BYU basketball: Cougars advance in NIT with 90-79 win over Washington


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  • Y-Ask-Y? Provo, UT
    March 24, 2013 4:05 p.m.


    Amen. As a lifelong BYU fan and graduate, I'm glad that doesn't apply to you and me!

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2013 12:31 a.m.


    Obscurity only in the mind of a jealous Utah troll.

  • Y-Ask-Y? Provo, UT
    March 23, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    I hope the BYU Basketball program appreciates how they were thrown under the bus on behalf of the Football program.

    Welcome to Independence - for the Football team! But obscurity for the rest of BYU sports!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 21, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    @idablu--Sports4life is un-focused.

    The PAC 12 had more teams qualifying for the NCAA, and NIT tournaments, because Utah provided two extra wins to pad their records.

    That's why big sister was invited into the conference. There's IQ.

    The Utes were part of a good marketing plan.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    March 21, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    You really don't understand the difference between the NIT and NCAA tourney. To say that the winner of the NIT is the 69th best team in the land is a complete crock and you know better. Just look at seeds 12-16. Many of those are there by virtue of conference tourney championships. Many of which are tiny conferences. Like the BCS, the NCAA participants are not necessarily the "best" teams by ranking as a national ranking goes, but I'm sure we don't need to tell you that. A 20 loss team is in the field of 64...simply because they won their conf tourney.

    To suggest BYU, Kentucky, or any other major conference potential NIT winner is not better than those teams is completely idiotic. Then again, you root for the U so that makes sense. At the end of the day BYU is still playing and U are not. I wish all the in-state schools were playing...it's great visibility.

    You're like the left-wing media looking for a negative spin on anything to do with conservatives or repubs. Whether it makes sense, or has any factual basis is irrelevant.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    March 21, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    "Quit crying to your bigger brother BYU's a good program but there not as good as Utah is. Your program will never play on sundays, so your arguments are pointless." - Said the little Ute whose team is at home watching all post-season tournaments on their couch as their rival who is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between the two wins a game in a post-season tourney for the fourth straight year.

    If this were Jeopardy the question would be "What is the definition of irony?"

    Not only is BYU the better program, they have done it despite not playing on Sunday.

  • couglifer South Jordan, UT
    March 21, 2013 7:19 a.m.


    First of all I never said that the basketball team was great or could compete in the pac-whatever. I will tell you right now that they are an average team with a very good coach. You take Rose out of the equation and they win 16 to 18 games tops this year.

    I have also commented on how I thought the Utes were improved over last year.

    What I get tired of is the fans that sit here and say whatever univ is so much better then BYU because they come from a better conference they are bigger and more athletic BYU does not have a chance but when BYU wins it is because this team or that team stinks and are not very good and they are the 8th best team in our conference and so on and so on. It cannot be both are they (Washington) good yes and no they were good enough to get into the NIT just like Kentucky, Stanford, Arizona St and BYU but not good enough to get into the NCAA tourney.

  • Res Novae Ashburn, VA
    March 21, 2013 4:07 a.m.

    " I really would support BYU if there fans had higher IQ's but it's unfortunate that things need to be spelled out for you so here we are."

    'There' is some unintentional irony in that sentence. I think anyone who doesn't understand what a homonym is has little room to bag on my IQ or spell out anything for me.

    Lots of frantic and emotional spin going on here, as the Ute trolls like to say. Attendance smack from Utes? Really? Ragging on the NIT from a fanbase whose team is sitting at home? Ripping on the quality of another PAC team that finished higher than yours and at least made it to a tournament? Applying courtroom evidentiary standards to a fluff piece that says BYU's #1 in something? Talk about insecurity! But go on, keep telling us how Utah has moved beyond its insignificant old rival.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 20, 2013 9:40 p.m.


    I agree, Coach Roses skills stood out last night. If this next game stays close, I question the heart of the team. Can Haws carry them for 2 in a row. I don't think I've seen that this year.

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    March 20, 2013 8:59 p.m.

    The best part, though, is how the Ute fans who were gushing about beating Washington a few weeks ago, and who then came onto BYU boards and talked about athletic the Huskies were, and how good they were, are now backtracking, saying that Washington's no good, they're a horrible PAC 12 team, etc.


