season a wash and move onto football. :0)
Normally I'd be pulling for BYU up until they play Gonzaga (assuming). But
after watching Kafusi thug his way through the Gonzaga game, and Rose leaving
him in the game; I hope the Cougars get knocked out early. Kafusi has no
business on the court; he's hockey's equivalent of an enforcer; he
knock opponents down; than stands over them and taunts them. He needs to stick
to football, where his opponent can punch him back. BYU will end up in the NIT,
and that's not all that bad.
Kaufusi needs to learn the art of flopping like Olynck does when Kaufusi guards
him. Drive willy nilly to the basket, drop your shoulder into the chest of your
opponent and then flop to the floor and act hurt and the refs will always bail
you out with a "flagrant foul".
Why am I not surprised that Chris B would show up here with another derogatory
BYU comment and as always, bring up the Utes, who have absolutely nothing to do
with this article? Your MO is getting old, Chris. But just to set the record
straight, and as one commenter just mentioned, the Y's 4 percent chance is
higher than Utah's zero percent chance in their PAC tournament. Kaufusi is a stud! Certainly more-so than being a dirty player. Plain and
simple, basketball is a very physical game... especially in the paint. Kaufusi
is a great answer to opponents that start playing the Cougs a little too
physical in the paint. He sometimes fouls hard, but never intends to hurt
anyone, nor has he. Nor does he ever taunt his opponent afterwards. He seems to
have the right combination of physical play, intimidation and class.I really believe that, even though the odds are very much against them, the
Cougars will give a better showing than most people, including many fans, are
Crissy,Utah has 0% chance of winning the PAC10.2 tourney because they
won't even be invited. There's the PAC 10.2 cellar and then there are
two teams that are even lower than the cellar. Unfortunately you are one of
them. Enjoy your BCS membership as long as you can.
I have no problem with playing to the crowd or engaging in a little bit of
theatrics, but only if you're a big-time player. When Lebron James passes
the ball back to a fan after the fan has retrieved the ball and tossed it to
LBJ, that's kind of cool. He have the guy a little thrill and showed
he's having fun while torching the league.If you're Brock
Zylstra? Maybe you just get back on defense. He mugs and celebrates after every
made three like it's the greatest moment of his life. I guess when you get
so few highlights, you exaggerate them. I'm sure the fans he high-fived
will be telling their grandkids about it. "When I was in college, Brock
Zylstra touched me!"
whats up with all the harsh words cougar fans??Im a byu fan as well,
but have come to the conclusion, from about game #10, this is not as good a BYU
teamNo Jimmer,Lost two big guys collinsworth and the tall wing
player to season ending injuries. They stil have won 21 games people. They
are clearly mismatched against GonzagaSaint marys won on a half court
shot. I mean yes they havent looked great, but who else will shoot
the ball if haws, carlino, and davies doesnt...Cusick? Airball
remember?winder... nosharp... nozylstra... streakyaustin.... nope.kaufusi... nopeSo I mean be happy they have
won games, and still be in alot of games as well.
With a 1-8 record against St. Mary's and Gonzaga the past 2 years, I think
I know where my money will be.I'd say Utah has a better chance
of winning the Pac 12 tournament than you guys do of beating both St.
Mary's and Gonzaga!
"There needs to be a difference and there will be a difference,” said
Zylstra. “It started with the Saint Mary’s game and that is what it
needs to be, to have an edge, when nobody expects us to win.”The problem is that BYU played very well against SMC and Gonzaga, but came
away empty. Giving everything you have, coming so close, and still losing is
tough in the psychie. I think BYU has a chance if they play those teams as well
as they did with one exception. They have to be able to score field goals in the
final minutes of the game. That means Davies must play smart and avoid foul
trouble because nobody else on this team is as good as he is at creating their
Love my Cougs but this team doesn't have the basketball IQ or the heart to
win the WCC tournament. But go Cougs!
“Somebody told us our chances of winning the tournament was 4
percent,” said senior forward Brock Zylstra. “That motivates us to
get going. Nobody thinks we have a chance to win it.” If our Cougs play
like they have in conf. play, there is no chance they'll win the
tournament.So, Zylstra also says "There needs to be a difference
and there will be a difference,” said Zylstra. “It started with the
Saint Mary’s game and that is what it needs to be, to have an edge, when
nobody expects us to win.” And what difference or edge is that? Since
their first game against St. Mary's, we've gone 7-6; since the 2nd
game? 1-2. Yep. Some edge.
If the refs do it right for the first time, then we win it all.
I'm not a fan of dirty play, but Brock is right they need to be more
physical. Kaufusi is given 5 fouls a game, make them count. Not dirty fouls but
hard fouls at the right time can take their opponents away from their game plan.
I hope that the officials call it closer in the Tourney. BYU players, and
especially Tyler Haws have been getting mugged all year, without fouls being
called. I think tighter calls from officials, will actually help BYU,
especially against St. Mary's who are constantly grabbing and holding Haws
at every turn. Go Cougs.
Cougars would not have needed to play more physical if the WCC officiating were
a little better. It was obvious in the Utah State game that BYU is a decent
team, when the refs are involved in protecting players who get fouled.
Kaufusi's recent aggressiveness is a response to all the non-calls coming
from WCC officials.
I find it ironic that Zylstra would be making comments regarding Kaufusi's
behavior on the court. I guess I'm old school; when you hit a three pointer
you get back on defense. Giving high fives to the fans at courtside doesn't
impress me; playing hard and winning the game gets my attention. As far as the
theatrics go, check out the drama club if that's what you're
interested in. If I want to watch theatrical sports, I'll tune into pro
Kaufusi will not be able to get away with flagrant fouls and physical
intimidation of opponents in Las Vegas. The conference officials are aware of
his behavior and won't tolerate it. He may have to resort to basketball
skills on a neutral court.
Similar articles a few weeks ago with byu players saying they need to play with
more urgency, but that never happened and they really struggled the last few
weeks. I am a big cougar fan but they will be lucky to win one game, better
luck next year cougs and maybe rose will play talent over seniority.
I want to know what happened to the Cougar team that was picked to challenge for
the conference championship at the beginning of the season? did they simply go
Zylstra: "...We are sharing the ball and are more happy in each
other’s successes, which was not the case earlier this season.”What? By my observation, the same 3 players who played selfish at the
beginning of the season, are playing selfish still, at the end of the season.
And we all know who those 3 players are.Maybe a miracle will happen,
but I just don't think this team has it.4%? "So you're
sayin' there's a chance..."