PROVO — BYU will need the three-ball this year, but does Dave Rose have confidence enough in his archers? They’re capable, but are they cold-blooded enough to fire away?

The Cougars open the season on the road Tuesday night at seventh-ranked Nevada, a huge challenge. The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee made it clear last year that playing “up” is the roadmap for Big Dance aspirants.

If BYU is to challenge Gonzaga in the WCC and make some noise in Las Vegas at the league tournament, it will need to find its range from distance. It has become the great equalizer in the game.

The NBA knows it. The game has evolved and emphasis across the globe is now on points from beyond the arc. Gobs of 3-pointers are going to beat traditional inside-the-paint play. It’s trading threes for twos.

But if you take ’em, you have to make a chunk of ’em count. It’s like voting.

Two years ago, BYU had archers and wasn’t afraid to use them. Plus, they ran and tried to attack defenses early. Last year with Heath Schroyer, it was a more disciplined and deliberate attack that at times worked. But it frustrated the shooters and it showed in their accuracy, rhythm and confidence.

Word on the street is if that conservative mindset is deployed this year, there will be either a revolt or trips to psychiatrist office.

I wouldn’t expect Rose to totally sell out when he has Yoeli Childs inside, but it is a tool he needs to deliver.

TJ Haws is one of the best Utah high school players I’ve ever seen. He is also a guy who needs people to believe in his game and set him loose. He had 29 against Gonzaga in 2017 and 26 against San Francisco last season. He is a career 36 percent shooter from …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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