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Published: Saturday, Feb. 4 2012 10:24 p.m. MST

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RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

Didn't see the game. No TV here in this foreign land. Just boxscore, and the shooting is getting worse all over. What gives?

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

Cougars played poorly and could have easily lost this game -- even against a far inferior opponent.

Carlino did not impress. Portland showed that the way to beat the Cougars is to be physical with their bigs.

Defense won this game. Davies' eight steals were huge!

IndianaCoug
Bloomington, IN

RE: RockOn

It was on byutv-you could have simply turned on your computer to watch the game. I have loved this independence gig because I can finally watch all the games. Cougs saw some improvement last night, it was nice to see them make a few 3s. I like having Cusick and Carlino on the court at the same time (or Winder and Carlino). The perimeter defense was marginally better last night, and if that can continue we'll be in good shape going into the wcc tournament. Go cougs!

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

LouisianaCougar

BYU outshoots Portland 38-10 at the stripe and you think BYU's defense won the game for us...We were lucky that Portland were far worse shooters all around than we were...Without the shooting at the line our defense was outgunned. Let's call a spade a spade...BYU is in a major shooting slump that has gone on for quite some time.

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@Where's Stockton

"Without the shooting at the line our defense was outgunned."

Couldn't disagree with you more. Cougs had a school record 18 steals and forced 24 Portland turnovers. That's 24 possession that the Pilots couldn't get a shot off, and 24 more possessions for BYU to get to the foul line. The reason we got to the charity stripe so much was because of our defense.

I've been impressed with the Cougs since the 2nd half of the St. Mary's game. We've been in a horrible shooting slump, but we've fought, played aggressive, and have been able to pull out the last couple of games due to higher energy and better defense.

Once the shots start falling, I could see the Cougs making a run in the tourney.

Go Cougars!

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

TrueCoug
I can concede that somehow we are both right to a fair degree...but only do so knowing that this was by far not a stellar performance. Portland isn't a team that turns anybody's head and a number of those turnovers were accomplished all on thier own clumsiness and not by BYU's aggressive defense...and it should also be mentioned that we also accomplished a fair share of our own clumsiness turning over the ball as well. Had this been a much better team out there then Portland, BYU's overall performance whould have looked even more suspect as well as extremely shaggy. It's easy to overlook these things while celebrating a victory...dubious as this one was. The shooting from the field has to improve or the bubble we are definitely sitting on will burst. There is no way... if we do make the 1st round of the NCAA's... that we will get to the next round with play and especially FG shooting like what occurred Saturday Night. Are they capable of doing so much better??? Yes they are. Will we see them doing so??? Neither you or I can answer that...but I certainly hope so.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

I believe this article is a little gracious on the "report card" grades. It was a very, very sloppy game on both sides. I'd give the following grades: Frontcourt- Grade: C; Wings- Grade: D+. Abouo has been MIA of late, and has made rediculous fouls. Point- Grade: C. Carlino has completly lost his shooting touch. All he's done the last few games is drive to the basket. I believe he's forgotten the bigs on the team, in Davies & Hartsock. Overall- Grade: C. Yes, the Cougs won, but how they can be awarded a "B" is beyond me. With their turn-overs, fouls and lack of 3-point shooting, they were a C at best. I think the BYUtv announcers, including Steve Cleveland, would agree as well. Cleveland was sticking it, rightfully so, to the players during the broadcast. I found that refreshing. The team is no where near ready for the NCAA Tourney IF they were selected as an at-large selection.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

Re: truecoug

"I've been impressed with the Cougs since the 2nd half of the St. Mary's game. We've been in a horrible shooting slump, but we've fought, played aggressive, and have been able to pull out the last couple of games due to higher energy and better defense. Once the shots start falling, I could see the Cougs making a run in the tourney."

It's one thing to be a fan and support a team, but let's be realistic. The Portland game, let me repeat Portland, was terrible. The best part was we got the "W", which is the most important. Our Cougs have done nothing to impress the nat'n for a possible Tourney bid. We've got to get stronger, more consistent productivity out of our point. The shooting of the backcourt has been MIA over the past few games. Strong guard play is critical for tourney play. But I'm now starting to see where it'll be NIT time, and not NCAA Tourney ime. And you say you could see them making a run in the tourney? Only time will tell, I guess.

Go Cougars!

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