    I love U guys! You're hilarious!

    On a more serious note, I would imagine that the vast majority of the BYU fan base knows that BYU is not great this year. We have a good, but undersized center, a phenomenal shooting guard, and a very talented, but wildly inconsistent point guard. And that's it. There's no consistency from the bench, we lost two solid players before the season began, we have two walk-ons playing a significant amount of time, a couple of solid role players in Austin and Sharp, and two JC transfers who haven't panned out.

    And yet, for all of that, in our 'bad' year, we still have won 22 games, finished 3rd in the WCC, reached the postseason for the 8th straight year, and are 2-0 against the 'mighty' PAC 12.

    Dave Rose is amazing. I love my Cougs.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 20, 2013 8:53 p.m.


    Work hard all summer on your name calling, it's the only satisfaction your going to get after we whoop you again this fall. And tell your friends to save their stats and numbers, they're going to need them all. Go Utes!

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    March 20, 2013 8:54 p.m.

    LOL at all Ute fans here trying to take shots at BYU. Major insecurities coming out from the 'fans' up on the hill. We've got 2fer stomping his feet and whining about some survey that has BYU as the top college for Smart and Hot students...hilarious! Of course the survey's 'worthless', since everybody already knows that BYU has the smartest and hottest students of any college. Kind of silly for someone to do a survey on it, that's just common knowledge!

    Then we've got sports4life1 in meltdown mode, proclaiming Utah's athletic program is superior to BYU's when both their basketball and football teams finished with losing records and stayed home for the postseason. Classic! The only significant accomplishment Utah achieved over the last year was sneaking by the BYU football team that all Utah fans say is horrible, pathetic, and irrelevant, and yet they constantly pump themselves up about knocking the Cougars off.

    Incredible! Phenomenal! Arugula!

    Here's a hint for U: the fact that U use beating BYU as your metric of success just goes to show how little brotherish U are.

    Utah 'fans' never cease to amaze me.

    Go Cougars!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 20, 2013 8:40 p.m.


    What?! BYU's basketball program is not as good as Utah's?
    Based on what?
    Do you even live on planet Earth?

    I'll be the first to admit that BYU is no powerhouse this year but you have no claim whatsoever of superiority in basketball. In fact if you take all the intercollegiate sports as a whole, Utah doesn't even come close to BYU.

    Please take your delusions to articles about Utah.

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    March 20, 2013 8:37 p.m.

    Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    you are wrong about who played in the pac12 championship game it was UCLA and OREGON in the championship game in Las Vrgas

  • sports4life1 OGDEN, UT
    March 20, 2013 8:17 p.m.

    I'm really not sure what the heck your suggesting couglifer. All I'm saying is you can't think your such a powerhouse because you took down 2 PAC 12 teams at home that really aren't very good. I guess my question is what do you mean by competing if you consider winning 5 maybe 6 games in the PAC-12 then yes I guess BYU could do that. but there's no way BYU would finish in the Top half this season. You won 2 struggling PAC 12 games at home but I really doubt you would of won those 2 games on the road.

    Quit crying to your bigger brother BYU's a good program but there not as good as Utah is. Your program will never play on sundays, so your arguments are pointless.

  • couglifer South Jordan, UT
    March 20, 2013 7:59 p.m.

    you said
    Do you really think scores solve anything cause it doesn't Why do you think they have a 7 game series in the NBA Playoffs.
    You want to compare Scores and Games well truth is you can never win because you can always look at the good games and bad games

    So you mean like the Ute fans that think thay are all that because they have won 3 out of 4 football games, only 1 by a land side. Yet BYU basketball is not any good because they beat the so called 8th best team in the pac-whatever. I for one am very confussed at the thought process of some ute fans. We all play the deck that is dealt one and done is college and that is the way is and has always been.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 20, 2013 5:51 p.m.


