BYU basketball: Cougars doing part to bring excitement back to college basketball

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  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 6:14 p.m.

    I loved seeing BYU fans making comments and constructive criticism on this post. Way to go! Sometimes these comments get way too negative with opposing trolls. Just sayin'. Love it Cougar fans!

    Go Cougars!

  • Gone fishin PAC Country, WA
    Nov. 13, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    I like what I see so far offensively. Defense needs work. Our young big guys will get better with each game especially playing a tough schedule like they are. The utes could take a lesson on scheduling.

  • Daved6 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    The biggest bright spots in my eyes so far is Haws developed strength and three point shooting. That is huge, adding that to what he brought last year. And Carlino looks about twice as good as he was last year. That type of improvement is way cool. Good job guys.

    Defensively they're going to struggle, i think. Interior defense looks abysmal. But that can improve. Simply get guys to be in the right spots, basically.

    I'm eager to see more from their bench. After their two starter big men they are pretty thin. Sharpe and Worthington are fillers and nothing more at this point. I hope they improve drastically as guys coming off the bench. We'll need them.

  • Staythecourse Ogden, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    I have really been enjoying watching BYU basketball for many reasons.

    1. They play an uptempo style ball
    2. They have balanced scoring and can shoot from the outside (Jazz take note of this one)
    3. Dave Rose is a great coach but even a better person.
    4. The players just play and are respectful and show good sportsmanship.
    5. Tyler Haws is just plain fun to watch shoot the ball. Not many players have the intermediate shooting range he has. (Hayward take note of this one)
    6. Strong bench, very deep, with teams getting in foul trouble this year, don't underestimate bench play.

    Go Cougars!!!

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Nov. 13, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    Dastrup signing with BYU is icing on the cake - kudos to Dave Rose. The future looks mighty bright in Provo.

  • Midwestcoug Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    And 4-star big man Dastrup de-commited from Ohio State and will be coming to BYU next year! Great time to be a Coug!

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    Scouts just reported that Dastrup has changed his mind and will sign with BYU instead of Ohio St. Woo Hoo! Come on DNews, get with the program and report this. It's a big deal!

  • cy1951 Arlington, VA
    Nov. 13, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    Agree with most everything said so far, but I have to say the most impressive part of the win was seeing Collinsworth run the offense team from the point with Carlino on the bench with two fouls, for the better part of 8 minutes (game clock time), and Haws out for more than 5 minutes with two fouls, at the back end of the first half, and to have the team stay 10 points up that entire time. Very impressive. He was steady, aggressive, showed a deft shooting touch from outside (something he did not show much of as a pre-mission frosh). We can expect Haws to get his 20+ and Carlino to push and push hard (and make turnovers in the process -- thank goodness not as many as last year and the year before!) and get points and assists in the up-tempo attack, but to know that Collinsworth can run the show and get the offense to score points when those two might not be on the floor, is something that might make this team really really good. And just think what they could do if JParker had come instead of going to Duke. Yikes.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    With all the fouls now being called, the Cougs really need to improve their free throw shooting, particularly the big guys. If not, we'll lose some games on FT shooting alone.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 10:49 a.m.


    "With six players in double figures I hope the Cougars can keep improving (free throws percentage)."

    BYU's free throw shooting does need to improve, but BYU is hardly alone in struggling from the stripe early in the season.

    Kentucky(20/36) and Duke(16/28), both loaded with future NBAers, were a combined 36 of 64 (56%) in losses last night.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    This is a team. Standford had at least one NBA potential player according to the announcers who could have gone next year. Their center was 7'2" or so an impressive. They have a very good team that will win a lot of games, but BYU did a job on them. And BYU plays 10 men. Two deep in every position. Of course you can't sit out a player like Haws very long, but Carlino and Collingsworth very impressive as well. And Mika is not the first freshman to start for BYU in 15 years for no reason. He is good and will get better. You can go on and on about these players. Austin helps a lot. I think Halford is going to start shooting 3's and that will be interesting. I'm excited. I know Utah is stronger and USU is always good, but they may not be able to beat BYU.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Nov. 13, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    Offensively they looked great, though expecting this kind of output every game is unrealistic. I am worried about their D, though. Scoring 112 kind of allows everyone to overlook the fact that they gave up 100+ as well. When they have off-nights shooting, how will they respond? I guess we'll see. It'll be a fun year to watch, but what their ceiling is, I have no idea. Take care of Texas at home and then Oregon and the 'Zags on the road and I'll officially allow myself to hope for a deep NCAA run.

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Nov. 13, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    I like the new rules. However it will be interesting to see if the officials in different parts of the country stay consistent. If they are consistent players are going to have to learn defense a little better if they have been used to holding on and pushing like the NBA.I think it will help the game much more and the players will be better for it.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Nov. 13, 2013 6:55 a.m.

    I loved the game. There were so many contributors and so many hit a good percentage of shots. I loved the pushing. But one thing I did notice is that Stanford shot very poorly. Had they stuck their wide open shots, the outcome may very well have been different. If BYU can get ahead and stay ahead, they will give teams fits. And it sure seemed like BYU missed a lot of free throws. They need to get that down. Congratulations Cougars. Keep it up.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    And, to smack a big PAC 12 opponent like Stanford is huge for this BYU program. We're off to a really good year. I love to watch the assist in the game. Their fast break is breath-taking!

    Go Cougars!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 6:24 a.m.

    I like this team and its potential, but it is a little early to be making these pronouncements, Mr. Sorensen.

    Nov. 12, 2013 11:41 p.m.

    The new rules play into the run and gun style of basketball, so the best defense now is a great offense. Stanford looked lost in transition!

    With six players in double figures I hope the Cougars can keep improving (free throws percentage).

    Go Cougars!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 11:28 p.m.

    ESPN reported Haws scored 31 not 29
    Tyler Haws, G3510-182-39-131783301231

  • Shaden Lincoln, NE
    Nov. 12, 2013 10:55 p.m.

    This BYU basketball team is the real deal. I keep getting so impressed by the depth of talent on the roster. Looking forward to great things this season.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    With the new rules substantially reducing the ability of opponents to mug Haws like they did last season, Haws, Carlino,and Collinsworth have been set free to do what they do best - run the floor and score.

    BYU's exciting brand of basketball just got even more exciting.