BYU basketball report card: Cougars strategically overwhelmed by Bulldogs

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  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Jan. 27, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    My view is that the Cougars are too small. Only four bigs on the roster and what, 6 guards? Lots of times BYU is playing 4 guys under 6'6''. So opponents can pass in, a small guard has to come in to help, and then they kick back out to an open shooter. If he's hot, lights out.

    They can't play perimeter defense because we usually have only 2 bigs with Collinsworth playing interior defense. So they have to play soft on the perimeter. Or get killed with a good big guy like that van der Dude at Portland.

    At least that's what it looks like to me. I'm sure Coach Rose knows exactly what's going on.

    On top of that, the team is very young and I see missed defensive assignments where a kid will follow someone in, leaving a big hole at the perimeter.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    Oops, my bad (and good catch 54-10), the Emery I was referring to as an example of a defensive stopper was Jackson not Nick.

    The could always put Jimmer on the least potent offensive backcourt player because Emery would always shut down the more potent scorer.

  • daver Provo, 00
    Jan. 27, 2014 12:28 p.m.

    Four things BYU needs:

    1. Consistent outside shooting.How can someone as lightly recruited as Pangos and Bobby Sharp look like Jimmer? I feel if we have shooting talent, it is being wasted with the lack of a good shooting coach.
    2. Team emphasis on free throws after practice, with 1/8 mile run per free throw missed, after 100 free throws. You shoot 50%, you run 6 miles per day and are too tired to join practice and play basketball unless you learn to shoot above 75%.
    3. Play defense. Get back Coach Shroyer or someone else who can teach defense. BYU scores enough on offense to win nearly every game.
    4. Coaching. Seriously, 3 overtimes, with almost no fresh legs to force the competition to foul BYU or render the opponent unable to keep up? Then try to muster the energy to play Gonzaga 2 days later? To not have the confidence in your team depth to put in fresh legs in a 3rd overtime is all about the coaching.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    "While the Y continue to recruit players with offensive skills, they'd be better served finding a defensive stopper or two (think Nick Emery).

    Have you ever seen this kid play? He is the opposite of a "defensive stopper."

  • loyalfollower San Diegp, CA
    Jan. 27, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    The Biggest problem BYU has is the lack of Big's. They would have to have 20 Big's to keep 2 on the floor and play real defense. Also after someone jumps on and rides you all day it is hard to go to the other end and fight through the screens. I find it funny that when we play in the east, that there is no problem keeping the big's on the floor. I wish they would change leagues. Even if it was just for basketball. It would be great to have more fans than referees.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Jan. 26, 2014 11:56 p.m.

    Any change you could provide a quote from some of the BYU coaches in response to your observation made in this article. I would like to know if they agree with you.

    If BYU coaches do agree with you, what will they do to change things?

    Followup question: Why havent they tried to do it in the past?

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:13 p.m.

    While it might be true that the two teams have similar skill sets on the offensive end, I don't think that's true on the defensive end.

    BYU can score with just about anyone, I think on the offensive end they are in the top third of college teams.

    Unfortunately, on the defensive end, they're clearly in the bottom third. The core of their defensive woes is on ball defense. They don't have players who can stay in front of anyone, on the perimeter or in the post. Consequently, they are forced to either play zone or lots of "help" defense when they play man to man which makes it easy for teams to move the ball and get open shots...if you can make open shots you can beat BYU because you'll get plenty of them.

    What the writer describes as disorganization on the defensive end is merely a futile attempt to compensate for not being able to stay in front of anyone.

    While the Y continue to recruit players with offensive skills, they'd be better served finding a defensive stopper or two (think Nick Emery).

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Jan. 26, 2014 6:26 p.m.

    "strategically overwhelmed"? Sorry, but I have no clue what that could ever mean.