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Published: Tuesday, March 12 2013 3:15 p.m. MDT

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Scott Farcus
Beaver, UT

POP!

esodije
ALBUQUERQUE, NM

The NIT is all about the $$$, so it would shock me if BYU didn't get in.

CWEB
Orem, UT

Very disappointing season! Stay home as punishment. Hard one to swallow Cougs!

OCoug
Ogden, UT

One of the most glaring holes of the whole is at the guard line. After Haws there wasn't a consistent scorer/producer. Carlino's young and perhaps Delgado and Winder will make strides over the next year. It'll be interesting to see how well Mika's game transfers to the collegiate level.

wer
South Jordan, UT

Since the two close losses at home, BYU players have lost the confidence to win. Sure, they play hard and try to win, but it's apparent that they have lost that strong will it takes to pull out the game at the end.

blazefan01
west jordan, UT

If they don't make the NIT there is always the CBI tourney.

joseywales
Park City, UT

Not a fan, but the Y will get in. They have too big of a fan base and arena to look away from. They will lose of course, because they are probably the best "one and done" teams ever.

iNKSpot
Wilsonville, OR

Look for the Cougars to win their third NIT championship!

bradleyc
Layton, UT

Lack of discipline down the stretch is what killed BYU this year. Of most of their losses I think you can find bad passes, quick 3 point shot misses etc which all came at lame times within the last few minutes of the game. Times when they could have easily gotten a quick 2 by going inside or at least taken a higher percentage shot, thrown an extra pass etc. I am not sure what has been said in the locker room but at times it looks like someone wanted to be a hero and forced up the shot instead of being patient and going for high percentage.

Monk
Pleasant Grove, UT

BYU is a pretty average team this year by most measurements. Some good, some bad. They have a couple of nice players. However, a run in the NIT only serves to train underclassmen about post-season play. It should not be a benchmark or measuring stick of any sort. It is hard to get a pulse on BYU's program overall. Moments of regular season brilliance badly tinged with tournament failures. They have to figure the post season out. The best season they have had in 30 years is highlighted by a loss in the Sweet Sixteen. Not good enough to be considered elite. Sorry to say it.

DaveKnowsWhatsUp
Bloomington, IN

Mildred, thanks for the laugh

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The NIT has been turned into a "kiss your sister" tournament since the NCAA expanded several years ago. I feel bad for the cougars if they don't make the NIT.They have a good record until you analyze it as was done in this article. The CBI if it still exists is the "participation tournament" kind of like in the cub scouts.

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

hobbes1012003:

Carlino does not average "several steals per game." If you're on his bandwagon, fine, but don't make stuff up. He's averaged 1.8 steals per game this year (not bad at all), but also 2.7 turnovers with only a 1.6/1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Combined with a lousy shooting percentage from the floor and a mediocre FT% and questionable position defense, and you have a maddening liability at PG.

The guy had six games of 15+ points but also eight games of six or fewer. By comparison, Haws had 27 15+ point games and only failed to hit double-digits twice. Granted, their roles are different, but the point is that Carlino does nothing consistently well. I don't see how BYU is anything but "so-so" for the next two years if he's their PG, unless the light suddenly goes on.

AFCoug
Colorado Springs, CO

The problem was not always Carlino. The problem was someone besides Davies or Haws being able to score the ball. 2nd worst 3 pt team in the WCC is horrible and neither Haws or Davies threw up a ton of 3pt shots. That leaves everyone else on the team. When a 3rd scorer stepped up BYU won. When nobody emerged BYU lost.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

Whether they are in the NIT or not, who cares? The NIT used to be important. Now it is 2nd tier and no school should be happy about getting a NIT bid. As Steve Klauke used to call the NIT, "National Inconsequential Tournament". Just end the season already.

joseywales
Park City, UT

Obama10, that's funny. I've thought that it would be like the UHSAA putting on a tourney for all those who didn't qualify for the state tourney. What's next? A tourney for losing teams? Too funny...

Hochmut
West Jordan, UT

Again, it is always about the money and TV exposure. the NIT needs BYU and would be a better selection than AF or Denver or Washington in any event. The story line with Haws as top 10 in scoring as a returned missionary; the Davies story ending after a sad Soph year; and the BYU fan base brings fans in the arena...me thinks the Cougars are in!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Thinking ahead to next year . . . I really hope Carlino improves his consistency. If he could just improve his assist to turnovers to 2:1 or better and improve his shooting percentage to 50% (field), 35% (3 point), and over 70% (free throw) he could be very good.

We could have a very good back court next year with Carlino, Haws and Collinsworth. I'd really like to see us move Haws to the 2 spot and bring in Collisworth at the 3. I think Haws is a better shooter and Collinsworth is better at getting to the basket.

I know Mika will not fill Davies shows in his Freshman year, but I'm optimistic about his impact. I think he will be the best Freshman big man we've had in many years. I'm really hoping Austin and Sharp can improve their game to really contribute at the 4 spot.

MJB
Tooele, UT

If the cougars somehow make it to the NIT, I would like to see all seniors benched (yes, even Davies). I think they had their chance to win games during the regular season. Since they didn't do it during the regular season to make it ot the NCAA, I think we need to look to the future. We would most likely lose in the first game anyway, why not see what would happen giving the younger players the reins. I think we went with many of the seniors too long, limiting the younger players the chance to get better. I'm mostly lost in understanding why coach Rose went so long with Zylstra in games. He was a joke all year long. He was the one that always thought it was best to come down the floor quickly and hoist up a three point attempt, often missing.

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

Obama and Josey:

I don't see why anyone would have a problem playing in the NIT. No-one's delusional enough to equate it with making the Big Dance, but it's better than nothing. If you're a competitor, you want to keep playing, even if it's for "Ms. Congeniality." If you're any kind of fan, you want your team to have a shot at something positive coming out of the year.

It may have been facetious, but the analogy about the HS tournaments is bogus . . more than half of HS teams make the post-season in most states (I think), whereas in the NCAA you'll have 68 + 32 for 100 out of 340 something still playing at least one game. I fail to see the problem.

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