BYU basketball: Cougars cruise past Southern Miss, advance to NIT Final Four in New York

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  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 29, 2013 7:44 a.m.


    "This is better than one or two games in the NCAA tournament and it's certainly better than being in the Pac 12 with a season that has already concluded."

    Well said. Could not agree with you more! Its been exciting.

    Arizona is gone and after today Oregon will be as well and so ends the mighty 'Conference of Champions' from the tournament. See ya, so long, hasta la vista baby, etc.

    Meanwhile back in the minds of BYU fans pondering Madison Sq Gardens a collective shout is heard...

    "I love my WCC membership!" (thanks Chris B) LOL

  • Scandrus Cedar Hills, Utah
    March 28, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    @ogmson, Zylstra was 5/9 from the 3, not 5/6. I am sure the story will get bigger as he retells it over time too!

  • ogmson Mapleton, Utah
    March 28, 2013 6:20 p.m.

    I can't agree more with the great comments. But I am really ticked. The cougars were laughed at coming onto the floor by the SoMiss players and the center would not shake Brandon's hand. Brandon said it was the first time in his basketball life that the other center would not shake his hand to start a game. Brock saw the failed handshake, walked over to the center, said something to him, (rumor is it was laced with just a touch of the profane) and you could see a change in his face. He was mad. He was ticked. He was going to beat the SoMiss team single handedly if he had to, but it was going to be an all out war. WOW!! What a game he played. Just the ten boards would have been huge, but 23 in your face 5/6 shooting from 3?

    If the SoMiss coach saw what happened at center court and what happened way before the game started....I would hate to be an SoMiss player today.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    March 28, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    BYU lost to Baylor in december on the road 64-79,

    this will be a rematch on a neutral court.

    BYU is yet to show they can handle taller teams.

    There loses were due to lack of support from players other than Haws or davies, poor shooting, or the inability to control the paint against taller players.

    They have thier work cut out for them.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 28, 2013 3:18 p.m.


    None of the benefits of Pac12 membership are strictly confabulation. To say that they have fallen short as an athletic competitor is premature. Wait till the recruiting advantages start kicking in.

    I'll let you guys go back to enjoying what the tds is doing in the NIT if you can leave the Pac12 out of it. Baylor whooped you guys pretty good in Dec. I'm pulling for them to do it again.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 28, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    @talkinsportsCan "since the Utes weren't even mentioned."
    @Veritas Aequitas "??????????????" "What are you even talking about."

    Please read the original comment by @sls that provoked me. You're to quick to respond to me without knowing what your responding to.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    Veritas Aequitas

    Utah went to the PAC 12 for money and any other stated reason is strictly confabulation from their PR department. As you pointed out, they have fallen short as an athletic competitor.

    Enough about other schools, last night was BYU's night. It may not last, but they were stellar.

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    March 28, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    Didn't Baylor beat BYU early in the season? Baylor has a freshman, around 6'11" who is a very good player. BYU has played the best ball of the year beginning 2 and 1/2 games ago. I hope they can continue. Good luck Cougs.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 28, 2013 1:01 p.m.


    Layton, UT


    Can you enjoy what your team is doing in the NIT without bringing up the PAC12?


    What are you even talking about.

    Bottom line, this is a down year for BYU in basketball, and where are they? On the other hand, a very successful year for Utah basketball, and what are they doing now?

    Utah went to the PAC. Because of "Athletic Prowess" according to Larry Scott, yet no postseason in football or basketball.

    Ask yourselves, what did Chris Hill do to your programs? How much money is it worth? Utah is not, nor will ever be PAC-10 quality. Seriously...

  • ImaCaMan Oceanside, CA
    March 28, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    Great win. Really surprised me that the took a 30 game home win streak. SLS, your an example of why many people dislike your team. You can't even enjoy a great victory.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    March 28, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    All cougar fans owe a huge amount of gratitude to Chrissy B for once again picking against the cougs. When he picks against us, more often than not, he's wrong!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    March 28, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    I panic when watching Kafusi took a hard fall. Glad he is okay but Bronco M.? Anyway, good game plan and glad to see more games to come.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 28, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    Salt Lake City, UT

    You don't know whether you will be hot or not until you take the shot. When you're hot, you go to your spot and trust your team will feed you; ie Zysltra.

