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Published: Sunday, Feb. 23 2014 8:59 a.m. MST

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oddman
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So rewarding to see so many obscure ball players rise up and show their skills when given the opportunity. The defense has also begun to act like they mean it and have asserted themselves in several phases of D. Offense rebounding, making the 3 more challenging for the opposition and battling under the basket for the loose ball. Carlino is so great when he's under control and is snatching steals left and right and just, generally, playing ball up to his capabilities.

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

I like their chances this year more than most. BYU is playing better as a team now than they have all year. They know that they can beat Gonzaga now and are running on all cylinders. NCAA is looking like a reality if they win next week at San Diego. UVU and Weber look like they may also be dancing. USU and U, not so much.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

"This Cougar squad has a lot to prove heading into March, even with wins over St. Mary’s (twice) and No. 25 Gonzaga last Thursday." -- Dick Harmon

Gonzaga is not a top 25 team, just ask San Diego. Texas is BYU's best win, who might still be ranked even after getting thumped at Kansas and losing 3 of the last 5.

scooter88845
Riverton, UT

Uteology,

Before you hammer BYU, maybe look at your own team. What is their road record again? Anyone can win a game against someone at home, but can you win on the Road?

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

San Diego, on the road, is now the real test of where this squad stands both in their conference standing and in their quest for an NCAA invite. Rooting hard for them to do it in San Diego at their house. Keeping my fingers crossed that the Matty magic will continue and that Anson Winder will keep playing lights out to augment the efforts of Haws, Colinsworth, Mika, and Austin!

Go Cougars! Winning is a great equalizer to the venom from the haters. Hope to see you keep doing it!

Old But Not Stupid
Moorpark, CA

Uteology

What is your point? You quote Dick Harmon's remark that the Cougars still have "...a lot to prove..." Then you jump to "Gonzaga is not a top 25 team, just ask San Diego."

That latter statement is bogus on its face.

Go read the quotes of San Diego's coach Grier and Johnny Dee. They clearly see Gonzaga as a top 25 team. So indirectly I did ".. ask San Diego."

Next time you might at least bring a knife to a knife fight.

RonBergundy
SANDY, UT

@Uteology I guess Syracuse isn't a top 25 team either since they lost to a 6 win BC team at home

cal cougar
camarillo, CA

I saw attitude and the hustle. End of the game, defense went soft and the 3 pointers started coming from Portland. They started relying on their ability to score at the end. I hope that doesn't continue on in San Diego or the tournament. These kids can score, but can they play defense on the three point shooters. We are getting Dr. Jeckell and Mr. Hyde. In this case, Dr. Jeckell is what we want on attitude and defensive hustle.

Some takeaways from this game.

1. Offense, great job off scoring from turnovers. (set up by great defense).

2. Do more for bigs other than just trying to get it to them in the low post. Give and go, screen and roll, pick and roll etc. I want to see more lightly guarded shots by the bigs set up by the offense. Carlino/Collinsworth will reward open big men.

3. Guard play was good. When hot take the shot. When not, go in closer or assist. Good dribble drive penetration(Winder). No over penetration if defense is there.

4. Do not let down your guard on defense if the team gets hot on offense. It's sets a horrible precedence for future games.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

"Gonzaga is not a top 25 team, just ask San Diego"

Or you can ask the dozens of basketball experts who voted them #25 in the polls... take your pick.

Downtownchrisbrown
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I think that one of the differences has been Haws willing to pass up the ball instead of taking contested shots in the half-court. Yes, he gets a lot of those to fall but I think it changes how the whole team approaches half-court offense. Keeping everyone involved in offense keeps everyone involved in defense too.

Scores
Idaho Falls, ID

It's hard to guard five guys! Matt Carlino.

OmahaCoug
Omaha, NE

I was pleased to see Haws making some great passes for assists, ending up with a season-high five for the game. Makes things even harder for the opposing defense.

kfbob
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Is it a coincidence that when Tyler Haws actually passes the ball to other players allowing a balanced team scoring the Cougars are a better team? Haws still hunts for his shot at every opportunity, but if he will pass it to other guys they are capable too. Besides it is more difficult to defend a team of 5 guys averaging 10-15 point than one guy scoring 25 while the rest watch.

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

@kfbob

I'm not positive, but I think that you're taking shots at Haws with your comment... Please understand that Carlino and Winder don't have the splendid nights they are having if we don't have a 24 point a night Tyler Haws on the floor as a decoy... He draws alot of attention which provides alot of open looks for Carlino and Winder...

The truth is that Matt's and Anson's scoring is probably not even their strongest contribution in my opinion... Both are excellent perimeter defenders and that's something that this team needs just as much as balanced scoring.

San Diego will be a big test... And the Cougs are going to have to come very hungry and very aggressive if they plan to win. If they win, they will most likely be a 2 seed with SF in their semi-final bracket with a bye to the semi-final game and an excellent chance at an at-large bid if needed... If they lose they're a 3 seed and virtually no shot at an at-large bid... We haven't done so well in Southern California this year but hopefully they can grasp the motivation.

omahacougar
Omaha, NE

There is no bye to the semifinal round this year, as the WCC has adopted a traditional tournament format. Top six teams get a bye for first round of #7 vs. #10 and #8 vs. #9. If BYU is seeded second, they will play the #7/10 winner in the quarterfinals. If they fall to the third seed, they would play the sixth seed in the quarterfinals.

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