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Published: Sunday, Jan. 26 2014 12:05 a.m. MST

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Sal
Provo, UT

Well shoot! Maybe we can beat these teams when they come to Provo.

Bleed Crimson
Sandy, Utah

Ouch!

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

Portland's deteriorated Offense could be that they were drained from the triple OT victory, or San Diego just played better Defense as the Cougs defense has progressively gotten worse throughout the season...

This has been a very tough year in both Football and Basketball for the Cougar faithful... particularly in Basketball... We have excellent talent, Rose has recruited well (landed every prospect he went after except for Jabari and Chapman)...Perhaps our best recruiting classes in 10 years or better... yet we've been stinking it up.

We have the same problems every game... We have a 6'6" kid run the point but he has more TOs than assists virtually every game... He gets to the hole but often can't finish... and worse yet, he can't hit free throws which is a necessity for a PG... We only have one consistent shooter and he knows his job is to shoot whether he is Double teamed or not... Our Bigs seem to always be outplayed... We can't shut down the 3 ball and we can't hit it ourselves... And our Foul shooting is among the worst in Division 1... I'm a Rose fan but this is his worst season.

LadyMoon
Crestucky, FL

Truly dismal effort. No finishing power. No team effort to rise above the mundane. The 'Coug's' are victims of their own mediocrity. We see what we are and we are left with nothing to hope for--except a swift end to this uninspiring display of organized basketball.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Comparing WCC teams to the ones played at the beginning of the season,--I can't see much difference.

Clark W. Griswold
Sandy, Utah

Thank goodness for volleyball season!

Mark321
Las Vegas, NV

What I don't get is Portland shoots out of their minds against BYU on Thursday yet they shoot a blunder in there loss the following Saturday. Other losses for BYU have a similar pattern. This shows that BYU leaves shooters open all day long. A problem they had last year as well but has doubled this year. This is the problem with fast-paced basketball, it could work to your advantage but the reverse can happen too. BYU has a lot of questions that need to be answered. Unfortunately it may be too late unless BYU can pull a miracle in WCC tournament. I like fast-paced transition basketball as long as each possession is treated with more care and with more emphasis on finding the open shooter. If that means making an extra pass or two in transition with an additional 5 or 10 seconds of shot clock then so be it. Defensively, BYU needs to close out on shooters in the perimeter better. They leave too much of a cushion and they are so gullible on defense by converging on everything inside leaving 3 point shooters open all day. It's ridiculous when your opponent makes 10-15 3's a game.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

How many times has byu lost by double-digits this season? We all know their most brutal defeat, from start-to-finish/in every facet of the game, came against Mighty Big Brother U, yet these double-digit curb-stompings are really adding up....Anybody know what the count of such defeats has risen to w/this latest one last night against GU? Thanks in advance!

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

As bad as we are this year azute, we have wins on the road... What's the ute road record agains???... lol.

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

Oh, and azute... In answer to your question... We have 4 double digit losses... all on the road... 2 of them to ranked teams and 2 to pathetic teams that we simply had bad games against...

And by the way, we have 10 double digit wins and 3 of them on the road and one of those against a big bad pac12 team... So again, how many double digit wins do the utes have on the road? Scratch that... How many wins of any type do the utes have on the road?

That's what I thought.

xert
Santa Monica, CA

Wow, I'm new to all this road win back and forth. Was one of the cougars road wins accomplished in a little place called(wait for it....) the Huntsman center??

Sweater In Rafters
Franklin, IN

One thought from the disliked:

1. There is no D in Brigham, Young, University, Cougars.
2. Defense has been unavailable this season.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

@ xert:

You are obviously a newbie (as you admitted) when it comes to this college basketball stuff. Perhaps you would be better off trying some other sport like volleyball. If so, know that BYU has a national top-10 ranked program that fills the Smith Field-house for every match. It might be a bit easier for you to understand.

@ Bandwagon jumpers and Ute critics:

It's a well known fact that almost all teams play considerably better at home than on the road. Gonzaga has lost only 2 conference games at home in the last decade. The odds of a visitor winning there are very, very small.
For over a half a game, the Cougs played Gonzaga very competitively... similar to what the Utes did against top-ranked Arizona yesterday.

It's somewhat hypocritical for any Ute fan to be critical of any Cougar road loss until the Utes can prove they can consistently win on the road... which they have yet to do. In fact, I'm fairly certain the Utes have yet to win a single road game this saeason, which is a bit odd, considering they've shown themselves to be a quality program.

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