    I believe that 2-0 against PAC10.2 teams should be considered a BYU 'two in row' stat, something the Utes had to wait until the last two games of regular season to string together. Makes it even more significant in these important stats for Ute fans to understand. LOL


    Nothing to measure against when it comes to basketball. However U guys did manage a string of some great 'moral victories' this year. Congrats.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    @ BlueNtheFace

    UCLA and Oregon played in the PAC-12 tournament championship. Washington beat WSU in the first round and then lost to Oregon in the quarterfinals.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 20, 2013 4:54 p.m.

    Ok - but the champion of the NIT is still one slot lower than the lowest picked team for the NCAA tournament. Not much bragging rights. I would hate to play in the NIT unless I guess I wanted to showcase my talents on a crummy team.

  • CG Orem, UT
    March 20, 2013 4:44 p.m.


    Don't get your boxers in a bunch. Of course the list is based on opinions, but since when has there ever been "valid scientific evidence" proving that someone is "hot". It's laughable how uptight and hypersensitive our friends on the hill get over the silliest things.

    If it makes you feel better, there's also a list of the hardest working, hardest partying schools.

    Don't kid yourself about the validity of "sources", however. Tweets and comments on blogs have been used as evidence in courts of law.

  • sports4life1 OGDEN, UT
    March 20, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    I really would support BYU if there fans had higher IQ's but it's unfortunate that things need to be spelled out for you so here we are.

    1st 5 Pac 12 teams made the tournament and in the NIT Arizona St has the 3 seed, Stanford has the 4 seed and washington had the 6th seed. So if you can count that puts Washington at the 8th best team.

    2nd Do you really think scores solve anything cause it doesn't Why do you think they have a 7 game series in the NBA Playoffs.
    You want to compare Scores and Games well truth is you can never win because you can always look at the good games and bad games.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 20, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    sports4life1-can't brag about beating a low tier Utah team, but a Washington win is great. In all honesty,--the PAC 12 doesn't measure up to the WCC.

    BYU, St Mary, San Diego, Gonzaga, Santa Clara, or San Francisco could have won the PAC 0012 tournament.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 20, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    This is what I took out of this game.
    I saw BYU beat a very talented, but underachieving UW team.
    With the exception of Haws, BYU played pretty poorly in the first half. Rose tried to spark the offense with Culvert and Cusick. They were very ineffective.
    Carlino played his potential the 2nd half and probably the best half of his career. His forte is transition. He has made some beautiful thread-the-needle passes all year in transition. And he has always been an exceptional rebounder for a guard. He still takes ill-advised shots and happened to make a few of them, but when he is not on, it kills the team. BYU won because someone (Carlino) besides Haws provided some much needed scoring.
    The biggest flaw of this team all season is their lack of a half court offense. It is like watching an NBA game. There is very little in the way of plays or execution. It is mostly throw the ball to your scorers and have him try to create his own shot, often resulting in a very poor shot or a turnover.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    March 20, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    Truth Machine
    Salt Lake City, UT



    "Show everyone you can be the 69th best team in the country!"

    It's better to be the 69th best team in the country and to be winning in the oldest post season tournament, than to be the 152nd best team in the country and spending the post season on the couch, as usual.



    Nice to see the continuing tradition of setting a low bar for BYU fans. Forget being number one, or the top 25. We want to be number 69! LOL!

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    March 20, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    @ Blue Husky You might want to check your facts when you say
    "BTW has Romero ever recruited a white guy? I don't recall ever seeing a white player on a Romero team."

    Actually the coaches name is Lorenzo Romar at UW. John Brockman is white, and was recruited by him a few years back. There have been others as well, but he's the one that's a local boy.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 20, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    That was the best combined game by Haws, Davies and Carlino. And against a good team. (It's not like they were playing College of Idaho or Willamette U). If they continue to play like this, we could see them play 3 or 4 more games this year.

    If Carlino and Haws continue to play like this next year (with the addition of K Collinsworth), we will have a very good backcourt.

    Congrats on a great win!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    @ sports4life1

    Well said. Even Utah handled Washington; on the road.

    @ LonestarRunner

    I guarantee that list is based on nothing except student polls. If you tried to cite something like that as a source in a paper or brought it up in a court of law you would be laughed at. It doesn't provide a shred of valid scientific evidence, and therefor it is worthless.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    March 20, 2013 3:05 p.m.


