More complaints about the WCC. More complaints about independence. Should'a
stayed in the MWC.Well, when BYU plays Pepperdine, Marymount, they
get press in the LA Times. When they play in Portland and Spokane, they get
press in the Oregonian and Seattle Times. When they play in the Bay Area, they
get, well you get the point. In short, BYU is exposed to the entire west
coast.When BYU used to play in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Las
Vegas, they got NO press in West Coast cities. Nor did they get exposure to the
California recruiting pool. To play in California, Oregon, and Washington every
year is good for recruiting.
The WCC is currently ranked 9th in Conference RPI.The MWC is currently
ranked 10th.Yeah, sure. Step down.I'm tired of all
the knock on conferences. Good teams can come out of any conference. Stop
believing the media hype of the "major" conferences. Yes, they usually
have good teams on top of the standings. But just because the last place team
is in "the best conference in the world, baby!" doesn't make them
better than anybody else.And a good team in a "bad"
conference can be a boost. UNLV, in it's "glory" years, was part
of the Big West. While UNLV played in that conference, they would often get
multiple teams in the Tournament. UNLV's success brought recognition.
What happened when UNLV left to go to the MWC? The Big West doesn't get
more than their conference champ into the tourney year after year.Gonzaga USED to be the only team in the WCC to get any recognition. Then St.
Mary's started getting in to the tournament nearly every year. Good teams
boost a conference.
BYU struggles guarding people straight up. The zone works in short stints
because it presents a different look to the opposing offense but good shooting
teams figure out the zone pretty quick. I'm surprised BYU can't even
play man in the WCC where there are some, but fewer, really athletic, quick
individual players. I would think BYU could man-up shooters like Pangos,
Delavadova et al and be able to be effective in slowing down 3 point shooters.
Nope.Syracuse pulls off the 2-3 zone because they have lengthy, long
armed athletic players who cover lots of ground quickly...and because they have
the 2nd leading All-Time winning coach who has taught it for 35 years.BYU has to either teach or recruit kids who can play man-to-man defense.
@ potatoes,Nice 5 game win streak the Y has going. It couldn't
have anything to do with level of competition during this stretch, could it...
"washington state….says it all…."Ken Lee:If that was meant of a put-down of Utah, it missed the
mark--badly--because you left out the most important part.According
to the RPI that coug fans love, Wazzu is #119, while Loyala-Marymount (or have
you forgotten already?) is #159.That is all.
@1984:The relationship with the MWC was broken a couple of years prior to
the Utes & the Cougs' departure, mostly with regards to promises made
and not kept about TV rights. It was dysfunctional and getting worse when Utah
bailed, so the timing was ideal. Whatever you may miss about home games and old
rivalries, without independence & WCC, no BYUtv, no ESPN. I for
one miss nothing and no one from the old days. And better days are ahead.
Great game cougars. It is nice to see different players stepping it up. I
don't miss the MWC. Sure some of the venues were bigger, but between the
MTN cable channel and mockery directed at the chuch by some of the opposing fans
of certain schools I am happy with where we are. Gonzaga has made a name for
themselves playing in the WCC and is highly respected. BYU should do just fine
as long as they play a good non conference schedule.
Congrats to Santa Clara for putting academic integrity ahead of the W-L column.
Alpiner, be careful what you wish for. Utes started to run conservative up 17 to
UCLA, and the lead got cut down to 2 with 22 seconds left. I'm of the
inclination that teams need to run what they know and do best. Sure, sometimes,
they may go cold and lose a lead, but more often than not, it will still give
them the best chance to win. Part of the Utes losing that big lead was because
of turnovers against the full court press, but if you watched the game, UCLA was
running the press several times earlier in the game, and they handled it
beautifully when they ran aggressive, and got several quick scores off of it; it
wasn't until they tried guarding too much that they started to turn it over
frequently.Good luck to your team the rest of the way. I think
there's a strong possibility that no teams from the state make the
NCAA's again, but wouldn't it be cool to see a few of them match up
for either the first or second time in the NIT?
Congrats to the team on the win. One thing this year's shown in this state
is that road wins are tough to come by, regardless of the strength of the
This is a great win in a very difficult conference. BYU should now be ranked in
the top 20.
Sharp has been helping the Cougars win lately, glad for him, need his complete
game. Must trust Coach Rose on whom he plays when, he knows the team best. I
did wonder if the team is a better team when not worried about getting the ball
to Haws so he can get his points. The group of Sharp, Austin, Collingsworth,
Carlino, Winder was really good, and Skyler Halford added hustle, Mika needs
confidence and to learn to keep the ball up high, focus on footwork. Hope
confidence is building to peak at tourney time.
