BYU basketball: Cougars staying positive through 4-game losing streak

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  • Ldsrm Spanish fork, UT
    Jan. 4, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    rise and shoot are cougars well be out and get win's now her at home !!!!

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Jan. 3, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    I was excited about this team: slashers, dunkers, above the rim, phi slamma jamma style. They hit a bump in the road and the wheels fell off.

    Their outside shooting is shaky and they can't shoot free throws. And where is the defense? Wow, they're making every guard in the country look like Fredette from behind the arc.

    Now their point guard is complaining publicly about getting moved. Not a good sign.

    Sometimes teams just can't get it together. We see it in the pros. Hope that's not the case here.

    Speaking of Jimmer, he's getting minutes and knocking them down. 15 points in 16 minutes last night. Too bad the Lakers don't get him. They don't have anybody who can shoot. The Kings have a lousy team with a shoot-first point guard (not Fredette). Sound familiar?

  • blue4years utah, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 11:40 a.m.

    It takes several REALLY BAD games in a row to realize you've fouled things up??? Collinsworth at point, with ball handling (C+), quickness (C-), ability to convert free throws (D). His strongest asset is rebounding, so make him the point??? The changes have obviously thrown off Haws as well as Carlino. The team seems to no longer have any backbone or spirit, and that started before the above mentioned changes.

  • level Provo, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    Defense and foul shooting are an indication of mental toughness. I am sure they spend a lot of time practicing shooting foul shots, but this is not a very tough mental team.

    As for talent Haws, Mika and Collingsworth are the only what I like to term NCAA Tournament players. There are probably 4 or 5 more that are NIT talents. The rest are nice guys just not that talented when it comes to playing top level college basketball. Haws can't pack them this year because everyone is aware of him. Mika is young and Collingsworth isn't a shooter.

    This is exactly what I expected of this team, next year will even be harder if Mika serves a mission.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 10:41 a.m.

    Sadly, BYU players may be optimistic, but nobody else is.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    Defense is the key. It can help you stay in the game when your offense is struggling. Look no further than the Ute's game with Oregon for an example of that. The Ute's shot way below their average, but had a chance to win the game due to good defense.

  • orem_man_am_i orem, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 10:04 a.m.


    I think Coach Rose is a great guy too - however the fact that he is still running the same offense he ran when Jimmer and Jackson where there (two very talented guards that could shoot the lights out) tells me he cannot or will not adjust. BYU has too much talent to be limited by poor coaching.

    And to all you naysayers who think that Rose is the best coach BYU has had in years, you must be very young. I recall the teams that Ladelle Anderson coached (Marty Haws's era) - those teams were notorious for getting the most out of lesser talent. They ran an amazing offense where they actually passed the ball around - several times - looking for an open shot, big-men got good position using proper footwork, and most important they played great team defense. Those teams went to the NCAA tourny every year - hence all of the banners hanging in the Mariott Center.

    Dave Rose is a very nice guy, however that does not necessarily translate to being a great coach.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Jan. 3, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    I am also staying positive about this team.

    I'm positive they're going nowhere.

    I'm positive they're wasting the best years of the second-best offensive player they've had in a long time.

    I'm positive that their best-case scenario is to get hot in the WCC tournament and end up a first-round sacrificial lamb to a 4 or 5 seed.

    I'm positive that Matt Carlino ("Matty Bricks") is the single most frustrating player to watch in the history of organized sports.

    I leave this testimony with you in the name of Whatever Deity Is In Charge of Inspiring Coach Rose to Bench Carlino Now, amen.

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    Jan. 3, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    Positive attitude means little when the team is filled with selfish offensive and lazy defenders...

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    Uncle Rico,

    After watching byu play Lola Mary Community and Pepperdine, which team is the 5A and which is the 1A?

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 11:04 p.m.

    I believe in BYU and Dave Rose. I think they will work things out and do just fine.

    All hate mongers are now excused to other blogs. Please be civil as you leave.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Jan. 2, 2014 10:52 p.m.

    The Cougars should have spent time at the free throw line last Summer. I guess it's never too late. They need to come out in the beginning of games with more fire in the belly. This team shows no urgency in the early going.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 10:28 p.m.

    Too bad BYU sacrificed basketball so that the football team could go independent.
    BYU in the WCC is a joke. It is like a 5A high school team competing against 1A schoools.

  • BlackDiamond Provo, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    We will believe it when we see it

  • SoCalTrueBlue San Diego, CA
    Jan. 2, 2014 8:37 p.m.

    We need another Deseret News article about a Final Four BYU basketball team in the next few years. Fantasy is so much more pleasant than reality.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 2, 2014 8:12 p.m.

    Bronson would certainly provide some much needed depth at the 4 & 5.

    But if I were his father I would advise against it, especially since he has potential at an NFL career. Sadly (for the BB team), he is making the right decision.

    Rose and his players are saying all the right things in this article, but I am not so sure that the problems with this team are fixable.