BYU basketball: Cougars blast Wildcats 87-65 at EnergySolutions Arena

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  • blauch Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2010 2:00 p.m.

    The game was in SLC because BYU has their Christmas show at the Marriott. This was a home game for BYU.

    For those who think that BYU isn't talented. They are the most talented BYU team over the last 20 years.

    Jimmer is talented. If he can develop a tear drop floater he will be unstoppable in college.

    Emery is the most underrated player on the team. His lateral quickness is amazing. The entire zone works because he can cover 2 players. He reads passing lanes better than anyone on the team.

    Davies is going to be pretty good as long as he can stay out of foul trouble. His 4 foul was an absolute joke.

    There is not a NCAA team that would not be getting these three substantial minutes.

    Kyle Collinsworth is getting better every game.

    Collinsworth, Hartsock, Rogers and Abouo all really good solid players.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Dec. 13, 2010 1:41 p.m.

    Arizona did not want to play at Provo, so they settled for the ESA. I think Rose got his revenge on Arizona's baby-like character to not return a game on a team's home floor by waxing the team twice. I hope BYU gets them again in the first round. Easy victory.

    Arizona is always known as one of the great NCAA teams, so beating them on neutral court goes a farther way than beating them at home.

    Can't wait for them to feast on a another PAC team on Saturday!

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Dec. 13, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    I agree to an extent with some tasteless crowd taunting, but living in Phoenix, and going to football, baseball & basketball games in Tucson, the Utah crowd was quite mild.
    And being an ASU fan, I cheer for anyone who thumps the cats.
    Thanks for the beat down cougs!
    Miller was quoted as calling BYU "an elite bb program"
    That's quite a compliment from a classy and successful coach.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Dec. 13, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    Why exactly was the game at ESA? Was this because the pacx would not travel to provo to play the cougars?

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 13, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    @Back.. I personally love the chants from the student section. This is college basketball man! (or woman)

    I love the "left, right" chant and a couple other good ones from saturdays game "You got Jimmered *clap, clap, clap clap clap* And "You got swatted, *clap, clap, clap clap clap*

    Love it! Keep it up SS!

    The team looked awesome. Cant believe we have to wait clear til saturday to watch them play again. ULCA shouldnt put up much of fight, they are 4-4 and tied for last in the PAC10. I just hope its not a trap game.

    Go Cougs!!!

  • BP Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2010 8:23 a.m.

    This game answered a few questions I had about BYU's ball club. Arizona has more athleticism at 4 of the starting 5 positions, and BYU made things look easy. On top of that, the game was played on a neutral court (and BYU notoriously shoots better in the Marriot than anywhere else). Also, I think Jimmer showed why he should be a first round draft pick. That long distance bomb while he was double teamed in the first half blew my mind.

    That being said, conference play will be a lot harder this year than ever before. I still think BYU will drop three or four games in conference. However, this is the best team that BYU has had in years, and I believe they will finish the season with less losses than the BYU football team.

  • Herbie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 12, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    @ back,
    They don't call it the sixth man for nothin. Its about gettin in the opposing teams heads.

  • Back Overland Park, KS
    Dec. 12, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    I've been a BYU fan for years, and enjoy watching this years BBall team. Congrats on the fine play recently! However, there is something that just grates on me, and that is the 'taunting' of the opposing team that continues. For example, the 'air ball' chant or when the opposing team member fouls out and the footsteps 'right/left' are shouted out. Yeah, the rest of the world does it, but it really doesn't help our team -- it just gets old! Give the opposing team an applause for their effort, lose the 'air ball' chant. Is there anyone else that feels this way? I'd love for the effort of the fans to match that of the teams and the mission of the university. Time to stand a little higher!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 12, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    Has Cris B. made any predictions on the Las Vegas Bowl? Guess who'se going to get lit up?

  • JustintimeY Boise, Id
    Dec. 12, 2010 9:00 a.m.

    Great game, Jimmer is the man 33 points and an awesome first half. I hope BYU TV can inprove there quality of production to match the BYU TEAM and JIMMER. The production quailty is no better than the Mountain at this point no HD and I agree with the above comment, font size of the runnin score is to small.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 12, 2010 7:56 a.m.

    Wonderful game! I am very impressed with Brandon Davies! He has some big time moves and can almost score at will close to the hoop. He rebounds well and plays defense well also! BYU's next star-Brandon Davies!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    Don't worry Jackson Emery - after the final is over with you will get back on your feat feeling the flow again. Great team effort and we outrebounded Ariz which was where our strong point. That long hair Ariz guy took a drive on Hartsock head was on purpose and it wasn't a rebound after I replayed it. That was a dirty play of what he did to Hartsock. He'll be ready for UCLA and C. Collingsworth will play vs ucla.

  • SeattleUhasabballteam? Seattle, Wa
    Dec. 11, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    Great Win! Good to see everyone step up. A lot of times you hear about how teams are deep of have x amount of guys in a rotation. There is a difference between having a rotation where guys can come in and give you quality minutes, and a rotation where guys can come in and keep the game plan and the flow of the game going, AND do it for as long as they are asked. We have the latter. GO COUGS!

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Dec. 11, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    Good game. I got to watch on BYUTV online. I would listen to KSL at the same time, but the radio feed is about a 15 second delay.

