Well, we are right where I hoped we would be. Preseason, BYU had lost about 75% of their scoring but we had a nice core of Harding, Lee and Barcello to work with. Was truly worried about Pope’s vision to turn our best defender into the starting Point guard (Barcello). Thought that we would be stout in the middle with Harward and Haarms coming in. Lohaner and George were monster gets. just guard worried me.
Averette transfers in, problem solved, Former OK St 4 star recruit. Now we have a point, right? He was a train wreak our first 10 or so games. But seems to playing Pope ball and to be honest, we would not be winning these tough road games without him.
You always have that game you want back and BSU is certainly the one. We have no business losing that home game. But at least it is not an ugly loss as BSU could be a dance team.
I thought we would lose some early and unfortunately BYU’s resume builder non WCC games were when we were very green. We would not lose to BSU and probably given USC as real game if we played them today…such is a complete rebuild year. Today, the guys are happy, having fun together and playing just about as good as we had hoped they would be. Def…Dance worthy team.
Lohner is a rebounding freak, will be a late bloomer on offense. George finally gpt his toe in the door and will continue to demand more time (he had Lohner, Harding, Knell, Lowell all playing ahead of him)
We lost Baxter and Lowell to year ending injuries, few teams can challenge with that much talent lost and to be honest, I had both of these guys as starters, A power forward and pure shooting 6’10 guy that could take his game to the next level if his body would let him. Miracle that Pope has his team here, close to being ranked with those 2 injuries.
At the time, SDSU looked to be our best win on the season, turns out that USU is, followed by SDSU, Utah and our two road wins, SMC and SF. St Johns misses the list, they faded fast in the BE.
With these wins, BYU is firmly in the all important #2 spot in the WCC. The WCC has been a solid 2 bid league since BYU joined it along with Randy Bennett coached teams.
going forward, BYU does not have resume builders outside of another chance at Gonzaga, kind of depends on what SMC and SF can do or if USU beats BSU .twice. So BYU can lose one game outside of Gonzaga and be fine, but not two and probably be seated 9-10 in the big dance.