BYU basketball: Cougar freshman Luke Worthington thrilled to be going home for first NCAA tournament game

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  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    March 19, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    Back Talk,
    Sounding like most BYU fans actually is not a bad thing. I know this is a sensitive subject because I have no idea about your background, and I do indeed try to follow the Second Great Commandment. But to attain a level of respect among most readers, you need to be sure your spelling is accurate and you have a minimum of grammatical errors, for starters. People understand the occasional slip, but a pattern immediately sends your credibility into the tank. On top of that, one's analysis needs to make sense. Is it possible to be right about Lloyd being the deciding factor against Florida when no one else--fan or basketball "expert"--talked about that? Yes, but it's extraordinarily unlikely. Was BYU's downfall really the lack of another scoring guard? Or was it perhaps instead the lack of another reliable scorer close to the basket to keep the Florida defense from packing into the lane? Lloyd might have helped. But to think that a reliable post presence would not have been of significantly more value simply doesn't make sense from a strategic standpoint.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    March 18, 2014 3:27 p.m.

    I'm not giving up on Worthington but I'm also not willing to go without another option on the roster. BYU does have another big guy coming back from a mission (can't remember his name right now) and another 6'10" freshman in Andrus planning to play a year before leaving (the Mika plan). I'm hoping with them, we'll have more options in the paint and also hoping Luke make great strides.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    March 18, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    Cougar Passion- not sounding like most BYU fans is not really a bad thing.

    As for the Florida game, you could also list several other "if" reasons why BYU lost that game. I dont diagree that Davies would have helped BYU win or that "Chris" Collingsworth would help BYU as well if he were stil here. "If" Jimmer would have had a better shooting night they also would have won. So what?

    I guess I mention Lloyd becuase BYU is playing Oregon who has Llyods brother on their team. Plus, we were talking about one of the last NCAA games that BYU played. Lloyd proved to be a difference maker against Florida becuase of the style of play that he had. It is too bad that he wasnt able to be there the next year.

    As for Worthington, size does matter and I understand that some kids are recruited simply because of that. Like I said, i hope I am wrong and that he will develop into becoming an effective player. As of now, not much help other than a body blocker and foul giver.

    Oh do I hope that BYU can win against the "corporate" sponsor Oregon team.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    March 18, 2014 11:31 a.m.

    Gonzaga has this guy named Karnowski on the roster. Last season, he barely played; and when he did, he didn't look that great. But, look at him this season. Not a bad player!

    I'm not saying Worthington is going to be a Karnowski and contribute next season as a solid post player. However, with a year of Division I experience, he certainly could be much improved. Don't give up on him yet. Jimmer wasn't much of a player his first season either.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    March 18, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    I think Worthington made marked improvements as the season went on and I think he has a bright future at BYU... as long as they continue to ease him in. I think coach Rose used him perfectly this year (as the Kaufusi enforcer replacement) and hope he can refine his game to the point where he makes a meaningful contribution. He's on his way. Go Cougs!

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    Back Talk,
    Your post doesn't have the look or feel of those of many BYU fans. I won't be much more clear about it than that, but, among other things, I'm guessing that most BYU fans thought the loss of a post presence in Brandon Davies was the reason we lost to Florida the next year rather than the absence of Lloyd, and that injuries to big men, particularly Chris Collinsworth who could still be playing this year if recovered, make the disparaging of a 6'10" kid who wasn't even recruited by his home school a rather petty point. I am frankly grateful for any contribution Luke Worthington makes as a freshman, and I get the impression Dave Rose has been as well. I'm sure if Coach can recruit another guy his size either out of high school or from the JC ranks that can fit at BYU and do better, he will do it.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    March 17, 2014 11:23 p.m.

    What I remember is that Michael Loyld was the key reason BYU beat Florida. It was too bad that he wasnt around the next year so that he could have done it again. I beleive he would have made the difference that year as well. Remember Obuo's heavy handed layup attempt toward the end of the game? Lloyd was fast and smooth.

    Hopefully, Winder and Carlino will be step up and help BYU beat Oregon this year.

    As for Worthington, there has to be a JC guy or a transfer that could be of more help than he has been or will be. Hopefully, I will be wrong and he can turn into the guy with the fangs painted on his mouthpiece from St Marys.

    BYU cant continue to play with only 3 players who are scoring threats. It kills the spacing.