This was an exciting game. It was my first Marriott Center game since I was a
BYU student in the 70's. It was a battle of two very talented teams and
coaches. As the game unfolded the strategies became clear, physical close to the
rim Aggies and move it around for open shot Cougars. The last five minutes
seemed to indicate that Stew Morrills plan was working. The free throw shots by
Davies was huge but that incredible put back by Craig Cusick was simply mind
boogling. What a story and then to be able to do such a stellar job on ESPN
really put the icing on the cake.
@BlueCougSo if Utah State would have won the game by 20, BYU still
would be the better team (according to the rankings)? What a concept, BYU is the
better team, whether they win or lose the game. Awesome!
The A GameUtah State did indeed lose several players this year, but
to be fair, BYU also lost Collinsworth and Rogers -- BYU was down two front
court scholarship players before the season even began.
@Go Big BlueYou really shouldn't be saying some elses comments
are uncalled for. You always go on the attack. And who cares about the
injuries. No matter who is injured the other players should be able to step up.
Clearly the scoreboard is all that matters. And as usual USU is behind BYU on
Worf,Um, yeah. Beating Utah and Southern Utah (in case it isn't
clear enough, both of those schools are in Utah) equals....2. Hence, Utah State
went 2-1. Complicated stuff. If you keep thinking about it, one day it might
just make sense to you. Best of luck.
@stricker, in case you forgot, basketball and football are two different sports.
USU has lost several players this year due to injury. The team last night plus
the previous 5 games is basically there 2nd unit. Stew has done a great job of
keeping this team together. Stay in Omaha kiddddd... HELLO!!
@The A Game-- BYU beat Weber, and Utah State. The most in state victories. Just
Despite BYU's 6-3 win over Utah State, the Aggies clearly had the better
overall record and higher rankings, proving that the Aggies were better than the
Cougars in 2012.Likewise, Despite Utah's 24-21 win
over BYU, the Cougars clearly had the better overall record and higher rankings,
proving that the Cougars were better than the Utes in 2012.Utah
State > BYU > Utah > Weber State in football.BYU >
Utah State > Weber State > Utah in basketball.
The heartbreaker to St. Marys flipped into the elation of last nights buzzer
beater. There has been a few crazy games in the Marriott Center this year.
Great win but hats off to USU. With all the problems they have had they still
fought hard and just about did it. Have to give credit to the players and Stew.
As for King of the state, come on. If I have to be honest USU
football was the best team this year even if BYU did beat them. Sort of like I
think BYU was better than Utah but Utah won. USU had the best football team. A
made FG at Wisconsen and a couple of plays that go the other way at BYU and USU
would have been undefeated. So who is the King? Who cares. Thanks
to BYUtv so we can see these games. Sure is nice. Now let's
upset St. Marys. We can do it.
Agarrett,Actually, Utah State went 2-1. Utah and Southern Utah =
win, BYU = loss. Easy math. Sorry "agarrett." (Research
Coach Cusick, as I know Craig's dad who was a basketball coach and gym
teacher at Provo High when I was a student there in the early 80's, is a
great guy. Good basketball coach, loves to hunt, funny, just a great guy. I wish
you the best coach, I'm sorry to hear you are going through this ailment.
Good game, Cougars. I love my Aggies, but I have to admit that last
minute shot was something else. Licking my wounds, but kudos to the Y this year
in being able to pull it off at the last second and an exciting finish. Now, if we could just entice you to rejoin the MWC.....?
BYU Football went 2-1 against in-state schools this year. Utah and USU both went
1-1, so that's why BYU is king. Sorry "The A Game"
Always a better feeling to be on the winning side of a buzzer beater than the
losing side. Congrats to Cusick. All the long hours shooting hoops on your
driveway, playground and church gym paid off for you tonight.
So it looks like BYU/USU are #1 and #2 best teams in the state in Basketball and
#2 and #1 in Football.Who's number three? Let's
see---Weber State, SUU, UVU (except football)...Snow College...????
Strikers gloom and doom for USU is uncalled for. Injuries clearly
explain the struggles the Aggies have had on the court this season. Even then
Stew's team continues to compete. When it comes to football
Striker's obituary for USU seems a little wishful - The WAC last season was
far from the weakest football conference (remember San Jose and LA Tech), and
next season the Aggies return the best qb in the state as well as a terrific
defense. While it was painful to lose Gary, expecting the program to fold
sounds like more of the same type of predictions Striker has always made
regarding the Aggies.
Hats off to the Aggie team, coach and their few, but well behaved fans. They are
a credit to USU. The numerous foul calls prevented a MMA event and kept the game
under control. Congrats to Cusick. Even though he is not the star, he has real
talent and opponents seem to forget that he can score. Best wishes to his
Overall season record and rankings always trump individual game scores.FootballAP/Coaches/Sagarin#16/#17/#19 Utah St(11-2)
> ur/#26 BYU(8-5) > ur/#61 Utah(5-7) > ur/#179 Weber St(2-9)BasketballRPI/Sagarin#62/#62 BYU(20-8) >
#112/#103 Utah St(18-7) > #116/#115 Weber St(19-5) > #165/#136
Utah(11-14)Combined Football and BasketballBYU and Utah
St are tied for 1st, with Utah a distant 3rd (tied with Weber St)
It was so nice to see the Cougars have a chance to celebrate on a last second
shot. I don't care about all the other stuff today; this team has been so
close on so many games, that it was nice to see them have one to celebrate.
