UCONNI understand your point and agree but I think you have to
factor in the other side as well:BYU averaged almost 17 ft makes per
game on a 72.6% average, so they attempted over 20 per game and yet only had 5
attempts in this game. I think that ft attempts is a decent indicator, on
average, of a team's general aggressiveness with inside play and drives to
the basket.Every officiating crew is different, and each conference
can be different as well. The WCC officiating crews tend to call a lot of fouls
generally each game, and I expect calls to be different in the tournament- but
for the season BYU's opponents averaged 14.1 ft makes per game on 73.9%.
By the ft numbers BYU and their opponents were pretty even during
the season. Every game is different and I know that things change based on the
level of competition- and the competition here was as good as it gets. Good win over A&M- now go get Stanford!
wyoming cougar, thank you for a level-headed and non-whiny explanation of your
thoughts on it. With discrepancies in fouls and free throws, it's not
unusual for the fans on the short end to feel jobbed. But these types of
discrepancies are pretty typical for UConn, not because of referee favoritism,
just because they play smarter. Consider this:In the 10 games ESPN
has box scores on, BYU averaged 19.6 fouls per game. Their lowest total was 12.
They had 19 in this game.UConn averages 11.8 per game. Their lowest:
5 (and there were several other single-digit games). Their highest: 19 vs
then-number 3 Stanford. This game: 9. The fact is, they just don't foul
that often.But thank you, it's been a very fun season to watch.
I love the fact that Geno doesn't take down the nets until the final game,
and I hope they can enjoy that next week! The men's team has just been
incredible, Shabazz Napier is very fun to watch emerge from Kemba Walker's
shadow this year. Good luck to your Cougars, friend, and Go Huskies!!
re: UCONNI in no way want to take credit away from UCONN- they are
simply amazing, and awesome to watch. Their run in women's basketball has
been nothing short of a dynasty and it's incredible the way they keep
going. Also, very impressed with the men's team this year.
Have to admit I didn't see that coming- they busted my bracket by beating
MSU.That said, however- the officiating was suspect, as even the
announcers commented about. It did not change the outcome of the game, but ~20
free throw attempts to 5 for the game is a very large discrepancy. [And you can
not tell me that if those numbers are the same in the championship game against
Notre Dame (with the Huskies on the short end) and you end up losing that you
wouldn't question it.] Beating UCONN is a near impossibility, made even
more difficult when several of your star players miss extended stretches due to
foul trouble (and your bench plays almost as many minutes as they did in the
first 2 tournament games combined).When all is said and done though,
congratulations UCONN! and Go Huskies in the rest of the tournament.
"You're telling me UConn fans weren't at all concerned when the
Huskies fell behind by their largest deficit this season, only led by one at the
half (and very nearly could have been trailing), and trailed in the second half
for the first time this season."Concerned? No, there was still
19 minutes and 27 seconds left in the game when BYU last held the lead.
Attentive? Yes, for a rare occasion.
Good job Lady Cougars! A UTE.
I am a UConn/BYU fan. Living here in Connecticut, I've seen most of the
Lady Huskies (and the men as well) on TV. BYU played UConn as tough as anyone in
the first half. I've never seen a team rattle UConn the way BYU did. I feel
bad for Texas A&M because UConn will come out and respond to the poor game
they had against BYU. The thing people need to realize is BYU caused much of
what UConn struggled in the first half. If BYU had played like they did
yesterday they would have had an even better season than they did and it was a
good season to begin with. In short, congrats to the Cougars and UConn.
Bob"There really never was much of a scare now was
there?"You're telling me UConn fans weren't at all
concerned when the Huskies fell behind by their largest deficit this season,
only led by one at the half (and very nearly could have been trailing), and
trailed in the second half for the first time this season.Sure, the
Huskies eventually pulled away to a comfortable win, but whether you're
willing to admit it, or not, the table was set for a monumental upset if BYU had
been able to knock down a few more 3s in the second half.
Ed in atl (in Duluth), whatever helps you sleep at night. Whether you want to
give them any credit or not, I'm pleased to watch both men's and
women's teams keep playing today and tomorrow. Take care, guy. Go Huskies!
Honest reporting would demand a different headline. There really never was much
of a scare now was there?
Nice try Lady Cougars !!
