BYU's basketball teams have struggled defensively under Coach Rose. He
allowed Jimmer to get away without ever developing any true defensive skills and
now he is floundering in the NBA. Coach Rose needs to focus a little more on
defense, if he wants a championship caliber team. He has talented players, but
they need to know how important defense is.
Probably the most disappointing game BYU has played in some time. They were so
intimidated by the crowd! you could see fear in their eyes!
10CCBountiful, UT"With BYU missing so many free throws,
the score is a little deceiving..."Really? How so? Do you
propose giving byu all the points they missed at the charity stripe
because...well...just because? Do the math...byu still loses.Who's fault is it that byu can't play defense?Who's fault
is it that byu can't achieve a respectable number of assists?Who's fault is it that byu acts like the concept of a free throw is
completely new to them?Utah was in the dumpster two short years ago
and probably has a ways to go before they are competitive in the Pac-12
(we'll see soon). Add to that the soft schedule byu fans can't stop
talking about...byu basketball just looks really, really bad.
Seems the Utes can lose the Utah County recruiting battles and do just fine.
With BYU missing so many free throws, the score is a little deceiving, but I
thought the difference in the two teams boiled down to Utah's wing players
being longer and more athletic. BYU had a lot of difficulty getting good shots,
and Utah's defense just seemed to smother them.Loveridge,
Wright, Tucker and Onwas can all defend positions 1-4, and together they dampen
passing lanes, cut off driving lanes and extend to contest what normally would
be open shots.Utah has great flexibility on defense and can very
often just switch, which takes away the pick-and-roll and makes it tough to
exploit mismatches.If these two teams played a 10 game series, I
think Utah wins 6 or 7 of those games. They're just a better team, because
of the talent Larry has recruited.
Grades seem to be right on target!BYU must figure out how to play
smarter, tougher, and with greater defensive urgency. They got schooled by a
team that outplayed them at every turn. The Cougars showed no fight and could
not respond to a tough atmosphere or to the pressure of a big game.BYU was not prepared to play and the game was over before the first media