    "Your dreaming a little bit BYU played there best game of the season and you were in a dog fight against a 18-16 team that finished PAC 12 play 5-9."

    Is that what they teach in that R99 English class at the U?

    Just to refresh your memory a little...

    Mar 14 Washington loses in OVERTIME to PAC 12 tourney champion Oregon 77-80
    Mar 15 Utah is destroyed by Oregon 45-64
    Mar 19 Washington loses to BYU 79-90

    We all know how Utah fans would be spinning this if the roles for BYU and Utah were reversed, so you can stop with minimization and hyperbole.

    Of course BYU could compete in the PAC 12, there's never been any doubt about that, except from our jealous little friends on the hill.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    March 20, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    Dog fight?? Not sure a double digit win is a dog fight. Stretching it a little, aren't we?

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2013 2:38 p.m.


    "You beat the 8th best team in the PAC-12 at home and you think you could compete in the PAC 12."

    LOL at your spin!

    The "8th best team" in the PAC 10.2 BARELY lost to the PAC 10.2 tourney champion, by 3 points, in overtime, only 5 days ago.

    And isn't this the same PAC 10.2 team that Utah fans were crowing about beating just a few weeks ago when the Utes FINALLY won their first PAC 10.2 game of the season?

    It's laughable how quickly PAC 10.2 teams turn from being the greatest thing since sliced bread, when Utah beats them, to dog meat, when BYU beats them.



    "Show everyone you can be the 69th best team in the country!"

    It's better to be the 69th best team in the country and to be winning in the oldest post season tournament, than to be the 152nd best team in the country and spending the post season on the couch, as usual.


  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    March 20, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    Washington was only the 8th place PAC-12 team?? You sure?
    Actually, they tied for 6th - it was a 4-way tie w/ ASU, USC, and Stanford.

    Who ended up playing in the PAC-12 Tournament Championship Game? Was it Washington? Oh yeah, it was. They lost to Oregon by 3 in OT.

    It's obvious you're trying hard to spin our win into something to be ashamed of. Well we're proud of our above-avg team and the fight they still have in them.

    Good luck next year, Utes. P.S. Your mini-run in the PAC-12 happens a lot in college basketball. It's nothing to get too excited about. Just ask U of San Diego and Loyola Marymount.

  • sports4life1 OGDEN, UT
    March 20, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    Haha You all crack me up. You beat the 8th best team in the PAC-12 at home and you think you could compete in the PAC 12. Your dreaming a little bit BYU played there best game of the season and you were in a dog fight against a 18-16 team that finished PAC 12 play 5-9. Overall it's nice to see BYU pick up a decent win it's just sad to see BYU fans acting like there so supurb for beating a struggling PAC 12 team.

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    March 20, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    Yeah BYU owns the PAC 12.
    After all they on got five teams into the big dance.

    Carry on BYU, carry on. Show everyone you can be the 69th best team in the country!
    Because that's all you will be if somehow winning the NIT.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    Great game for the Cougars last night. It was fun to see them bounce back from a disappointing end to the regular season. Haws, Davies and Carlino probably had their best combined overall game of the season, especially in the 2nd half.

    Looking forward to the Tenn/Mercer - BYU game!


    ekute - measure this...

    Business Insider rated 25 Colleges Where The Students Are Both Hot And Smart

    #25 Cal Poly
    #24 UC Santa Barbara
    #19 UCLA
    #16 BYU Idaho
    #14 USC
    #9 Santa Clara
    #8 Stanford
    #1 BYU

    It's nice to have great football and basketball programs as well.

  • DaveKnowsWhatsUp Bloomington, IN
    March 20, 2013 1:13 p.m.


    Hold on there...using actual numbers only confuses those who pretend they would be actually watching their own team if they were playing in any tournament. Instead they rant and rave about BYU and everything related.

    Good job actually making some irrefutable, yet very logical facts.

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    March 20, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    @Runner i would have done the same thing that coach Rose did.Carlino needed a wake up call,his play was so sloppy in the 1st half he might as well have been playing for UW benching him is probably the best thing that could have happened to him,because it woke him up and he decided that he wanted to play and it showed in the 2nd half.

