One only has to look at the Houston vs. ISU game to know that in the Big 12, Houston @#1 and ISU @#2, Defensively, these guys are powerhouses . And you thought UCF was a tough game to score on…both these teams rank much higher defensively.
ISU took down Houston after trailing virtually the entire game. They are on a roll and come in Ranked 8th in Ken Pom. And they do it by committee. ISU will sub a lot of players and defend your knee caps off.
I have watched every ranked team in the Big 12 but these guys only because they came out of nowhere. I will say this. Houston beats them easily next game, they just over looked them. I also think Houston has been overrated all year long, just based on they’re ability to score. So does that mean ISU is getting too much love after going 2-0 in this week? and BYU under loved after it’s fail vs. Cinn?
1 But I will say this: If BYU is hitting i’s 3s, game over.
2 ISU is a pathetic 19% three point shooting team. They went 3-15 in their 3 Big 12 games, and that is not going to change because ISU does not trust that they can make a 3.
3 On D, BYU is going to have it’s hands full, what ISU lacks in outside scoring, they are very efficient inside.
4 We have to keep track of their “do everything guard”, #3- 6’1 Tamin Lipsay, he killed Houston and every Big 12 team but OK. Every team BYU has faced has a driving/shooting phemon…this is the guy.
5 ISU has a lot of athletic height and they will use it to attack BYU’s only weakness, our big men and inside game. Remember when Cinn went to a 100% inside game and destroyed a completely unprepared BYU? BYU will get 40 straight minutes of that type of game. So guys like Waterman have to step up and defend the inside.
6 On O, ISU has not faced a team like BYU. If they can stifle our 3 point game, We can slip them the Khalifa back cuts. BYU has many more scorers and fire power then Houston had.
7 It is paramount that BYU’s Waterman and Robinson come alive scoring wise, if they can go off even a little bit, BYU becomes a “Who do you cover” type team.
8 The game is late and at home to BYU, Marriott will be rockin. Big advantage BYU
9 If we can get Foos, Khalifa (thank our lucky stars he has played healthy) and Atiki to play well, we should be able to keep up on D inside
10 to sum up, Make some threes, defend the inside and win the board game, turnovers down around 10 for the game and see the new and improved Hall…
Low scoring affair
If BYU scores 30 by half
70 for the win.