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Published: Friday, Nov. 9 2012 11:16 p.m. MST

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Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

I thought Tennessee State was better than I expected (a fast team!) and BYU was a little worse. TSU didn't shoot very well in the 2nd half which might be due to a better BYU defensive effort but only partially. TSU did get a lot more 2nd chances offensively and if their shots had been dropping this would have been much closer. Wasn't happy with all the turnovers. BYU lost the ball many times without any unusual pressure from TSU. I'm hoping this is just early season jitters and BYU will play much better as a team with more experience.

93 COUGAR
Orem, UT

Defense looked really good for the most part but I'm sure coach Rose will get on the team about the rebounding and boxing out. The offense is going to come along as a more steady sub rotation gets set. All in all a good game and a lot to look forward to!

Go Cougars!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Tyler looked impressive. I think we can count on him to pick up Noah's points. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he's the leading scorer on the team. He may have the best mid range game of all players in the West.

Every year it seems like Brandon struggles a little bit in November, starts to come on in December and is solid January - March. Last night was no different.

Only two more games to work the kinks out. Looking forward to seeing the Cougs play Florida State and Notre Dame.

Striker
Omaha, NE

TSU is a really good team. They were really sportsmanlike in tough situations. Had this game been just before conference play, it would have gotten more buzz because I predict they'll have a stellar winning record by that point.

I continue to not be impressed with how BYU marketing for T-shirts continues to be an embarrassment. Sometimes I'm glad I'm done being a student there now. "Roar as one" or whatever that was? So lame. It reminded me of high school. Who is making these decisions?

oldcougar
Orem, UT

Was I the only one who noticed Carlino's whopping improvement from the last two games? I thought he as the major difference in the game. He actually played point guard and distributed the ball, instead of dribbling until he gave up the ball or launched a ridiculous shot. I yelled at him on the television just as much last night, but this time I was cheering him on. I'm guessing he and Coach Rose have had some one-on-ones over the last week and it paid off big time.

Yes, Tyler played well, but on many of his makes he received the assist from Matt.

Nice game, Carlino!!! Some of us noticed.

LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

Striker

ROC stands for "Roar of Cougars", nothing more than a name they've adopted for the BYU student section. It's just a fun little thing for the students, similar to fan sections that many colleges and even some professional sports teams have.

The team up north adopted MUSS for their student many years ago to give some meaning to the nonsensical word "muss" in Utah's fight song.

btw, Congrats to the BYU students - the student section was awesome last night!

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

Still some wrinkles to work out, but BYU looked impressive against what will be a very good Tennessee State team. Need to work on those free throws though - looking at you Craig.

BYU's defense was very impressive against a very quick Tenn St team, especially when the Cougars were making their run in the second half to build their lead to double digits.

Florida State was upset by South Florida last night and Dixie State took UNLV into overtime, so it's not unusual for very good teams to struggle a little in the first games of the season.

Haws looks very impressive and will likely be BYU's top scorers and a very good defensive player and rebounder as well.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

Agree with oldcougar.
If Carlino can continue to dish out close to 10 assists a night, they will be a very tough team to beat . He would have had several more assists except for missed baskets.
The guards HAVE to shoot free throws better than that. This was a problem last year.
Hartsocks' absence was clearly noticeable on the rebounding. Davis needs to stay home more and get the rebound instead of "cherry-picking' to pick up the easy fast break points.

JoeCoug
OREM, UT

I believe this team will be excellent again this year--I like what I'm seeing! Solid bench, pushes the ball, hard-working defense, an intense coach who balances getting on the players with congratulating them when they do well, Davies and Haws. Agreed that boards and charity shots need improvement, though I believe Rose will have them ready for league play. I hope they win the WCC and go a little deeper in the tournament this year. Teams are going to struggle with Haws...very fine player.

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

idablu

As far as the guards shooting free throws, Haws and Carlino were 11 for 13 from the stripe. It was Cusick who shot free throws like he was shooting a medicine ball, 1 for 5.

Davies has always been an on-again, off-again FT shooter. You just hope that he's on-again when the game is on the line.

U 90
Corona, CA

Someone in Frisco Texas predicted Hawes, Davies and Carlino would average 60 points per game. Tonight 47. They have a long way to go CFT.

Congrats to the Cougs on their win, 1-0.

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