Love the Cougars, but... this team isn't NCAA tourney worthy. That
performance against Gonzaga was a disgrace. Without Collinsworth, Carlino is in
the line up and who knows when "huck up a shot" will strike. No offense
from the mighty rebounder Austin, and who knows how emotions will trip up Mika.
Skyler is inconsistent, and Winder might become a star with Haws. Not a tourney
team. Lick your wounds and do better on the NIT.
Might be best to start Carlino at the point, he plays well when he looks to pass
first, play D, shoot when really open and in the flow of the game. BYU was flat
and tired to start the Championship game and Gonzaga looked confident and
rested. Important to play to win, play to potential, let the W/L come from
giving a great team effort.
Why don't we just wait and see and avoid all the speculation?
BYU won't be playing Texas in the Round of 64 - they already played them
this year, Lunardi is losing his touch
Whether it's the NCAA or the NIT, the Cougars chances of advancing has been
severely limited by the injury to Collinswhorth. But however they do, it has
been a fun season most of the time, even with their bad in conference losses on
the road. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery to Kyle and a
surprising run by the Cougars in wherever they end up in post season play.Go Cougars! Good luck to all the other Utah schools too!
the one that got away. watching Clemson with Damarscus Harrison play Duke last
night I wonder what if. he played for BYU as a freshman, decided to serve a
mission, left school but couldn't go right away. In the mean time his
scholarship was given to another who didn't work out and has since left the
program. I remember I read BYU spent $100,000 recruiting DH, a top 100 high
school player. He was going to return to BYU but they didn't have a
scholarship so he decided to go to Clemson. I wish BYU had something in place to
know a player will go for sure before his scholarship is used. That is a lot of
money to spend and seems it was handled so carelessly.
BYU is just as NCAA tourney worthy as probably 20 of the teams that will make
it. With college-age kids, there are very few teams that have the skills and
maturity to be consistently good week in and week out through the entire season.
BYU certainly has room for improvement, but their accomplishments are good
enough to make the field.
How will NCAA selection committee evaluate BYU without Collinsworth?NCAA invitation shouldn't be affected, but seeding might, although with
an 11th or 12th seed likely, even with KC, not much should change re: BYU in the
Maybe having 2 players at 7"1' helped Gonzaga.
Starting 5:1. Carlino2. Winder3. Haws4. Austin5.
MikaI still think we get bounced early in the tourney (maybe 0-1),
but better to go to the NCAA tourney this year and lose immediately than take
back-to-back trips to the NIT. It would send a message that BYU basketball is on
the decline, and I'm not sure I want to admit that it just might be.
Hope they make it. However their chances depends more on how many lower ranked
teams make the tournament by winning automatic invites than the loss of
Collinsworth, in my opinion. If you do not make the NCAA's, looking
forward to a possible rematch in the NIT.
If the NCAA makes a mistake and extends the bid, BYU will be making its
semi-annual "one and done" trip to the tournament. BYU had
some super bad losses and a weak SOS this year so the only bid the Cougars
really deserve is one from the CBI.
One thing about this season overall, with the exception of a few elite teams,
there is much more balance in the NCAA. I think many teams, BYU and Utah
included, could compete with just about anybody. I think every team out there
has had games they wish they could play over. The last few tournaments have
shown that with Butler and Wichita State. This year's championship is out
there for the taking by anyone. I watch lots of college b-ball and I know BYU
would be competitive in just about any conference.I also saw
Demarcus Harrison last night, especially on that one coast-to-coast play. I
love Tyler Haws but he would not have averaged 23 points a game, nor would he
have to with Harrison on the team. Our depth would have been off the charts.
The Cougs were barely a bubble team with him, without him they should be happy
to get into the NIT.
@AggieAndee - make us all laugh, and open keyboard, insert foot. BYU's SOS
is 24th in the country. Just about every team that makes it to the NCAA tourney
with 10+ losses - and there will be many of those - will have multiple super bad
losses. How high up must a team climb to get out of your "weak" SOS
rating? BTW, Utah State's SOS is 101st.
Downtownchrisbrown,BYU won't be playing Texas in the
Round of 64 - they already played them this year, Lunardi is losing his
touch.Well they played Oregon once this year too,but they are playing Oregon
a #7 seed as a number 10 seed in the ncaa tournament,this should be a great
game as BYU took Oregon to overtime in the preseason and lost by 4 at
Oregon this game is not in Oregon its in Milwaukee a neutral floor.
AggieAndeeHolladay, UT Which two teams lost by over 30 points in their
tournaments it sure wasn,t BYU so you just need to stop your jealousy and hate
and go root for that bunch of losers you call a basketball team,who will be
sitting at home or going to the CIT.