Dick Harmon: BYU basketball: Cougar players upset, but it was a good run

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  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    After going over a decade without a win in the tournament, it's nice to see BYU's basketball program improved to the point where winning at least one NCAA tournament game for the third straight year can be considered "disappointing".

    Coach Rose is doing a great job and the future is bright for BYU basketball.

    It's sad losing Hartsock and Abouo, but I'm already looking forward to next season.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    "Tis better to have loved and lost than never loved at all. '

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    March 16, 2012 4:48 p.m.

    "It's been a good run. Every season I've been here, we've played in the NCAA tournament." This is the most important part of this article and this season. What other college basketball program in the West can equal that?

    As much as I wanted our Cougs to win, it was, indeed, very clear that Marquette was playing at a much different level. As disappointed I was with Abouo and Carlino's production, or lack thereof, over the past 7 games. Good bye, Charles. I'm hoping that with a year of experience under his belt, Carlino will be that stronger next season and then some.

    Any Cougs fan would have taken even getting to the Tourney, let alone a play-in win, as a huge accomplishment in this post-Jimmer season.

    Can't wait for next season!!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 16, 2012 4:07 p.m.

    Collinsworth played as a Freshman before his mission, so the question is will be come back as a Sophomore or a Junior. A medical redshirt was granted to him last year, so my guess is this season will count as his Sophomore year.

    How can anyone be critical of the Cougs and their season and the guard play? In hindsight, they probably should have beat USU and LMU, but otherwise it was a great season. We knew the guard line was inexperienced. They will be much better next year.

    Davies announced that he is coming back. He had a great year, but he will have a standout year as a Senior. I would not be surprised if he is MVP of the WCC. He'll have more games with a double-double than without.

    Hartsock will be missed. Unless Collinsworth gets completely healthy, this will be the weakest spot on the offensive side. But Austin showed some glimpses as a Freshman and will add some value.

  • ksmith Sacramento, CA
    March 16, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    Did Chris Collinsworth lose a year of eligibility or will he come back as a freshman?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 16, 2012 11:12 a.m.

    Marquette is simply a better team than BYU, no shame in that. This just shows how important seeding is in advancing through the tournament. BYU needs to win more so that they can get a higher seed and an easier path to advance. No team advances regularly as a low seed, it is simply to hard. But BYU did a great job this year. I enjoyed it and being one of only a very few 25 + win teams with 6 straight ncaa appearances is a great accomplishment. I'm already looking forward to next season.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    March 16, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    I enjoyed the season. Some disappointing games, but some good ones too. The Iona comeback sealed it as a good and memorable one for sure. Guys will mature, improve their shooting, and Haws is back, so I like our chances next year.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 16, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    Can't complain. In the past five years, the Cougs have won alot of games. It would be great winning a national championship, but it's no sin if you don't.

  • Lavell Walnut Creek, Calif
    March 16, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    This team overachieved and was fun to watch. But with these shooting %'s from our guards for the year it's obvious what the problem was in not going further. Carlino 40%, Winder 36%, Cusick 37%, Harrison 34%

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    March 16, 2012 7:27 a.m.

    Despite the loss, I LOVED how they competed hard yesterday (and all year). Post-Jimmer, they completely exceeded my expectations and I think Dave Rose is a fine individual and coach. I am extremely excited to see him develop the remaining players, and those returning (especially Tyler Haws). I wish Charles and Noah nothing but success, and thank them for their class, sportsmanship and hard work.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2012 6:59 a.m.


    If Coach Rice was the real bench "genius", why did a much more talented UNLV team get bounced from the tournament by a mediocre Colorado team?

    The truth is, Coach Rose is one of the best coaches in the country and given the talent that programs like Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, and Kentucky have, BYU would be a national championship contender every year.

    This year's BYU team was young, inexperienced (9 freshman on the roster), and suffered a rash of injuries to key players (Collinsworth, Carlino, Zylstra, Hartsock), yet Coach Rose finished with another 25 win season and another win in the NCAA tournament.

    Of the 345 division 1 basketball programs, you can count the number of teams that have had 6 straight 25+ win / NCAA tournament seasons on ONE HAND - and BYU is one of them.

    Congratulations Cougars on another very good season.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    March 16, 2012 6:17 a.m.

    Thank you BYU for giving up, my bracket is still intact!!!

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    March 16, 2012 6:13 a.m.

    This team wasn't supposed to win as many games as they did this year. The fact that they even made it a season is impressive.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    March 15, 2012 11:47 p.m.

    Both of the last two games showed the same issues. The quality of guard play and the inside game needs improvement with more basketball talent. This needs to happen now and not later.