NCAA commentary: Tournament will define BYU's season

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  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    March 14, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    One thing I really hate is when somebody says the Yankees had a disappointing season if they don't win the World Series.

    Likewise, I really hate it when people say that BYU's season will be defined by a handful of games.

    This team won 30 games. They won a conference championship. They made it to the NCAA tournament as a 3 seed. If they under-perform and lose to Wofford, then, yes, that will be disappointing. But one thing we know about the NCAA Tournament is that any team (well, except for maybe a 16) is capable of pulling an upset. This year's BYU squad should be considered a good team despite what happens going forward. They've already earned that.

    Sometimes certain fans get too caught up in the "win-it-all-or-your-a-loser" mentality. There are 345 Division 1 college basketball teams. BYU has already shown they are one of the best this season. Just enjoy the ride.

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    March 14, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    re: not so fast

    You mean the same guy that Jimmer's been compared too? Is that the Ainge who's shirt is in the rafters of the Marriot Center, the same guy who used to hold the BYU scoring record for a CAREER, #22, the same guy that is synomous with BYU basketball, who took the last second shot over Orlando Woolridge after a behind the back dribble at half court, then a quick slant to the key, then shot down the middle and finger rolled the ball over Woolridge's hand. Is this the same Ainge who shared the back court with Steve Craig (who married Marie Osmond),gave more assists to Trumbo and Roberts than they deserved, who scored his points without a 3 point line, who went on to play for the Boston Celtics and won a couple Championships with them?

    You know you're right, a person and a team's season is only defined in the NCAA tourney. What was I thinking. Why even watch the regular season?

  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    Laser, respectfully, what do you know about the season Ainge had when BYU went to the Sweet 16? I know nothing except that full-court dribble vs. Notre Dame.

  • Tundra Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    If this is an article about BYU's NCAA Tournament experience this year, why are there two Ute fans wanting to join in on the comments? I'm confused. If they're Utah fans, why aren't they commenting over on the article about the Utes Tournament experience this year instead? Wouldn't that be more logical, and certainly representative of what their true loyalty is?

    Oh, wait--- NOW I remember why...

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    March 14, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    Chris B., I wouldn't expect anything less from be anxious for BYU to lose (a delicious thud, really?). Which proves another point. There are no Utah fans, only BYU haters.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 14, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    chrissy and hedgie are starting to whine louder than normal. Must be a 9 on the obsessed and jealous meter.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    March 14, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    What a wonderful year to be a Cougar fan. A top team, player wise and moral wise, all the accolades that the BYU haters just deplore, highlite's galore on all the major sports networks, people from around the world jumping on the BYU bandwagon...etc, etc, etc.

    In my travels around the country, I wear my byu hat, shirts and jackets and I have received so many wonderful compliments about the team and their moral stand that I am simply amazed. One gentleman told me that his eyes have been opened to the great teams that have come out of BYU and he has become a real fan and is excited to watch them more now that they will be on National TV.

    Respect and fans....that is what BYU has gained this year and will continue to gain.

    Poor Chris B and Hedgehog. The fame and gain of BYU is just killing slowly and they just don't know what to do but keep doing the same thing.

    When you define the word insain you see what many of the BYU haters really are. Just keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 14, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Agreed that the loss of Brandon Davies is devastating. We'll miss his defense more than his inside scoring.

    BYU will go as far as they can. Not the end of the world, and we've had a great season.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2011 11:52 a.m.


    No hedge and I are not one. But listen to this, if ybu gets to the sweet 16 I'm join the Cougar Club. Frankly I'll honestly be surprised if Wofford doensn't get the "upset," but if tds sneaks by a 2nd round thrashing by average st. johns awaits.

    Either way, this "final four" team will end in a delicious thud. I'll love it.

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    March 14, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    I got hedgie riled up. So easy to do. I wonder what would happen if I blogged on Utah articles?

    Hedgie with your consuming interest in BYU, let me invite you to join Cougar Club too. You to Chris B. (same person). I don't think anyone has made Max Hall look so good as you two (or one).

  • BYU/Jazz fan West Valley, UT
    March 14, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    Chris B and hedgehog, Typical and least clutch all American? Do you guys have anything better to do then troll BYU articles and bash Jimmer when the Utah program is in a downward spiral that's only going to get worse? Maybe once they make it to the NCAA tournament again, then you can say something.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    March 14, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    BYU isn't close to the team they were before Davies was suspended, this version of the team will fight and play hard but how they shoot will determine if they win and move on. Davies presence in the middle can't be replaced with the players the team now has and it will be difficult to win more than one game, I hope they win more but being realistic , one win is about all I think we can get.
    How this team does in the tourney will not define this team and its season, it can't, it's not the same team and would be unfair to judge the team and the whole season on how they do in the tourney. Before the season got started and within the first few games I said how good this team becomes will depend on how Davies develops, because without him they have no inside presence, that proved to be pretty true and now without him they are vastly different and not nearly as good. They are a decent team now but not a top ten team, were as with Davies they would be final 4 quality.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    Look forward to a one and one. Jimmer will go down as one of the least clutch all american in ncaa history

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 14, 2011 9:37 a.m.


    Sounds like you're already making excuses. Typical.

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    March 14, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    I couldn't disagree more with Mr. Curtis. The NCAA will not define BYU's season. This was a seaons to remember, filled with a ton a highlights, a new english noun, verb and adjetive (Jimmer), NBA players that tweet on Jimmer, two national wins over a higher ranked top 10 team, the introduction of the Jimmeretes, highlights on ESPN almost every week, Jimmer intereviews on ESPN almost everyweek, including last night,an amazing half court shot in SLC, and an incredible moral stand that shook the basketball world and the basketball world recieved it with kudos and respect.

    For you to suggest the whole season hinges on the NCAA tourney destroys any credibility with your reporting and persepective.