Well, that was ugly.
BYU kept it close for the first 10 minutes, but Mississippi State jumped out to a first half double digit lead and ran past BYU in the second half in a 103-81 loss for BYU.
Yoeli Childs was good for BYU (25 points), but just about everything else was abysmal for the Cougars. The team looked unprepared and Mississippi State’s length and athleticism smothered BYU on both ends of the court.
The Bulldogs are ranked 19 and obviously much better than BYU, but getting blown out like they did is embarrassing. All the same problems we’ve seen plague BYU in the non-conference slate manifested themselves once again — poor defense, poor three-point shooting and a general feel of apathy and lack of effort at times from coaches and players were just a few of the problems that reared their ugly head.
The 7 losses were the most a BYU team has ever suffered in the Dave Rose era; the previous high was 5 losses in the 2014-2015 season.
BYU now looks ahead to WCC play with a pair of road games next week at Pacific and St Mary’s.