"I assume you are hanging your comment on the exhibition factor/not
counting???"OldBNStupid:Uh, yeah! Since when is a
glorified practice something to get all excited about?
Addressing the Cougars' big man dilemma: Payton Startup is 6'10 &
250 lbs., Ryan Andrus is 6'11" & 240 lbs., and Luke Worthington is
6'10" & 235 lbs. Next comes the 2nd-tier of Yoeli Childs at
6'8" & 225 lbs., D. Nixon & Z. Seljas are 6'7" &
215 lbs., and Braided Shaw is 6'9" & 210 lbs. The 3rd-tier is E.
Bryant at 6'5" & 210 lbs., R. Bergersen at 6'6" & 200
lbs., and K. Brown is 6'5" & 200 lbs. Everyone else upon the
roster is substantially less than 200 lbs. or the 6'8" &
6'9" which usually separates a forward from a guard. Examples for
thought: one of the tallest NBA guards was Ervin Magic Johnson at 6'9"
& 215 lbs., while one of the heavier NBA centers was Shaquille O'Neil
who is 7'1" & 325 lbs.
Hahahaha, I am enjoying everyone's comments! Thanks, Jafe Peaver, for a
good article. The historical big men that BYU achieves to sign for its roster
are generally lightweight bodies compared unto the "elite" basketball
programs in the NCAA. Coach Dave Rose tends to strive to created a more
perfected program from y-to-y. Although, his 4-guard offensive plans are a
weakness against teams which excel in the paint; however, his reputation to win
out at the mid-tier level is gaining repute. Thanks to upset victories against
Gonzaga Bulldogs. Yoeli Child's presence inside the key is very good, yet
BYU has P. Dastrup who sports 250 lbs. of body weight. Also, anyone player at
6'10" or 6'11" usual is capable of competing w/ ballplayers at
7'0" - 7'3" excepting less body weight can get a Cougar into
foul trouble while banging around. These 2017-8 BYU Cougars go out and convert
over 20 FT's at a 90+%. Congratulations, Cougars for a well deserved win
at Princeton! You shot high conversion %'s upon FG attempts a-w-a your FT
attempts, that which your opponent desperately needed! Good going Coach Rose,
it is an indication of things to come for this season of basketball.
It is disconcerting that BYU got severely out rebounded by a smaller team. It
appears that besides Bryant the rest of the team is content to just let
Child’s do all the work around the boards. I know offensively, everyone is
posted around the arc while Childs is the only one mixing it up in the key. I
know Haws is such a feather and so “scoring-centric” he’s
pretty ineffective as a rebounder.
The Blue Side - Salt Lake City, UTNov. 16, 2017 6:27 p.m."Mightymite, It is easy to see that you are a ute. Princeton is a good
team and will prove it again this season. Let's see what happens when U
come to the Y on Dec. 16. BYU by 8 and you can take it to the bank Chrissy
B."BYU fans say this stuff every year, both in football and
basketball. It's not really a challenge anymore. BTW Princeton has a really
low Sagarin ranking. Not something to be bragging about.
This is definitely a game that BYU would have lost in the past. Encouraging
that Schroyer has brought mental toughness and defense to the program.
Discouraging the previous staff couldn't see the problem and had to bring
in an assistant to fix the obvious.
Mightymite, It is easy to see that you are a ute. Princeton is a good team and
will prove it again this season. Let's see what happens when U come to the
Y on Dec. 16. BYU by 8 and you can take it to the bank Chrissy B.
One thing learned is the tigers are not a very good team. Other then that we got
what we thought we would get out of the cougars. It is going to be a tough
winter to be a cougar faithful.
This story shows but dose not mention the big missing elephant in the room. BYU
does not have that big man, 7+ footer on the court. BYU is getting killed on the
boards. Once BYU goes up against a team with one, well, can you say 20 and 30
point defeats. Rose just has to go all out and recruit a quality center if BYU
is ever going to make the jump from NIT wonder boys to being competitive in the
big dance. Time to broaden the search to Europe, Africa, Australia, even South
America. This should be coach Rose’s number one priority.
uhhh, Spokane, they beat New Mexico by 5 or 6 in the exhibition to raise funds
for the Houston hurricane...I assume you are hanging your comment on
the exhibition factor/not counting???
SteveThe haven't played New Mexico; the only other game was a
blow out win at home against Mississippi Valley State.
"BYU passed its first real road test of the 2017-18 season..."I thought they already did that when they beat New Mexico at the pit in front
of a larger and more hostile crowd??
They've "increased their emphasis on defense"? Well . . I'm
picking on the phrasing here, but you can't "increase" something
that didn't exist before. It was hard for me to accept that they were as
flat-out awful on that end of the floor last year. I'm
generally a Dave Rose fan, but that's on him, and it was inexcusable. No
team that gives up 114 points -- at home, no less -- to a fifth-place WAC team
is going anywhere. That had to be the most embarrassing loss of Rose's
career, and possibly of my 35 years as a fan.If they can tighten up
to the level of an average defensive team, they'll win their share of
games. I mean, with Luke Worthington manning the middle, how could they not!
"Rebounds . . good! Fouls . . bad!"
Kudos to the Cougs for sticking their free throws and playing tough defense!
Their hard work is paying off.