Brad Rock: Calling BYU: 2 things Cougars must remember

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  • Norcalman Danville, CA
    March 19, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    I think what Wiscougarfan wrote is right on. Haws is crrect in saying they are playing their best ball of the year. Go cougs!

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 19, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    I have a hunch that BYU can steal this one. Oregon is good not great. And BYU is playing much better defense than when they played Oregon last.

    Missing Collinsworth, their best player is the issue. Gotta fill that gap somehow.

    I don't see BYU winning two games, but I think they will beat Oregon.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    March 19, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    I keep thinking it, but have been hesitant to say it: With Collinsworth out, that might help the FT percentage.

    However, it sure does hurt in a lot of other areas.

    Time for somebody(s) to step up.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    March 19, 2014 10:25 a.m.

    BYU will be lucky to get a win, I'd be surprised if they do. But really Ute fans, you still can't set the vitriol aside even after the embarrassing effort last night? Get a life; if your life is centered around slamming the Cougars as an outlet against your dislike for a particular religion you really need help.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    March 19, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    Over the last five games BYU is 4-1. Here's their average line...
    79 points to 73 for opponent, 46% FG, 35% 3PT, 72% FT, 39 rebounds, 12.1 Assists, 7.8 steals, 2 blocks, 12 turn overs, and 19.4 personal fouls.

    So for those who are indicating that we have a loooong way to go on defense and free throw shooting, I'd agree with Carlino and the other players who say we are currently playing our best ball of the season. 74% free throw shooting (86 vs. San Fran) isn't too shabby. Either is 7.8 steals/game. For a win vs. Oregon we need to keep the intensity up, let Rose coach (he's done a great job with lineup changes), and enjoy a high scoring game vs a very good team. Can't wait. Go Cougs!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    March 19, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    They lost to Oregon during the regular season in overtime. They'd have won that game and several others if they have made free throws. You make free throws you have 4 more wins.

    Two things to consentrate on next year. Free Throws and defense.

  • bigirish OREM, UT
    March 19, 2014 6:03 a.m.

    I don't want to be pessimistic, but if we haven't solved the perimeter damage and free throw problems by now, I don't think it's going to happen with Oregon. And Haws keeps saying "We're playing our best basketball". Say what? Sure didn't look like it against Gonzaga...Haws is playing good free throws, yes, and Winder is good there too, so those guys have to get fouled a lot. It will be interesting to see who will handle the void left by Colllinsworth. Sure won't miss his bricks, but he was a mobile guy around the basket. I like Sharp's hustle. Where did Halford go? I hope we're not a one-game wonder again. Good luck, stay humble and fight, fight, fight!

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    March 18, 2014 10:51 p.m.

    I agree with striker. If they haven't improved yet in those areas by now, it's because they can't or they don't want to. I do think they can be more aggressive defensively then they have been and try to get a few steals, but BYU is going to beat Oregon if they get the offense going. If Collingsworth were playing, I'd have picked the Cougars. Just don't think they can do it without him. Pound the boards and hope Haws and Carlino get hot and maybe Oregon has a bad day shooting. Good luck Cougars.

  • sg newhall, CA
    March 18, 2014 6:30 p.m.

    Portland by 15+. It will be another embarrassing loss for the boys in blue.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    March 18, 2014 6:25 p.m.

    I disagree with the strategy to win in this game. BYU knows it's struggles and doesn't do anything about them. FT is awful, 3 pt defending is awful, defending under the rim is awful....those things won't change because they haven't changed all season. They must play their game....they must be a top 3 scoring team, top 10 rebounding team, and top 25 assist team. They must play to what they do well. Play a track meet game with Oregon and be aggressive with the boards. Trying to change what they are terrible at won't make a difference. Play Oregon's game and find their weaknesses as well. Oregon does not rebound well. Focus on that and get offensive boards.

    They can beat Oregon, just have to play well to what they do best and have that as their focus.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    March 18, 2014 4:58 p.m.

    2 things to remember:

    1. Score more points than the other team
    2. Don't get injured

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 18, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    Last year, BYU played their best basketball in the post season, albeit, in the NIT. They played relaxed, aggressive, passed the ball well, and shot well. If Carlino shows up and with good ball movement, I think BYU has a chance. They'll have to play over their heads, but there have been times this year when they have looked brilliant. No question, the players and especially the coaches will need to bring their A-game. It is possible.

  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    March 18, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    Great article--well researched and excellent writing. Thanks.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    March 18, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    Losing Collingsworth is going to hurt. Winder is a much better perimeter defender and has made a difference. Let's just hope Carlino is hot in this tourney. To Chris B and the Utes, enjoy the NIT.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2014 2:53 p.m.

    They must remember that they are better than Oregon and that our program is a legacy basketball program.

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    March 18, 2014 2:41 p.m.

    The play of Matt Carlino will be a key to how the game goes against Oregon on Thursday. If he plays his best defensively, then his offense will come, Oregon will hit fewer threes and he will hit more. And Matt can pass like a wizard when he is in focus. He must make up for the loss of Kyle C., by hitting the 3 on O., denying it on D.

    March 18, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    "But they can almost guarantee a win if they just defend the perimeter and make their charity tosses."

    They can almost guarantee a win if they do two things they haven't done very well for most of the season?