Poor Fresno, they did not know what hit them.
By the numbers:
1 BYU continues to out rebound the other team. Never mind we are hamstrung (see what I did there)
At one time, BYU had 4 guards out there and Waterman, A year ago, this would of been unimaginable. Waterman, his entire career has been an outside shooter who was soft on D, probably averaged maybe 2 rebs per game in past seasons, now… he is averaging a whooping 6.6 per game.
You can bet Fresno scouting BYU hard to find ways to rebound but nope, BYU found a way to get 12 O boards, both Richie and Hall sneak in for putbacks, they are all doing it. Makes up a mile for our lack of drawing fouls (BYU’s true weakness)
2 Johnson was on fire out there and would of been the MVP with 5 assists and 5 rebounds, after the game they blew it by not interviewing him…but then Cool Hand Luke (Robinson) stole his thunder by ALSO having a career night of 24. He could not miss and everyone was happy to feed him the ball, no matter how far out Robinson took shots, did not matter.
Johnson broke his PB, just so you know. You watch his game and he is full of old Haws tricks. Johnson will always back you in and score if he thinks you can’t defend him. He will play after college.
3 Robinson-wow, the closest thing BYU has to NBA talent.
4 Khalifa, wow, I keep saying it. The best passing center in College basketball. reminds me of old Prinston offenses. 5 assists and would of had 3 more but for missed buckets and fouls etc.
5 Richie, the ever-ready bunny not big stats but he hits big shots when we need em and his rebounding is stellar.
6 Stewart, HOPS
7 Knell, 6 rebounds and 10 pts before half. I’m so done ripping him for D, he is workin hard out there and not afraid to chew on someone if they don’t do their job.
8 Says a lot when the bench comes in and out scores the starters, that is common with BYU, we go 10 deep and they all interchange. and they all look for the open man. seriously, where are we going to find minutes for Dawson and Adams when they can play…you do you take minutes from?
9 Atiki would be our “challenge” right now, he had 4 fouls in 4 minutes last night.
10 Hall, no turnovers, Fresno tried the same press tactic and BYU was ready. 7 TOs the entire game for the BYU squad. Try to find that in last year’s team???
11 Why would BYU beat Fresno by 30 when Fresno shot very close to the same % as BYU from the field? Freson was turn overed 21-7 BYU. BYU had 12 steals and shot 20 more attempts but the real stat of all stats…
12 BYU lives and dies by the 3.BYU made 11 of 29 for the night. Statistically, if you are good at 3s, you would be stupid not to take as many as you can. 33% more points on a make so you can shoot lower %s and still make more points. More then ever great college teams and ALL NBA teams use this stat to their advantage. I think BYU leads the nation in attempted 3s (P5). That is not going to change and if you can rebound, all the more reason have the green light on 3s.
7-9 baby, feelin good, lookin good, Billy Ray