    I like that Zylstra got his chance to shine. I like that Haws is a team player, but when he needs to take charge he can. And I like that Carlino has the confidence to play his game.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    March 28, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    The trolls are noticeably absent from the discussion boards today. They must be off eating crow together. The new-and-improved BYU (RPI #55, Saragrin #54) has beat the three teams they’ve played in the NIT by an average score of 86-71 (15 points), and their opponents haven’t exactly been push-overs.

    Southern Miss (RPI #33, Saragrin #66)
    Mercer (RPI #116, Saragrin #97 )
    Washington (RPI #95, Saragrin #73)

    Not bad, but they’ll really face a challenge in Baylor (RPI #62, Saragrin #34) next week. It will require the big three all showing up. Even if they lose, at least they’re still playing instead of watching on t.v. (i.e. Utah, RPI #157, Saragrin #111).

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    March 28, 2013 10:16 a.m.


    Sounds like little brother is just a tad oversensitive since the Utes weren't even mentioned.

    As far as measuring up to your big brother goes, remind us again when's the last time that train wreck on the hill even played in a post season tournament, let alone won a game?

    Go Cougs!


    This has been quite a ride for Bronson - ending the football season in San Diego and the basketball season in NY. Sweet!

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    This proves that BYU should have been in the NCAA tournament. We are restoring the good name of the WCC after the damage St Marys and Gonzaga caused.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 28, 2013 10:01 a.m.


    Can you enjoy what your team is doing in the NIT without bringing up the PAC12? It's little brothers that are always trying to measure up to big brother. This Ute fan enjoys responding to unprovoked comments from the haters. Go Utes.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    March 28, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Baylor will present an opposite-type team, with height advantage over the Cougars, their center being a tremendous, though unpolished, talent...Cougars were full of faith and confidence at Hattiesburg, they'll need that in the Garden...go team, Y not win it all? Hoping to read, Y wins it all in the 2013 NIT!

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    March 28, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    The Cougars are playing great right now and with a ton of confidence. That being said, Baylor makes me nervous. If the Y can keep up the hot shooting from three they have a legit chance at taking the whole NIT. Once again, as Carlino goes, so goes the Cougars.

    Obviously, I would have preferred the boys make it to the field of 68, but making the Final Four of the NIT is still sweet. Probably better than getting bounced in the first or second round of the Big Dance. Trouble is you just don't know if the team would have won their first two in the dance and that's why I would prefer to have them have a shot in the NCAA's.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    March 28, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    I'll admit it. When we knew that BYU was going to the NIT, I was not excited and just wanted the season to end. But, I was wrong and I have enjoyed the NIT run. I hope they do well in NYC and use this as a building block for next year. The future looks bright for Cougar basketball.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 28, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    Congratulation to everyone on this team who came to Mississippi to play and to win! Fired up are the words to describe the team. I agree that it is exciting to see other BYU players step up and help Haws and Davies. Congratulations also to Coach Dave Rose for continually believing in these guys and being such a great coach.

    Practice hard and come out attacking in New York like you did in Mississippi in a hostile environment. And they thought they couldn't be beaten at home (30 consecutive home wins!). We love BYU and are headed for the big volleyball game in the Provo Smith Fieldhouse tonight.

    Go Cougars!

  • IDC Boise, ID
    March 28, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Rose is had a great game plan in place. Hopefully the hot shooting continues for 2 more nights.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    March 28, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    WOWZA! What a game. Great job Cougars. I think that cutting down on turnovers and hasty shots really helped last night. And I think the foul situation was huge. Davies wasn't in trouble all night long. Of course, the lack of WCC refs was a huge plus, too.

