BYU basketball: Cougars win emotional Senior Day game against Portland without Hartsock, 76-66

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  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 10:43 p.m.

    By the way, I would say BYU had a pretty good year for a team with only 2 seniors. Nothing but great things coming in the next few years.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 10:40 p.m.

    Chris B, let's clarify, by several sweet 16' you mean 2, several elite 8's you mean 1, several final 4's you mean none.

  • agb Layton, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 8:04 p.m.

    ImaCaMan says:

    What has anyone from the WCC ever done?
    USF has won an NCAA championship more recently than the Utes have. And won it twice.

    Chris B:

    Congratulations on 5 losing seasons in 7 years.

    10,000 empty red chairs agree: What a team. What a program.

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    NevadaCoug the refs did not bail out BYU. Portland did a lot of fouling on Davies and others in the paint when the cougs were driving they also went over the top of guys while trying to grab a rebound, and there were a lot of offensive fouls on Portland too but they also missed a bunch of calls also on both teams

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    Noah and Charles,
    Thanks for your team play, your personal character and representing the best in collegiate athletics. The low talk of W-L, conferences and championships misses the real substance of what sports should be about. Keep recruiting this quality of person and athlete, Coach Rose.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 26, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    Chris B:

    What a great battle yesterday at the Huntsman Center - two of college basketball's finest dueling it out to the bitter end. And the mighty utes came out on top. I doubt there are two better teams in the whole country. utah will probly win the pac-12 tourny.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 26, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    Nice to win on Senior day. I don't know much about Hartsock's injury, but I would have to think that to win the WCC conference tourney, they will need him.

    No question BYU is a bubble team, but many bubble teams make it in to the NCAAs without winning their conference tourney.

    BYU will greatly increase their chances of an at-large bid by beating the #2 seed and playing in the championship, even if they lose the championship game and finish with 8 loses.

    Their RPI is in the 40s, which is probably enough, but difficult to guarentee. The weakened state of the PAC-12 helps, but the decent performance of the MWC hurts.

    Pretty much BYU beat who they were supposed to beat (alothough one could argue they shoulda beaten the Aggies on the road and the Gaels at home), and lost to who they were supposed to lose to (though one could argue they should have lost to an ACC team on the road-VaTech).

    I'm only a peripheral BYU fan and I was able to predict 22-25 wins. They were consistent. And barring a first round loss in the WCC tourney, they should be in.

    I haven't seen many posts by you, but well done.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 26, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    Chris B.

    All that drivel sputtered...and Utah still does not have a National Championship in either football or men's Basketball... so chrissy what's your point other than proving your obsession with Utah not able to have done something that BYU has.

  • burtro15 CEDAR CITY, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 12:36 a.m.

    It's a game. At the end of the day who cares if Utah or byu wins. I am a die hard byu fan but I love to see Utah win. When they beat Alabama I was standng up cheering as if it were a byu game. It's a joke how fans go back and forth. I used to get mad at what some people would say about byu until I recently got really sick and was reminded that it's only a game.

  • ImaCaMan Oceanside, CA
    Feb. 25, 2012 11:31 p.m.


    Te WCC a good conference? Ha!

    No one in that conference will go anywhere in the tourney. What has anyone from the WCC ever done? Even with their "great" teams Gonzaga has never done what Butler has. Get excited about beating Portland at home and squeaking by San Francisco. The Utes and the PAC 12 will be back soon, but you will still be playing in HS gyms.

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 9:48 p.m.

    @Chris B

    "Yes, Utah ball is terrible. But unlike byu, Utah's great seasons have included several sweet 16's, several elite 8's, final fours, etc.....

    Football's great seasons have included a few undefeated seasons, a few BCS invites, a few BCS wins, a few top 5 ending rankings, a BCS conference invite....."

    Ah, Chris B...always living in the past. "Utah's great seasons HAVE included...", "Football's great season HAVE included..."

    Unfortunately, this is the present, so let's just stick with the one present tense statement you made: Utah ball IS terrible.

    Go back to hibernating, we'll see you when you come out for football season.


    Go Cougars!

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 9:32 p.m.

    BYU celebrates and ute trolls seem to grovel, being 3rd in a good conference as opposed to 11th in a weak conference.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    Utes show a glimmer and the resident troll comes out of hibernation to take some shots and make ... what point?

    Thanks to Charles and Noah for their hard work and consistent effort.

    Best wishes to the team in Las Vegas.

  • burtro15 CEDAR CITY, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 8:57 p.m.

    Utah i

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    Feb. 25, 2012 8:16 p.m.

    If they win first game next week they should be a 12 seed. Only one top 50 win won't let them be higher. Looks like a tough first game

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 6:45 p.m.

    Its kind of like byu football. Record against decent teams: 1-6 or close to it.

    Yes, Utah ball is terrible. But unlike byu, Utah's great seasons have included several sweet 16's, several elite 8's, final fours, etc.....

    Football's great seasons have included a few undefeated seasons, a few BCS invites, a few BCS wins, a few top 5 ending rankings, a BCS conference invite.....

    WAC champions, WCC 3rd place!

    What a couple teams, what a couple programs!

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Feb. 25, 2012 6:33 p.m.

    Once again I didn't get a chance to watch the game. But I'll be fair and ask the question: Did the refs bail BYU out in this one like they may have bailed out Gonzaga on Thursday? I notice from the box score that Portland made two more shots than the Cougars, yet BYU shot 31 free throws to Portland's 9. Was the foul differential legit? Or just more of the insane home court advantage teams seem to get in the WCC?

  • Glad to be Retired Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    Where are the Brock Zylstra skeptics today. 20 points ain't too bad