BYU basketball: Strong start paves the way for another Cougar win


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  • Please
    Dec. 26, 2009 10:29 a.m.

    Yewt trolls go post on your own stories or are they too depressing to read? And thank the Cougars for beating you in FB so that you could keep your bowl string alive against a deadbeat Cal.

  • To Lee
    Dec. 26, 2009 12:04 a.m.

    Cougar cupcakes? What about the Utes. They have played a slew of cupcakes. Only difference is that the Cougars Beat the cupcakes on their schedule!!!!!!!

  • TED
    Dec. 24, 2009 4:50 p.m.

    If your so insucure to have to ask how you would fare in another conference; the answer IS not very well. Hey, do you think we would do very well in your conf?!! Come on, lets quit telling on ourselves!

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 24, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    It is a great time to be a Cougar. Things have rarely looked better in basketball and football. I hope for a win in the tourney but I am enjoying myself now. The conference will be tough this year, should be some great games. I guess there are a few teams that are down this year so every game won't be tough.

  • Bee Careful
    Dec. 24, 2009 2:33 p.m.

    Utah fans just can't give BYU credit. If they win, it was because they "owned" the refs, or the opponent was "weak." If you shoot a high percentage from the floor and line, like BYU did against Nevada, you can beat just about anybody. However we really won't know what kind of team the Cougars are until they go against tough teams on the road and win or win a few NCAA post first round games.

  • BYU so far so good.
    Dec. 24, 2009 11:32 a.m.

    Utes have already proved that a so-so MWC team can beat or at least play with Big 10 and Big 12 schools.
    BYU did not just beat Nebraska, it was a big-time blowout. Time will tell if this is the BYU team that will do well in the NCAA playoffs.

  • Invite
    Dec. 24, 2009 11:28 a.m.

    I invite all Ute fans to jump on the band wagon and cheer and root for a good basketball team the Cougars. Ute fans need something to lift their spirits after getting waxed by Hall in overtime and then watching their utes struggle to beat a really bad Cal team without its best player. So, I extend the invitation to give up the hope that Boylen will ever deliver the goods and if you can't root for the Cougar football team, give the Cougar basketball team your support. You'll be a better person for it. GO Cougs!!!

  • Frosted cupcake?
    Dec. 24, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    Lee, At least Nebraska has beaten a few good teams (USC and Tulsa) and has more-than-solid record. Who has your team beaten so far this season? (It's always easier to cast aspersions--I'll translate for you: that means critical remarks--than to present facts.) Please feel free to dis the Cougs once Utah has a decent B ball team.

  • Evolution of a UTE
    Dec. 24, 2009 11:09 a.m.

    I know I'm in pain but it will subside after we beat our next opponent.
    Cause I'm sure we'll beat them.
    At least I'm pretty sure.
    OK maybe I hope we win.
    Well, maybe there's at least a glimmer of hope that we come out on top.
    Hmmm, perhaps I'll see if there is any other school with the color red on their jerseys and cheer for them.
    Okay forget the color red all together. Just maybe there's a school in Utah that I can cheer for that wins.
    How about Lone Peak HS? Those guys are winners.
    But their top players go to that other school and I throw beer on their players after football games.
    Could I...would I...maybe...perhaps...yeah...
    OK, I'm in so much pain, I'll cheer for their track team.
    Well that doesn't cut it. Okay their BBall team. That won't be too bad. Besides, they win a lot of games - just won that tourney in Vegas and are 11-1.
    Go Cougars!
    Wait..What did I say? Oh, forget it! Go Cougars!

  • Gee
    Dec. 24, 2009 10:37 a.m.

    I wish we could have had a REAL test in basketball and played against Pepperdine in this tournament instead of lowly Nebraska and Nevada.


  • There was so much good will on
    Dec. 24, 2009 10:00 a.m.

    the football article about the Utes I decided I needed to come to the basketball section to find some hate spewing Cougar fans:)

    nice win, either way.

  • Lee
    Dec. 24, 2009 9:51 a.m.

    Another frosted cupcake with sprinkles on BYU's schedule.

  • A Few Thoughts
    Dec. 24, 2009 9:45 a.m.

    1. Fredette and Emery are becoming one of the better backcourts in the country.

    2. Hawes - missionaries are much more effective when they go later. Like after they graduate!!

    3. Davies will be a 15-10 guy next season and give us our first real post presence in a while.

    4. I am particularly impressed that so many Cougs are shooting a GREAT percentage in such an up tempo offense. Even those that are not getting much playing time.

    5. It is a little sad to see how JT has almost shot himself out of a meaningful role on this year's team. With the great play of Haws and JT hovering around 35% that will only continue. In hindsight, he probably should have signed with a Brazilian pro team after his summer stint on the national team.

  • Idahoan
    Dec. 24, 2009 9:39 a.m.

    I'm glad Emery didn't have the foul trouble. It is good to see him playing instead of on the bench. Fredette seems to be trying too hard maybe? His shooting from the perimeter is off. There were other games that he struggled and BYU still won handily.

    New Mexico might have been ranked too high.

  • to BlueBoy | 9:01 a.m
    Dec. 24, 2009 9:28 a.m.

    Nah. What game was it when Jimmer and JT were both as cold as ice? Our bench came up and played big, and we won.

  • Re Yewt FAN!!!!
    Dec. 24, 2009 9:24 a.m.

