BYU basketball notebook: Noah Hartsock's health still a concern

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  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 1, 2012 11:29 p.m.

    We should be able to get past San Diego without Hartsock. Let him rest one more day.

    But without Hartsock, our chances of beating the Zags are slim even on a neutral court.

    Hoping for a miraculous recovery for the heart and soul of our team.

  • arod Ogden, UT
    March 1, 2012 7:13 p.m.

    jaredM: You may be exactly right---BYU won't make the big dance without beating Gonzaga. I suppose that kind of depends on their RPI, their 25-8 record, and who knows what else. ( Most of the other bubble teams have lost at least 10-11 games.)

    However, if I was looking at BYU's whole season: I would be far more stoked about a great showing in either the NIT or NCAA, than I would about whether BYU, St. Mary's, or Gonzaga winds up winning the WCC tournament. Without a healthy Hartsock I doubt if BYU is very likely to do much in either the NIT or especially in the NCAA. So if they can't have it all----if playing Hartsock prematurely this weekend in the WCC even if that would reinjure his knee and reduce his effectiveness in later games after the WCC tourney, just because of thinking the WCC is the biggest event left this season----I would absolutely error on the side of getting Hartsock healthy and preparing to make a run in the NIT. And I'm not sure all hope is lost for making the NCAA even if they lose to Gonzaga, but I agree that if they beat Gonzaga they ought to be a lock for the NCAA.

  • jaredM Provo, UT
    March 1, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    arod - I beg to differ. These games coming up are the biggest games of the season. I feel that BYU needs to win at least the next two (meaning beating Gonzaga) in order to make it into the NCAA tournament. The selection committee has historically given BYU a higher seed (as in worse) then projected, so I don't think they'd make it if they don't get past Gonzaga.

  • arod Ogden, UT
    March 1, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    In my opinion the ncaa tournament---which doesn't start until 2 weeks from today---is way more important than the WCC tourney. If any question about Hartsock this weekend, then hold him out and prepare for 2 weeks from now. This weekend is not the most important weekend of the season. The most important tournament is either the ncaa or the nit. With a win over San Diego (or Pepperdine) BYU has a real chance of making the ncaa. But even if they don't, then they are a lock for the NIT. The NIT might be really fun----it is not inconceivable that BYU could make it to Madison Square Garden for the NIT finals! Doing that with a healthy Hartsock would be way more entertaining and rewarding than fooling around this weekend reinjuring a knee that clearly needs time to heal. This weekend is NOT the biggest games of the season! When Hartsock got injured you immediately was the sweat on his forehead and tears to the side of his eyes, that was no minor "tweak."

  • atlcoug Atlanta, GA
    Feb. 29, 2012 10:10 p.m.

    I am glad to see that Carlino continues to take the high road with respect to his time at UCLA. No point in badmouthing anyone. It is plain to see there were problems there, given all the transfers to other programs. The best way for Carlino to comment is through hard work and success on the court, which will tell everyone that UCLA lost out on a top point guard. Thanks for staying classy, Matt.