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Published: Saturday, Dec. 28 2013 1:30 p.m. MST

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NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

This is a run-and-gun offense made up of guys who can't shoot. Recipe for disaster. If they lose to LMU today, they will NOT compete for the Conference championship.

And while the starters continue to miss, Halford rots on the bench.

satch
Highland, UT

I have to wonder why BYU is not playing to their potential. Offensively they stand around a lot and take too many one on five shots. I like the uptempo game, but wonder if they focussed more on working on getting better looks more than quick looks - many out of control. Get the ball to your scorers in good places more, mainly Haws and Mika. I'd like to see Carlino taking less shots and more assists.

Defensively BYU is soft. This is the worst part of their game.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

This team in the NCAA Tournament? Not a chance.

zachbrwn
new york, NY

Wow BYU athletics had a bad couple of days..Losing to LMU and being a -6 pt favorite.
Looks like it will be NIT again.

Wiseguy
Payson, UT

This was certainly a frustrating outing by the Cougars! Minimal effort + lack of execution = Loss. This equation is almost always the case. The team that wanted to win clearly won this one.

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

Flat would be the correct description, BYU looked just like they did against Utah. BYU had lots of chances and didn't seem to shoot well or have much energy. The only consistency lately seems to be playing slightly below the level of their competition.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

We lost to an inferior opponent again. It is discouraging to watch this team consistently beat themselves.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Must be those darn PAC-12 refs' faults again.

Big J
Bountiful, UT

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

At what number of byU losses does byU become an inferior team? Just wondering?

rlsintx
Plano, TX

And the answer is: Halford.

Why he's not getting more minutes, and earlier is a complete miss by the coaching staff.

Crow
Sandy , UT

@millard Fillmore maybe byu is the inferior team and the better team won today. It is funny to see how far byu has fallen. Instead of the nit you should be focusing on the cbi. After all you have no guard play. Your team can't defend. Your run and gun style of offense does not fit the athletes on your team. It was a good thing that you left the MWC you would be the door mat of the conference.

flatlander
Omaha, NE

Just like football, BYU fans have too great of expectiations for their team. After half their season, this is as good as it gets. They will win some more and lose some more. They are not a top 25 team.

IA Cougar
West Des Moines, IA

After reading comments on the football team, I'm shocked that there are no cries for BYU to fire Rose. When the going gets tough, the bandwagon riders jump off in droves. This team is extremely talented. Some very tough, close losses to very good teams (UMass, Wichita State, Iowa State and Oregon) has these guys lacking confidence. They need their swagger back. Unfortunately, I'm not sure it can come back. Still rooting the guys on though. Loyal, Strong and True. As fans, we need to expect disappointments throughout the season and to go through rough patches. Our friends at Utah know the feeling well. The difference this year is the BYU schedule is loaded while the Utah schedule is a cake walk. Coach K wanted to feed the boys some easy wins to boost confidence. It's working. They smacked BYU hard. I expect the rest of the road will be rough with no post season for BYU, unless they find a way to gel as a team. So far, there are few signs of that and their confidence is severely shaken. Regardless, I'm cheering them on, every game. No bandwagon here. Go BYU.

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

BYU is horrible at multiple levels and from multiple perspectives... I wish Mika wouldn't have wasted one of his years of eligibility.

Jake2010
bountiful, ut

The only consolation to the last 3 losses is that they were all on the road... Problem is that the NCAA or at this rate any tourney requires road wins to progress towards the ultimate trophy. What started out as a year full of much potential and excitement has turned into a year of, ... not interested! Sports aren't important enough to have to put up with so much mediocrity. Winning obviously doesn't mean much to these boys or else they would play better. Period!

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

From an outsider's perspective BYU has had two major problems in the Dave Rose era. First, they can't seem to get quality wins on the road. This has been mentioned year after year as one of the reasons they don't consistently get consideration for the NCAA tournament. Second, lack of defensive effort. Dave Rose gave Jimmer Ferdette a pass on defense and the rest of the team had to pick up the slack. This year the entire team seems to be more focused on scoring than stopping their opponents. When they struggle to score their opponents have a hey day. Dave Rose needs to fix his team's defense which I think will help win more road games, if he wants to get BYU back to the Big Dance.

Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT

Must be tough knowing your season is OVER already

Been a great sports weekend!

jasonlivy
Orem, UT

I listened to Dave Rose describe how his team's confidence is low. The best way out of a slump and confidence dip is tougher defense and spending hours in the gym honing the jump shot. I loved to hear how Larry Bird used to spend sometimes as much as 8 hours before games practicing his jump shot to make sure he was on. There's nothing like shooting a few thousand shots to get out of a slump.

Free throws are pathetic for BYU. They should be one of the top free-throw shooting teams in the nation. Instead they shoot on average 65%. That is unacceptable! BYU is a poor shooting team and without shooting the ball well they are sunk.

And…Carlino is awful. He is selfish with the basketball, should not play point, and can't hit the broad side of a barn. He, more than any of the players, need some serious gym time. What do these guys do in the off-season? They should be shooting 4 - 5 hours a day, every day (except Sunday), all summer long. Once your shot starts falling then other things open up. Carlino needs to be benched...

Pavalova
Surfers Paradise, AU

2013 has been a terrible year for BYU athletics, especially compared to the kids on the hill. I think it's fair to say the U has owned BYU this year and each of the main mens and women's sports has been a large disappointment.

UteNationAlum
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Gonna be a long season in the WCC!

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