In addition to superstar and Wooden player of the year Ainge, the 1981 team had
two guys who went on to solid journeyman careers in the NBA (Kite and Roberts),
and another who became a legend in the Spanish league (Trumbo). The BYU starting
5 is good, but probably doesn't have future pros on it.The Courgars
are definitely overachieving. I really hope the trend continues, but even if it
doesn't, we'll all look back on this as a great year. Go Cougs!
Yes!Final Four baby.
On second thought, BYU has a much better chance than the Utes do this year.
It is really something to see Davies go from a role player to a lottery choice
while setting on the bench. It would be classy to see this not used as an
excuse so much.
Dave S.,Take out two of Utah's starting big men in that tournament
and let's see how far they would have gotten. BYU is exceeding expectations,
which is why the nation is still talking about them.
Yes...BYU is certainly capable of knocking off Florida, they did it last year
and are riding into this game with alot of confidence. They will need their key
role players ( Emery, Hartsock, Abouo, Collinsworth) to continue to play well
and I think they will. And then there is the Jimmer factor of course, when you
have a player like Jimmer, you can never count BYU out. He has come up big time
and time again in big games this season and hopefully he will be able to do so
again in this one. BYU doesn't have to shoot over 50 percent in this game to win
it, they beat gonzaga by 22 shooting 53 percent. If they shoot between 45 to 50
percent they will be in good shape and have a great chance to win. Hoping for
the best and a Cougar victory but no matter what happens, the Cougars have had a
great season and one to remember.
RE: SkywalkerHey Skywalker don't forget 1998 when the Utes defeated
two #1 seeds en route to the National Championship game. That fact proves your
"silly" comments don't hold much weight my friend.Do a
little research and I might listen to what you have to say. If BYU can defeat a
#2 seeded Florida you might begin to make me a believer.
If BYU comes out and plays like they did against SDSU in San Diego and like they
did against Gonzaga, then they can win. If it's just the Jimmer show, then
probably not. BUT, I've eaten a lot of tasty crow this season, so who knows.Go Cougs!
If they beat florida they can make the final four.. Florida is good though its
not going to be easy. Hoping Butler pulls through and we can upset florida.
Everyone listen to Hedgehog and Chris B, they clearly know what they're talking
about. They've predicted losses for BYU every game this season and have been
right 4 out of 36 times.Ladies and Gentleman, we are dealing with
In a word:Possibly.
Answer: There are 16 teams that can reach the Elite 8 or beyond, and BYU is one
of them. Of all the folks who submitted brackets to ESPN, the site
reports that no one predicted all 16 teams. Presdent Obama predicted 10 of the
16, and he is considered to be in the top 99.9%. So, who knows if BYU will
advance, but they certainly have a good chance.Except Mr. President
predicted Florida to win this game. Good Luck.
It's been 30 years since the BYU had a chance to play in a Sweet 16 game.It's been 30 years since BYU has had a player like Fred.One
thing to remember is that 30 years ago, BYU won the Sweet 16 game to enable them
to go to the Elite 8.Fred has had an amazing season.To
get to the level of that team from 30 years ago, BYU has got to win Thursday.Night.Win or lose, I think fans ought to appreciate what Rose,
Fred and the team have done.It could be another long dry spell (30
years) before this opportunity happens again.
I like our chances on Thursday. Either way it ends up, I've had a ball this
year. I just hope it can last a little longer. Perhaps three more rounds?
People who get mad about the "haters" and their predictions, its all
sports banter. It makes the rivalry with Utah fun.Im proud to be a
Cougar fan, and im proud to be a Utah hater, just like so many of my freinds who
are cougar and Utah fans. If you take chris b and Hedge failed
predeictions (they've been wrong 30+ times this season) at least they have guts
to come out after every embarrassing prediction and TRY to make it fun between
the two fan bases.Win or lose on Thursday this season has been
Dave S "All you have really done is beat two double digit seeds
and won games you were supposed to win."How many teams from the
mighty Big East didn't get past those double-digit seeds?All your
silly statement proves is how little you know about the NCAA basketball
tournament.If you really believe that then those banners hanging in
the HC are really meaningless.Take down the banners for Utah's 1966
Final Four, Utah's 1996 Sweet Sixteen, and Utah's 1997 Elite Eight teams,
because all U really did was win games U were supposed to win against lower
seeds.btw, those are just three examples.
