Dick Harmon: BYU must make 3-pointers a friend

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  • CG Orem, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 11:45 p.m.

    Chris B

    If Utah was anywhere close to as talented as you think they are, the Utes wouldn't have had to play such a cupcake pre-conference schedule in order to finish with a winning record.

    RPI rankings say it all:

    #37 BYU
    #150 Utah

    Despite your over-inflated opinion of yourself, the Utes will be lucky to crack the RPI Top 100 by season's end, and once again, just like in football, Utah will finish in the bottom half of the conference with a losing conference record.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Jan. 11, 2014 5:34 p.m.

    According to ESPN, BYU is 4th in the Nation in points per game, 7th in Rebounds per game, and 8th in assists per game.

    Where to they rank in field goal percentage? 93rd.

    This team doesn't have a lot of good shooters. It's kind of strange, then, that they rank so high in points per game, wouldn't you say?

    Plus, as Missouri Coug said, this team can't shoot free throws. It will be tough to win a lot of games in any conference when you don't have a lot of good shooters. Usually teams make up for such deficiencies with good defense. Can BYU do that? Questionable.

  • Utah Valley Guy Springville, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    Basketball, like most sports, is a game of mental toughness. The success of athletes like John Stockton, Jimmer Fredette, Larry Bird, and many others is largely due to their mental toughness.

    Mental toughness is a combination of confidence, intelligence, muscle control and repetitive consistency, and emotional and mental maturity and control. It means you're going to outsmart and intimidate the other guy, who will try but never succeed, to get get inside your head.

    Always bet on the team that has more mental toughness. The Cougars have intelligence and maturity, but lack consistency and confidence.

  • Missouri Coug Greenwood, MO
    Jan. 11, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    Every game I have watched this year, its not the three point shots that win or lose the games for them, it is the ONE SHOT---THE FREE THROWS...I think if you will look at the number of free throws missed by BYU and the number made by the competition, you will see the difference in the win and lost column...I do not understand why the coaches do not teach the correct fundamentals of free throw shooting, and have the players make at least nine out of ten EACH DAY, before they head to the showers....Come on, guys...the free throw is critical in close games against good competition...

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Jan. 11, 2014 6:46 a.m.

    Interesting discussion. I wonder if the word "athletic" in basketball terms simply means "black".

    Baseball players don't jump but they can hit 95 MPH fastballs and make spectacular catches and powerful throws. They're not athletic?

    Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert were not athletic? The Williams sisters are athletic but not talented? BS.

    I'd say Mika, Haws, Carlino, and Collinsworth are pretty darn athletic. Talented too, for sure. So what is "athletic". Can you be athletic but not talented? My son-in-law can play any sport. A natural, but not big, 6 foot 175 pounds. Strong. He played football, soccer, hockey, basketball in high school. That seems pretty athletic to me. He was a starter but not focused enough to achieve stardom in a given sport. He played them all.

    World class anything requires athleticism but also requires focus, dedication, effort, and talent.

    These guys we're seeing are athletic, talented and dedicated. Lets stop using "athletic" as a code word for black.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 11:25 p.m.


    And if you knew anything of what I said you would know I never said talent and athleticism are the same.

    Want to try again?

    Byu is not athletic or talented enough and must hope the three point shots fall.

    That's not the same as saying talent and athleticism are the same thing.


  • Solomon Levi Alpine, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 4:36 p.m.

    Chris B

    If you knew anything at all about basketball, you'd know that "athletic" and "talented" are two entirely different things.

    John Stockton wasn't the most "athletic" player ever to play in the NBA, but he was one of the most "talented" point guards in the history of the league.

    Larry Bird's teammates used to joke that you could barely slip a piece of paper under his feet when he jumped, but he was one of the most "talented" players in the history of the league.

    Inside scoring can be just as sporadic as 3-point shooting, especially when a team has no outside threat. All the opponent has to do is clog the paint and force the opponent to beat them from the outside.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 10, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    @ CB
    I agree with you most inferior teams need 3 point shooting to make up for weaknesses.
    Both BYU and Utah are exceptional teams when they shoot the 3 ball well, but struggle when it is not falling.
    Utah would have beaten Oregon but they did not shoot the 3 well, the same as washington.
    BYU has not shot the 3 well besides in a few games this year.
    The 3 can upgrade any team.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    And other leagues its ok to not shoot well?

    So funny that Harmon is trying to act like the WCC is something special. The fact is that normally when a team has to rely on 3 point shooting its because they aren't very athletic and not talented enough.

    And therein lies the problem, 3 point shooting will always be sporadic.

    I'd rather have a team that's more talented