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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 17 2010 11:00 p.m. MST

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Logan, Utah

Thanks Dick,

It's nice to see that somebody from "Cougar Nation" sees really just how good Utah State basketball really is; you don't get 6 NCAA tournament berths in the past 10 years without being competitive. BYU really was lucky they won this game because of the horrible FT shooting and Tai Wesley's blunder at near the end of the game. Still, I have to give props to BYU for an excellent game played. We'll get you next time in Logan. Good game cougars :D

Go Aggies.

Kaysville, UT

I made the trip and was impressed with the Aggies. I figured we would go down as the home team has won in this series for a long time. I still believe if we have Nate Bendall, starting center, we win the game. Foul calls were horrible and really that is both ways. I thought one of the many bad calls hurt us worse with Tai getting tossed but he does need to learn to keep his freaking elbows down as he's been whistled before for that. BYU's pressure hurt us as they are pretty quick and we turned the ball over a lot. All in all a good game, I look for Y and Ags to blow through their regular season schedules.

Heber City, UT

Fun game to watch. But it looked like the offense was out of sync - a lot of watching Jimmer do his thing.

Omaha, NE

Good write up.

"USU doubled up on Fredette constantly and BYU struggled to make the Aggies pay"

Looks like it wasn't good enough. 26 points for Fredette, leading all scorers by far. If Fredette had more patience and passed the ball, BYU could have begun to creep away. 26 points is still amazing.

The WIN is what counts!

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Idaho Falls, ID

From a BYU fan: We were outplayed on the inside big time. We are in trouble. We have small forwards playing center and power forward. Also, I'm ticked they whistled Wesley out of the game. Too many people will now say thats the only reason we won. Even though we were up by 3 at the the time. Lastly, Jimmer dribbling the ball for almost the full shot clock is looking ridiculous. The development of the rest of the team is being hurt by his ball hogging. Yeah he is good. But from a team standpoint we need the team to learn how to pass it around and get it to the open guy.

Syracuse, UT

Re AggieNation,

By the same token, USU was lucky that BYU didn't beat them by 15 or 20 due to poor shooting by Jimmer and a couple of others. It is what it is! BYU was not lucky. They scored when they needed to and hit their FT's. At least you admitted that Tai's foul at the end was a blunder, as it was.

Keep your head up, USU has a good team and will go far.

Salt Lake City, UT

USU has a classy team. USU fans still have a long way to go before they are equal to their team.

Hyde Park, UT

Owl | 8:25 a.m. Nov. 18, 2010
Salt Lake City, UT
USU has a classy team. USU fans still have a long way to go before they are equal to their team.

I expect a lot of classless trash talking from both sets of fans during the next few months. There are classy and classless fans from both schools, so taking shots at the Aggie fans is a bit disingenuous.

Hayden, ID

@ IFjazzfan. Your comments about Jimmer being a "ball hog' are incorrect. Last year Jimmer lead the team in assists and he probably will again this year. How can you lead in assists and be a ball hog?

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

USU has classy fans in my opinion. Sure there are a few annoying ones but that's about the same as every other team in the state.

Dick could you please do some digging and find out why coach Rose didn't want to play Davies against Utah State?

Did he not want Davies to see how much better he would be if he had gone to USU where they actually develop there big men and use them in the game?

BYU really needs to develop some kind of an inside game to beat teams like SDSU and advance in the NCAA tournament. It frustrates me as a fan when our inside talent is consistently under developed. Hartsock has played well so far but no one has done much in the post. They would not have beaten USU if this game was played on the road.

Don't get me wrong I love watching Jimmer Fredette and he is an amazing player, but the best teams have good players who can do some damage at every position.

Unbiased Viewpoint
Draper, UT

As an Unbiased Viewpoint the following facts must be looked at. Keep in mind I have no leaning either way just looking at it from a 200 foot perspective.

Score when the Wesley foul was called. BYU 72 USU 69. Final USU score total 72 (note USU got a gimmie two free throws on Collinsworth fould out next trip down).