    What a game. Jimmer is really fun to see play. AZ defense shut down BYU on one trip down the court so Jimmer puts up a 25+ foot 3 pt. shot. The opponent just has to come get him or he will shoot lights out. When they do, the other 4 guys have some open shooting lanes.

    The bench really played the defense on AZ. They could not get anything going on their inside game, as Anderson kept them quiet with smothering defense.

    Frank Layton's comments were good to hear for all Cougar fans. Jimmer's Sr. year will be fun for him and the rest of Cougar faithful. Ucla next week and another W for the Cougars.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Dec. 11, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    Now I'd like to watch AZ play Michigan and see AZ win by 20. Just to answer future questions...

    Go Y

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Dec. 11, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    I have been wondering if this team really is good or not. I have not doubts after today. They really are tough. Davies is looking better all the time and Collinsworth is an excellent player as well. With a few balls bouncing their way, the Cougars could go far this year.

    Dec. 11, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Even better than I had hoped for!!!!! GO COUGS!!!!!

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Dec. 11, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    I love how well they play as a team. Congratulations team and Coach Rose.

  • Chris Degn San Antonio, TX
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    I went out and got an HDMI cable for my laptop to watch byutv on my new big screen TV. And this great game sure made it worthwhile! Way to go, Cougars! By the way, Frank Layden's comments on Jimmer were spot on. Fun to watch!

  • treecaps22 Charlotte, North Carolina
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:43 p.m.

    That's the best defensive effort I've seen from a BYU in a long time. Tremendous determination. I'm going to enjoy ever single game I can watch of Jimmer in a BYU uniform. The kid is unbelievable. Finally, could someone ask BYUtv to increase the font size of the score and time remaining on their digital display? I think the score is in 4 point font. I can't read it and I have 20/20 vision.

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:24 p.m.

    "Noah Hartsock left the game midway through the first half with a concussion and lacerated mouth after taking an elbow fighting for a rebound." Uhh, NO!!! He took a skull to the face.

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:16 p.m.

    Mrs. B, Mrs. B, can Cris come out and play.

    I guess the Cris B. strategy is to predict a loss in every game the Y plays and, of course, sooner or later it will happen and he will proclaim his superior skills in predicting game outcomes. MARK IT DOWN! Bwahahahaha!

    What a great game to be at. We simply were firing on all cylinders.

    Missing Collinsworth was one thing, but when Hartsock went down I thought we would be in big trouble.

    Who would have every considered it possible that, with our best 3 bigs (Collinsworth, Hartsock, and Davies) playing a combined 20 minutes due to injuries and fouls, we would win the game let alone blow Arizona out?

    We have a deep team. Anderson was a man inside and I think played his best game. Our defense was awesome. Switching between man to man and zone completely baffled Arizona and we swarmed to the ball so well that they simply struggled to get shots off.

    Jones shot lights out and scored 20 in the second half to keep them in the game.

    Arizona's Williams struggled with our D but showed his is the real deal.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Dec. 11, 2010 7:53 p.m.

    I was not able to watch this game. Apparently, so many people wanted to watch the game via byutv on-line that the site was down...or just had too much traffic for me to get it to load. Works fine now.

    So, it was the radio, which doesn't really give one a true feel for how good or bad a team looks. I'm glad the Cougars won but it sure would have been nice to see it.

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    Dec. 11, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    this a great team! what will they be like with the other collinsworth? whew! the good memories are coming back again of the magnificent seven of '87. what a team, i got to see the game on kbyu tv the picture still isn't good(digital blocks) but i wouldn't miss the cougs.

  • Solomon Levi Alpine, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    Cris B. | 8:06 p.m. Dec. 10, 2010

    "arizona will light byu up worse than this game"

    So much for Arizona lighting up BYU.

    Great game for Jimmer, especially coming on the heals of that draining trip to his hometown earlies this week.

    33 points against the team with the best record in the PAC 10 coming into this game (82 points in the last two games vs the Wildcats.)

    Good luck to Noah recovering from that nasty melee under the basket.

    Next up, UCLA!

    Keep it rolling Cougs!

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Dec. 11, 2010 7:10 p.m.

    WOOOOOOHOOOOO! Loved watching this game on BYUTV! What a great win for the cougs. Everybody was hustling big time. Sure felt sorry for Jackson though. He just could not get the ball to go through the hoop. Great defensive effort from him though!

  • first2third Elmo, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 6:47 p.m.

    Jimmer is a man among children. The cougs are for real this year, let's get pumped cougar fans!

  • Geraldo Blanding, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 6:46 p.m.

    The Cougs are for real this year. More importantly, Dave Rose is a fantastic coach!

  • DoughBoyFresh Orem, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    Good game, Cougars!

    But somebody should really tell James Anderson to pass the ball! Every time he touched it he tried to score. It was painful to watch.

    Oh well, at least we won!

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Dec. 11, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    Including every school in the state, That'll be the best college basketball game played in that city. The second best will be the win against Hawai'i, the third best will be BYUs win over utah simply due to lack of a challenge.

    AZ wanted revenge, I guess the pac-10 just ain't good enough!


  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Dec. 11, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    Great game I got to watch on TV in Texas.

    If I was in utah i'd be there.


    Jimmer jammed those lamecats.