sls"This is better than one or two games in the NCAA tournament
and it's certainly better than being in the Pac 12 with a season that has
already concluded."Well said. Could not agree with you more! Its
been exciting.Arizona is gone and after today Oregon will be as well
and so ends the mighty 'Conference of Champions' from the tournament.
See ya, so long, hasta la vista baby, etc.Meanwhile back in the
minds of BYU fans pondering Madison Sq Gardens a collective shout is heard..."I love my WCC membership!" (thanks Chris B) LOL
@ogmson, Zylstra was 5/9 from the 3, not 5/6. I am sure the story will get
bigger as he retells it over time too!
I can't agree more with the great comments. But I am really ticked. The
cougars were laughed at coming onto the floor by the SoMiss players and the
center would not shake Brandon's hand. Brandon said it was the first time
in his basketball life that the other center would not shake his hand to start a
game. Brock saw the failed handshake, walked over to the center, said something
to him, (rumor is it was laced with just a touch of the profane) and you could
see a change in his face. He was mad. He was ticked. He was going to beat the
SoMiss team single handedly if he had to, but it was going to be an all out war.
WOW!! What a game he played. Just the ten boards would have been huge, but 23 in
your face 5/6 shooting from 3? If the SoMiss coach saw what happened
at center court and what happened way before the game started....I would hate to
be an SoMiss player today.
BYU lost to Baylor in december on the road 64-79,this will be a
rematch on a neutral court.BYU is yet to show they can handle taller
teams.There loses were due to lack of support from players other
than Haws or davies, poor shooting, or the inability to control the paint
against taller players.They have thier work cut out for them.
@4601None of the benefits of Pac12 membership are strictly
confabulation. To say that they have fallen short as an athletic competitor is
premature. Wait till the recruiting advantages start kicking in. I'll let you guys go back to enjoying what the tds is doing in the NIT if
you can leave the Pac12 out of it. Baylor whooped you guys pretty good in Dec.
I'm pulling for them to do it again.
@talkinsportsCan "since the Utes weren't even mentioned."@Veritas Aequitas "??????????????" "What are you even talking
about."Please read the original comment by @sls that provoked
me. You're to quick to respond to me without knowing what your responding
Veritas AequitasUtah went to the PAC 12 for money and any other
stated reason is strictly confabulation from their PR department. As you pointed
out, they have fallen short as an athletic competitor. Enough about
other schools, last night was BYU's night. It may not last, but they were
Didn't Baylor beat BYU early in the season? Baylor has a freshman, around
6'11" who is a very good player. BYU has played the best ball of the
year beginning 2 and 1/2 games ago. I hope they can continue. Good luck
ekute Layton, UT@slsCan you enjoy what your
team is doing in the NIT without bringing up the PAC12?===========??????????????What are you even talking about.Bottom line, this is a down year for BYU in basketball, and where are they? On
the other hand, a very successful year for Utah basketball, and what are they
doing now?Utah went to the PAC. Because of "Athletic
Prowess" according to Larry Scott, yet no postseason in football or
basketball.Ask yourselves, what did Chris Hill do to your programs?
How much money is it worth? Utah is not, nor will ever be PAC-10 quality.
Great win. Really surprised me that the took a 30 game home win streak. SLS,
your an example of why many people dislike your team. You can't even enjoy
a great victory.
All cougar fans owe a huge amount of gratitude to Chrissy B for once again
picking against the cougs. When he picks against us, more often than not,
I panic when watching Kafusi took a hard fall. Glad he is okay but Bronco M.?
Anyway, good game plan and glad to see more games to come.
SportzFanSalt Lake City, UTYou don't know whether you
will be hot or not until you take the shot. When you're hot, you go to
your spot and trust your team will feed you; ie Zysltra. I like that
Zylstra got his chance to shine. I like that Haws is a team player, but when he
needs to take charge he can. And I like that Carlino has the confidence to
play his game.
The trolls are noticeably absent from the discussion boards today. They must be
off eating crow together. The new-and-improved BYU (RPI #55, Saragrin #54) has
beat the three teams they’ve played in the NIT by an average score of
86-71 (15 points), and their opponents haven’t exactly been push-overs.
Southern Miss (RPI #33, Saragrin #66)Mercer (RPI #116,
Saragrin #97 )Washington (RPI #95, Saragrin #73)Not bad, but
they’ll really face a challenge in Baylor (RPI #62, Saragrin #34) next
week. It will require the big three all showing up. Even if they lose, at
least they’re still playing instead of watching on t.v. (i.e. Utah, RPI
#157, Saragrin #111).
ekuteSounds like little brother is just a tad oversensitive since
the Utes weren't even mentioned.As far as measuring up to your
big brother goes, remind us again when's the last time that train wreck on
the hill even played in a post season tournament, let alone won a game?Go Cougs!--------This has been quite a ride for
Bronson - ending the football season in San Diego and the basketball season in
This proves that BYU should have been in the NCAA tournament. We are restoring
the good name of the WCC after the damage St Marys and Gonzaga caused.
@slsCan you enjoy what your team is doing in the NIT without
bringing up the PAC12? It's little brothers that are always trying to
measure up to big brother. This Ute fan enjoys responding to unprovoked comments
from the haters. Go Utes.
