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Published: Friday, Jan. 24 2014 12:30 a.m. MST

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Overton, NV

I've never been so disgusted with an officiating crew in my life. Van der mars gave Portland the lead late, only after committing at least two fouls in order to come up with the offensive rebound. Immediately afterwards, he commits a reach in on Mika. No call there either. And then Collinsworth clearly gets fouled driving for the winning lay up...and the officials give Portland the ball out of bounds.

How guys like this keep their jobs, I have no idea.

Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT

Portland has an RPI of 141, the selection committee will not be impressed with this loss.

This game sends byu fans back to reality, or at least it should. And that reality is that byu is a slightly above average WCC team in a conference that doesn't have a single team ranked in some polls.

Any byu fans still think they're going dancing after losing to Lola Mary, Portland, and Pepperdine?

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

Even a semi-rational byu will admit this puts the nail in the coffin in byu's at large hopes.

Portland is a very bad team, and byu isn't good enough to beat them apparently.

Saturday night against Gonzaga should be fun. I'm guessing a 15-20 point win for Gonzaga. I'm betting a bigger Gonzaga win than an Arizona win over Utah, and Arizona is the best team in the country and Gonzaga isn't even ranked in all the polls.

West Jordan, UT

Some you commented too soon . . . BYU up by 6 now in the 2nd overtime.

sherlock holmes
Eastern, UT

Too Big 12 Yet?

Have you not yet figured out that the road is an unfriendly place for visiting teams?

Check out those guys in crimson tonight, and every other road game they have had. A road win is something to get excited about. Even if it is an ASU (which it isn't tonight) or a WSU, or a Portland...

Lehi, UT

Good and amazing game. Now tied at 103 with Sharp's 3-point and 7 secs left, BYU's ball. Hope BYU pulls it off. Collinsworth needs to up his game both layups and free throws! Go Cougars!!!

Las Vegas, NV

Wow, way to play hard. That gym in Portland is one of the nations toughest places to play. Big time basketball in a big time atmosphere of a high school gym. Does it hold 100 people? Just curious..

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

So many fouls on them not called and then we look at them and get called.
Portland hasn't been beating we just beat are selfs.


Pity, if only BYU were part of a most prestigious and elite conference like the PAC-12 then they would not have lost.

Onward and Upward

East Salt Lake City, Utah


I've never been so disgusted with an officiating crew in my life.


You sure? Going into the 3OT BYU was +13 in free throws on the road. Only when BYU started putting Portland on line at the end in garbage time that margin went down.

Gonzaga is beatable, good luck!

Farmington, UT

Don't know what happened...Y was ahead by 5 100-95 with 57 seconds left, then the wheels apparently came off. At least they lost in triple over-time and not in regulation.

South Jordan, UT

Granted, for Portland to beat Gonzaga was an accomplishment. However, the Zags struggled at home against San Diego, another second rate team.
The Cougs really shouldn't have trouble beating all but two of the WCC teams, even on their home courts. Most of their facilities are really "gyms" and they hardly sell out any games.

No wonder Sports Illustrated rates this conference as the next to the weakest in the nation.

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

byu was up 8 in double OT and they lost?

And I though Utah choked. I wasn't even aware Portland had a division 1 team.

Roy, UT

Portland's win over Gonzaga shows they can play. Cougars hopes of a tournament WCC Championship depend upon their not giving in or up...remember they were only 3rd in their conference the year Ainge made the drive and they made the great 8. They need to keep working, keep getting better, and keep believing...go Cougars!

Plano, TX

one of the most entertaining games I've watched in college basketball in a long, long time.

Provo, UT

If the Book of Job ever had a basketball game in it, It would be this game. Tyler was brilliant. He broke records. No college player in America was better than he tonight. And he lost. On the whole, it was a shame that someone had to lose the game: both teams were like poetry for great stretches of that game -- that endless game.

KVN/Hoff want 0-4 against UTAH
Ogden, UT

Perhaps it wasn't a good strategy to just hold the ball and waste clock, and not even make a half hearted effort at a decent shot when up 5. Watching Carlino just waste 30 seconds on the clock and then throw up a terrible brick was just too funny.

Epic collapse!

Holladay, UT

How does an RPI 40 team not get up for or be prepared for an RPI 141 team? Kinda embarrassing, don't you think?

Lincoln City, OR

So many issues and so few words allocated...

Up till this year I thought that Coach Rose was one of the very best in the business but the ugly truth is that he is being out coached this year... Don't know what is going on but there is trouble in cougarville... None of our "Bigs" are playing "well"... Austin is afraid to take a shot unless it's a cripple (although he does well on the boards), Mika seems to be getting worse with every game, he was very weak tonight on both ends of the floor...

Collinsworth's offense, IMHO, is very over-rated... In 43 minutes tonight he scores 12 points on 3-8 from the field, 6-12 from the line, and worst of all he had only 4 assists against 6 TOs... That's horrible but consistent with his other games... His strength is Defense and Rebounding... Until he starts hitting 75% or better from the line Rose needs to take the ball out of his hands...

3 balls and free throws continue to stink.

Both Carlino and Haws had good games... But this should have been a win.

Love the Cougars but this is getting old.

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

Here's the story of BYU's season:

1) An opposing guard has a career scoring night and BYU gets killed at the three-point line.
2) The Cougars' inside defense is horrendous and they are unable to get key defensive rebounds.
3) The BYU foul shooting is distressingly poor.
4) Cougar guards inexplicably huck up three-pointers and turn the ball over.
5) BYU's coach gets outcoached in the last few minutes.Cougars play hard and entice their fans into thinking they might win . . . but lose at the wire against solid teams.
6) Cougars play hard and entice their fans into thinking they might win . . . but lose at the wire against solid teams.

The Cougars need to learn how to break out of this frustrating pattern. Ultimately, the coaches bear the responsibility. . . but the players win or lose on character and discipline.

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