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Published: Saturday, March 3 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Chubbuck, Idaho

BYU is a non-factor this year. Very lackluster effort against an inferior opponent. It's a good thing we were playing the Univ. of San Diego Sisters of the Poor tonight or this could have been an upset. I hate to be so negative but this is an NIT team this year.

South Jordan, UT

Just observations: BYU didn't score after the 2:30 minute mark remaining in the first half, and they scored only three points in the last five minutes of the second half. Hardly a tournament tested performance.

Aside from Hartsock saving their bacon in the second half and Abouo rescuing a couple of loose balls in the last couple of possessions, the team looked vulnerable.

Let's hope they were looking past this game.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Well, it was a nice basketball run while it lasted.

Good luck Cougs, maybe we do better next year.

Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

Noah! Way to be tough. Zylstra lighting it up to start the game. Davies with a strong second half.

If everyone can put it together tonight, BYU should win by 10+. This team has yet to reach its potential. Injuries and a shooting slump have hurt us but now is the time to rise up!

The WCC has been nothing but class compared to some of our old conference foes.

Go Cougars!

Frisco, TX

I thought this game would be a snoozer, but it proved to be one of the Cougs more exciting games of the year.

Hartsock was the key. I was so pleased to see him play the way he did. If I didn't know he had suffered a severe injury just a few games previous, I would have never known. He played with heart, passion and skill. We'll need a repeat performance from him tonight to have a chance at advancing to finals. Hopefully, he has no swelling, stiffness or pain following this gritty performance.

Davies was solid. I could not believe the foul that was called on him in the first half. It was a cleaan swat. Loved the three point connection.

Carlino as usually was brilliant at times and made Freshmen mistakes at times.

Zylstra was the spark to get us going the first 5 minutes, then basically disappeared the next 35 minutes. We need more from Zylstra when he's playing the guard position. I wish he was two inches taller. I think he would be a solid small forward for us if he was just a little taller since he seems to play better at the 4 spot than the 2 spot.

The Dixie Kid
Saint George, UT

Obviously chubbuckidahocoug has forgotten this is a conference tourney, anything can happen. Having 3 of our top players in foul trouble and a hobbled Noah, I thought we did well.

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

Let's not kid ourselves. The WCC is probably the best athletic Conference in America now that byu is a member.

Cougar Blue
N. Las Vegas, NV

I was so very pleased that we won so I wouldn't have to eat "sour grapes." I feared for Noah and Davies in the middle as they were mugged to the point of real danger. San Diego played a very physical game. We had Gonzaga fans sitting behind us and when Davies blocked the shot cleanly, even they were saying, "what the heck". Well, they didn't say heck. I personally was not pleased at all with the officiating.

Salt Lake City, UT

San Diego has some great talent. With a slowed Hartsock and some early fouls that were questionable, BYU was out of their game. It was entertaining, but being the cardiac kids is a bit nerve wracking.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Cougar Blue -

When are you guys EVER pleased with the officiating?

I watched the game and could point out several plays as San Diego tried to pull even at the end where their guys were being manhandled in the middle without a call.

Bottom line - it was a very evenly called game with a few bad calls or no-calls going both ways.

The way this game was going, another 2 minutes and the cougars would have lost this game.

Ultimately the cougs will make the ncaa tourney and lose in the first round. It reminds me a lot of the football team ... a nice record built on less than spectacular opponents giving the nation and their fans an overinflated opinion of their team.

Salt Lake City, UT

Gotta love all the clueless comments from supposed fans who have apparently never watched a college basketball tournament. Tournaments are, almost by definition, full of the unexpected. Even great teams are upset in tournaments. Squeakers are far more common than blowouts. Teams that survive find ways to win close games, which is exactly what BYU did last night.

CONGRATS Cougars on a successful WCC tournament beginning! You win and advance, that's all that matters. The only ones who obsess about winning close games against "inferior" opponents are the whiners.

Salt Lake City, UT


Jealous much!

Utah is one and done...

for the last SEVEN years COMBINED!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Swoop -

You wrote: "jealous much?"

Since you ask, yes I am jealous. Utah has been horrific in basketball and I can't wait to see the program get turned around. BYU certainly has been quite a bit better than Utah in the last 7 years just as you inferred.

So there you go, I can handle the truth, can you? Or do you always prefer to deflect when you read something you don't like?

Orem, UT


"I hate to be so negative..."

Who are you kidding?

Being negative about BYU is what BYU obsessed haters do.


Bad-mouth independence in football and WCC basketball all you want, but I know one thing: being able to watch all of BYU's football and basketball games on TV this year has made me ten times the Cougars fan that I was just last year--and I'm sure there are thousands of people out there just like me. From the standpoint of expanding the fan base, leaving the MWC was a master stroke. We'll see how they do against Gonzaga, as Hartsock has to come up big and the guards must hit 40+% of their three-point attempts, but it's a winnable game. And whatever happens to the Cougs in the post-season, I'll be watching.

Orem, UT


Except for 1998, when was the last time Utah was relevant in basketball in the last 40 years?

Give us the exact year(s) and what makes you think Utah was relevant.

Orem, UT

Awesome to see all the haters come out after a nice BYU win. Just keep winning baby! This is what it is like to have a basketball team that is relevant. You actually care about the month of March. You know that if everything comes together, they can make a nice run. I think last night secured a tourney bid but a win tonight and we're there for sure.

March Madness.

My favorite time of the year!

Rise and shout and Go Cougars!

salt lake city, UT

@bluecoug when was byu EVER relevant in basketball? you make it to the sweet 16 one time and all of a sudden you think yuour prgram is relevant? you play a bunch of nobodies all season long to pad your record but when you play a good team you lose.. hmm give the exact times and years and why you think were relevant

Salt Lake City, Utah


"a nice record built on less than spectacular opponents giving the nation and their fans an overinflated opinion of their team."

There's nothing "overinflated" about being proud of 25+ win seasons, contending for conference championships, and being invited to the Big Dance every year... but it's easy to understand why fans of a rival program that no longer enjoys such success, would try to belittle what has become a staple at BYU during the Rose era.

btw, Loveridge (Utah's future star and a Senior) was eliminated from the state basketball playoffs last night by Emery and Haws (BYU's future stars, a Junior and a Sophomore), a preview of coming attractions for the Utes.

Layton, Utah

At least they didn't get blown out by OSU and by Oregon later today. And then having their season come to an end with a resounding thud, with no chance whatsoever of a post season. Yep we cougar fans should just hang our heads and lose all hope over a close win in a conference tournament. Getting knocked out of the big dance in the first round would still be a thousand times better than losing 8 in a row and finishing 6-24.

And those utes sure haven't been a pathetic embarrassment to the mighty Pac 10.2 right?

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