As promised, I caught the Cougar Tip-off last night with my pal Justin. If you don't have a friend like Justin, I highly recommend finding one. Having a buddy who has no attachments, no wife, and a great love of BYU sports can come in quite handy.
I quite enjoyed the chance to get a sneak peek at the BYU basketball team last night.
Coach Dave Rose did something a little strange, however. For the scrimmage he put all the experienced players on one team, and the newcomers on the other team. It was clearly lopsided. Here are the lineups used last night.
Gavin MacGreggor (switched to blue in second half)
Michael Loyd Jr.
The white team star was definitely Tavernari. JT Monaaaaaay scored a game-high 23 points, and was 5-11 from three point land. He also picked Jimmer Fredette's pocket and ran down the court for the only time I've ever seen him dunk.
Justin seemed pained every time JT did well. Looks like I'll have to fight the battle again and defend JT's game to all my buddies, who are absolutely intent on hating Tavernari regardless of play.
For the blue team, I'll give the game ball to Matt Pinegar. A walk-on, Pinegar was all over the court and finally gave the blue team a spark after starting out incredibly slow. He played solid defense and made some big threes.
Charles Abouo also looked good. He is very athletic and made some great moves to get to the hoop.
I was also impressed with Morgan's ability to play point (even though he is definitely not a scorer), and Chris Miles' moves in the post.
All in all, it's going to be a good year for BYU basketball. I can't wait for the season to start.
In other sports news, the Jazz won their season-opener last night against the Denver Nuggets. The game went down to the wire, and I was impressed with the Jazz' ability to close it out even when the game was close. As far as the Nuggets go, I only have one question: Who in the heck is this guy?
And finally, the Phillies won the world series last night by taking game five 4-3. I have to be honest: this was one of the most uninteresting World Series' I've seen in a long time. I think I speak for every living human being on earth when I say "Finally. Baseball season is over."
... for three months or so.