BYU basketball: Cougars count on transfer Skyler Halford to provide spark off the bench

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  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 11, 2013 9:23 p.m.

    Just a word of caution to the hyper-confident Cougar faithful here.

    BYU barely squeaked out a win against a hapless Utah squad at home last year.
    This year Utah is a much better team and they'll be at home with pac 12 refs.
    This is NOT a gimme for BYU. I think it will be a tight game with BYU coming out on top but they certainly could lose this game.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    Hum, Prairie View A & M. Hey all, isn't this the same institution that Big "Z" Zelmo Beaty of the Utah Stars attended? Big fan of the big "Z"( rest his soul )and the old ABA. I remember many nights at the old Salt Palace when tickets were basically given away. It was a lot of fun watching the beach ball on a three point shot go in the hoop. Sorry - this comment really ages me and I apologize.

  • Gone fishin Seattle, WA
    Dec. 11, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    Let's all help out chris here on how to understand the RPI rankings.
    I will type slowly...When a team play a tough schedule and combine it with wins vs. loeses and a few other factors you get an RPI. It is simple math, computers don't have favorites just spit out fact. BYU has played a tough schedule so far and therefore has a high RPI. Duke, Ohio State, and Michigan State must not have played as tough od schedule. Are you still with me here? Every team in the WCC,WMC, and so forth have a higher SOS schedule because they play harder teams. Still with me?
    Shall I go on?

  • Gone fishin Seattle, WA
    Dec. 11, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    So if BYU has more point that Utah then I guess you would say that BYU is the better team? Of will you change your mind and say that the team with the better record is the better team?
    Please pick one and stick with it.

    The Utah game will not be even close to the toughest game for BYU so far. With a SOS near the bottom of the ENTIRE college basketball world I think not.
    10 of the pac schools are better than u, including Stanford and BYU beat them is California.
    Nice try however,

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 11, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    I hope this guy isn't taking playing time from Bartley.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    Using the same arguments that are applied to football on strength of schedule, the Utes have one of the easiest schedules in D1 basketball. No team from a basketball power conference (ACC, PAC, Big 10, Big 12) has a strength of schedule as low as the Utes. Every team in the WAC besides Texas-Pan American (who are they?) also has a higher strength of schedule than the U. Every team in the Big Sky also outstrips them. Although, I must admit that the Utes beat Loyola Marymount in SOS by .01 rating points, every other team in the WCC also has a higher SOS. (Note that BYU more than doubles the Utes in SOS rating).

    Say what you might about playing in a power conference, but in terms of SOS (which was the oh so holy mantra that the U fans (i.e. B) quoted in football), not many teams are lower than the team on the hill.

  • agarrett PROVO, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    @ Chris B
    Sometimes you baffle me with your lack of knowledge. It's makes me laugh knowing that you think this will be the toughest test the Cougars will have faced so far outside of those three ranked teams. Allow Jeff Sagarin to enlighten you:

    #60 Stanford (6-2)
    #63 Utah State (5-2)
    #73 Texas (8-1)
    #79 Utah (7-1)

    Utah has had some great wins over Alta High, Bingham, and Olympus, but their ranking in the Sagarin will start to drop significantly once U start playing some real teams.

    btw, BYU is ranked #31

  • Crisco B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    The Joggers. What an amusing moniker.

    I think that BYU will be tested some by the Utes, just because of the emotion and the aggression that the Utes will take on. BYU struggles against heavy handed play. See Iowa State.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    The troll count is very high today. Must be the inversion that brings pollution.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    Didn't utah just get by ISU Last night. Talk about a Joke. Chris B why don't you just keep amusing us with your Utah predictions and quit worring about the Cougars and theeir 7 years of doninance over the Jogging Utes basketball squad. You are much more entertaaining with your prognostications...they are truly funny and 99% wrong!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 10:53 a.m.


    And yet you used RPI as justification for saying texas, usu, and Stanford are better than Utah.

