BYU basketball: Cougars looking to improve its perimeter defense

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  • DRay Roy, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    Double teaming a hot shooter or doing a box and 1 to dog the other teams hottest shooter have proven successful in the past...but it must be implemented before the game gets out of hand and the lead squandered. A tighter ship with quick time-outs to stop the runs of the opposition, and better game management at the end of the game are a must to win come tournament time. The losses do not set well when it appears victory was very doable with sharper strategy and better free throw shooting.

  • rhappahannock Washington, DC
    Jan. 28, 2014 10:21 p.m.

    In the past years BYU always had a player who had a real nose for defense, good timing, and a talent for making plays (yes, it takes talent to make plays on D). Brandon Davies, Noah Hartsock, Jackson Emery, and Charles Abouo all had a knack for making plays on D.

    Carlino has the fast hands, timing, and strength to be a good defender, but he doesn't seem to have the mindset. Frank Bartley IV seems to have the tools, but doesn't seem to have the timing yet. Mika and Austin are athletic, but their large number of fouls reflect their poor sense of timing. Collinsworth seems to be as close we copme to a reliable defender, pulling down defensive boards (2nd), getting blocks (t2nd) & getting steals (2nd), but his lack of FT shooting really seems to take away from his overall utility. I think he would be better at defending 3's than defending PGs.

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    Jan. 28, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    Looking to doesn't translate into will.... What I see is a season that has turned many fans away.... We of course like mutant minions will be back in full force if things start off as well as or better next season than they did this season... But the more likely scenario is that the fan base is dwindling in discontent and complex disinterest... Dave Rose you are a great man and have had some stellar coaching moments... But I believe the ship of success has sailed out into the middle of the sea to cast its anchor and never return. I'd love to be proven wrong... But since 2000 we have actually been shown about what we can expect from our once beloved institution... 20 win seasons are nice, but 30 win seasons are even better... This season 20 simply isn't enough!