    Who knew that the NIT could be such fun?

    Congratulations on getting to play at least 4 post season games this year.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    March 28, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    After a major disappointment in the women's loss to Gonsaga on the WNIT tournament, it was sure bliss to witness a grand performance by the men in blue. Brock Zylstra was on fire like I've never seen him before. My goodness! What could've been if only he had played like that throughout the year! He, Carlino, and Austin are definitely playing up to their potential now and are making things so much fun to watch. Davies and Haws are finally getting the help they need from their supporting cast.

    This is the most fun I've ever experienced in any NIT tournament. Go Cougars!

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    March 28, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    I am so glad this team had a chance to play a little more, to find their soul as a team, and to come together as a team. Keep it up guys and focus and continue to have fun out there!

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    March 28, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    They truly exemplified the truth that this is a team game first and foremost.

    Unselfish, intelligent play all night. And great shooting.

    Question: How many times does Haws come across the middle at the free throw line, turn and pop a 16-footer before they figure out he can really shoot and step up to defend him?
    Answer: MANY.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    March 28, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    This is great exposure for the BYU basketball program. On Tuesday night they get to play in the prime time game in Madison Square Garden on national tv against a good team from the Big 12. This is better than one or two games in the NCAA tournament and it's certainly better than being in the Pac 12 with a season that has already concluded.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 28, 2013 5:42 a.m.

    Stunning game. Amazing change. Great passing. Great great passing. Excellent defense. I think you can't zone these guys. We're seeing some young guys come of age in this tournament. What a turnaround from the WCC tournament disaster.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 28, 2013 5:30 a.m.

    Not as good as the NCAA's but best thing about this is the post-season experience and confidence building - something sorely needed. Go Cougs!!

    March 28, 2013 1:14 a.m.

    Honest Question:

    Is it better to make it to the Final Four in the NIT or get bumped in the first round of March Madness?

    What is the cut off - win the NIT or make it to the Sweet Sixteen/Elite Eight?

  • SportzFan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2013 1:09 a.m.

    4 of ELEVEN Carlino? ELEVEN? Dude, I know you pass the ball. Now if you could learn to pass up a few shots...

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    March 28, 2013 12:18 a.m.

    If BYU can come up big in the apple (2 more games) then I would be happy if I were a BYU fan. In fact I would rather win the NIT than lose in the first round or two of the NCAA tournament. But once you get to the 'Sweet Sixteen', then it does get sweet and the exposure is much better.

    The NIT is sort of not a big deal but still it's not like you are playing for 69th place because many of the teams in the four regional brackets of the NCCA tournament that are seeded 13 thru 16 are not any better than most of the NIT teams in my opinion. Florida Gulf Coast might take exception to that statement though.

  • GJ Greenwood, IN
    March 27, 2013 11:56 p.m.

    "Where excited to go to the Mecca, Madison Square Garden," Carlino said.

    I really doubt he used that particular word to start his sentence. We're is your editor?

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    March 27, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    Brock Zylstra, thank you for clocking in for this game! My word, what an amazing 1st half effort. Great game, boys! Everything was clicking tonight.

  • Ute parents - me Cougar Rathdrum, ID
    March 27, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    Check my comments from a few weeks back - I said BYU final four NIT.
    Not as good as the Big Dance - but something we can still be very proud of.

    Go Cougs!!
    oh and the football player in the middle is a nice touch!!

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    March 27, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    What an exciting post season this has been for the Cougars. Who knew that playing in the NIT could be so much fun?

    Start spreading the news, I am leaving Monday, I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.

    Go Cougs!

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    March 27, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    Congratulations Cougars on an outstanding performance across the board breaking #34 RPI SMU's 30-game home winning streak against non-conference foes on your way to the NIT Final Four in Madison Square Garden!

    A 24-10 assist/turnover ratio is exceptional.

    Not only are you having a great run in the NIT, you're gaining invaluable experience for another NCAA run next season.

    Go Cougars!