Baylor will present an opposite-type team, with height advantage over the
Cougars, their center being a tremendous, though unpolished, talent...Cougars
were full of faith and confidence at Hattiesburg, they'll need that in the
Garden...go team, Y not win it all? Hoping to read, Y wins it all in the 2013
The Cougars are playing great right now and with a ton of confidence. That
being said, Baylor makes me nervous. If the Y can keep up the hot shooting from
three they have a legit chance at taking the whole NIT. Once again, as Carlino
goes, so goes the Cougars. Obviously, I would have preferred the
boys make it to the field of 68, but making the Final Four of the NIT is still
sweet. Probably better than getting bounced in the first or second round of the
Big Dance. Trouble is you just don't know if the team would have won their
first two in the dance and that's why I would prefer to have them have a
shot in the NCAA's.
I'll admit it. When we knew that BYU was going to the NIT, I was not
excited and just wanted the season to end. But, I was wrong and I have enjoyed
the NIT run. I hope they do well in NYC and use this as a building block for
next year. The future looks bright for Cougar basketball.
Congratulation to everyone on this team who came to Mississippi to play and to
win! Fired up are the words to describe the team. I agree that it is exciting to
see other BYU players step up and help Haws and Davies. Congratulations also to
Coach Dave Rose for continually believing in these guys and being such a great
coach.Practice hard and come out attacking in New York like you did
in Mississippi in a hostile environment. And they thought they couldn't be
beaten at home (30 consecutive home wins!). We love BYU and are headed for the
big volleyball game in the Provo Smith Fieldhouse tonight.Go
Rose is had a great game plan in place. Hopefully the hot shooting continues
for 2 more nights.
WOWZA! What a game. Great job Cougars. I think that cutting down on turnovers
and hasty shots really helped last night. And I think the foul situation was
huge. Davies wasn't in trouble all night long. Of course, the lack of WCC
refs was a huge plus, too.Who knew that the NIT could be such
fun?Congratulations on getting to play at least 4 post season games
After a major disappointment in the women's loss to Gonsaga on the WNIT
tournament, it was sure bliss to witness a grand performance by the men in blue.
Brock Zylstra was on fire like I've never seen him before. My goodness!
What could've been if only he had played like that throughout the year!
He, Carlino, and Austin are definitely playing up to their potential now and are
making things so much fun to watch. Davies and Haws are finally getting the
help they need from their supporting cast.This is the most fun
I've ever experienced in any NIT tournament. Go Cougars!
I am so glad this team had a chance to play a little more, to find their soul as
a team, and to come together as a team. Keep it up guys and focus and continue
to have fun out there!
They truly exemplified the truth that this is a team game first and foremost.Unselfish, intelligent play all night. And great shooting.Question: How many times does Haws come across the middle at the free throw
line, turn and pop a 16-footer before they figure out he can really shoot and
step up to defend him? Answer: MANY.
This is great exposure for the BYU basketball program. On Tuesday night they
get to play in the prime time game in Madison Square Garden on national tv
against a good team from the Big 12. This is better than one or two games in
the NCAA tournament and it's certainly better than being in the Pac 12 with
a season that has already concluded.
Stunning game. Amazing change. Great passing. Great great passing. Excellent
defense. I think you can't zone these guys. We're seeing some young
guys come of age in this tournament. What a turnaround from the WCC tournament
Not as good as the NCAA's but best thing about this is the post-season
experience and confidence building - something sorely needed. Go Cougs!!
Honest Question:Is it better to make it to the Final Four in the NIT
or get bumped in the first round of March Madness?What is the cut
off - win the NIT or make it to the Sweet Sixteen/Elite Eight?
4 of ELEVEN Carlino? ELEVEN? Dude, I know you pass the ball. Now if you could
learn to pass up a few shots...
If BYU can come up big in the apple (2 more games) then I would be happy if I
were a BYU fan. In fact I would rather win the NIT than lose in the first round
or two of the NCAA tournament. But once you get to the 'Sweet
Sixteen', then it does get sweet and the exposure is much better. The NIT is sort of not a big deal but still it's not like you are playing
for 69th place because many of the teams in the four regional brackets of the
NCCA tournament that are seeded 13 thru 16 are not any better than most of the
NIT teams in my opinion. Florida Gulf Coast might take exception to that
"Where excited to go to the Mecca, Madison Square Garden," Carlino
said.I really doubt he used that particular word to start his
sentence. We're is your editor?
Brock Zylstra, thank you for clocking in for this game! My word, what an amazing
1st half effort. Great game, boys! Everything was clicking tonight.
Check my comments from a few weeks back - I said BYU final four NIT. Not
as good as the Big Dance - but something we can still be very proud of.Go Cougs!!oh and the football player in the middle is a nice touch!!
What an exciting post season this has been for the Cougars. Who knew that
playing in the NIT could be so much fun?Start spreading the news, I
am leaving Monday, I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.Go
Congratulations Cougars on an outstanding performance across the board breaking
#34 RPI SMU's 30-game home winning streak against non-conference foes on
your way to the NIT Final Four in Madison Square Garden! A 24-10
assist/turnover ratio is exceptional.Not only are you having a great
run in the NIT, you're gaining invaluable experience for another NCAA run
next season.Go Cougars!