I agree with Tators & Carolina K that the referee's were a little
suspect. There were some ticky tack calls and no calls made. The only
disrespect was to the Cougars, UCONN from Storrs. And on August 29th, the
Cougars will take care of business.
esodije, I hope to see them prove you wrong next week. The only thing I'm
worried about is the fact that they haven't really played any games that
have gone down to the last couple minutes (well, Baylor kind of was), where
Notre Dame's had 2. I don't think they'll shoot from the
perimeter this poorly again, though, which is where they are accustomed to
getting a lot of scoring.For people complaining about officials: two
teams put their seasons on the line and played a tough game. Taking anything
away from that is disrespectful to both teams.
Any chance the DN could put the box score so we could read it??
I think this game will help with recruiting. Nice run Cougars.
I kinda know this feeling. My HS team was in the Utah 3A state final in 1990
against a team nobody gave us a chance against (Shawn Bradley's Emery
team). We gave them a better game than anyone else had in the tournament, and
were within a few points late in the game, but still ended up on the wrong side
of the score. BYU's women should feel great about their season, but I know
from experience these games sting for a long time.
BYU lost, but they rattled UConn enough for me to predict the latter isn't
going to win it all this year.
Previous to this game, UConn had been beating their NCAA tournament games by an
average of 41 points per game. So to lose by under 20 points is actually quite
commendable. The Associated Press (AP) game summary article said BYU
gave UConn its first real test of the tournament in being the only team all year
to have a lead over UConn in the 2nd half of the game and by trailing by only 1
point at halftime. Also, BYU's 6 point first half lead was
UConn's biggest deficit of their entire season. In addition, BYU beat the
Las Vegas point spread by 14 points.... something that seldom happens in college
basketball. BYU had 19 fouls called against them to only 7 against UConn.Overall, an unexpectedly impressive game by the Lady Cougars.
Congratulations to the BYU women. They represented themselves and their
University well. Can't really say enough good about them, other than job
Big 12It's laughable that a BYU hater is hanging her hat on BYU
finally wearing down in the 2nd half.BYU held the largest lead (+6)
over UConn this season and is the ONLY team to hold a lead over the Huskies in
the 2nd half this season.Unlike the men's and women's
teams on the hill, BYU at least made to the Big Dance, and the BYU women gave
one of the most dominant women's teams in NCAA history a real scare, before
Nice game, way to represent!! Go Cougs!
Great game BYU Lady Cougars. you really made UConn earn their win today. down by
only 1 point at half. closest anyone has been and stayed all season. job
What a great game. Am an NCSU fan. Loved watching THurl Bailey play in 83 and
fun watching his niece play now. Byu is a great team. Remind me of VIrginia
Men's team - efficient, patient. . I thought the game turned on bad ref
calls. Looks like there is big pressure to have UConn play ND and the refs
helped it happen. BYU is well coached and just fun to watch. As an ACC fan, I
know some good Bball when I see it and BYU women's BBall is REAL good
Congratulations ladies! Hold your heads high. What a great team you are and it
was a great season for your fans. We wish you all the very best in life. You
are great examples of so many things that are good. Thank you. Thanks you.
Good showing for the Cougars - led UConn by 6 in the first half (largest deficit
of the season for UConn) and first team all season to have a lead over the
Huskies in the 2nd half.Congratulations to the BYU Lady Cougars on a
Great job, ladies of BYU! 33 point underdogs and, as I said to BYU fan before
the game, I thought the over/under points for BYU was 30! BYU had the largest
lead on Conn. for the year to date and led in the second half. Players,
coaches, and BYU fans can hold their head high and be proud, IMO!
Outcome is no surprise. The Cougs played with toughness. Had they played just
average in the 1st half, a likely ten point lead would have made a big
difference in the second half.Proud of the team and coaches!
Took a while to UConn to wake up, but they did.
Well, good first half, Cougars. Actually made me watch an entire game. Both men
and women on to the Elite Eight! See you folks at the Rent this fall!
A great job so far to only be down 1 at the half.
Cougs having a real hard time taking care of the ball, especially Eaton,
otherwise BYU would be leading by double digits. Shooting lights out is keeping
them n the game.Foul calls extremely lopsided.
nice, take down them huskies!