BYU basketball: Mika "day to day" with bruised hip
Here's my follow in Monday's newspaper from the game on Saturday, in which I mention that both teams on Thursday could be dealing with injury issues when BYU plays host to Pepperdine.
Pepperdine's Malcolm Brooks (ankle) and BYU's Eric Mika (various bumps and bruises) left their respective games on Saturday with injuries.
We will learn more about Mika's condition on Wednesday, presumably, at BYU's post-practice media session.
However, BYU basketball spokesperson Kyle Chilton said Monday at noon that Mika "has a bruised hip, same as the other night. Had it checked out, everything is good. Is day to day."<
Also Monday, BYU guard Skyler Halford was named the West Coast Conference men's basketball player of the week after he scored 28 points, a career-high, in the win over the Toreros. It is the first time a Cougar has been honored by the league this season.
More thoughts on BYU's win over San Diego last weekend:
Having read one of my tweets during BYU's 87-53 win over San Diego on Saturday night in which I wrote that basketball coach Dave Rose was "looking like a genius" for starting Skyler Halford in the place of Matt Carlino, a reader/BYU fan sent me an email Sunday morning suggesting that I easily could have criticized Rose for taking so long to make the switch.
I guess I went with the glass half-full approach, instead of the glass half-empty route. I know, I know, you're all surprised.
"Wouldn't it be just as accurate to say that Rose looks like an idiot for playing Halford so sparingly before last night?" wrote the emailer. "Halford is a rare shooter on a team with almost no shooters; he's looked good in his previous (extremely brief) outings; and I've wondered almost since day one why he has been plastered on the bench. He seems to make noise immediately when he enters a game."
This reader mentioned that a few years ago it took Rose until the final three games of the season to realize that Michael Loyd Jr. was one of his best offensive players. Loyd scored 26 points in an NCAA Tournament win over Florida — 22 points above his season average — the Cougars' first NCAA tournament win in 17 years.
They are valid points.
It makes one wonder if the Cougars would be 3-0 in WCC play, rather than 1-2, if Rose had made the switch before the league opener against Loyola Marymount.
I am going to say they would probably be 2-1. They just didn't have it against LMU, and the Lions were simply ready for them and more prepared on that day. One player wouldn't have made a difference as LMU took an early double-digit lead and never let the Cougars get closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Against Pepperdine, Halford sparked the Cougars in the second half, which is the reason Rose cited for giving him the start Saturday night against San Diego.