@TatorsOr maybe there is truly a relevence issue and nobody wants to fly
The raised eyebrows the Cougars are getting are quite justified due to their
focus, speed and ability to score in bunches. A win against Iowa State could
launch them towards a Top 25 ranking. I think they are that good!
@ 81Ute:The fact is that BYU seldom ends up playing nationally
ranked teams in their non-conference schedule. Top teams usually won't
schedule teams who are good enough to consistently qualify for post-season play.
They usually feel they have more to lose than to gain... especially at the
Marriott center where BYU has a very high winning percentage. BYU's AD has stated on more than one occasion that it is difficult to
schedule top teams. First of all, their demand is high. Secondly, most of them
like to pad their pre-confernece schedules with cupcakes to bolster their
rankings. It's been a long time since anyone has considered BYU a patsy on
any basketball court. Their game with Stanford last week and their current 3-0
record helps to explain why.
@ GD:The posters you are referring to are not purposely intending to
be critical of Utah, but rather of Chris B, who always seems to push
people's buttons with his inane and off-subject anti-BYU comments. On the
other hand, I actually feel sorry for such individuals who have to live with
their single digit sports IQ's. @ Chris B:Considering BYU has beaten Utah something like 10 of the last 11 times, how is
you it you have the audacity to criticize BYU? In essence, you're stating
that Utah must be lower than dirt. What are your feelings about BYU
beating a good PAC12 team (Stanford) on their own home court last week... a team
that also has owned Utah for quite some time?Seeing as BYU is
playing a nationally ranked team tomorrow night, please share with us when the
next time Utah will be playing a nationally ranked non-conference team on their
home-court?Perhaps you should actually start thinking before writing
1986? I thought BYU had a better bball tradition than that (excluding
1997-2000). How many consecutive losses is that, anybody know?
Chris B. I find it funny you have found the recent courage to comment on the
status of BYU Basketball. I'm sure 9 out10 losses to BYU has dampened your
enthusiasm. Yet a couple of recruiting wins has strengthened your determination.
A few more wins over high school teams and you will be down right hard to live
GD - Coach Rose said on True Blue last night that Collinsworth would be fine.
There's still uncertainty about Haws. Hopefully he'll be cleared to
play. If not, it's still a winable game against ISU, but a more difficult
get. Haws makes it much more difficult for teams to key on guys like Carlino,
Haws, Mika. Without him in the lineup it's more of a challenge. However,
Winder, Collinsworth & Bartley did a good job against Colorado Mesa albeit a
much weaker team than we'll face tomorrow. Good luck Cougs!
I'm a BYU fan but you BYU fans who are so critical of Utah might eat some
words this year. Utah is a much better team this year. They'll be a very
difficult team to beat. I noticed Collingsworth went out at the end of
the last game hurting. No one has mentions what it was but I wondered if he
pulled a muscle in his abdomen area. Do any of you know anything about that. I
hope he is well as well as Haws. We need both of them. Carlino is playing
better until he decides he has to do it all himself and then he hurts the team.
Just wait and see we will win byu this year and byu will lose because we are in
a bcs conference and that means we are prestegous .Go Utes!
This should be a great game. BYU and Iowa St are both better teams than they
were last year. The two things I know for sure that would make it difficult to
get a W:1. if BYU goes 1 for 21 (or whatever it was against CO
Mesa) from behind the arc.2. if Tyler doesn't play or plays poorly
because of his injury.But if BYU plays / shoots like they did in
every other game and Tyler has a respectable night, it is likely to be a win for
the Cougs.I expect us to play a smaller line-up, with Collinsworth
at the 4 spot, a lot of the game.
I hope everyone knows that the primary reason for trolls a trolling is nothing
more than entertainment at all the responses they get. The best response is
plain and simple ignoring. Even negative reinforcement perpetuates a behavior.
