BYU basketball: Cougars overcome huge deficit, defeat Iona


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  • B C Park City, UT
    March 15, 2012 5:25 p.m.


    Basketball is a TEAM sport; it doesn't matter how many individual players end up playing in the NBA, if the college teams they play on aren't good enough to even make the NCAA tournament.

    Small conferences only get one bid.

    Based on your argument, PAC 12 only got one bid.

    PAC 12 = small conference

    Spin it anyway you like, but the PAC 12 is no better than any other small conference.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    March 15, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    BC and Skywalker

    The PAC 12 has little to no representation in this year's tournament, that is fact. But to say that the PAC 12 is a "small" conference? Funny

    Consider this....there are three conferences that always produce the highest number of NBA players. The ACC, BIG 12 and guess who? I'll give you a clue, it's not the WCC. That's right it's that "little" PAC 12 who is ahead of the SEC, Big Least and Big 10.

    I guess I'm just a purist. Games outside of the field of 64 are "play-in games" and always will be.

    btw... I can still change my bracket.

  • B C Park City, UT
    March 15, 2012 6:55 a.m.

    Tough dilemma for the trolls. Can't argue that BYU didn't win a legitimate NCAA tourney game without arguing that the PAC 12 is nothing more than a small conference.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    March 14, 2012 11:52 p.m.


    You're so blinded by your jealousy that you're unwilling to accept reality.

    Two 16-seed auto qualifiers from small conferences playing for the right to get destroyed by a 1-seed MIGHT be seen as a play-in game.

    But, two at-large 11-, 12- or 14-seeds hardly fit the bill.

    By your twisted logic, 12-seed California, the highest ranked team from the PAC 12, which was totally dominated in a "play-in" game with another 12-seed tonight, didn't even play an official game in the tournament, officially making the "conference of champions" a one-bid league, not good enough to even be called a mid-major.

    Welcome to small conference status!

    Satisfied now?

  • agb Layton, UT
    March 14, 2012 11:39 p.m.


    Thank you for confirming what most BYU fans have been saying all along: the PAC only has one team in the tournament. Or at least that's how "everyone VIEWS"it. Those that don't are, well as you insinuate, not grounded in reality.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    March 14, 2012 2:20 p.m.


    Wow, so when byU loses to Marquette, they won't be considered "one and done" like all the other teams in the field of 64 who lose?

    They can call it whatever they want. It is what it is though, a PLAY-IN GAME.

    Don't get all upset though, VCU was in the "First Four" and made it to the "Final Four".

    I would imagine that you don't have byU going to the Final Four though:)

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    March 14, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    Hi utahcountyute,

    So, what you're saying is that the sponsoring organization (the NCAA) doesn't have the right to designate the Tues/Wed games as the "First Round?" Seriously?

    I suppose you also think the first round of the NFL playoffs is not really the first round because some teams have byes. After all, you can still change your picks for who will win the subsequent rounds after the first round has taken place, am I right?

    It looks like common sense has little place in the rants of the jealous. You should cheer up, though. It is likely that the Utes will improve next year (it's difficult to win fewer than 6 games in a weak conference like the Pac 12) and give you something to cheer for instead of focusing all of your efforts into cheering against others.

    P.S. BYU already beat an ACC team this year (on Jan 25th). Did you miss it? Wait...let me guess: Virginia Tech suddenly doesn't count as a member of the ACC because you say so, right?

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 14, 2012 11:38 a.m.


    Nobody's denying the NCAA expanded the tournament or that the cougs technically won what is now considered a first round game. We're simply keeping you grounded by letting you know how the rest of the country VIEWS the first four. I'd feel no different if it was Utah in the first four.

    Again, everyone can still change their brackets until tomorrow morning.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    March 14, 2012 11:29 a.m.


    Nice try at a back-handed compliment but you simply dont have the facts on your side.

    First off, this DOES count as a tournament win meaning that BYU has extended its streak of seasons with a win in the NCAA tournament to 3, and their streak of seasons with an NCAA tournament appearance to 6.

    Second, Rose's gameplan for IONA was not the problem in the first half. Turnovers were the problem, and the fact that IONA was shooting the lights out. You cant slow down the tempo and get the ball in to your big men if your point guard is turning the ball over every time he tries to bring it down the court. Carlino simply could not handle the full court press that IONA's quicker, more athletic guards were throwing at him. People need to remember Carlino is still a freshman and was playing in his first NCAA tournament game. He got flustered bad. Rose recognized this and made the proper adjustment to bring Cusick off the bench and that was what turned the whole game around because he was able to break the press and get BYU into their offense. Rose's gameplan was just fine.

