Brandon Davies went off on the Creighton Bluejays Wednesday night.
The former Provo High Bulldog emerged from the early-season sophomore slump that had plagued him, to score 24 points and grab six rebounds in just 27 minutes of play in BYU’s 77-65 win.
Davies is as gifted of a player in the post on the offensive end as BYU has had in sometime. If he were to continue to perform at a high level of play, he would make the Cougars virtually unstoppable on offense.
The kind of threat he posed in the low post on Saturday, combined with the guard play of Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery on the outside would be very bad news indeed for BYU opponents this season.
The question is if Davies can now develop into being a consistent threat.
He doesn’t have to score 24 points a night, but a consistent 12 to 14 points a game would go a long way toward helping the Cougars move up the national rankings this season, win a conference title in what appears to be a very tough Mountain West Conference and secure a low seed in the NCAA tournament.
Part of that consistency also has to do with how well Davies performs against the more talented interior players he will see in conference and the NCAA’s.
Creighton had no answer for him as he abused the interior defense of the Bluejays and dominated 6'9", 250-pound center Kenny Lawson. The Cougars have been on the other end of such abuse when taking on players of Lawson's size and ability.
A bigger test for Davies and the Cougars will take place on December 18th when BYU travels to Anaheim to face UCLA and their 6'10", 305-pound center Joshua Smith.
Another key for Davies will be his ability to stay on the floor.
He has a propensity to pick up fouls in bunches, thereby forcing him to spend considerable time on the bench. In order for his offensive prowess to have full effect in games, he will somehow need to learn to stay out of foul trouble.
He needs to move his feet better on defense and learn when to concede the bucket instead of committing the foul.
Funny Quote From Creighton’s Coach
After losing by 12 on their home court, Creighton head coach Greg McDermott said that he thought BYU wasn’t really any more talented than his Bluejays.
“I’m not sure BYU is that much more talented than we are, but I’m pretty sure they are a lot tougher than we are,” McDermott said.
Considering that All-American Jimmer Fredette had an off night, that guard Jackson Emery was slowed by a shin injury and that the Cougars played without starting forward Chris Collinsworth, you would think that an evenly-matched team would have stayed closer that 12 points at home.
Truth be told, that game is a 20-plus point win for BYU on a neutral court and a 30-plus point win in the Marriott Center.
One thing you do have to give coach McDermott though, his freshman son Doug is one heck of a player.
Warriors Invade From the Islands
The University of Hawaii (5-1) makes a rare appearance this season on the mainland as they take on BYU in Energy Solutions Arena this Saturday at 4:00 pm.
The contest with the Cougars will be one of just two games the Warriors will play away from the islands prior to WAC season play. Hawaii dropped a 54-53 decision at Cal Poly on Wednesday, its first loss of the season after wins over Montana State, Cal State Fullerton, Central Michigan, Central Arkansas and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Obviously the game against the Cougars will be a big step up in competition from what Hawaii has seen thus far.
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