    What a dork! Owned what refs? Are you talking basketball like the rest of us here? Or just sulking over the butt whooping that OSU rec'd at the hands of BYU the bowl? Typical Ute fan, will never acknowledge where credit is due...All I can say is go UTE B-ball, looking pretty great right now! Yippie!!! Can't even beat Jr. College teams right now...I think my son's Jr High school team would put them UTEWTIES in their place...

  • CA Cougar
    Dec. 24, 2009 9:24 a.m.

    Thanks for an entertaining hoops and FB run. OSU and the PAC 10 finally got exposed.

  • BlueBoy
    Dec. 24, 2009 9:01 a.m.

    So, as Jimmer goes, BYU goes? Seems so.

    Jimmer will need to be very careful with his fouls, as other teams will realize he's the key, so will try to get him off the floor.

    Boy, was this 4-game tourney stretch a nice one for BYU. Big early runs against two good teams. And mostly because of Jimmer's play.

    It helps that Emery and Haws compliment Fredette. One of them seems to be hot when the other isn't. Nice backcourt, BYU!

    Too bad New Mexico lost to a nobody. That'll nearly drop them out of the rankings. A win might've gotten them into the top 10.

    Let's hope the top three in the MWC maintain their dominance so that the conference can get some higher-seeded teams this year and have a chance to advance for once.

  • YEWT FAN!!!!
    Dec. 24, 2009 8:09 a.m.

    Come on and give us a BIG BREAK!!!

    The kittens owned the refs!!

    Just another LUCKY win!

    When the EWES play you...the end score will be in the YEWTS' favor!

    GO YEWTIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This will be even more fun
    Dec. 24, 2009 8:04 a.m.

    when BYU is leading Utah 37-5.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 24, 2009 7:54 a.m.

    What to go???????

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 24, 2009 7:48 a.m.

    It's good, but troubling when our leading rebounders are consistently our guards. Where are the bigs? These guys should be rebounding better than they are. But, wow, what a team these guys have turned into.

  • Happy fan
    Dec. 24, 2009 6:44 a.m.

    What to go!!

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 24, 2009 6:07 a.m.

    It does'nt matter what Sadler thinks about how BYU would compare. Basketball is completely different than football because there is a playoff. BYU has shown us how they compare the last two years by getting beat by a Big 12 team to end their season. Can teams be marginalized? Yes, but in basketball you can always prove them wrong and so it does't happen for long or the ones marginalizing look too foolish. As BYU fans, we have to be patient for national attention because our basketball team has'nt done enough late in the season to warrant much. This basketball team will have a chance to change that if they continue to improve. I'm looking and hoping for that more than any ranking. Why are we so preoccupied with what others think of our team?

  • DH
    Dec. 24, 2009 6:00 a.m.

    Whine all you want about national respect but until BYU starts winning games in the NCAA tourney they will never be taken seriously. You have to earn respect.

  • byu fan
    Dec. 24, 2009 5:51 a.m.

    Congratulations to BYU football and basketball teams this week. Outstanding! The games were well played and entertaining to watch. Go Cougars!

  • Woody
    Dec. 24, 2009 5:15 a.m.

    ReHow many games in the big 12 have you watched. If you car guess, so can I. BYU would play every Big 12 team as good or better than most teams right now. Go Blue

  • vs. Big 12?
    Dec. 24, 2009 5:05 a.m.

    LOL. BYU, UNM, UNLV, SDSU would all finish in the top half of the Big 12 this year. Sure, Kansas will always be on top along with Texas. That's how those BCS millions get distributed. It's reality. But the top half of the MWC would compete favorably for sure. Whether it be Provo, The Pit, T&M or San Diego, those venues are hard to get wins in. Texas and KU would have to focus hard or they would lose. The MWC looks great this year. Now if Utah could just get it together. Pepperdine???

  • SJ Bobkins
    Dec. 24, 2009 4:22 a.m.

    Congrats Cougars!
    Sadly an abundance of Christmas Cougar gifts, might cause overlooking the BBall in favor of the FBall, but this title was a whale of an accomplishment.
    Fellow Cougars, let's get out the the gutter fight and learn to appreciate what the Cougars do, not what the Utes don't do. The win over Nebraska can stand on its own.

  • Dear Big 12
    Dec. 24, 2009 3:06 a.m.

    And your point! This early in the season the polls don't reflect reality. I imagine BYU would at least split 50-50 with these two, so until they play each other it is purely arrogant speculation on your part. The BCS shuld be renamed the BACS for Big Arrogant Conference Campionship.

  • Another win for BYU
    Dec. 24, 2009 12:57 a.m.

    Another loss for Utah.

    copy, paste

    It'll be an easy job for the writers this season.

  • Big 12
    Dec. 24, 2009 12:35 a.m.

    Considering the Big 12 has two of the top 5 teams in Kansas and Texas and Kansas State playing exceptionally well, I'll answer for him, probably not very well.

  • Big 12 victory
    Dec. 24, 2009 12:01 a.m.

    I thought that coach Sadler copped out when asked how BYU would fare in Nebraska's conference. He refused to compare the Cougars with other Big 12 teams. It's part of the way the MWC gets treated at the national level in basketball as well as football. "Keep them marginalized and they will never challenge us," seems to be the attitude.

  • Nice Win Cougs
    Dec. 23, 2009 11:57 p.m.

    gotta learn not to take your foot off the gas pedal too early; Nebraska made a nice little comeback, but, BYU managed to hang on for another close 20-point win :)

    a win at Arizona could be just the ticket for cracking the Top 25!

    Go Cougs!