Originally posted on TornBySports  |  Last updated 2/8/14
It’s time to shut up about the horrible free throw shooting of the BYU basketball team. Believe me, we here at the Sports Bros, like all BYU basketball fans, have lamented the Cougars’ pathetic efforts from the charity stripe. But it’s time to start putting the blame where it really belongs: the defense. To all who have watched the Cougars play this season, it is no revelation that the team has struggled to get stops on the defensive end. But understanding just how bad it is requires an in-depth look at some statistics. BYU’s fast-paced system makes it hard to gauge just how good the team is on both sides of the ball. On defense, BYU gives up a whopping 79.1 points per game, ranking them 337th out of 351 college basketball programs. No doubt that is atrocious,  but it doesn’t really get to the heart of the matter. After all, their fast-paced style gives their opponents a lot of possessions, too. In fact, BYU opponents average 77 possessions per game, more than the opponents of all b...
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