WCC Championship game tale of the tape, BYU vs. Gonzaga: Who has the advantage?

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  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 11, 2014 9:13 p.m.

    Gonzaga will be more rested than BYU, look for a big win by Gonzaga. Specially if BYU comes back to Earth in their free throw shooting. They shot lights out yesterday.

  • Band of Brothers Salt Lake City, utah
    March 11, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    I do declair
    Like Samson it was his hair
    that allowed Klye to play
    Like a beastly bad bear
    go BYU
    Lets win the tournament

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    March 11, 2014 5:03 p.m.

    BYU by 17.

    Hey, it's a guess but if we get real lucky I'd like to be on record as having predicted it. :) (I have a class and won't get to see the game)

    Tired guys from last night, some bench guys have got to get on the floor and play high quality minutes and low fouls, but hard for about 8-10 minutes more than normal so the regulars get more breathing time.

    BYU gets a bid if they show well, get left out if they look flat.

  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    March 11, 2014 4:37 p.m.

    Bold prediction: BYU is going to win a close one, with Haws and Carlino both scoring well, and BYU matching or beating Gonzaga's 3 pt shooting. Collinsworth will continue his steady inside play, and Winder will be good, but Haws and Carlino will be the difference...

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    March 11, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    Zaga by 10+ in this one. Wish it was different, but our bigs are not as strong as theirs and if Haws doesn't get open looks, we are in trouble. We should still get into the dance, but only if we keep it close. Otherwise we could be back in the NIT.

  • labman Pocatello, ID
    March 11, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    because we have been inconsistent, even in our wins, I have an uneasy feeling about this game. Perhaps GU can get the Yipes and start slow and give the cougs a chance to get their second wind after a long hard fought game.Second, if BYU can hit some 3's, it will loosen up the drive lanes to the basket; if not, it will be diffuclt to get to the rim and finish. worst case scenario, the refs take BYU out early with little ticky-tack fouls on the Mika and Austin. Swallow the whistle for the first couple of minutes and let the game settle in before you start screwing things up REFS!

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    March 11, 2014 2:10 p.m.

    Both teams beat the other handily on their home court so it should be a pretty even match up on a neutral court. Gonzaga fans will be well represented, but so should BYU fans. After all, its only a 5 hour drive down I-15 from Provo, and there are also lots of BYU fans who live in and around Las Vegas. Speaking of Vegas, the Bulldogs are currently listed as 3.5 point favorites but I think that is mainly due to the fact that they are the perennial favorites in the WCC tournament, having won it 11 of the last 15 years.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 11, 2014 2:00 p.m.

    This has all the makings of a great conference championship. Personally, I thought the Dons were playing the best basketball in the conference the last month, and we were able to beat them. In the last month, the Zags lost to San Diego and needed a last minute miracle shot to beat Santa Clara. If the same Zag team shows up that played Santa Clara, this is a Cougar victory.

    Here are the keys to the game.

    Mika and Austin must stay out of foul trouble. Zags are already better at the 4 and 5 than the Cougs. The dropoff from Mika and Austin to Worthington and Sharp is significant. Mika and Austin must be on the floor for 30+ minutes.

    Karnowski is also prone to foul trouble. If he gets into foul trouble, it's a huge advantage for BYU.

    Carlino is the streakiest player I've seen. When he is hot, he's red hot. When he's cold, he's a liability. If Carlino plays like he did against Portland, it's a BYU win. If not, Rose needs to limit his minutes, which he has been doing.

    This will be a nail biter. BYU 72, Zags 68.

  • Al Thepal Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    Gonzaga is the favorite, and rightfully so. But I do think BYU has a fairly good chance of pulling off the upset. I think it will be pretty close most of the way. My official prediction is 80-76 Zags, my best case scenario prediction is 82-74 BYU, and my pessimistic prediction is 82-72 Zags. I don't think it will be more than a 10 point game either way. Go BYU!

  • Voodohound99 Provo, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    All too frequently their go fast offense is translated into "go fast and reckless". Sometimes they take the most questionable forced shots because they lack the patience to wait for a good shot. We saw that many times in this tournament. Half of Haw's shots where not good looks.

    IF BYU plays like they did last night, they lose big. I'm hoping that the entire team shows up and plays a little smarter and get their first WCC tournament title. Unfortunately....I'm not terribly optimistic.

    Prediction: GU: 77 BYU: 70

    I really hope I'm wrong.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 11, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    I like Gonzaga in this one, but by the narrowest of margins. Both teams are playing good ball as of late. Gonzaga needs to hit 3s. The games that they have lost were mostly due to horrible 3 point shooting. BYU needs to keep there big men out of foul trouble. Mika needs to keep his composure. Also post up Haws against the smaller Pangos or Stockton when ever possible. This is a great matchup and good for the WCC. I wouldn't be suprised in the least bit if BYU wins. They have already shown that they can beat Gonzga. Both teams belong in the NCAA tourney; without a doubt. I look forward to it.

    Go Zags!

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    March 11, 2014 11:40 a.m.

    This is a frustrating and exciting team to watch. Unfortunately Gonzaga is going to beat us. If we were playing lights out we'd have a good chance but with poor shooting in this tourney and with a brutal, overtime, late game last night, I don't like our chances. I don't know what it is about this team, but every time they get a lead they take their foot off the gas pedal. They don't seem to have that killer instinct and put teams away. The only good news is we can't shoot worse from 3. If we do shoot 30-40% from 3 tonight, I love our chances. I don't think it will happen though. Go cougars! Regardless of what happens tonight, we're going dancing which is a great accomplishment.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    March 11, 2014 11:38 a.m.


    "Is it just me?" Yes, it's just you.

    BYU is 3rd in the nation in scoring (84.8 ppg) and individually, Haws is 6th (23.4 ppg).

    It's not uncommon to see BYU move the ball the length of the court and score within seconds of a made basket by the opposing team.

    If you'd paid any attention to the mugging Haws was taking throughout the game, you'd understand why he had an off-night scoring from the field, yet still managed to put up 24 points.

  • BlacksburgCoug Blacksburg, VA
    March 11, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    And yet, BYU's offense is top 5 in the nation. The fact that they won against LMU without hitting a single 3 says a lot about their ability to put points on the board. And last night, with sub-par performances from both Haws and Carlino, still managed to win. BYU, a "slow white team" runs one of the best fast-break offenses in the country.

    So, yeah, it's just you. "Another blow out loss"? The only game that BYU hasn't been in this season is (and it pains me to say it) the loss to Utah. Gonzaga pulled away at the end, but BYU was in it until the last few minutes. Every other loss has been very, very close.

  • Christy B Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 11, 2014 10:30 a.m.

    Using her tried and true reverse psychology prediction method, my little sister has guaranteed that BYU will win tonight.

    Thanks christy!

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 10:26 a.m.

    Wait, Chris B. Before BYU played LMU, you said that it was 50/50 because they both had beat each other during conference play. What the experts said about each team didn't seem to matter. Going back 3 years to see how they played against each other didn't matter. Coach Rose being the better coach didn't matter.

    Now that BYU is playing Gonzaga, who also split the regular season games against each other, it is a sure Gonzaga is going to win? Even as an often overly optimistic BYU fan, I fear that Gonzaga will win (although BYU has a fair shot). But you should at least be consistent with your logic (or often lack thereof) when predicting your favorite team to hate's games.