"a crowd of 2,560"Crowd? More like a gathering, as there
were a fair amount of empty seats.
Wasn't Santa Clara missing two starters? I'd keep the win in
perspective. You beat a nobody team that's missing 40% of it's
starting players. A win is a win but I wouldn't be beating my chest and
get too excited about it.
Black Diamond wrote: "Too bad we can't beat a ranked team" I wholeheartedly agree. In my opinion you play to the level of your
competition. Now yes, there is a Gonzaga in there and that is good but that is
only one team. I cannot stand the Utes but I must say that as long as they
continue to play quality opponents,the Utes are going to continue to grow to the
level that they will compete well in the PAC-12. If BYU stays in the WCC then I
can guarantee the program will become WCC quality and really no better with a
win here and win there over a major opponent but it will not be consistent. Just
What is the deal with Root TV? I thought if A BYU game wasn't being shown
on one of the ESPN channels that we could watch them on BYU TV. Anyone know?
washington state….says it all….
Hats of Carlino, he is playing team ball now and what a wonderful night Sharp
had! Did you watch his rebounding? I was so happy for him that he got the
minutes he did. It was a recognition of his contribution in my opinion.
Nice couple of wins....however I truly miss being able to watch games in real
gyms with lots of fans. Been fun watching Utah and I've been a BYU fan for
ever.....WCC has some good teams, but still hard to realize this is where we
First half vs second half; Winder vs Haws; huge lead vs narrow lead. Can we
conclude Winder is a better than suitable replacement for Haws on the defensive
side as well as offensive? Not sure but it is great to see so many actors
stepping up and keeping the level of play high. Good win. Here's hoping
the next two road games result in the same outcome for the Cougars.
Great wins on the road this week for the Cougars!Now if only BYU can
keep up the wins next week, go Cougars!
BYU is loaded with talent this year and you never know who is going to have a
big night. It could be anyone of 8 players that has the talent to go off. BYU
needs to find a way to put a team away when the have the big lead.. They should
have won this game by 30 points but lost focus at critical times. Rose needs to
figure this out and quick.BYU is on a roll ans should be able to go 3-1 on
this road trip.
Good win on the road. Next week is a big one! Keep up the hot shooting and
make those FTs and we should be in good shape.Go Cougars! Make it
to the big dance!
Too bad we can't beat a rank team!
Matt definitely has his mojo back. That first half was, I think, the best
basketball I've seen the cougs play this season. I don't understand
why Coach Rose didn't play Anson much in the 2nd half. His first half play
was brilliant and he and Skyler were hot. I don't really understand why he
switched horses mid-stream.
Nice win, the two biggest flaws were not running out the clock more toward the
end of the game and a couple of bad fouls by Sharp and Carlino which helped
Santa Clara get back in the game.
I love the play of Carlino since he was benched. He was outstanding again
tonight. It must be tempting for Rose to put him back in the starting lineup.BYU got outplayed in the second half, playing a bit sloppy and having
defensive lapses. Mika was almost a liability. He is becoming a black hole from
the post position and losing the ball frequently with his tendency to dribble
when gets the pass in the post. Maybe he didn't get Rose's memo that
the team was going to get away from selfish play. And his defense needs a lot of
work.Good win but with the the shooting discrepancy between the 2
teams, this should have been a blowout.
As a BYU BASKETBALL fan i have to vent. I am utterly disgusted at what BYU did
to the basketball program just so the football program could go independant. I
have been a season ticket holder for a few years but if BYU doesnt care about
the basketball program why should i support it? These games against this 1-2 bid
league is getting so old! do any other fans feel my resentment? By
the way, no I do not wish the cougars were in the PAC, so ute fans please dont
get on here pounding your chest. I am expressing my opinion to other BYU
basketball fans. I would love for BYU to have stayed in the MWC and battled with
SDSU, NM and upcoming Boise State.
An impressive double-digit win on the road. BYU's 5th in a row and now in
2nd place in the WCC... only to Gonzaga. All that combined with a very
impressive RPI puts BYU in a position that no one can rightfully be criticizing
them at this stage... even (and especially) rivalry fans who don't like
them. They've proven they can win on the road and more consistently than
any other in-state college team is currently doing.As the neutral
ROOT network tv announcers said tonight... BYU is back in the NCAA tournament
hunt. BYU now controls their own destiny once again. Go Cougs!
Let me guess Duckhunter, the big difference between Utah and BYU's games
today was that one was a road win and one was a home win. I'll go
ahead and concede right now ... congrats to BYU, that was HUGE!All jokes
aside, nice wins by both programs today, congrats to all.
Keep it going at Portland,Cougs.
Nice road win for the Cougs. BYU vs Gonzaga game taking shape. Go Zags.