Since I wrote a post the last time St. Mary's beat the tar out of BYU I figured I would do another one this time. Here are some thoughts on tonight's game and this BYU team in no particular order:
- SMC is clearly a better team than BYU this year. But when you think about it that should be no surprise. This same SMC squad took last year's BYU team led by Jimmer and Jax to the wire on a neutral floor. BYU lost Jimmer and Jax while SMC brought its best players back this year.
BYU is very good at the 4 and 5 spots. Davies and Hartsock are the most formidable front court in the conference and perhaps in the West.
- BYU is spotty at best at the 1-3 spots. (More bullets to follow on this)
- At the 3 spot Abouo is a terrific defender but is still an inconsistent scorer. Rogers was supposed to be the guy to step up and be the scoring threat at 3 but his injured knee knocked him out. BYU has sorely missed Rogers over the last 4 games where no one seems to be able to hit a three anymore.
The question now is: How much improvement can BYU make before the WCC tourney? If Dave Rose can get this team into the NCAA tourney it will be a spectacular coaching feat. Getting to the Big Dance again is certainly possible but it will require some wins over Gonzaga and perhaps a victory over this superior SMC team in the WCC tourney in Vegas. Rose is a great coach but getting in to the Big Dance this year is becoming a tall order.