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  • Elmer Fudd Sandy, Utah
    March 13, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    "BYU makes historic comeback from 25 down to Iona"

    2 days later BYU gets crushed by Marquette by a whopping 20 points in the Round of 64 (The round BYU historically struggles in)

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    March 13, 2013 6:55 p.m.

    fuddy duddy

    Jealous much?

    Better to have won an historic comeback in the first round and get crushed in the second round just a year ago, than not to have won an NCAA game in almost a decade.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    March 13, 2013 9:34 p.m.

    Opps there is another saying;

    "Open mouth insert foot"

    Utah just beat USC first round PAC 12

    Take Utah off the dud list.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    March 14, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    Scott Farcus

    Congrats on winning your first ever PAC 10.2 tourney game against a crippled 14-18 team... yawn

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 14, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    It's fun to have a record that will be cited every time an NCAA tournament team is mounting a huge comeback.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 14, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Historical note: This wasn't an NCAA tournament game. It was a play-in game to get into the NCAA tournament. When BYU won, THAT was when they entered the tournament (and then got boat raced by Marquette).

    I know revisionist history is popular in articles related to BYU but somebody needs to be called out for this one.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    timid sparrow

    Historical note: It's obviously been so long since our little friends up north have been to the the Big Dance that they don't realize that the tournament has evolved and moved on since then -- play-in games no longer exist.

    Per ESPN's NCAA Tourney History Recap for BYU

    SEASON W-L RESULTS
    2012 1-1 Defeated Iona in opening round, 78-72; Lost to Marquette in first round, 88-68

    Regardless of what you call each round, and regardless of the clueless opinions of our jealous little brothers, BYU's win over Iona counts just as much as a NCAA tournament win as Utah's 1944 NCAA tournament win over Dartmouth.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Marked it

    Indeed, call it what you want but everyone knows exactly what it is...wink, wink.

    So... how many teams played in that "first" round? That's right only 8, moved up from 4 from the "play-in" game format. As in the "play-in" format though, you get to play another similar ranked team to see who plays a 1,2 or 3 seed. It's all the same thing, you play in to get crushed. Unless you are VCU:)

  • Elmer Fudd Sandy, Utah
    March 14, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    @ SportsFan

    "Congrats on winning your first ever PAC 10.2 tourney game against a crippled 14-18 team"

    And a congrats to you too for losing your WCC tourney opener against a 16-18 patsy!

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    SportsFan
    "Congrats on winning your first ever PAC 10.2 tourney game against a crippled 14-18 team... yawn"

    Sporty, while Utah continues on to play ball. Im sure your yawns by now have turned to Z Z Z Z Zs, with no games to look forward to it must be mundane listening to crickets.

    Night Sporty

  • SportsCenter Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 14, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    utahcountyute

    So... how many teams played in that 1944 NCAA tournament?

    That's right only EIGHT!

    In fact, from 1939–1950 the entire NCAA tournament consisted of only EIGHT teams.

    Get over your jealousy and try to keep things in perspective.

    It's laughable that our troll friends are here trying to minimize an historic NCAA tournament comeback just so they can salve the pain of the growing embarrassment they feel for Utah's train wreck of a program that hasn't won a game in the Big Dance in almost a decade.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    March 14, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    scotty

    "while Utah continues on to play ball...blah,blah,blah"

    Get back to us next week when BYU continues its post-season play, while the Utes are home reprising the couch potato bowl performance of Utah's football team.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    March 14, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    Deep thinker

    The NIT ?

    Thats not continues post season play, its a consolation basketball camp.

    Deep, get used to being the scrapes that fall from the smorgasbord of life's feast.

    Indy in your athletic program wont afford you reservations to the prestigious sporting venues now or in the future.

    I honestly thought that the Y would dominate the WCC two years ago, Wow couldn't have predicted reality.

    We have one person to thank for that.

    DeepResING

  • uteBusters Park City, UT
    March 14, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    scotty

    The Utes would give their eye-teeth to be able to play in ANY post-season tournament - go back and review their comments after Utah was invited to the CBI.