  • agb Layton, UT
    March 14, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    It's amusing to listen to some Ute fans get defensive about the phrase "PAC 10.2" and throw a tantrum and demand everyone recognize that the PAC expanded, and then have Ute fans show up on this article and deny the fact that the NCAA tournament expanded.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    March 14, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    To all

    I'm sorry but this was no first round game. The powers that be (NCAA and ESPN) do not want it labeled as a "play-in game" but that is exactly was it is. In fact, I can still change my bracket right now.

    It is what it is.

    Do I want byU to beat an ACC team? YUP. Will it happen? NOPE

  • Benderman1 Layton, UT
    March 14, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    Did anyone notice the comeback started when Carlino was on the bench? He has been playing out of control. Most turnovers and fast break points by IONA were Carlino's fault. I hope he can figure out how to calm down and involve his team more.

  • Independence Is Bliss San Jose, CA
    March 14, 2012 12:41 a.m.

    I think it deserves to be stated again: largest comeback in NCAA tourney HISTORY! And BYU owns it. So glad I got to take part in it.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 14, 2012 12:24 a.m.

    Truth Machine -

    It's hilarious that you'd write, "your whining, jealous rant is clueless" and "lol, at your analysis" yet you then write, "As soon as BYU settled down and stopped turning the ball over, BYU began cutting into Iona's lead and the Gaels lost confidence in their outside shooting."

    All you did was help make my point. Rose never should've had BYU running and gunning in the first place. "Settling down" as you said, and going to the low post is exactly what got them back in the game ... and they were awfully lucky that first 15 minutes of lousy coaching didn't cost them. A good team would've finished them off.

    Don't get me wrong, Rose is a good coach ... he simply blew his initial approach to what should've been obvious in this one. I don't care what any cougar fan says, this was NOT Rose's best coaching job.

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 13, 2012 11:53 p.m.

    "biggest comeback in NCAA tournament history"

    "A rally for the ages"
    ~Sports Illustrated

    "the second incredible comeback of the night, this one perhaps even more amazing"
    ~Sporting News

    "On 27 trips against the zone between the 12:35 mark of the first half and the 8:20 mark of the second  thatÂs 25:15 of game time  Iona produced three scores. ThatÂs an 11 percent success rate."
    ~Sporting News

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    March 13, 2012 11:46 p.m.

    Nice first round win. Largest comeback in tourney HISTORY!

    Great job Cougars! Now if the rest of the teams from Utah can win their games in the big dance...

    Oh wait....

    This was one epic win.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 13, 2012 11:42 p.m.

    Three reasons for the victory:

    * Iona wore out
    * great coaching by Rose
    * the team has heart
    * no WCC refs

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    March 13, 2012 11:38 p.m.

    Looking forward to facing Marquette now. After getting the rust and jitters out of their systems, the BYU players looked much more like they should.

    Great coaching, Mr. Rose!

    Too bad Carlino hasn't learned how to handle pressure. Marquette's pressure will make Iona's look like child's play. Maybe Rose should start Cusick instead, to throw off their game plan. It was obvious that Iona knew about Carlino's weakness that was exposed in later WCC games.

    Setting an NCAA record in comeback points is great. What a show it was tonight!

    Go Cougars!!!

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2012 11:27 p.m.

    Sorry motorbike, but your whining, jealous rant is clueless.

    BYU's historic win tonight will be considered just as legitimate and nationally respected by the pundits as ANY win the first week of the tournament!

    lol, at your analysis, though.

    Teams that live by the 3 often die by the 3. Iona was lights out in the 1st half, cold in the 2nd half, due mainly to BYU improved defense.

    After a 10-day layoff, BYU was obviously rusty in the 1st half, which contributed mightily to their 13 1st half turnovers. As soon as BYU settled down and stopped turning the ball over, BYU began cutting into Iona's lead and the Gaels lost confidence in their outside shooting.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2012 11:17 p.m.

    Congratulations BYU on the largest comeback in NCAA tournament history - amazing!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 13, 2012 11:15 p.m.

    Sorry guys, no matter what the bracket tells you, nobody other than the teams in the "first four" truly consider this win a 1st round win... BYU simply made it into the tourney tonight. This is exactly why bracket contests don't lock down until Thursday morning.

    That being said, congrats are in order on a nice comeback tonight, the cougs showed heart.

