Utah State basketball: Utah State survives scare

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  • Mike Johnson Fallon NV
    March 14, 2009 10:09 p.m.

    Congratulations, Utah State. 72-62 final. Utah and Utah State and very likely BYU will be dancing. Too bad Weber State couldn't win their tournament at home.

  • Mike Johnson Fallon NV
    March 14, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    One other thing about "phony" tournaments. Weber State dominated their conference and had their tournament at home and still lost in their first tournament game. UNLV lost their first tournament game on their home court as well and Utah won the tournament. Utah State, with 3 minutes left leads 59-44 over Nevada. Home court, while it probably should go to the champion during the season, isn't much of a guarantee of winning the tournament.

  • Mike Johnson Fallon NV
    March 14, 2009 9:52 p.m.

    Whether or not there is home cooking in the game tonight, Utah State certainly is looking impressive with 4 and a half minutes to go and leading 55-41 against the home Wolf Pack.

  • The Selection Is In
    March 14, 2009 6:38 p.m.

    Playing for the conference title in these "phony" tournaments, on the home teams court will be considered. Look out for the home "cookin".

  • Quit Kidding Us
    March 14, 2009 6:34 p.m.

    29 wins, ranked in the top 25 a few weeks ago and you don't get in? Politics is the only thing that can keep them out. If they were ranked in the top 25 and still have only 4 losses, then the people that voted them in then certainly will now. End of story!

  • AK Cougar
    March 14, 2009 4:44 p.m.

    Great win for the Aggies and I hope they win again tonight and get a bid into the big dance. It would be really cool to see all Utah teams in the tournament.
    Go Aggies
    Go Cougars
    Go Utes

  • Ken
    March 14, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    Go Cougars, Aggies, and Utes. To many comments of a winers nature. From here on when one wins, we all win! Anyone who is dissapointed at the aggies losses (Mars) isnt realistic. Would you rather them play Duke, NC, etc. WAC and MT West are great conferences.

  • BYU
    March 14, 2009 12:25 p.m.

    Then why do the experts list BYU's best win as USU. Some people agree the Aggies are a good team. If they lose, most likely knock out New Mexico or UNLV.

  • Dave
    March 14, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    The Aggies have to win to make it in the tournament, anyone whose been around knows that much. If Utah St would play a decent schedule it wouldn't always come down to winning the tournament but because we refuse to play a decent opponent we are forced to win to get in. Regardless of the fact that the Aggies are better than BYU or Utah their schedule kills them every year. Go Aggies, give us all something to cheer for....and it would make my day to watch the Zoobies get an NIT bid after choking against San Diego St.

  • Cougar Fan
    March 14, 2009 11:08 a.m.

    Good job Aggies, keep it going. Get into the dance so we can have as many Utah teams in as we can. You guys deserve a bid win or lose from your hard fought season.

  • Mars
    March 14, 2009 11:07 a.m.

    We have to win the WACT to be given a dancing spot. There are too many bizarre upsets that are taking up spots that would be given to mid-majors -- ESPECIALLY mid-majors like USU who have a great record but haven't really beaten anyone important.

    I know it stinks, I know it's tough to schedule out here, and I support Stew and his philosophy 100%. But when the selection committee sees losses to BSU, Nevada, St. Mary's, and BYU -- teams we could have beaten to show our mettle -- that just doesn't help us.

    Must win tonight against Nevada.

    GO AGGIES!!!

    March 14, 2009 10:50 a.m.

    I am a big aggie fan but i know that they have to win tonight. I love Stew but as long as we keep playing bad teams we are never going to get an at-large bid, or we need to beat teams like the chokers. But still GO AGGIES!

  • WAC is a terrible conference
    March 14, 2009 10:25 a.m.

    I applaude the work Stew Morrill has done at Utah State. I am an Aggie fan all the way. But the NCAA "Big Dance" is the Big East/ACC/Big 12/Big 10(11) Invitational, no mistake about it. The teams west of the Rockies are in BIG TROUBLE this year is any of you fans have been watching games with any objectivity at all. Nevertheless.....go Aggies, Utes, and BYU until you are out of the tournament. The MWC and WAC conferences are very lightweight in basketball.

  • 88USUAggie
    March 14, 2009 10:11 a.m.