The answer is no because BYU haters are always right.
More than one word: Lets wait and see.
Isn't it great that we can actually find out, because there is a tournament,
unlike the BCS? I really thought Gonzaga would handle BYU. I was wrong. Isn't it
great that we don't have to sit here and speculate, and the quality of a team
doesn't have to be determined by the uneducated and biased guesses of guys like
Chris B and Hedgehog? According to them, BYU was "supposed" to have
lost to Wofford, and "supposed" to have lost to Gonzaga. Frankly, I
don't care what they are "supposed" to do, only what they have
actually done. And they have actually made it to the Sweet 16 despite everyone
who said they weren't supposed to before they played, but have now changed their
tune and said that it's no big deal, because they were supposed to. Let it go.
You're not less of a person because BYU wins basketball games. It's okay.
Yes. If BYU can shoot like they did against Gonzaga (or better) they will win
by double digits.And I give my word that I will not comment on a
Utah basketball article for the rest of the season whether BYU wins or not.
H-hog:Thank you for yet another of your predictions that will
guarantee a BYU win. Everyone of your predictions has proved to be wrong and
this one will be no different - thank you very much.Enough already
that the absence of Davies has the Cougars' "back up against the
wall". How have they done lately without him? The supporting cast is
stepping up big time - they will continue on Thursday. Never a doubt.BYU - 88Florida - 71
Don't get your hopes up. All you have really done is beat two double digit
seeds and won games you were supposed to win.
Absolutely they can. How is that even a question? Will they? Who knows. I do
know this however. Whatever happens this weekend it has been a great year for
BYU basketball and its fans. Lotsa fun, lotsa wins and lots of attention. I
don't think there has been one single BYU article that wedgie hasn't posted on
and she lives in michigan in her mothers basement. That is how we know BYU has
penetrated deep into the national conciousness. LOL
Last word: Yes
Of course they can! At this point, anyone can beat anyone, depends on who is
having a good night. Look at the Vegas lines - those guys are good at what they
do and motivated to get it right. BYU is a slight underdog, but they proved last
year against this same Florida team that they won't be intimidated and that the
championship experience of their coach and program is no trump card.
If BYU plays the same game as they did against Gonzaga. Season average or better
in most areas and tough defense' they can beat anyone in the country. Live by
the three and die by the three is what to be worried about. If they don't spread
the floor on offense with solid outside shooting, they will likely lose to
Florida. Either way, this has been an incredible season for BYU. This year isn't
over by a long shot but next year could be just as good.
In short - YES - BYU can reach the elite 8. BYU will have to play the best game
of the year to beat Florida but after seeing the Gonzaga game it is certainly
possible. BYU is up against the wall with out Davies but as long as you have
Jimmer then anything is possible. Florida is good enough to win the whole thing
so that is what the Y is up against.
"CAN" our mighty Cougs reach the Elite 8? Yes. "WILL" they?
I don't think so. I certainly hope I'm wrong, but I'm trying to be more of a
realist here. "IF", and it's a significant "IF", Jimmer's
supporting cast can be as strong as they've been the last 2 games & MWC
tourney, they have a chance. Again, I just don't think they will. Cougs
Nation, please don't hate me. I AM one of you and want to stay in the
The beauty of a Tournament.....We actually get the chance to see if BYU can beat
Florida. These games have been great. Fun to watch and fun to cheer. Really puts
the BCS bowl system to shame. I hope the rating reflect that as well.
There's no doubt BYU can beat Florida, and it's great to see the love from all
over. Forde is a head scratcher...he is usually so pro BCS, especially the SEC.
However, his predictions are usually way off. If you've ever looked at his
bowl predictions, he is usually under .500. He has little logic to his guesses.
Florida may be better this year, but so is BYU. People give the edge to Florida
because of coaching, but remember which team won last year and the loser had won
the NC twice the last time they were in this tourney. This game may go down to
the wire....I hope so, because those are the fun games to watch! Break their
big jaws Cougs!