In the midst of my moping while at work about BYU’s terrible loss this evening, I noticed that the men’s basketball team was playing. Hoping that they could bring some happiness to my otherwise sullen day, I decided to turn it on (thank you work for having DirecTV with all the channels).
It was an enjoyable game to watch, if not an exciting one. I needed a game where the outcome was not really in doubt for most of the second half. I will admit my outlook was very unsure coming into this year with the loss of some key players from last year, namely Trent Plaisted. I was very impressed with the way they played though.
What a game Chris Miles had. He had some great moves to the basket and continued to go for it, even when he missed a few. J.T. had a rough game, but every shooter goes through slumps, and he will work out of it.
Cummard had another great game and deserves all of the attention he is bound to get this year. When you are as good as he is, you find a way to score. It will be fun to see how teams try and stop him.
Perhaps the brightest spot I saw tonight was how well the Cougars were with help defense. There were numerous drives where the defender got beat, but another Cougar stepped in and filled the lane, forcing the other team to kick it back out.
I don’t think enough can be said about the importance of defense if BYU is to be successful this year, especially once they start to play better teams with quicker players.
We can’t expect them to go undefeated, but 5-0 is a great start. It should be another great year.