Dick Harmon: Bryant cans 27 in BYU's opener as Cougars show more patience and poise

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  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Nov. 12, 2017 6:17 p.m.

    @Rick for Truth

    "As soon as BYU plays a team with a defense and one big guy (7+), they will struggle, sputter, and collapse."

    Yoeli has a seven foot wingspan and has a forty inch vertical. He won't be intimidated by many seven footers. BYU defense will be much improved and with a healthy Bryant and a real point guard in Hardnett and with Seljaas and Haws on the wings, this could be a better team than last year's Cougar team.

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 12, 2017 1:58 p.m.

    Dalton Nixon will be a huge impact player on this team.
    Y. Child’s will be a force on both ends of the court.
    Eli Bryant will bring the balance to the offense, because he is a team player.
    Z. Seljaas will score a lot of points.
    TJ Haws will be a much better player on this team and will be forced to play within the system or he will find himself on the bench.
    I really like Hardnett. He’s the kind of player that will make everyone better.
    Worthington might not score a lot of points, but his defense will make a difference.
    The rest of the team better make it quality time when they are on the court if they want to see more playing time.
    Emery won’t be missed. Maybe when he comes back he will have figured some things out.
    Go Cougars!

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Nov. 12, 2017 1:40 p.m.

    @intrinsic-

    Hard to get too much over-hype when they are only rated 3rd behind St. Mary's and Gonzaga.
    St. Mary's I believe returns all starters and Coach Few always reloads FAST.

    That all said I think the new BYU coach has introduced the new culture to winning; problem is that a program's evolving culture won't bear much fruit in the first transitional year...

    Thank goodness basketball has begun! I'm tired of seeing all the targeting calls and thug play inherent in football and the way it apparently is coached.

  • TrueBlue Provo, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 11:08 a.m.

    Rick for Truth

    You obviously don't have a clue how seeding works if you think that BYU could be a 16th seed.

  • vasislos Holbrook, AZ
    Nov. 12, 2017 10:02 a.m.

    Three starters and the first of the bench were not even on the roster last year!! This is a much different team.
    And though last year was a disappointment, they still won a lot of games.
    With the new emphasis on defense, ball movement on offense, and not losing anyone to graduation, this could be the start of a very good two year run.

    But, I would still like to see better inside play.

    Certainly, this was against a very poor opponent. When the Y goes up against better competition, we will see if they are as good as it seems they might be.

    But right now? Every reason to be optimistic.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 9:13 a.m.

    I actually like this team better than last year. Before, it was, "Feed it to Mica!" This team is more balanced. We love seeing a strong and healthy Elijah Bryant! Also Childs is really shining on this new look team.

    You can see the difference in the strong defense. It is very impressive! Newcomers and RM are looking really good! These players are schooled to wait, pass, and then take the better shot instead of hurry down the floor and shoot!

    Go BYU Cougars!

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 8:50 a.m.

    As soon as BYU plays a team with a defense and one big guy (7+), they will struggle, sputter, and collapse. Until BYU can land their own big player, they just will not jump to the next level. Can you say NIT, if there really lucky, or should we say, unlucky, a play in for a 16th seed to the big dance.

  • intrinsicrewards Salem, VA
    Nov. 12, 2017 6:53 a.m.

    Nice to see the team get off to a good start. Even better, we haven't seen the normal preseason over-hype in the media this year. Great that the team has the opportunity this to earn respect (or not) for themselves on the basketball court...based on actual performance, not unrealistic expectations.

  • Farmer in Farmington Farmington, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 6:27 a.m.

    The poise will give us a better chance against Gonzaga and St Mary’s. What we need to see is the discipline in close games to stay poised through out.... that’s when we will see the real potential of this team.

    A good sign of this will be effective adjustments being made in the game and players adequately adjusting to them.

  • Jello is Good ,
    Nov. 12, 2017 4:21 a.m.

    Nick will not be missed. He and TJ play the same game and occupy the same spots on the court. When they played together on the court they just got in each other's way.

    Bryant and Childs are the stars on this team. Everything should go through them. If the team, and especially TJ, don't forget that, this team may surprise.

    TJ actually surprised me tonight. I know I have been a big detractor, but he was actually attempting to play defense and looked "alright".

    Can't wait to see how they do in the next two games against better competition.

  • Not Much of a Fan Irvine, CA
    Nov. 12, 2017 12:58 a.m.

    To answer your question, Dick, Emery will not be missed.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 11, 2017 10:22 p.m.

    Granted, MVSU probably not a very good team but, Holy Smokes, BYU was hitting on all cylinders. Essentially error free, lots of assists, good defense, and Bryant was out of his mind. I truly hope this is a sign of things to come. They were sensational tonight.