    Despite what others have said, this was a terrible coaching job by Rose. The only chance Iona had going in was to get in a track meet and have BYU ignore Davies and Hartsock. It took Rose 15 minutes to get his team to slow down and use their advantage. If it wasn't for some atrocious shooting from a 14 seed (that shouldn't have made the first four), the hole would've been too deep to dig out of.

    Just the truth.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    March 13, 2012 11:10 p.m.

    Nice comeback win.

    Hartsock made me realize that this tourney still rewards upperclassmen leadership.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2012 11:07 p.m.


    You'll have to forgive utahcountyute his misinformation; it's been so long since the Utes played in the NCAA tourney, that their fans haven't been able to keep up with changing times.


    BYU showed a lot of grit and determination tonight. Coach Rose was brilliant with his substitutions, however, settling down the Cougars, and getting them to play within themselves.

    Congratulations Cougars on a gutsy performance!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:57 p.m.

    Looks like you are the only one talking about an NC. We appreciate your support but the rest of us are happy with this win and hoping for a second half type effort that lasts 40 min. on Thursday

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 13, 2012 10:46 p.m.

    Check your bracket. This was a first round game. Second round starts on Thursday.

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    March 13, 2012 10:46 p.m.

    Hi utahcountyute,

    You might want to double-check the tournament structure. Do this: Go to the ESPN web page, proceed to the NCAA basketball tournament brackets, and take a look at the term used to describe the games on Tues. March 13 and Wed. March 14. Are you there yet?

    "First Round"

    The Thurs/Fri games are officially considered to be the "Second Round." That said, I'm sure you just made an honest mistake.

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:45 p.m.

    This Game will be talked about forever, but it's still one game at a time

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    March 13, 2012 10:43 p.m.

    The bad news is that the Cougs are still a #14 seed playing a #3. The good news s that the Big East is, as always, vastly overrated, meaning BYU has a much better chance against Marquette than the "experts" will say.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:40 p.m.

    It's like Iona had their Grand Finale in the first half and then ran out of energy. They were incredibly fast and had BYU on the ropes. This was a spectacular comeback. I don't think it will matter on Thursday because Marquette is NOT Iona. But congrats to BYU anyway.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    Scores speak louder than trolls. Nice, Cougars, nice.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    Was a great come back but not a 1st round game. Now they get Marquette in the 1st round.

    Good luck

  • fan in orem Orem, Utah
    March 13, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    KKCC: You are very clever. Congratulations.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:34 p.m.


  • Ares Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:32 p.m.

    Pretty great comeback. Granted Iona sure stank it up. But great half time adjustment, coming from this Ute fan. I always believed in giving credit where credit is due. Now the Cougars better get ready for an even tougher game.

  • pacificblue55 SANDY, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:31 p.m.

    The trolls may not be commenting but I quarantee they will not be sleeping all night.

  • Northwest Coug Pasco, WA
    March 13, 2012 10:29 p.m.


    March 13, 2012 10:28 p.m.

    Cue the National Championship talk................

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 13, 2012 10:27 p.m.

    Can TJ Fredette come back and sing another verse of AMAZING!!! This was truly the most amazing BB game I have ever seen. The Cougs showed incredible heart and never quit. Hartsock, Davies, Zylstra, Abouo, Carlino, Winder, Cusick, Harrison, and Austin - I salute you for what you accomplished tonight.

    Thank you Dave Rose for creating such an amazing team.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    March 13, 2012 10:24 p.m.

    Now that is a team that either showed a lot of heart or someone put pickle juice in the water for the second half. What an awesome job of coaching.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:17 p.m.

    BYU's 25-point comeback is the largest comeback in NCAA H*I*S*T*O*R*Y!!!

    Congratulations Cougars!!!

  • treecaps22 Charlotte, North Carolina
    March 13, 2012 10:15 p.m.


  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    March 13, 2012 10:11 p.m.

    Great half time adjustment. After a 1st half of poor shot selection and rushed threes, they start putting the ball in to Davies and Hartsock more. And obviously, much improved defense. Holding a team scoreless for 9 minutes? Excellent!

    And a big shout out to Harrison. He really stepped up in this game when they needed some defense and managed to chip in 12 points and some big, timely shots as well.

    Now if only Abouo would discover what it is to be a "senior leader" before Thursday...

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    March 13, 2012 10:11 p.m.

    What an epic comeback by a BYU team that wasn't willing to give up! The future will always look bright as long as you have a group with that much heart.

    Rise and shout!

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:06 p.m.

    Um, you were saying?

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 13, 2012 9:00 p.m.

    Totally out of Iona's league.