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Published: Monday, March 25 2013 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Kaysville, UT

I hope this intensity and sharp shooting continues at southern Miss! lets go Cougs!

Pa. Reader
Harrisburg, PA

A very entertaining game was made even more so by having Bill Walton on the microphone for ESPN.
His tributes to great Cougars of the past were wonderful. He was clearly having fun calling the game and he made it more fun for this Cougar fan! Thanks Bill.

metamora, IL

It was a fun game to watch, but I'm still wondering where this team has been hiding all year. Looking forward with the match up against USM. One more game to get to the Garden!


Wow, two complete games in a row, if the Cougars can do it again for a third game they have a good chance at beating Southern Miss. Go Cougars!

Steve Michaelis

How is that attendance number a record?

Richmond, VA

Winning is always fun! Let's keep it going Cougs! But like metamoracoug, I too wondered where the heck have you been all year long. This could've been an NCAA run, but, we'll enjoy this just as much and hope it will last as long as it takes. This sure is fun!

Go Cougars!

Saint George, UT

How does hitting "a" 3-pointer with a 5 pt lead take the lead into double digits? 5+3=8 last time I checked.

Danish American
Payson, UT

I think that playing the way they played last night, they could have even beat Utah. Right, ChrisB?

Frisco, TX

Cougs are in fire! Hopefully they'll stay hot playing outside the Marriott Center. I'd love to see them in NYC.

Davies, Haws and Carlino are stealing the headlines, but Austin and Zylstra are playing better than I've ever seen them play and making significant contributions.

Calvert is not ready to be a starting PG, but I'm very impressed with his play. It will be an interesting battle in 2015 between he and Emery for the starting PG role. Both should be outstanding!

Cinci Man

Great surprise from the Cougars playing two good games in a row. Let's try for a third and really knock the lights out Wednesday! Go Cougars!


Is there a more "stream of consciousness"-style commentator than Bill Walton? The guy literally says whatever pops into his head at any given moment, which I find unnerving and, finally, annoying. He paid a lot of compliments to BYU basketball and to Utah in general, but I couldn't make much sense of it. This game showed, once again, that as goes Matt Carlino (and, to a lesser degree, Brock Zylstra), so goes BYU. The Cougs can lose to practically anyone if only Haws and Davies are scoring, but they can beat good teams with a third scorer.

Provo, , UT


What about Kyle Collinsworth? He's a guard isn't he? Or was he a shooting guard? I can't remember...

West Jordan, UT

How about we add one to the mantra...

Harline is still open.

George is still running.

BYU is STILL playing.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

Good job, Cougs! I've been very critical of the team during the season. But they've been very solid the last two games against very good completition. I think this is the level of effort & results we all were looking for and expecting. Keep it going. As much as we wanted another Tourney birth, better to be playing NIT than not playing at all. Carlino, keep rubbing that rabbit's foot. It's working!

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

@ esodije: I couldn't agree with you more about Walton. I've always liked the guy and his analysis work in the past, and he's a local guy to us in San Diego County. However, he is horrible! I actually muted the audio the last 3 minutes of the game. ESPN can do much, much better.


Ditto on the Bill Walton call. It is the most entertaining call I can remember him doing on a game. Over the past few years I have found him annoying, but tonight he was informative and fun to listen to. He is the greatest college center I have witnessed playing. Portland would have won a few more rings had he not suffered all those foot injuries. The NIT version of the cougars is far removed from the regular season guys. What gives? Carlino has stopped being a turn-over machine, Zylstra is playing defense and hitting timely threes, Davies is not committing stupid fouls, and Haws is Haws. What could have been had they all figured this mess out earlier. Keep it up!

St Louis, MO

Our friend in NM found Walton's commentary "unnerving"? Really? Like, it made you lose courage and confidence? Hmm. Well, I enjoy Bill. He's definitely his own thing, like Dickie V. I want personalities announcing, not just some guy with a smooth voice telling me what I'm seeing on screen and making obvious points aimed at people who've never watched a game before.

I'm unsure about Calvert. He doesn't lack for confidence, but the kid's shot is crooked. 20% on threes for the year. Yes, it's a limited sample size, but 20% is 20%. We'll see, but he clearly isn't ready now.

HP in Georgia
Atlanta, GA

Congratulations to the Cougars. What a fine team and program. Most Mercer folks I know hope the NIT trophy for 2013 ends up in Provo. Our Bears have had a great season as well, and we Mercer grads look forward to next year. We are also pulling for our conference rivals playing in the NCAA, Florida Gulf Coast University. College basketball is good and exciting nationwide.

Jon from PA
Ligonier, PA

Nice Win! They have been playing great.Hope the Cougars can keep it up for a few more games and carry it into next year!Carlino has looked great the last 60 min of game time. This will be something to build on for next year.

Lindon, UT

BYU still playing, lil' sister still pouting!

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