3. BYU hoops turnaround

December 14, 2018

3. The BYU men’s basketball team rebounded from three straight losses with three straight wins. Why did they have such a dramatic turnaround?

DICKSON: This is a team that is still sort of defining itself. There is always a period of adjustment in terms of playing time and roles. I think the Cougars are still kind of in that moment, trying to figure out which players work best together. With Nick Emery back, that process is still underway. It helps that Yoeli Childs has been spectacular lately and T.J. Haws has found his shooting stroke. I still think there is a lot of offensive growth available with this team. They need another shooter or two to find the range more consistently if they want to compete in the WCC this year. It’s going to be a real dogfight.

LLOYD: I think we might look back at the loss at Weber State in early December as the defining moment of the season. Yes, the Cougars had dropped a game to a good Houston team and let one get away at Illinois State in overtime, but BYU was flat-out embarrassed by how they performed in Ogden. The Cougar players have come out since then determined to be more effective against dribble penetration -- an area where having guard Nick Emery back on the floor makes a big difference. I also think BYU is feeding off of the experience and confidence of Yoeli Childs and TJ Haws. Those guys have been the foundation of the recent Cougar performances.

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