Dick Harmon: Expect BYU guard Tyler Haws to face even more intense defenses on key road swing

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  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 1:31 a.m.

    College basketball officials are independent contractors who can work in as many conferences that will take them. There is no such thing as "WCC refs" or "Pac-12" refs since the majority work for multiple difference conferences. Blaming the refs just because they work WCC games is flat out ignorant. Francisco said it perfectly; you're not in Missouri anymore.

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m.

    Alpine/Utah, UT Well i have seen 5-6 other games in the wcc played other than BYU ,and Gonzaga and St, Marys gets the calls they want no matter who they play ,I know for a fact that the refs in the wcc are biased when it comes to Gonzaga especially,but they also allow too many fouls to go by without a call i have seen it over and over again, i was a referee for years and if i had ever let that kind of rough play go i would not have had a job and the WCC refs consistantly allow Haws to get mugged with no call USF practically yanked his arm out of the socket and not once did they get called for a foul,and many times it was right in front of the ref,so dont say they are not biased against BYU because they are.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    I could not agree more about wcc officials but having watched PAC officials they are just as bad or worse. If they tighten up on Haws then that will allow others to pick up the scoring. BYU has too many players that can go off on any given night.
    When you have the best player in the state and possibly the west teams will focus on him. It's the price you have to pay when you excel in a sport this this.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 1:25 p.m.

    It's my belief that the WCC is so used to incompetent ref's that most fans just accept it as normal. This is NOT normal! Sometimes BYU benefits from their poor performance so it's not about wanting my team to always get a break or thinking my team is being picked on. It's about expecting paid professionals to be competent in their job. The entire conference is at a disadvantage when it comes to post-season play because they have to adjust to real ref's. It's a disgrace and the WCC needs to expect better. I don't what the stat's would be but I also suspect the home team in the WCC gets way more advantages from the ref's than would be typical. Come on WCC fans-- stand up for yourselves! Don't you want the players to decide the games on the court?

  • loyalfollower San Diegp, CA
    Feb. 11, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    To think that the refs are actually refs, is a joke. They are simply striped visitors. They seem to be on a different page to the other refs in the country. I do not think that they are against BYU, they just never read the rules. Other teams in the WCC seem to have gotten the memo that this will look more like football. If they are to win they must bring back some of the football players for conference play. They also need to remember to put pads on the players or they will not be around for the tournament. They seem to keep great attitudes though and never set around whining about the calls they just play. They make me glad to be a coug fan.

  • Francisco Alpine/Utah, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    There are two beliefs that seem to be pervasive among many BYU fans and occasionally columnists. First, that other teams always seem to "get up" for BYU and play their "best" games. Second, that the refs always favor the opposing team, no matter who it is. I would argue that both of these beliefs are false. I am sure that when St. Marys plays Gonzaga or San Francisco or any other WCC team they play as hard as they do against BYU. As for the refs, I don't think they have any stake in BYU games one way or another. Let's try to remember as BYU fans, we are no longer in Missouri.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 10:51 a.m.

    It's a pretty simple strategy: Put different players on him to harass, disrupt, etc. If one or more of them fouls out, no problem, as long as Haws doesn't get his 30.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    Perhaps it is to make up for not having football that the WCC lets the basketball play get so physical?

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    WCC refereeing is "lower-major" in it's own right. I could find a few guys at the grocery store who might call a better game then some of these guys. Always seems to be a bad whistle in every group.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    The rough play allowed by the WCC seems magnified to me as a BYU fan, when the Cougars are on the road. When fouls are not called the game breaks down into a scrum and is not basketball. BYU has the talent to win, they must match it with Grit and refuse to lose! Go Cougars.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    Memo to Tyler

    If you're going to let your mouth guard flop around your mouth, then you may as well not wear one.
    Suggestion, get one that fits and stays put...on your teeth!

    Otherwise...Hello Greg Ostertag.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 8:45 a.m.

    Dick, why would you call USF's defensive move a gimmick, when it works?

  • pby47 St George, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    sharp is a wasted scholarship, he contributes nothing to this team; every other player at contributes something but Sharp contributes nothing, no defense, no offense, no rebounding, no nothing. Worthington doesn't contribute much, but at least he is a big body, gets some rebounds and plays some defense. IF BYU is going to win both games this week, it will not be because of any contributions by Sharp, but Worthington must play well, and Carlino has to score. and it wouldn't hurt to have Collinsworth make his free throws. Come on Kyle, you're two years playing D 1 basketball, you should be able to make a free throw.

  • jimbobb Modesto, CA
    Feb. 11, 2014 3:21 a.m.

    Forget about trying to get the ball to Collinsworth. With his foul shooting... I cringe every time I see him drive to the bucket.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 11:15 p.m.

    The other teams usually play too rough and if the refs allow it, Tyler won't score as much.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 9:50 p.m.

    It will be time for the other scorers to step up. Intense defenses also draw fouls, a Haws specialty.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 10, 2014 6:43 p.m.

    This is one of those "Captain Obvious" moments.