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    March 20, 2013 11:52 a.m.


    Don't kid yourself little brother - big brother has owned U for years:

    149-145 overall, 7 in a row, 11 of the last 12

    Once again, your big brother is providing something for U to talk about during the post season.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 20, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    After being idle for 11 days, BYU was a little rusty to start the game, but they came on like gang busters in the 2nd half.

    For a player who's been so heavily criticized, Carlino had an awesome stat line:

    5-11 FG, 4-8 3PT, 6-6 FT, 7 REB, 9 AST, 2 STL, and 20 points. If Matt could just cut down on his turnovers, he had 5, he could be a really good point guard, but as some have suggested, he may be better as a shooting guard. It would be great to see Matt practice like crazy this summer to improve the consistency of his shooting.

    Haws is returning to form and Davies played a great game, despite being outmatched physically by his larger counterparts.

    Looking forward to a fun 2nd round game.

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    March 20, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    Layton, UT
    "You guys make big brother proud when you measure yourself against him and the Pac12."

    We're the U's daddy, and we might as well adopt the rest of the PAC-12 teams - we own them.

    Go BYU!! Proud Papas...

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 20, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    You guys make big brother proud when you measure yourself against him and the Pac12.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 20, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    I expected BYU to lose by five, a la the Gonzaga game. Instead, they blew up UW in the 2nd half. Good news is that the Cougars are young. Maybe next year.

    BTW has Romero ever recruited a white guy? I don't recall ever seeing a white player on a Romero team. Not that I noticed, of course. That would be racist!

  • scott Alpine, UT
    March 20, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    So that was the team that barely lost in OT to PAC 12 tournament champion Oregon 88-77 just 5 days ago?

    Washington is a good, solid team, but, quite frankly, San Diego is tougher.

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    March 20, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    (Stats borrowed w/o permission)

    * The PAC-12's attendance avg is only 7800.
    * BYU only had 1 1/2 days to sell tickets to a anti-climactic post-season game.
    * Yesterday Maryland had 4000. St. Joseph's had 3000. Florida State had under 3000. Robert Morris had less than 3500 for Kentucky (small arena). Virginia had about 4800. Alabama had less than 3000.
    * Stanford had a little over 1000.
    * Last year when Utah hosted Washington (they had a whole regular season to sell tickets), their listed attendance was about 8800, and we all know that their ACTUAL attendance was much lower.

    BYU did just fine.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    March 20, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    I went. Good game overall. First I've seen in person in 8 years and 22 before that. The crowd was actually pretty vocal, notwithstanding the old codger sitting 5 rows behind me yelling at everyone to sit down so he could see. I just about handed him a $100 bill along with a note to use it to pay his cable and watch from home. I mean really... people are into a game - get up with them or move higher in the stands so they're not in your way. Haws is the real deal.

  • Snark Provo, UT
    March 20, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    Coach Rose's treatment of Carlino is the reason they won. He knows that this team without a floor general is doomed. We have to have unselfish leadership from the point guard (truly running the offense) to open Haws and Davies and allow for great transition basketball! When Carlino comes out and tries to take over the game, the entire offense atrophies. When he sees the floor, becomes conscious of the defense and knows where his teammates are, he not only dishes and slashes his way to opening the offense, but also improves his own shot selection (and therefore his point production). Coach Rose made the adjustments and had the conversations (according to news sources) with Carlino that allowed for the second half surge. Great job Coach!!

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    March 20, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    Nice to get a win over a good team from a weaker conference! Go Cougs.

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    March 20, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    I'm not sure why Ute fans have such an interest in BYU's attendance figures since 7500 at the Huntsman would probably be their biggest crowd of the year. A few reasons for the relatively small crowd at the Washington game were 1) it was Washington, after all--an also ran from the weak PAC12 conference, 2) middle of the week and short notice for ticket buyers 3) nationally televised game in prime time with no black-out in area, 4) fans disappointed with not making the NCAA tournament. At any rate, for those of us who went to the game, it was fun. Can't wait for round two. Go Cougars!

