BYU notebook: Carlino looks solid in his BYU debut

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  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    Liked seeing Carlino crank up those shots from 30 feet on Saturday.

    He's got a lot of the Jimmer in him and should be fun to watch.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Dec. 19, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    If Carlino can improve his ball-handling and defense, he can be a great player. Of course, he has to be willing to involve the rest of the team. Right now, the guys in the front court are still BYU's strength.

  • Alterego Ogden, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 7:49 a.m.

    I watched the game. I thought Carlino looked very good. Waaayy too many missed free throws for BYU.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    "Call me when they actually WIN a big game and fnally just get it done."

    For those looking for the number: 1-800-J-E-A-L-O-U-S

    And for the address:

    My Mama's Basement
    Hill, Utah

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 18, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    PAC 12 loves U

    I don't find it ironic that you are on this board - there really is no other basketball team for you in this state.

    Weber and USU won't have you. BYU is over you, we've moved on.

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    Dec. 18, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    @ Y Grad/Y Dad

    I find it a little ironic that BYU's basketball team is starting to reflect what their football team has done this year. The Cougars lose all of their BIG GAMES! and pound all their cupcake opponents including Utah this year.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 18, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    Just a little ironic to be getting any guff at all about basketball from someone code named "redblood". Did I really read the word mediocre??? How far must the team in red come to achieve mediocre?

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 2:01 p.m.

    I watched Nick Emery play 3 games over the last few days (wow...impressive). Carlino and Emery are actually quite similar: left-handed, confident, intense, good ball handlers (turnovers notwithstanding), nice shooting stroke, NBA range. I thought Carlino did very well for his first game in the MC, and look forward to Emery to joining the crew in '13. I think the table is set for several years to come, and I'm excited. Go Cougs!

  • DH48 West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 1:11 p.m.

    A good first game for Carlino but a great game for Davies. If he could play with that much determination and effort every game BYU could accomplish so much more this year. I am very encouraged by the progress I see this team making. They have improved so much since the start of the season. It is exciting to watch.

    Keep going Cougs!

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Dec. 18, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Red Blood

    I'd rather get excited about a three point loss to a #6 team than a three point win over San Diego Christian. BYU played well and shows improvement. They are missing two outstanding players due to injury and when at full strength will easily be a tournament team. Your team may not win another game, even in a very weak PAC12. I'm not sure how Jake Heaps figures into all of this, but whatever floats your boat.

  • kokua KAYSVILLE, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    Here we go this Carlino at times looked very Jimmer like. The team looks terrific.

    Time and polish, barring any season ending injury's, this squad will be a dominate force and back again in the NCAA tourney.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 10:59 a.m.


    Your post reeks of jealousy.

    It must really hurt to realize that BYU's new freshman point guard playing in his first collegiate game is already lights out better than every player on Utah's roster. With a little game experience, Carlino will be even better by season's end.

    20+ win seasons have become automatic at BYU. It could be years before the Utes even come close to another 20+ win season.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Dec. 18, 2011 10:49 a.m.


    Have you been living under a rock for the last year? I guess you missed BYU's big wins over nationally ranked opponents last season.

    Mediocre teams don't have the concensus national player of the year and come within a point of making it to the Elite Eight while missing two of their best front line players.

    BYU is rebuilding with a team that has nine freshman on their roster, yet they came within a missed 3-pointer that rimmed out of sending a game against the 6th-ranked team in the country into overtime.

    Get over your BYU-obsessed, Ute jealousy, and face reality.

    Sagarin Rating

    #33 BYU
    #326 Utah

  • RedBlood Happy Valley, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    Always getting excited about a loss. How many big games can this athletic program lose only to get excited about a mediocre to good season? At what point do people start to wonder why BYU teams can't get over that hump and win big games and do great things? I suppose if really good seasons are satisfactory, then good for you. I am getting tired of hearing excuses, and reasoning as to why mediocrity seems to be acceptable in Provo. Enjoy your 20 win season with wins over teams that are fair teams and losses to any team that is in any way a big game. The cougs just seem to choke on those big games. So much excitement over mediocrity. Call me when they actually WIN a big game and fnally just get it done. Football independence will prove this point over and over again. Lots of 'exposure' and televised football games, with virtually no wins over teams that are better than them. The schedule only gets tougher from here on out and will prove this point. Strangely, I think Jake may just understand this point better than anyone.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    Loved what I saw in Carlino, love his jumper, he has very good range, good handles makes him be able to create, shows good quickness and speed. All in all , very impressed with him, he should just get better and better with time and experience. I was glad to see Davies exert himself like he did, now he needs to keep playing that hard and with that kind of intensity.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Dec. 18, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    What a class act. Carlino takes responsibility by acknowledging his turnover and missed shot - that's leadership.

    To see a Freshman, in his debut, against a very good Baylor defense do the things he did was impressive. Sure he made some mistakes, but those mistakes will be reduced with time and experience. This was his first college game. A very impressive debut!

    Predection: BYU will go 18-2 the rest of the regular season and finish 26-5. They will be ranked in the Top 25 and get a 6 seed in the tournament.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Dec. 18, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    When Carlino drilled a 2 over the one of their bigs on the right side he looked very much like the Jimmer. For an incoming freshman who graduated from high school in 3 years and is only 18 years old I think he played extremely well.

    Cougars need to reduce the turnovers and increase the the free throw percentage. What happened to 80+ percent as a team? A small adjustement in either category and BYU would have won. The difference in winning and losing is really quite small.

    Go Cougars.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 17, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    No doubt, Carlino has great potential, but has GOT to take better care of the ball . . . , and play better defense. That turnover at the end was HUGE. Hopefully that will improve with experience.

    He has a really pretty jump shot. He has one up on Jimmer in that category. :-)

  • BYUHOCKEY American Fork, UT
    Dec. 17, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    Carlino is very talented. I look forward to him, Cusick and Winder providing 1-2-3 punches from here on out. We missed Roger's 3's today as well as his defensive skills at times.