BYU basketball notebook: No. 3 Cougars get back to business

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  • IDCoug Boise, ID
    March 1, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    3rd highest viewership for a game this season - very impressive. Looks like people may be interested in the Cougars. Can't wait for HD and every game televised next year.

    I am hoping that Heaps can make losing Jimmer easier.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    March 1, 2011 12:32 p.m.

    Much ado about nothing is what will happen if we don't hold serve at the MC. Show up Wed and Sat. Show your support and yell the roof off. NM next up. Wooooooh. Great stuff.
    Charles needs to repeat at home and then he'll earn the respect of the defense opening up more open shots for Jimmer.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    March 1, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Just focus on NM - they have owned us for two years now, have to break that streak tomorrow!!!

  • Jeff ls Farr West, 84404
    March 1, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    Folks from the "Big Boy Conferences" back East say BYU doesn't play the same schedule that they do and is not worthy of a great seating in the tournament. The schedule this year says that they have played a tough schedule and many have been on the road and at neutral sites. I like to refer to several of those conferences as "Self Preservation Conferences". I know that Athletic Directors at BYU have made hundreds of calls trying to schedule teams from those conferences for games and the answer is almost always no. That includes football and basketball. Why, BYU is a tough place to play and frankly I think they are afraid of loosing. Notice how several "Big Teams" are refusing home and home games and insisting on neutral site games. Take Arizona for example. BYU fulfills the commitment to go there but they refuse to return to Provo. That is not the first time. Look at TCU in Football. Last game at TCU. Next at Jerry's House. My feeling is when you refuse to play and decide on the court you can't in all honesty complain about schedule.

  • Sloppy J St. Louis, MO
    March 1, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    1 seed, 2 seed, #1 SOS, #2 SOS, who cares . . the nice thing with NCAA hoops is, all this really means very little. A 1 seed would be nice for the fans to crow about, but it's really no major advantage over a 2, which barring an unforeseen collapse is the worst-case scenario right now. Once you get to the dance, you gotta turn up your game and win, or your seed means nothing. Getting a 1 seed and getting knocked out before the Elite 8 would be a major letdown.

    I hope Rose's message to the team is: forget the various seeding scenarios, ignore the current status as the sports' media's shiny new toy, forget the fans' hyperbole; just prepare for the next game and play. There's no team in the country they can't beat, but it's wide open this year . . any one of a dozen teams could take the whole thing. FOCUS.

  • Flame of the West The OC, CA
    March 1, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    young, skilled, energetic BYU team: 'We got one!'

    older, experienced fan: 'Great shot kid! Don't get cocky.'

    coach Rose, upon observing the Denver Pepsi Center: 'That's no moon...'

    ute troll: 'Oh, I'm afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive.' (...we all know what happens to the troll next)

    Jimmer: 'yeeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!'

    the general population: (celebrating in the tree tops; fireworks; flyovers)

    - May the Force be with you cougs

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    March 1, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    @ J-TX,

    I'm curious to hear your response to those who answered your strength of schedule concern. You wouldn't claim that 21-8 Georgetown deserves to be higher simply because of their #1 SOS, would you?

    The second-best strength of schedule among the Top Ten is a great achievement for a school outside of the so-called "power conferences." Granted, I'll admit that there are a few other Top Ten schools with a comparable SOS, but BYU is certainly playing well and putting together an impressive resume for the NCAA tournament.

    Rise and shout!

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    March 1, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    I wish I could be there on Wednesday and Saturday both; however, I live near the People's Republic of Seattle and have to work. I don't even have The MTN up here.

    I would even go on a diet so I could wear my old missionary suit!

    I am looking for BYU to make a statement with this game. A 30 point victory would be sweet (but unrealistic).

    Just win what ever you do.

  • stokethefire The Planet, Earth
    March 1, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    At least the National Champion is decided on the court in basketball and not from the inside of a computer server in a closet in some building somewhere.

    March Madness>BCS

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 1, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    I absolutely love how the Cougs are playing right now. I like Abouo in the starting line up - I think he has a better outside shot than Collinsworth which spreads the defense. And I love the versatility that Collinsworth brings coming off the bench - he should get plenty of minutes subbing in at the 1, 2 and 3 spot. I'm impressed with the minutes Rogers is getting. We all know he's a great outside shooter, but he's getting more rebounds and playing solid defense against some of the "bigs".

    I do wish we had C. Collinsworth to give us one more big guy against some of the strong front lines we'll see when we reach the Sweet 16. But if we can continue to stroke the ball from beyond the Arc like we did against SDSU, we have a real shot at reaching the Final Four.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    March 1, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    I hope the Cougars there fill up the Marriott Center and show them how we play ball in our house. Gooo Cougars!

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    March 1, 2011 9:53 a.m.


    "I know they mostly vote on record, but how is BYU a better team than Duke, Pitt, Purdue, or even ND? Look at the "strength of schedule", and BYU drops to #7 in the realistic world."

    Have you actually looked at SOS?

    RPI Team Record SOS vs RPI Top 50
    #1 BYU 27-2 #11 9-1
    #2 Kansas 27-2 #13 6-2
    #3 Ohio St 27-2 #27 6-2
    #4 SDSU 27-2 #26 4-2
    #5 Duke 26-3 #36 8-2
    #6 Purdue 24-5 #15 5-3
    #7 Pitt 25-4 #24 8-4
    #8 G'twn 21-8 #1 8-8
    #9 ND 24-5 #31 9-4
    #10 NC 22-6 #14 4-4

    Strip away the team names and look strictly at overall record, SOS, and record against RPI Top 50, and it's clear that not only is a #3 ranking and a #1 seed deserved, it could easily be argued that the #3 ranking for BYU is too low.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    March 1, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    J-TX: If the AP and coaches polls went by strength of schedule, BYU would be number 1 in both, just as in the RPI, which does go by strength of schedule.

  • jimhale Eugene, OR
    March 1, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    One game at a time, please. One game at a time.
    There are still a lot of basketball minutes between now and that number one seed.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    March 1, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    So awesome that BYU and #1 seed are being mentioned in the same sentence!

    This is definitely a year to remember.

    Great to be a Cougar fan!

  • Herbie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 1, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    J-TX. I am super confused by your comment. Looking at 'Strength of schedule", your argument dies. All the strength of schedule stats I can find put BYU ahead of those teams. Just sayin.

  • Snark Provo, UT
    March 1, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    The SDSU game was so important that it will be a challenge this week to keep the intensity level up. The fact that NM beat BYU in the PIT OF DISPARE may be enough for BYU to come out strong. We will have a loud proud crowd there to get things ramped up! BYU by 15.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    March 1, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    Steven Rogers - I guess it was minor thing when he limped during that sdsu game. Good to know that he is fine.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    March 1, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    I know they mostly vote on record, but how is BYU a better team than Duke, Pitt, Purdue, or even ND? Look at the "strength of schedule", and BYU drops to #7 in the realistic world. Still good, mind you. Of course we all know Texas was also overrated...thumped by K State.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    March 1, 2011 7:43 a.m.

    NM matches up against BYU better for some reason, but it's going to take a miracle for NM to upset them this time...or I could do the Azztec fan thing and complain about refs.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    March 1, 2011 7:41 a.m.

    By the numbers, and considering the opponents, Jimmer clobbered Willis!