BYU basketball: Cougars finally end NCAA jinx

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  • Sam from the south
    March 19, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    It wouldn't matter if BYU won the entire thing someone would find something to criticize. You can win a region, state, conference, or national championship and someone will say you didn't do it the right way or this player or that player wasn't involved enough. If you are a coach you know what I am talking about. Coach Rose, Coach Rice, Coach Wardenburg and the entire team have done a tremendous job this year. Congratulations.

  • Finally an underdog
    March 19, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    I'm not sure if BYU has been the underdog in any game they have played in all season long. It is refreshing to go into tomorrow's game knowing that they have very little to lose and everything to gain.

  • It might be the other way
    March 19, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    around. The offense stagnates due to the defense that is designed to disrupt it and Jimmer then take over as that is the next best option.

    After watching Utah State dork it up for 3/4 of a game and watching Quayle and Green shoot very poorly I am starting to appreciate Jimmer.

    I do wish that BYU would get it's offense to run as they are a much better team than when they have to rely on Jimmer and Loyd for 3/4th of the offense.

    Something is clearly wrong with the offense when the PG position produces that much of the offense.

  • Yes! Thank you...
    March 19, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    This Utah fan is glad that BYU is finally doing something in the tourney to represent the MWC. Finally is right, and it's about time!

  • My Kind of Jimmer`
    March 19, 2010 11:32 a.m.

    When I played a few years ago I was on a team that had a guy like Jimmer. He could hit from anywhere on the floor. Did I or the other members of the team think we were being cheated because he had the ball? Are you nuts? We wanted to win. We knew that if we took a shot, we might make it, but when the ball was in Danny's hands we were his biggest cheer leaders. A jimmer comes along only a few times in a life time. Enjoy it. I don't care if you are a BYU fan or Utah fan. You watch the game and see something very special. Let's all Cheer him on. (an old retired baskeball player).

  • Resumes Please
    March 19, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    Dave Rose was a guard on one of the greatest college basketball teams not to win a national championship, the famous Phi Slama Jama team lead by Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon that came up one miraculous basket short of winning an NCAA championship.

    As a head coach at BYU, his record is one of the best in the country.

    2005—2006 20-9 12-4 T-2nd NIT 1st Round
    2006—2007 25-9 13-3 1st NCAA 1st Round
    2007—2008 27-8 14-2 1st NCAA 1st Round
    2008—2009 25-8 12-4 T-1st NCAA 1st Round
    2009-2010 30-5 13-3 2nd NCAA 2nd Round or farther

    Overall 127-39 (77%) 64-16 (80%)

    And yet we have supposed BYU fans (and some Utah trolls), who couldn't coach a peewee league team to a winning record, telling us what's "wrong" with a BYU team that has won more games than any other BYU team in history and what's "wrong" with the play of most dominating BYU players since Danny Ainge.

    Get a clue wannabe coaches; you don't know 1/1000th as much about basketball as Coach Rose.

  • rdp
    March 19, 2010 9:35 a.m.

    Yea a win finally!

  • Mar 19
    March 19, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    I think Jimmer needs to dribble more.

  • citizen16
    March 19, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    Great game yesterday! And a very well deserved win.

    What's up with all of the criticism and negativity? The comments on almost all of the BYU articles about the game are filled with criticism from BYU fans and the typical dumb comments from BYU haters. We just won a NCAA tournament game for the first time since 1993!! That's something to celebrate. Jimmer was the reason we won down the stretch and we scored 99 points against an SEC team. The team was finally able to overcome the mental aspects of the game, and every single win in the tournament is tough. I don't understand the negativity from so many there something in the air or water in Utah that causes that kind of reaction?

    Great game and Congrats Cougars! Can't wait for Saturday night's game. Should be fun.

  • Y!!!!!!
    March 19, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    GO COUGS!!!!!!

    So Rise and Shout, the Cougars are out
    We're on a trail to fame and glory.
    Rise and shout, our cheers will ring out
    As we unfold our vict'ry story.

  • Forever!
    March 18, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    Man, it's been forever since the Cougs won an NCAA tournament game. Noah Hartsock was only 13 the last time it happened. Very cool.

  • Ute here--
    March 18, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    Congrats Cougs-- excellent and exciting game today.
    You represented the MWC well.

  • re: PP
    March 18, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    Oh please. You can score 99 and still be stagnant at times. Every single article has talked about it! Jimmer MANY times has the ball too much and tries too hard to create his own shot and everyone is left standing around.

  • goombah
    March 18, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    fredette has got to get the team involved. They stand there watching him dribble and dribble and then drive. There is no flow and it will not work against K state or any further.

  • PP
    March 18, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    Too much Jimmer | 8:22 p.m. March 18, 2010
    Jimmer had the ball TOO much. The offense stagnated while everybody stood around and watched him. He should involve more players and let them give the ball back if they want.
    Yep... If we were playing church ball... for fun. I however would rather let the coaches coach and win the game. I'll bet the guys on the end of the bench would rather win too. I have never heard 99 points described as stagnant - even in the NBA.

  • Easiest thing in the world
    March 18, 2010 8:43 p.m.

    is to sit there and predict the team that you hate will lose the next game. The reality is that the Cougars have won 30 games this season and broken a 17 year drought. And, they are still in the tournament with a chance to play again. I think there are a lot of fans in this country who would like to be in our shoes including one or two in the great state of Utah.

  • Too much Jimmer
    March 18, 2010 8:22 p.m.

    Jimmer had the ball TOO much. The offense stagnated while everybody stood around and watched him. He should involve more players and let them give the ball back if they want.

  • BYE BYe
    March 18, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    You get to play K-STATE now! YEAAHHH

  • congrats
    March 18, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    go cougs

  • Now if they
    March 18, 2010 7:43 p.m.

    can play with frwer nerves on Saturday.