    Is this another case where you guys flip flip on how to best present the information to back your argument? Flip. Flop.


    You guys had better beat a top 25 team soon, after all, there is only one ranked team in your entire conference. So if you want a top 25 win on your resume, you're quickly running out of chances.

    Enjoy the WCC membership in basketball and waiting by the phone for the Pac 12 or Big 12 to call. We wont.

  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    Ah, Chris. I didn't say "byu is better than Arizona, Duke, Ohio State, and Michigan State".

    I said Texas, USU, and Stanford are all better than Utah. Not to mention Iowa State, Wichita State, and UMass. Only a Ute homer would dispute that; Utah is BYU's break before finals and a tough Oregon game (RPI #15).

    Incidentally, Stanford is picked to finish higher in the PAC-12 than Utah. Since Chris Hill is too chicken to schedule USU or Weber State we don't know how the Utes would do against them (probably not very well, given recent history).

    But since, as you say, the final score is all that matters I will leave you with the following statistics which are based on final scores of BYU-Utah games:

    7 in a row.

    11 of the past 12.

    12-3 since 2005.

    Enjoy your PAC-12 basement and half-empty Huntsman Center.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 10:07 a.m.


    How could it be that Arizona is ranked #1 in the AP poll and only #11 in your RPI?

    Or Duke #8 in AP and 60 in RPI?

    Or Ohio State #3 in AP and #23 in RPI?

    Or Michigan State #5 in AP and #21 in RPI

    Keep telling yourself byu is better than Arizona, Duke, Ohio State, and Michigan State.


    ROLF indeed!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 10:01 a.m.


    And Duke has an RPI of 60.

    So you must think that Texas and USU are better than Duke?


    Let me help you out: RPI doesn't mean much this early in the season when a lot of teams are playing a lot of bad teams. And why do many teams(including Duke) play a lot of bad teams out of conference?

    Because we actually have a very good conference and play many great conference teams, unlike teams in lesser conferences like the WCC.

    But keep on telling yourself that byu and usu are better than Duke


  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    "byu is an ok team, has beaten a very average Pac 12 Stanford team and a Texas team picked near the bottom of the Big 12.

    Utah will be the biggest test they've faced outside of the 3 ranked teams(which they lost all of)"

    ROFL, ROFL, ROFL. Seriously Chris? If you're going to troll, at least be factual.

    According to the current CBS Sports RPI ratings, Texas is #28, USU is #56, and Stanford is #74. All three are ranked much higher than Utah (#124) and the best team Utah beat, Fresno State (#94).

    BYU has already played 6 teams with an RPI ranking higher than Utah's, and beat three of them. The ones they lost to all have RPIs in the top 20.

    I think you seriously overestimate Utah's chances -- but then that's what you normally do. Carry on.

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 11, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    @ Chris B

    You said, "And remember byu fans, the team that scores MORE points is the better team."

    Wrong again. The best team will be determined by it's entire body of work for the season which will be measured by the final rankings.

    Mark it down.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    byu is an ok team, has beaten a very average Pac 12 Stanford team and a Texas team picked near the bottom of the Big 12.

    Utah will be the biggest test they've faced outside of the 3 ranked teams(which they lost all of)

    It wont end well for Halford and the cougars

    And remember byu fans, the team that scores MORE points is the better team.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Dec. 11, 2013 3:58 a.m.

    Halford should do well tonight and I predict he will score in double figures.

    More importantly, I hope he plays well Saturday against a very tough Utah team . . . and in the upcoming conference battles in the WCC.

    BYU kind of chooses its poison with its defensive weaknesses. They struggle covering inside shooters, guarding the three point line, and limiting penetration. It's tough to do all three!

  • Shaden Lincoln, NE
    Dec. 10, 2013 11:00 p.m.

    Huge fan of Halford. I think he's criminally underrated. I've seen what he could do at SLCC and expect nothing but energy from him every time he's in.