I agree, but Jackson and Charles are going to have to come up big on O. Jackson
is always a one man wrecking crew on defense. Noah will also need to play
large! Jimmer needs dishing options that work.
I have SDSU and BYU going to the elite 8. Yes folks.....possible. I have SDSU
going to the final against ND. After the game yesterday, SDSU is that good. And
them knowing that and playing like each game is their last, will get them there.
Sorry, UConn is better than SDSU, but give the Aztecs credit, they will advance
out of the first round for the first time ever.BYU has extremely
favorable match-ups. Wofford is decent, but 3's RARELY lose to 14s, and there
are reasons. St. John's is highly over-rated. Don't believe me? Check out the
teams they lost to easrlier in the year (i.e. St. Bonneventure). Plus, they
needed controversy just to eeek out a win against Rutgers in the Big-East
tourney. I don't use the over-rated term much---but this is a clear cut example
of it. If Gonzaga beats St. John's, BYU match-ups up well with the Zags. Finally, BYU gets the weakest of all 2 seeds in Florida (the team they
beat in the NCAA last year).So no excuses, Y. You were ranked as
high a 3 in the polls. Now prove it.
Y won't make the sweet 16. Loss of center was truly a loss.
BYU can do this without Davies, they've done well since Collinsworth got hurt.
The big problem will be getting their swagger back; the team lost most of it
after Davies left.
Jimmer will have to score 50+ per game for the Y to get past the 2nd round.
Davies makes a big difference in that BYU is small inside now and that is going
to probably put a stop to their hopes starting with the 2nd round. I really
would be surprised to see the Y get past the 2nd round and shocked to see them
go beyond that.... but Jimmer is a once and a decade player that just might make
the impossible happen for the Y.
I'm picking a well-balanced attack and victory on Thursday. Then Jimmer can go
off like a rocket on Saturday. Carry the team on his shoulders to the third
round.Good rest between Saturday and round 3 and anything can
happen!So let it be done.
Both the Y and SDSU could easily win 3 but I don't see either getting to the
final 4. Hope they do though.
Feeling sorry for the Aggies, they got Jimmered by the NCAA Selection Committee.
All the best to them from a Ute fan. I (gulp) really like this group and I
believe they will make it to the Sweet 16. After that--who knows?
Similar except that Utah actually made it to the F4 and didn't lose in the 2nd
Fisher was not only the team's 3d best scorer he was also one of the nation's
best rebounders. Jerry Chambers has said many times that Utah would have won
the national championship in 1966 if Fisher had been in the lineup. Also, back
then regions were truly regions. Teams stayed in their region and had to win
their region. 1966 was during the time that John Wooden and UCLA were making
annual runs to the NCAA championship. However, in 1966 Oregon State beat UCLA
for the PAC 8 title and then Utah beat Oregon St on its way to the final four.
Similar except that Utah was seeded into the Sweet Sixteen and only had to beat
Pacific and Oregon State to reach the Final Four.
Last 5 BYU games: 3 wins 2 losses = 18-12 season = NIT invite. This is the
reality for BYU right now. I think they will win the first game, but truthfully
there are 6 or 7 teams left out of the big dance that are better than BYU right
now. Perhaps BYU should follow the example of Brandon Davies and ADMIT where
they are wrong. They do not belong.Show that integrity, do the right
thing BYU, resign from the big dance. We as life long fans are ready for our
hearts to be broken one more time. We really had hope this year. You are luckily
placed in the right bracket for how small your are, but, now, well, unless
jimmer scores 60 a game, we won't make it beyond the sweet 16. // head hung low
// Go aggies // Go SDSU. Good luck cougars, will love you always, just kinda sad
that the story always repeats. head hung low. Jesus forgives, so why won't byu?
I hope the teams they play believe that BYU and Jimmer are overrated.
FrazzleDazzleAnother Chris B clone.Jesus forgives after
a repentance process, which BYU will do after Brandon completes his.Your "last 5 games" formula is as meaningless as your analysis. You
could apply the exact same reasoning to #1 seed Pitt (lost in the opening round
of the Big East tourney) and #2 seed North Carolina (blown out in the ACC final)
for discounting resumes that they built over an entire season.It's
hillarious how all of these Utah trolls are campaigning for BYU to simply give
up on a great season because they lost a couple of players. Sorry to disappoint
U, but you're going to have to rebuild your own program. BYU isn't going to give
you a free pass by simply stepping aside now, or in the future.
I definitely think BYU has a tougher road ahead than the 1966 Utes had. They
have to play more games and are not as well rounded as a team as the Utes were
that year. Jimmer has shown some good defense in a few games, but he is still
lacking in that area and his assist numbers aren't as good as they should be for
a point guard.Jimmer will probably get all the POY awards and he
deserves them. He has been great all year. Kemba Walker looked good in the Big
East tournament, but had more lackluster games during the season than Jimmer.
However, Kemba is a more complete player and may have an even bigger impact than
Jimmer in the future. Jimmer scores a lot, but Kemba does whatever it takes to
win (assists, rebounds, scoring).Dave Rose is still number one on my
list of candidates for the Utes job. We need someone who is a proven winner and
recruiter.I hope USU goes deep in the tourney. They deserve more
respect than they are getting for as many wins as Stew Morril gets out of his
team every year.
It's unfortunate to see Boylen go, I think he has the right ideas, but seems
like nothing really took root. Maybe the mass exodus of players last year had a
bigger impact than expected.Frazzle Dazzle: that has got to be one
of the weakest posts ever. You really tried to pretend you were BYU fan. Finally, sure Boylen is gone, but if Hill doesn't get a coach that wins,
Hill may be on the hot seat next...Looking for a third head coach in 7 years?
The last coach to win at Utah also got them on probabtion and had to surrender
his personal salary to avoid the NCAA death penalty.
Mike, did you get the idea for this article from my letter to the editor that
the DN published last week? I was at the game when George Fisher broke his leg.
It is something I have never forgotten. Ute basketball is bad when your only
current joy in it is remembering something that happend 45 years ago.
The difference is the Coogs would lose in the first weekend with or without
The difference is Utah trolls having to predict BYU losses in 2011 just to help
themselves feel better about their own miserable season.In 1966, BYU
fans didn't have to be jealous of Utah having a great season, because BYU was
also having an outstanding season of their own, winning the 1966 NIT National
Championship.Note: There were only 24 teams in the 1966 NCAA
tournament, so there were still a lot of very good teams playing in the NIT.Utah #12, BYU #19 in the final Coaches poll.Neither team was
ranked in the final AP poll, which only ranked the Top 10.