BYU Will Regroup and Rebound
Keep in mind that the Cougar team that took the court last night was still reeling from the loss of Brandon Davies.
It was evident that the BYU players were shell-shocked and struggling with what had just happened to them as a team. It was as if they were collectively a deer in the headlights of the speeding truck that was New Mexico.
It’s also important to realize that Dave Rose had no real time to prepare his team for the game sans Davies, seeing that Brandon had just been suspended the day prior.
It’s true that the Cougars are not nearly the team without Davies in the lineup, but moving forward they will perform much better than they showed last night. The coaching staff will figure things out, the players will come to together and they will execute future game plans at a higher level as they have more time to practice and prepare.
It’s also worth noting that the Lobos, for whatever reason, just seem to have the Cougars’ number. With as well as New Mexico played, having Davies last night may not have of made a difference in the final outcome of the game. The Lobos have now swept BYU in each of the last two seasons and have won five of the last six games.
It’s clear now that BYU will not be receiving a number one seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament, the Cougars could even slide down to a No. 3 or a No. 4 depending on how the Cougars finish out the regular season against Wyoming and how they fair in next week’s Mountain West Conference tournament.
The Cougars may no longer be the favorites to win the MWC tourney or to make deep run at the Big Dance, but they will come back, play harder, play better and with more confidence. Any team that has Jimmer Fredette on it will have to be taken seriously.
Will Cougars fans step up and gut it up as well? Will they still show up and fill the Marriott Center on Saturday and show up in droves to support their team in Las Vegas?
This team and these players deserve such.