A week or two removed from two stinging losses against conference foes St. Mary's and Gonzaga, a win against lowly Portland on the road did not do much to comfort the BYU basketball squad.
Despite dominant performances by Matt Carlino and Brandon Davies against the Pilots, Tyler Haws is still trying to find his way out of a scoring slump, and Davies did not receive much help from the other postmen.
Every Cougar starter is the owner of a flaw in their game, some bigger then others, and here are the largest ones.
Biggest Flaw: Accuracy
Matt Carlino has stepped up his game in the last few weeks, but his accuracy is still below needed. He shoots only 42.5 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from three-point range.
Even more frightening, Carlino shoots an awful 68 percent from the free-throw line. He will definitely need to become a more efficient player with the season nearing its conclusion.
Biggest Flaw: Free-Throw Shooting
Tyler Haw's biggest strength is also his biggest weakness.
Haws is by far the best shooter from the charity stripe on BYU's roster. If I could pick any Cougar to shoot two free throws for me, he would be the guy. But Haws has struggled as of late on his free throws.
In the last five games, Haws has missed six of his 33 attempts from the line. In the 17 games before that, he missed only 7-of-89 tries.
Haws is in a shooting funk. In order for BYU to succeed: It is in his best interest to climb out of it. If he can make his free throws in the process, everyone will benefit.
Biggest Flaw: Rebounding
Brock Zylstra is a starting Division I forward with a six-and-a-half-foot height and a wide frame.
And somehow, he struggles on the boards.
Zylstra rarely defends someone that has a huge height disadvantage on him, but he still pulls down less than four rebounds per game (28th in the West Coast Conference).
Biggest Flaw: Impatience
Brandon Davies is a great player, don't get me wrong (as are all of the players on this list). But he often gets caught up in the hi-tempo speed of the game, and his impatience gets the best of him.
Davies is the Cougars' biggest threat in the frontcourt, so he often is defended by players that can be several inches taller than him. He doesn't always have to force up shots when they are unnecessary. He can take is time (with the shot clock and three-second call in mind) and kick it out to the shooters.
Biggest Flaw: Inconsistency
If Josh Sharp can score eight points and snag five boards every game, BYU could be very hard to stop. He has shown the ability to do so several times this year, but that skill has not panned out into other games.
Sharp really could be a great forward in the conference, but he hasn't played consistently enough to do so. If he can come out with good performances game after game, the Cougs could be really good.