BYU basketball: Kyle Collinsworth overcomes injury, will help lead BYU against No. 25 Gonzaga

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  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 12:12 a.m.

    Cottonwood Heights, UT
    BYU is going to be eating some delicious humble pie tonight!
    oh really i don,t call winning by a score of 73-65 for BYU eating humble pie, you and cb both should be eating crow right about now.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 20, 2014 11:36 p.m.


    Unfortunately for U, BYU is serving up crow to all of their detractors.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 7:22 p.m.

    BYU is going to be eating some delicious humble pie tonight!

  • Magic Happens Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 7:01 p.m.

    To all who respond to Chris B, try your best to ignore his comments. He certainly does not represent this Ute fan and any others that I know. I am convinced that he posts just for the reactions of others without any any thought behind the posts. Good luck to the Cougars tonight.

  • titan60 mapleton, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 6:52 p.m.

    For the record, his stats are as follows: 105-179 or .587%. If you take the number of misses divided by the number of games played he misses 2.64 free throws per game on average. That certainly isn't a perfect model but gives you an idea. Some games he may miss more and some games he may miss less. A better statistic for this discussion would be how well he shoots them down the stretch. Or better yet is he improving as the season goes on. When he does get it figured out he is going to be awesome. Getting to the free throw line that many times (second behind Tyler Haws (184-211) is an ability every player wishes they had.

  • Concinnity Tooele, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 5:42 p.m.

    Chris B:

    How is BYU losing 4 or 5 points at the end a game from a 65& free throw shooter? If you do the math, he would have to shoot 12 to 15 times in that short period in order to lose that many points. That obviously isn't going to happen.

    Perhaps you would should avoid being either a coach or a math instructor.

  • Alacrity Tooele, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 5:36 p.m.


    It's better to have a consistent 65% free throw shooter than a 90% shooter who chokes when the game is on the line, especially if the 65% player contributes more in other ways.

    Collingsworth is also a great defensive player. It does no good to score 2 points on one end of the court if you immediately give them back on the other. He doesn't do that.

    There's a whole lot more to coaching than just looking at percentages. Human nature in various situations needs to come into place. It's not an exact science.

    By the way, which BYU fans are "flip-flopping" and in what way? Without some evidence, such a statement is desultory and meaningless.

    There's obviously a good reason you aren't currently a college coach.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    And when Kyle goes to the line late the game, byu is already 4-5 points lower than they would be if he had made earlier foul shots.

    you byu fans are flip flopping and spinning all over the place

    Anyone who would rather have 65% kyle go to the free throw line instead of 90% taylor wouldn't last too long in coaching.


  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 3:12 p.m.

    I think Chris B has started something here. During Jimmermania fans coined the phrase, "You got Jimmered" along with a number of variations of that. Thanks to Chris B, anytime a player bricks or chokes on a shot we can say, "He really Jordaned that shot!" or "Man, in the closing seconds he Brandoned 4 straight free throws and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory!"

    It's good to know that he prefers guys who choke in big moments

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    Admittedly, Kyle C is not a great foul shooter. But he obviously makes up for it in a lot of other ways. He usually fills a stat sheet quite impressively with assists, rebounds, steals and total points.

    Utah certainly could've used his passing talents toward the end of their game last night. That wildly errant pass changed the entire complexity of the game for Utah and very well could've been the reason they lost. That and bricked foul shots.

    If BYU wins tonight, there's no doubt Kyle will be a big part of it. No one in the state or the conference drives to the basket better than he does.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 2:03 p.m.

    If he could make more free throws, he'd be an NBA guy.

  • Staythecourse Ogden, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    Chris B

    Why would you take a guy that caused you to loose. We all want to have 20/20 hindsight, and you have it yet you still would take him?

    Go Utes!!! um, yeah, i guess.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    "I'll take a 90% free throw shooter who misses 4 in a row in a big game"

    Enough said. I suppose you're happy with 7 points on 1 of 12-also with a critical free throw brick-from the supposed team star? Or I'm sure you're thrilled with the high and wide right pass into the stands from your new quarterback too?

    Anybody who thinks 4 consecutive bricks in the clutch from a 90% free throw shooter is anything short of a monumental choke is just too emotionally involved.

  • TroyTown Anaheim, CA
    Feb. 20, 2014 11:13 a.m.


    "I'll take a 90% free throw shooter who misses 4 in a row in a big game..."

    Precisely why Utah will always be a perennial conference bottom dweller; Utah's big men disappear in big games, especially on the road.

    Utah's once BMOC, Loveridge, was a complete no show last night, 7 points on 1 of 12 shooting, and throwing up a brick from the stripe with a chance to give Utah the lead late in the game.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 10:36 a.m.


    I'll take a 90% free throw shooter who misses 4 in a row in a big game than a guy whose never made 4 in a row all season and shoots 65% all day long!

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 9:04 a.m.

    "This is good news for Gonzaga. Him missing his free throws will help Gonzaga pull out the victory."

    That's got to be the funniest comment I've read from a Ute fan in - well one day - given the 4 consecutive bricks the nearly 90% Taylor brilliantly laid in the clutch to help Arizona pull out the victory last night.

  • Cougarman Riverton, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    The Utes are improving but still cannot finish games at the end. A terrible shot when they finally took a one point lead and then another terrible shot the next trip down after Arizona had taken a one point lead back. Then of course the choke turnover by Delon Wright when they had a wide open dunk.
    Hopefully BYU learned how to win at the end when they did against a good team, St Mary's in Cal on Saturday. They also shoot far better including foul shots at home just like the Utes do but they have proven they can win on the road also.

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    Chris B, Utah's Taylor missed 3 go-ahead free throws in OT against Arizona...or so it was reported, so I guess that's on your mind. Are you using mental powers to cause Cougs to miss free throws too? We'll see tonight how that works out. Kyle C. is a great basketball talent, he will find a way to help the Cougars win! The game is not won, nor over, 'til its over.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 20, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    Hopefully BYU does better against the conference leader than the utes did last night.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 8:09 a.m.

    This is good news for Gonzaga. Him missing his free throws will help Gonzaga pull out the victory.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 9:07 p.m.

    Glad to hear that he is OK. I hate to see any player go down like he did. H
    Hopefully he can produce at a huigh pace in the defeat of Gonzaga.