BYU basketball: Trip to New York at stake for BYU, Southern Miss in NIT showdown

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  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    March 27, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    Who am I sir?

    "How far the NIT has fallen. Money considerations is at the heart of selection and game sites. It makes no attempt the "equal the playing field" by games at neutral sites!"

    Yes, it was so "unfair" to force BYU to play a road game against the #1 seed in an 8,000-seat arena, instead letting BYU host a home game in the tiny confines of the 21,000-seat Marriott Center.

    Luckily, despite the usual whines from the kids on the hill, BYU was up to the task.

    Go Cougs!

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    March 27, 2013 8:09 p.m.

    "Given a vote of confidence by none other than Christy B, BYU should win tonight."

    Thanks chrissy, we appreciate the support, as always! ;-)

  • IRS Agent PROVO, UT
    March 27, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    @ Chris B (obsessing over all things BYU since 1995),

    "I'm looking forward to a Southern Miss win tonight!"

    - I'm sure you are, since there isn't anything to look forward to (or back upon) with your own team.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    March 27, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    Always happy to see BYU play and win.

    @Chris B

    My mother taught me the "Thumper Rule" If you can't say somthin nice, don't say nothin at all."

    Now, go say something nice about BYU.

  • Excosmo Petal, MS
    March 27, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    I was a professor at Southern Miss for 6 years and my family still lives there. They will be out in the Blue and White supporting the Cougs tonight. Mississippi Mormons head out and support the Cougs!

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    March 27, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    Given a vote of confidence by none other than Christy B, BYU should win tonight.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 27, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    How far the NIT has fallen. Money considerations is at the heart of selection and game sites. It makes no attempt the "equal the playing field" by games at neutral sites! BYU has benefited from this in their first two games but now must overcome this hurdle. With this in mind, I wish the cougars well tonight. Show the the NIT a visiting team can win on the road in this tournament!

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    March 27, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    Chris B: "I'm looking forward to a Southern Miss win tonight!"

    Good for you, lil brother! At least you have something to look forward to in the off-season. Be proud!


  • agarrett PROVO, UT
    March 27, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    Final Four in NIT is better for the fans, one and done is better for the team. You gotta make it to the dance.

  • Cosmo4President PROVO, UT
    March 27, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    @AzTim - Let's look at the most recent history for the NIT.
    Champion & Runner-up
    2012: Stanford/Minnesota
    2011: Wichita State/Alabama
    2010: Dayton/North Carolina

    Now what have these teams done in the NCAA Tournament recently?
    Stanford: Lost to Alabama in the NIT 2nd Round
    Minnesota: Beat UCLA in NCAA 2nd Round, Lost to Florida
    Wichita St: 2012 lost to VCU in 2nd Round of NCAA; Currently advanced to Sweet 16, playing La Salle (TBD)
    Alabama: 2012 lost to Creighton in Round of 64; Lost to Maryland last night in NIT Quarterfinals
    Dayton: '11 & '12 NIT 1st Round (13' N/A)
    UNC: '11 '12 '13 NCAA Tourney bids. '11 #2 seed, Elite 8; '12 #1 seed, Elite 8; '13 #8 seed, lost to Kansas in 3rd round

    So what dividends does it play? It will give the team confidence moving into the next season, but not necessarily help with the next season. Did you even know Stanford won it all last year? UNC had an off-year in 2010.

    I hope we win it all, but I don't expect the world to recognize that as "success." They're more likely to remember Kentucky lost to Robert Morris.

    Go Cougars!

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    March 27, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    BYU's performance this season surely didn't warrant an NCAA bid, I think they're glad to still be playing and I'm glad they're still playing.

    This will be a tough game, at least the venue is similar to WCC venues. Should be a good game! Let's hope BYU can have 4 people step up and contribute!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    I'm looking forward to a Southern Miss win tonight!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    March 27, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    Tis better to play anywhere than nowhere. For this year's team whose inconsistent play doomed them, the NIT gave them the best chance to play more than one game so the NIT was better than a First Four with little reason to believe they could win that unless Carlino stepped up and played within himself. I'm hoping the rumors of TJ Haws graduating early and playing next year come to pass so we can have some consistent scoring from the guard line and better defensive pressure... but he's going to have to add some weight. Mika isn't a D-1 center yet (needs more offensive post-up moves), but, he is a defensive presence. Hope springs eternal in the hearts of fans.

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    March 27, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    I at least think winning the crown shows that that is better than a one and done. You could legitimately say at that point that you most likely deserved to be ahead of most of the one one and done schools. Final Four I think is also close to that. But I think it's also kind of hard to tell. But for example I would say that the winner this year of the NIT is a better team than Belmont that lost in the first round.

  • AzTim Gilbert, AZ
    March 27, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    Question, for all you readers...

    Is a Final 4 appearance in the NIT better for a basketball program than a one-and-done appearance in the Big Dance? If not, is playing in the NIT championship game better, or does it require an outright NIT crown to be better? Thought?

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    March 26, 2013 9:37 p.m.

    Just play loose Cougars. The preparation is all done now - just go out play loose and have fun. Would like to see Kaufusi in early to guard the paint - establish some early boundaries. Keep Davies out of foul trouble. No easy baskets.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    March 26, 2013 8:06 p.m.

    Good luck Cougars!