    I don't know what you guys are thinking who are saying we are in...we are not, and the only way in is to win tonight. One win vs top 50 - that's all everyone looks at...everyone plays teams ranked over 100 - and all good teams win those games. The teams that make the tourny are the ones who win games against the top 50. Simple that's it. Stew has to give in and do 2 for 1 deals, or we will always be in this situation.

  • AggieFan
    March 14, 2009 9:54 a.m.

    Great game. The Aggies showed heart in coming back from that.

    Unfortunately, I do think the Aggies need to win tonight to get the NCAA bid. Lose and they go to the NIT. Their strength of schedule is just too glaring.

    The formula is easy. Get number 30 and go dancing. 29 = NIT.

  • never enough
    March 14, 2009 7:15 a.m.

    It is never enough when it involves BYU. Nobody that posts on Aggie pages could give a darn about BYU. We rag on them because all BYU fans do is rag on us on our pages. BYU lost to SDSU??? Hope the cougars can wait til Monday to see their NIT bid!! (They shouldn't be watching selection SUNDAY you know!) Now all BYU can do is wait for another "quest" (gag me) to begin! Glad we don't live in Utah Valley, the choke center of the world!!! Go Aggies!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Southeast Aggie
    March 14, 2009 7:15 a.m.

    BYU lost, Utah won, Utah State won. Not only do the Aggies have to beat Nevada for the conference championship they have to beat home cookin on Nevada's home court something that can be a bigger obstacle than the wolfpack basketball players. Go Aggies!

  • Leave it to
    March 14, 2009 6:05 a.m.

    A BYU fan to start ragging on the Aggies because of their success. I may be a hard core Utah fan but the Aggies have been one of the toughest teams in the nation for 5 years now.
    Good show State. Good Luck

  • SJ Bobkins
    March 14, 2009 3:21 a.m.

    You certainly can't underestimate the WAC this year in both football and basketball. And I'm betting they squeezed at least 2,000 into the fabulas arena, there in downtown, RENO, NEVADA, the winter home of nothing going on.
    "BYU chokes", is that comment supoosed to boost the Uggies somehow? What was that neutral court score? GO! (nowhere but the NIT) Uggies GO!

  • re:Dancing
    March 14, 2009 2:48 a.m.

    Let's see, the Y beat you didn't they.
    Don't get me wrong I am glad that the Aggies won, but why do you have to bring up the Y???? Isn't it enough that Utah State won, and will probably win tomorrow too?

  • MiP
    March 14, 2009 1:50 a.m.

    Good win aggies.

  • I am full on Aggie
    March 14, 2009 1:26 a.m.

    but I think we still need a win against Nevada to seal the deal. Given the dominant performance of the first game and the gut check second we have shown both ways to get it done.

    Let's just give the Aggies congrats for not pulling what I will call a "BYU."

    Three number one seeds three tournaments without a title and this year they don't even have the UNLV excuse. Needless to say BYU posters can come on and smack but bottom line BYU chokes, again and again and again.

    Nice win Ags.

  • Dancing
    March 13, 2009 11:52 p.m.

    Let's see, the Y looses and still goes to the dance. Watch and see.
    Aggies had better win or they will be watching the other non blue team dancing while the aggies go square dancing in the NIT.
    Aggies are the Rodney Dangerfields of the NCAA.
    Go Aggies win one more for 30 and a real dance.

  • Dancing
    March 13, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    Put on the dancing shoes your in.

  • SoCalAggie
    March 13, 2009 10:29 p.m.

    good teams claim their conference crown, great teams win their conference tourney games! Go Aggies!

  • smfdaggie
    March 13, 2009 9:50 p.m.

    Great job Aggies. This team never quits. Onto the Championship.............

  • WAHOO!
    March 13, 2009 9:48 p.m.

    Lets go Aggies! We need the title! That was a sweet game. Good luck guys!

  • 29-4
    March 13, 2009 9:36 p.m.

    Are any of you going to try and tell me they don't belong in the BIG dance? I guarantee that the selection commitee will not be able to leave them out. I'm saying 29 wins and one game to go, and it really shouldn't matter whether they win or lose tommorrows game. FACT!

  • What a game
    March 13, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    Wow, should have never been this close but I loved the heart of this team coming back from 13 down at the half and winning it with 3 seconds to go. Love it. Now on to beat whatever we'll play tomorrow. Hope it's LaTech.
    Go Aggies!!!

  • Aggie Fan
    March 13, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    What a game!!!! Good job Aggies!!! Way to dig. Take it all the way!!!! I'm so proud to be an Aggie!!!!