Please, for the love... stop responding and start ignoring. Now, back to
Bball. ISU had a very impressive win over the weekend and deserve the rank they
got today. Normally, that would make me think we had very little shot at
winning this game. However, this team has a very different attitude. Heck,
even Carlino has played with more control and better decision making--- except
this weekend when Rose quickly sat him. Hoping that served as a good reminder
he won't forget. The new/RM guys have added an element we didn't have
last year and it's very exciting. Looking forward to this one. Go
@ Chris... Let me help you with some math since you seem to struggle with
it....I know, it is a UofU thing.Last year Utah lost to Stanford
twice..first time by 31 points....second time by 18 points...averages out to 19 points...(I spotted you the half game.)So... if
losing by 20 points to a team is an indication of a huge difference in
atheticism than Utah is way out of their league in the Pac 12. I know. You
realy want to be included.... truth hurts.By the way... The Stanford
team that gave Utah a beatdown twice last year is the same team BYU wasn't
afraid to schedule on the road and thrashed on a few weeks ago.Go
ahead... Cheer for Iowa State... I want you to be disappointed more than just
when BYU beats Utah again....
@ChrisAnother selective forgetfulness of BYU's Stanford/pac12 beat
down. Better mind your own utes. They have enough troubles of their own. But
thanks for keeping up with BYU, the state of Utah's premiere university
No athletes? Well there's Carlino, Haws, Winder, Bartley, Mika...i can go
on. I think BYU has a great chance since they're at home and are a better
match up this time around against ISU than last year
C'mon folks, lets remember to not feed the trolls. We all know including
the trolls that BYU over the past 5+ years has better recruits, better players,
a better team, a better coaching staff, a better national fan base, a better
win/loss record , a better head to head record and more national respect. And
it isn't even close enough to warrant a discussion.I expect a
great game with Iowa state. Seeems like everyone is playing with a little more
excitement this year. I like our chances and I like our team. Lots of reasons
to be positive.
Chris B:How's about we have a challenge bet. If BYU beats
Iowa State on Wednesday, you will agree to absent yourself from Deseret News and
Salt Lake Tribune posting about BYU for a full month.Conversely, if
Iowa State beats BYU I will make the same commitment not to post on either site
as well.Do you have the confidence in your comments to accept that
challenge? I would like to have a vacation from your comments about BYU for a
month and challenge you to accept this friendly wager.Louisiana
Me thinks that Chris has forgotten the beat down the Cougars gave to his beloved
PAC 11+u Stanford at their home just a few day ago. So much for the mighty PAC.
When Chris' team has the nerve to play top tier teams then we will talk,
until then enjoy your cupcakes.Oh and I noticed that Stanford got ZERO
votes in either poll this week where BYU cracked the top 30. Try as I might I
could not see the utes in the top 200. Hmmmmmm.
Chris B.Go troll the Ute stories! Just be grateful that your Utes
didn't schedule a real basketball program like ISU or they might set a new
record for largest scoring differential - only on the losing side this time.
Chris, BYU has the athleticism to compete and beat Iowa State. Jealous
that U are only playing cup cakes?
Chris B,No the NBA/Church ball comparison will be when the Cougars invade
uteville. BYU by 30.
@ Chirs BUm, BYU is a church affiliated school, So you're
finally right about one thing, Yes, technically BYU is a church ball team. I also agree byu has some huge athletic kids (ever seen that true
freshman MIKA player?) He is pretty big and athletic. BYU will win
this game, they have great athletes and aren't afraid of a top25 team in
Iowa St. Dave Rose will have them ready for this game. Look for BYU
to crack the top 25 soon. I"m just glad that Chris B predicted
Iowa St. Judging from his predictions in football whoever he picks the other
team usually wins.
Last year Iowa State took it to byu. It looked like an NBA team going against a
church ball team. Likely same result this year.The difference in
athleticism is HUGE between these two programs. Iowa State won by 20
last year. Perhaps byu will keep it to 10-15 this year.
Please do not rely on the 3 ball in this game. The Cougars need to get back on
defense if they want to win this one. Too bad Kaufusi will not be available -
even for 5 minutes on defense.At least this time Haws and company
will not be victims of mugging while taking it to the hoop.
Hoiberg is also identified as one of college basketballs top twenty-five
coaches.The Cougars have a big challenge. They need to play HUGE
defense, keep turnovers low, and have a healthy Tyler Haws.Carlino
must drive and dish, rather than huck up three-balls!
If Haws can play the Cougars have a great shot at yet another quality win
against a top tier team. They have a size advantage but have a lot of youth up
front. Hopefully the guard line can hold down the fort.
Iowa State was neck and neck with BYU in the rankings until they beat Michigan
but it was at IS's home court. The Cougars need Haws healthy and it helps
that the game is at BYU. Nonetheless, it WILL still be a great win!Go Cougars!