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BYU basketball: Noah Hartsock earns a living at the foul line

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  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Feb. 6, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    This game was a prime example of how pathetic the officiating is in the WCC. That entire Portland roster should have fouled out.....unbelievable. And who says Davies and Hartsock are "bigs"? Bigs refers to players over 6'10" and weighing at least 260. The Cougars are missing bigs and consistent shooters from medium range. Three point shooters they are not. This club is going to have a tough time with the three in a row roadies of the Dons, Broncos, and Zags later this month. Their only hope for the NCAA tournament is a first or second place finish in Las Vegas in my humble opinion. This club is not good at the moment.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 5, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    The WCC in my mind stands for something more like a semi-pro wrestling leauge. Finally the refs are calling fouls unlike the efforts against St. Mary's.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Feb. 5, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    RockOn, it's obvious you did not watch the game.

    BYU got called for a lot of ticky-tack, or even non-existant, stuff on the perimeter. Since many of those were non-shooting fouls, the Pilots didn't get free throws. And when they reached the bonus, they missed a ton of front end 1-and-1's, which is a reason for the lesser free throw total.

    Portland was getting called for hard fouls on shots near the basket that, of course, led to two shots. And BYU was making them for the most part.

    Fouls were actually pretty even for the 1st half and much of the 2nd. It was the last 10 minutes, when BYU really started wearing out the Pilots, that the number of Portland fouls started pulling way ahead.

    But the officiating was till terrible. There were a lot of hard hits that weren't called, and a lot of incidental contact, or even non-contact, that was. Even the announcers commented on the poor officiating by the "inexperienced WCC referees" this season. (And yes, they did call them inexperienced.)

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 5, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    7 years straight, 20 wins! I think the man deserves a raise!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 5, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    Can't stand fans at any level whining about "the terrible officiating." Nonsense. Loser mentality. And BYU fans are as bad as any in blaming officials. Now we see the shoe on the other foot with BYU getting 53 attempts from the foul line. Bet Portland whiners are blaming the officials but my fellow BYU fans are strangely silent. Best to just keep quiet when blaming the officials instead of terrible 3 point shooting or weak perimeter defense.

  • skippy54 Murray, UT
    Feb. 5, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    It is great to see and read all the stories about Men sports. But would also like to know How The Ladies are doing. What do they have to do to get space and time. really

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Feb. 5, 2012 8:12 a.m.

    Pretty much an ugly game. Could not believe the "T" they rang up on Davies. Where was Charles?

  • 93 COUGAR Orem, UT
    Feb. 5, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    Great BYU crowd tonight in Portland. When they did the BYU chant at the end of the game it was obvious that there were more Cougar fans than Pilot fans at the game.

    Nice win but hopefully the 3pt shots will start falling soon.

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Feb. 5, 2012 7:14 a.m.

    I enjoyed the game...great win. Please tell me someone has suggested that the Cougs stop shooting 3s. They've got 2 of the best bigs in the west. The mid-range jumper at 30-40% is much better than the 3 at 17%. Come one guys, go with what is working. I'd limit the team to 5 3-point attempts a game 'til they hit 3-4 of those. It's not Rocket Science...