Score board is absolutely irrealavent, it's the Saragin Rankings that
Worf,Utah: 24. BYU: 21. I guess BYU isn't "the king"
after all. Who cares right? "It's the score."
Great putback Craig. All of Cougar Nation is praying for your dad.
Fun game! The Cougs could easily add another 10 points to all their games if
the big guns--Haws, Davies, and Carlino--could learn to pass to the open man
when they are double-teamed or on a fast-break.
ET Sea Bass and Millie is/are the same person.If the Cougars expect
to beat Saint Marys tomorrow night they will need to battle for 41 minutes.
Davies - you aren't a point guard so let someone else run the fast break.
@The A GameWho cares what the Aggies were named! BYU 6 USU
3.It's the score.
After hearing the news about Cusick's father, it was nice to see Craig
scoring the winning basket and having a great overall game.
Game was slow and physical because the officials allow our opponents to mug us.
Utah State was pushing Haws all over the court.At some point, this
has to stop.
Would have been a total blown out if the refs called it right. They always try
to make us loose. We had to beat aggies and refs with just are 5 guys on the
Awesome put back for Cusic! Great game. I was reminded during the
game that BYU has been playing all year without Collingsworth and Rogers, two
main cogs in Roses high speed machine, a big time 3 point shooter and a
dangerous low man that could have picked up the slack for Davies...in other
words;Coach Rose Rocks! Another 20 win season heading for
post-season play and he's doing it without two seniors! Good luck Cougars
with the rest of the year, go have some fun!
Great game, great finish. I could see a possible NIT, first round rematch. That
would be a good one; pretty dang evenly matched teams.
Worf,So Utah State being named the best football team in the state
this year means BYU is "king?" Your logic clearly makes sense.
Carlino was the best player for USU going 1-7 from behind the arc and 3-12
inside it. Which probably accounts for USU outrebounding the Cougs. Lucky for
Carlino that Cusick was there to pick up his brick, otherwise this game may have
had a different ending in OT.
"Aggies rising while Utes fall."You say that after they
lost? Not sure how they are rising. Their bball team is nowhere near how it
usually is and they just lost their staff in football that got them where they
are. When USU makes coaching changes, things never improve, except that it took
Anderson many years to get to 11 wins in the weakest conference. I don't
see how the aggies are rising at all. Please explain.
It was a pretty tough game to watch, especially the second half. Carlino and
Haws couldn't have hit a rim 5 feet in diameter tonight. I hope they can
get ready for the yough competition in the NIT. This was a home game. What is
going on with this team. They could really use some mental toughness and
confidence. That comes with good shot selection and teamwork - yes, working
together instead of 5 independent guys. Good luck Dave in getting them ready.
Great effort by Cusick... the stat of the game? Cusick's three offensive
rebounds, that says it all. If the shortest guy on the court can grab five
rebounds you know he's putting in the extra effort and wants the W. Hope
that drive can trickle off onto the guys who need to get it done consistently
(Davies, Carlino). Great game Cusick, so sorry to hear about your dad. Go
BYU couldn't hit a three point shot in the second half but matched
USU's physical play with their own! Probably the most physical game played
all year. Nearly 60 fouls called in the game with many more that were not called
on both sides.
I'm probably biased but I thought the right team won in the end... I think
the Cougs outplayed the Aggies tonight despite some terrible 3 point shooting...
The Cougs really have some talent if they could just control a couple of
things... Davies and Austin have to watch their Fouls... They need to play the
entire game like they did the last few minutes... And Carlino??? I have a
love/hate thing going with him... He has so much talent... He handles the ball
well, he's quick, and he can be a great Offensive threat, but he has a
tough time just going with the flow of the game... He has a tendency to force
too much... He needs to improve his judgement on when to push it and when to
back it off... He needs to take as much pleasure in Defense, in Assists and
avoiding TOs as he does in scoring.
If you like watching and listening to Official's Whistles all night, this
was your game... If you prefer watching the players perform, the strategizing of
the coaches, and the Offensive and Defensive schemes executed then this probably
wasn't one of the more entertaining games to watch.
BYU has now won the most in-state games in football, basketball, and probably
all others.At least for this year--"King of the State"!Aggies rising while Utes fall.
Fun win. I hope that we see that when we have Kaufusi in the game,
that it clogs up the middle and he intimidates the other team. I would be
interested to know the plus minus on Bronson compared to some of the other
players tonight. If they were to play Kaufusi and Brandon at the same time,
you would shut down opposing teams. Brandon, I am sick of seeing
you trying to take charges. So are the refs. You are not getting any calls on
that play. Start knocking them to the floor, when they come in the key, on
occasion and put some scare in them. We don't need more Nate Austins
falling on the floor. The other team makes bounties on knocking him down. I have come to the conclusion that Carlino will always have more heart
than brains. That works in his favor some times and against him in others.
Shot selection was pathetic for him tonight. I wish the coaches could get him
to be more cerebral and he would be an unstoppable force. The
problems with this team are sooo fixable. Talent is there. So fix them Dave
and let's go Cougars.