  • Feliz Kaysville, UT
    March 20, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    This commanding victory proves BYU should be in the tournament. What might have been had they been given a chance.

  • Zorro Bakersfield, CA
    March 20, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    Having 17 turnovers in the last 3 games makes Carlino a problem. It looked like moving him to the 2 and taking the ball/decision making out of his hands was a great coaching move.
    Maybe this is where we see him contribute next year. Just dont let him run the offense! His decision making is awful!

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    This proves that BYU would have won the PAC 12.

  • Jim1027 St. George, UT
    March 20, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    I sure enjoyed watching the Y win their playoff and bowl games, and especially against PAC12 teams! How were that red team up North's playoff/bowl games in football and basketball?

    I was meaning to ask how they were doing in their GREAT CONFERENCE!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    March 20, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    @fireonthemtn, ..."Carlino is a 15 year old with a learners permit trying to figure out how to parallel park..."

    Ha!ha! That was funny! But though it was true, you must look at the bright side. He did indeed learn to parallel park in the second half and my gosh he was beautiful! Let's hope he and the boys keep smoking it up. It was quite fun to watch.

    Go Cougars!

  • IDC Boise, ID
    March 20, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    Great game last night. Fun to watch. WCC 2-0 so far. Nice to see St. Marys pulling down a first round win. If Haws, Davies, and Carlino can keep this up, watch out.

  • Gone fishin Murray, UT
    March 20, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    Getting Paddled,
    Don't get too excited about a commentator saying that St. Mary's did not play anyone. If you are hanging your hat on this then that "Noboby" is 2-0 against your mighty PAC 10.2

  • fireonthemtn Reno, NV
    March 20, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    If Haws and Davies are the motor that run the car, Carlino is a 15 year old with a learners permit trying to figure out how to parallel park...

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    March 20, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    That was more like the BYU team most of us expected to see all season. It's not the Big Dance, but it's fun to see BYU playing well in a post season tournament against good competition. Something to build on for next season.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Made some good shots.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    March 20, 2013 8:56 a.m.


    "I don't recall seeing BYU highlights on national TV, do you?"

    Nice try, but the BYU-Washington game was NATIONALLY TELEVISED on ESPN!

    Meanwhile, that little train wreck on the hill has quietly faded into the sunset now that the post season tournaments have begun.

    btw, BYU is now 2-0 versus the PAC 12. It took the Utes NINE games before they picked up their 2nd PAC 12 win.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    March 20, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    Herriman, UT
    Best analysis I heard from ESPN concerning St. Marys and why they should not be in the tournament, "They played nobody! They beat nobody!" I love it.


    St. Mary's won last night, highlights were replayed several times on ESPN.
    I don't recall seeing BYU highlights on national TV, do you? Perhaps once, but I did not see any.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    March 20, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    This was an electrifying win. Matt Carlino's threes and the steady performance by Davies and Haws held back an excellent Washington team. BYU had to play nearly a perfect game in the second half, hitting critical free throws and knocking down threes. This was the best game of the season which shows BYU has improved and learned. Tennessee if that is the next opponent will be a tough game.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    March 20, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    Not attendance Smack but Attendance FACT. Football games can get 65000 I do not see why we can not get at least 15000 or better yet fill the place for a Post Season Game. Hello there are 30000 students. If half showed up there is 15000. 1/3 and 10000. I know they are busy and have school but so do the players and I am sure glad more than a 1/3 of the team showed up to play the game. In addition there are a lot of people and fans in the Intermountain area let alone Orem and Provo. We brag of our fan base so where were they? Sorry but not Smack. FACT!

    Come on Cougar Fans show your spirit. Go to the game and support your team. Watching TV does not do it. Leave that to us that have no choice.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    March 20, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    I think Calvert was a good sub for Carlino, who was stinking it up in the first half. In fact, if I didn't know better, when I saw a guard throwing up bricks from distance and making passes to the other team, I would have thought it was just Carlino doing his thing. His great second half was fun, but it hardly makes up for the several games we lost because of his unintelligent, me-me-me play.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    March 20, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    Congratulations BYU on a great opening round NIT win over Washington!