Foul or no foul likely would not have changed the outcome.

Cedar Hills, UT


"USU fans still have a long way to go before they are equal to their team. "

Just add this to the list of holier, better, and classier than though quotes by byu fans.

btw...Jimmer IS a ball hog and the one dimensional byu squad will be exposed soon.

the boonies, mexico

Give the sports world a break "Y ner's", anyone who has played this game, watched games for years, or is just plain interested knows that the calls made last night by supposed quality referee's was bogus at best. The call on Wesley was "totally" wrong as well as several calls before that. This was nothing more than another complete "HOMER" job! You better get these same men to give you help this year "wonderful ones" if your going to reach your fans lofty fantasy predictions, thats my take.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Nice write up. Before the game it seemed that every radio sports talk show stated that the Y would win because they are a better team. It is nice to see someone acknowledge both schools have great teams.

Play the game again next week and it would most likely go down to the wire again. Play it in the Spectrum and you have to give the edge to USU.

Aggies and Cougs will roll through their conferences.

Master of My Domain
Ogden, UT

As someone who attended both of these schools and was just looking for a good game, I got it. I think the call on Wesley was iffy and I wish it wouldn't have happened. That said, BYU is the better team. They didn't play well and still beat a top-25 caliber USU team with Wesley going 9-11 from the floor and Green shooting out of his mind. USU shot 10 percentage points better from the field and 36 percentage points better from three. Even with those stats and BYU playing poorly, the Cougars still won. That's what good teams do: win against good competition even when they played a bad game. They still have a long way to go to be great though.

As for Utah State, that is a good basketball team. Their defense is very impressive and Wesley is an absolute BEAST in the post. Goodness he's fundamentally sound. I expect USU to roll through the WAC and end up with only 4-5 losses on the year. Good ball club. It was nice to see such a great game.

tropic, UT

Didn't see mentioned that USU was without their staring center

AK Cougar
Palmer, AK

Vince, you need to take a step into reality.

Both teams played a very good game. USU has lots of deep talent as does BYU. Had the game been played in the Spectrum, we would likely have seen a different outcome. But is wasn't. Home court adavantage is truly an advantage and does not include refs. It has more to do with familiarity, the fans, and getting a good nights sleep in your own bed.

USU will win lots of games and BYU will also.

Go Aggies now that the BYU game is over.
Go Cougars always.

St. George, UT

To Live Hard:
Dude, really, get a life. That was a good game, bottom line. For the record, BYU was up even before Wesley threw his elbows around, and the refs took 10 MINUTES to make a ruling, it wasn't a quick decision by any means (also, that was not even close to the only mistake made by USU, Wesley). The only thing worse than a sore winner is a sore loser. But, the rest of Aggie nation seems to be different than you. Anyway, good game Aggies, you played tough, but even better game Cougs! Keep it rolling!

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Live Hard...

What's your take on Wesley throwing Fredette to the ground?

I love how people get upset about the controversial "5th" foul, when in reality, without the other 4, it's a non issue.

Wesley even explained how the refs warned him.

Play clean, play hard.

He did his team a disservice picking up the two fould in the first half. If the guy plays clean, stays on the floor, USU has a good shot at having a great season.

Definately two of the best coaches in the state on the floor last night.

Hyde Park, UT

I hated the call against Tai at the end, but the stupid thing was the two quick ones he committed in the first half. (the over-the-back on the rebound was the worst decision Tai made all night) The outcome may not have changed with Tai in the game so its basically a non-issue.

Both teams are very good, but I would really have liked to see them play around Christmas when both teams have found their rhythm.

Stew seems to be giving Pane a little more freedom with the ball, which is good and bad. Pane needs to run the offensive sets first, then, if plays break down, use his talent for getting to the rim.

Brady needs to calm down. I swear somebody gives him straight caffeine before games or something. His energy is awesome, but he needs to slow down a little; when he gets the ball he tends to rush too much. He's one person doing really well at rebounding for the Aggies though.

Nate, how's that foot feelin'?

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