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Published: Friday, March 18 2011 10:50 a.m. MDT

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Striker
Omaha, NE

I would not be surprised if the committee set these seeds on purpose...to make for a good bball match up. They did make lots of errors with teams, so who knows. Jimmer needs to bring his A game and BYU needs to be very good on rebounding. They cannot be in foul trouble like the last game. This team is good enough to make it to the Sweet 16...they just need to play as a team and be smart and they can make it.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

BYU will have to play bettter than they did last night to beat Gonzaga. They are capable of beating them if they can hit their season averages in most areas. It is hard to say how good Gonzaga is from last nights game since the St Johns team looked a little lost and flat most of the game. Kind of like BYU the first game without Davies against New Mexoco.
Go Cougars!

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Mark Few comes across as a really intelligent well spoken guy who knows what he is talking about. Great coaching match up.

Cougars had a lot of stupid fouls yesterday. They need to be mentally tougher tomorrow. Should be a fun game and a preview of things to come.

Go Jimmer!

In My Humble Opinion
South Jordan, UT

Love the "we have faith in our coaches" comment. Such a refreshing change from many college and prep players, and most pros. Detroit things the kid is speaking a foreign language.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

With Gonzaga's high shooting percentage, BYU is dead. Someone please wake up Emery and Abuo and get those guys to pour in some points. Jimmer needs help!!!!!

nottyou
Riverton, UT

Dear international LDS Church membership: Looking for a couple of 7-footers to stand in the middle and contest shots. Scoring a basket or two on occasion is also desirable. Must have a big body. English speaking skills not required. Full scholarship for the right individuals. Please apply at BYU Basketball Office - Coach Dave Rose. Thank you.

Bruce
Angleton, TX

As a proud alum of both of these institutions, I expect the Zags to easily handle the Cougs.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Few is one of the best coaches in college basketball. He could coach anywhere if he wanted to. He likes Spokane.

Dave Rose will be outcoached tomorrow, no doubt. However, BYU should win the game if the bigs would stop the silly fouls.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

I think we can all agree that BYU has to make shots to win. You cannot rebound made shots. But I disagree mightily that Rose will be outcoached. Rose is as good of coach as anyone. With Brandon, I'd be very confident, but without him, we have to make shots. I'm sure Jax, Noah and Charles know that.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Rose is the most predictable coach in the tournament. There is no creativity in his coaching. It's either man to man or 2 - 3 zone. The offense consists of 3 plays. They never press. They never trap.

You watch the game tomorrow and watch how much Few adjusts during the game plus how many different options he runs on defense and offense.

Few is head and shoulders above Rose.

But again, I think BYU will win because Jimmer is the best player in the tournament and Emery is a great sidekick.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

@CJ

You and one or two Ute trolls are the only ones thinking Rose is not a good coach. Back up your post here. Rose gets a lot of props nationally and has the best record ever at BYU (30 wins most seasons). You've gotta have big guys in the middle who can score and rebound. We play with 4 guards and unless our perimeter game is on, we don't win. It's more down to passing and taking the right shot. Losing Colinsworth and Davies has nothing to do with Rose.

WA_Alum&Dad
Marysville, WA

I laugh every time I think about people saying we did poorly going to the WCC. It will be so refreshing playing league teams who have classy coaches, players, and fans for a change.

If I could just figure out how to score tickets, I'd drive to Spokane every year to watch the game and cheer the Cougars. But if you weren't born with season tickets to the McCarthey Athletic Center, Fuggetaboutit.

Pavalova
Surfers Paradise, AU

Hopefully, we can make our layups tomorrow.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

Gonzaga is a big team outrebounding St Johns 41-18 (12-4 in offensive rebounding). Gonzaga has a prescence they like to assert and I don't think BYU can handle that type of play well. They do have Jimmer of course so it's hardly worse than 50-50 odds of winning.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

There is a diffence between being a good game-time coach and recruiting good players. He is a great recruiter. That I will give him. But Few will be the better coach tomorrow when the ball goes up.

Give me an example where Rose adapted during the game to how the game was being played? He coaches every game the same. Never makes adjustments at halftime. He reminds me of Kruger at UNLV and Sloan when he was with the Jazz. Robots.....

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Gonzaga is too tall inside. BYU - minus Brando Davies - are smallish inside. BYU will HAVE to be insanely hot from the outside - both Jimmer and Emery - to have any chance at all. Neither Jimmer or Emery shot the ball well last game so things will have to change in a hurry for the Y or it's lights out.

prediction: Gonzaga 75 BYU 65

SoCalTrueBlue2
San Diego, CA

Emery needs to pump fake more often on his long shot opportunities and drive to the basket, just like he did ONCE against Wofford. He should be doing that at least 4-5 times a game, especially after missing 2-3 longs in a row. If he does he will produce more offense. Both BYU and Gonzage are capable of winning the next game. Whichever team wants it more and executes best will win. Abouo could be the difference maker, either way. Go Cougars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

majmajor
Layton, UT

This match up is kind of funny.

If BYU loses (I hope not), BYU will actually get more tourney money. This happened when Utah move to the MWC, the money stays with the old conference (WAC).

Either way, this game is a win-win for BYU.

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

BYU prime advantage:
Jimmer

Zag advantage:
Rebounding

BYU prime disadvantage:
Cold shooting in some games

Zag prime disadvantage:
turnovers

BYU will win if:
Emery and Abuou hit 40% of shots
Jimmer stays around 30 points (about his average)
Rebounders don't have silly fouls so they keep stay within 5 or so boards

Zags will win if:
BYU doesn't do those things.

I suspect the Wofford game was like the TCU MWC tourney game and that the Zag game will be like the New Mexico game. More rest but even more motivation.

Skippy
West Jordan, UT

Jimmer sure gets alot of attention for his offense but the talking heads say BYU will lose because of Jimmers defense. I have to admit...It was nice to see Jimmer play a little defense against Wofford.

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