    Hopefully many thousands more Cougar fans will join us at the next game.

    If the Cougars had played more games like they played last night, they would have been dancing in the Big Dance tomorrow night. BYU is now 7-0 in home NIT games and should be hosting Tenn/Mercer in the 2nd round on Friday, Saturday or Monday.

    Go Cougs!

  • Gregorio Norco, CA
    March 20, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    Fun game to watch. Lots of scoring and great transition b-ball for the cougars. Way to Go!

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2013 7:59 a.m.


    Seriously, attendance smack?

    BYU's 7,500 NIT fans would have been 2nd last year. Iowa topped 13k, and was at least a couple thousand more than any other NIT game last night. And lets not forget, this was an actual warm bodies in seats attendance, not padded by 2 or 3 thousand phantom season ticket holder no shows.

    I'm expecting 10,000+ for the next game.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 20, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    Good job cougs. Does Haws have it in him to keep it going?

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    March 20, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    Great win and good game. Wish I were in Utah. Would love to go to the game. 22,000 seats and best we can do is a tad more than 7500??? If the next game is at BYU I would hope the fans will Rise and Shout and fill the place. Want to help them win that is how.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 20, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    That's a decent win for BYU, a applaud their effort. I have never seen a coach (Washington's Lorenzo Romar) do so little with so much talent. Great recruiter, horrible game day coach.

  • Runner Chandler, AZ
    March 20, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    We all love coach Rose but he almost let this one get away and was basically out coached....again. Playing Cusick and Calvert in the backcourt...together, for most of the first half was nearly a disaster. I know Carlino turned it on in the 2nd half but Rose has got to stay with him a bit longer and not be so quick to pull him out. A Carlino who is working through his consistencies is better than either Cusick or Calvert. And, wow, playing both of them together? Ouch, talk about lack of athleticism.

  • Cougs4Life Gilbert, AZ
    March 20, 2013 7:19 a.m.

    The Cougs love playing against pac10 "competition." Third year in a row of NOT one and done...man, I love watching my team in post season action!

    March 20, 2013 7:01 a.m.

    They will need Sharp's athleticism in the next game. Hope he can play.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    March 20, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    This is pretty much the team Coug fans had been hoping to watch all season ... at least during the second half, for certain. Nice job, team!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    March 20, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    Great game Cougars! I want Sharp back, we need his hops, defense and a few poster dunks!

    March 20, 2013 6:30 a.m.

    Attendance = 7,511? Way to support your team, BYU fans. (Or byu "fans" as duckhunter would say.)

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    March 20, 2013 5:51 a.m.

    Crowd of 7511??

    Is that how we should reward a team for making it to post season play?

  • sls Columbia, MO
    March 20, 2013 5:49 a.m.

    Great win against UW. The Huskies played well, but the Cougars played better. Now its time to beat a good team from the southeast.

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    March 20, 2013 4:05 a.m.

    Nice win for the Cougars but don't think too highly of it. After all it was against a Pac 10 team.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 20, 2013 12:52 a.m.

    Now we see why BYU wasn't invited into the conference.

    They want a team who would guaranty wins for the existing teams. This increases the number of teams qualifying for bowl games, and the NCAA tournament.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 20, 2013 12:45 a.m.

    Cougar highlights:

    * loss by five to the number one team in the country
    * 2-0 record against Pac 12 competition
    * 22 victories,--many teams would love that
    * television exposure
    * beat Utah, Utah State, and Weber. 5-1 in football & basketball

    Not perfect, but very good. I'll take that

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    March 20, 2013 12:28 a.m.

    Good win, as Carlino goes, so goes the Y.

    You pretty well know what your going to get from Haws. Davies is fairly consistent, but whether Carlino is on or off seems to be the determining factor.

    Every game gives the Y more experience, keep rollin Cougs.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    March 20, 2013 12:07 a.m.

    Great game for the Cougars tonight. My question is, where was this team at the WCC tournament? If they would have played with this intensity and with the confidence of tonight, the Cougars would probably be playing in the NCAA. Really a yo-yo season.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    March 19, 2013 11:30 p.m.

    Nice win Cougars! Let's keep it up!