BYU men's basketball: Breaking down of the Cougars' new defensive scheme

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  • sam1 Washington, UT
    Dec. 1, 2017 2:56 p.m.

    BYU played UT-Arlington last year and this year. Lost both games. How did the stats compare?

  • CougarCat Tucson, AZ
    Dec. 1, 2017 2:29 p.m.

    I am beginning to believe that the players on this team may be starting to buy into the concept of the importance of team defense. As the article says, they held UVU to just over half the point total they had last year in that Marriott Center debacle. I was skeptical the Cougs could do it Wednesday night, but they did and I have to give them credit.

    Now if they can just slow down the Aggies up in Logan tomorrow night and escape with a W that would be better. Likewise against Illinois State next week. Those guys will be no pushovers - they're used to winning in the Missouri Valley conf. BYU will be hard put to it to get the win.

    It would be really cool if they could get to the point where they slow down teams like Alabama, UT- Arlington or even the Utes in two weeks. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Better to take small steps - one thing at a time, I suppose.

    For now let's hope the Cougs return from Logan as a 6-2 team.

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    Dec. 1, 2017 2:24 p.m.

    UVU seemed a better team, yet was stymied easily. BYU seems to be improved, but the USU and Utah games may tell more.

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Dec. 1, 2017 1:41 p.m.

    Gotta hand it to them, it seems like defense is being emphasized. I get you can't be perfect right out of the gate, but I like that there is a focus on defense, at least just a little. If that focus continues, they will become more dangerous.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Dec. 1, 2017 1:14 p.m.

    Seeing that picture of Haws, my first reaction was "that's a foul waiting to happen." Trying to defend from behind, not in a good position, etc. Maybe it's a bad camera angle.

    Bryant is in a good position, though, and is obviously altering the shot.