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.
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.
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!