    The WCC has the #1-ranked team in the entire country and a certain #1 seed. The PAC will be lucky to get a #5 seed for whoever is lucky enough to stink it up the least in their tournament.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    March 14, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    Hey, Buster

    >>>The Utes would give their eye-teeth to be able to play in ANY post-season tournament - go back and review their comments after Utah was invited to the CBI.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    March 14, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    D News you missed the rest.

    Hey, Buster

    >>>The Utes would give their eye-teeth to be able to play in ANY post-season tournament - go back and review their comments after Utah was invited to the CBI.

  • Solomon Levi Alpine, UT
    March 14, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    Scott Farcus

    You seem to be struggling, so let me help:

    March 17, 2008
    Comments from Utah fans on the Utes playing UTEP in the CBI

    Long Time Ute

    "The CBI is fine for its purpose and that is to get the coaches and players more experience in playing in a tournament situation. That is one thing that I respected Majerus for, getting his team ready for the NCAA.

    If this is what it takes, I can support that. Besides, if the Utes are playing, I am cheering."

    ------------

    It isn't the "Hampton's," but...

    "Well my Utes aren't playing in the big dance or even the "big apple" dance, but at least they're still playing."

    -----------

    hmmmm, although not ecstatic, at least Utah fans seemed quite pleased simply to be playing in any post-season tournament.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    March 14, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    Sporto

    What exactly am I jealous about?

    Maybe you are referring to the fact that byU has been to the Elite 8 (3) times and the Sweet 16 (7) times? Oh wait, the Utes have been to the sweet 16 (15) times, the elite 8 (6) times and the Final Four (4) times. Three of those Final Fours were outside the 1939-1950 era that is so important to you.

    Maybe it's the NCAA Tournament Championship that the Cougars won in..... Oh yeah, that's right, it never happened.

    You can bag on the 1944 Tournament all you want but the fact still remains that the Utes played for and won and NC. The banner in the HC says the same thing as Kentucky's from last year.

    btw..The Cougs have to double their production in the NCAA tournament for there to be any kind of "jealousy" from the Hill.

    If anyone is jealous...it's you.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    Scotty,
    You are busted. Please check your facts before spewing.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    March 14, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    You know, it's pretty amazing. The article is about an amazing comeback for BYU in an NCAA tournament game. So, of course, since the article is about BYU, the trolls show up and start belittling. Someone posts a response about the fact that BYU has had more success in the last couple of years. Then some BYU-hater has to play the "one up" game.

    Immature, much?

  • Elmer Fudd Sandy, Utah
    March 14, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    @ NevadaCoug

    Trolls go both ways my friend! There will always be Utah trolls on BYU articles and BYU trolls will always be on Utah articles. Time to give it up! People have the right to write on the other teams articles.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 14, 2013 8:57 p.m.

    utahcountyute
    Cedar Hills, UT

    But somehow your NC in basketball is somehow more relevant than our NC in football?

    You can reverse the question, I don't mind. I'm kinda happy for my ute friends that the long cold winter that had been Utah basketball seems maybe, just a little bit, to be on the edge of beginning to thaw. Your football team is not enjoying all the benefits so far that only membership in a big boy conference can provide. Only wins on the field (more than losses) will change that.

    BYU basketball is rebuilding. Not bad, just not as good as we are accustomed to. Football too. Confident that the hoops wins will come again. Football? No substitute for wins on the field.

    Go cougs!

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    March 15, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    utahcountyute

    Utah didn't win a national championship in 1944, the Utes won the little brother of the big boy tournament of the day - the NIT.

    Even the Utes acknowledged that when they accepted an invitation to the NIT, INSTEAD of the NCAA tournament.

    And even then, the 1944 NCAA tournament was the most watered-down tournament in the history.

    Most college basketball programs had been suspended and the few teams still remaining were composed mostly of freshmen and a few sophomores because every able-bodied man over the age of 18 was busy fighting or preparing to fight a world war.

    Utah only beat TWO college basketball teams before they played in the 1944 NIT - that's not hype, that's an actual, verifiable FACT!

    Unfortunately for U, despite Utah's past history of success, BYU now owns U in basketball -

    149-145, 7 in a row, 11 of 12, including three straight 20-point beat downs in the HC

    btw, neither the NIT nor the NCAA tourney winner won the 1944 National Championship - that honor went to Army.