What is with all the injuries? Hope Noah is able to play against the Zags or
Without Hartsock and Carllino, we're doomed. Weird how all our big guys are
injured. We won't be able to anywhere without the bigs, and Carlino's ability to
drive and score will be very tough to replace.
Does anyone know the WCC tourney tie breaker rules for seeding? It is very
likely there will be several ties in the final standings---especially at #3 and
#4. BYU can only finish 2,3,or 4 in the WCC because St. Mary's has the tie
breaker with BYU. So, only if BYU wins at Gonzaga can they finish #2--otherwise
they finish 12-4 in a third place tie with LMU. Since BYU split the season
series with LMU, who goes in #3 and who is #4? The answer determines whether
BYU plays San Francisco (lock on 5 seed) or San Diego (lock on 6 seed) opening
night Friday March 2 in Las Vegas. Then Saturday, BYU could advance to play SMU
or Gonzaga. That would depend on whether BYU was a 3 or 4. Further, if St.
Mary's and Gonzaga both finish 13-3, then what is the tie breaker to determine
1st and 2nd seeds (since both split the regular season match up)?
I think Carlino will be able to play. But if Hartsock is out we're in big
trouble. The way he turned his knee, it could be an ACL. An MRI today should
show that. Our bigs get too many fouls for Davies and Austin to carry the
weight, and Sharp just doesn't have it. Most people don't recover
from the type of injury that Collinsworth has. I would like to see his
scholarship released so we can give it to another Big out of a Junior College
or something. Right now it is just a wasted scholarship, and we need some depth
at the 4 and 5.
The only way St. Mary's does not finish at least 13-3 and therefore tied for
first place in the final WCC standings is if they lose Thursday at
Portland---not likely to happen. So even if BYU wins its last 2 games including
at Gonzaga, then it will only finish tied for first place at 13-3 and be a 2nd
seed (since they lost twice to St. Mary's). As a 2nd seed they would have a bye
Friday March 2, and begin the WCC tournament in Las Vegas on Saturday March 3.
Were BYU to lose to Gonzaga Thursday night, they only play an extra Friday game
the following week (the difference between being a 2 compared to a 3 or 4 seed).
Personally, if Hartsock's knee needs time to heal--it sure looked ugly on TV
Saturday---I would prefer he take this week off and be as ready as possible
March 2 and beyond. Those games are even bigger than Thur. at Gonzaga.
Does it bother anybody else that the WCC is price gouging the cougar faithful?
It seems to me that there should be a moratorium on this behavior and there
should be a public apology to the BYU fans by the entire conference.
We will win the conference championship unless the referees take it from us.
coloradoblueIt's a common practice for teams to increase ticket
prices for big games. BYU does it for Utah and visa versa in football and
basketball. WCC teams do it for Gonzaga and sometimes Saint Mary's.Consider it a sign of respect that every WCC opponent charges more for tickets
when they're playing BYU.
coloradoblue-The PAC12 did it last year too when BYU played Oregon
State. The day before group tickets (buying 100+ or more) went on sale, they
removed the offer and then jacked up the price of tickets for the game. It cost
50% more to see BYU play than it did to see Arizona, UCLA, and Stanford. BYU
brings in fans so why not charge more?
The Zags will be more than ready for the cougs come Thursday. BYU will have to
play very good at all levels if they expect to win. Even then it will be a
close contest. That said, the Cougars do match up extremely well against
Who would have thought we could lose the National Player of the Year, the
all-time steals leader, a starter to a mission and two very good players to
injury (Collinsworth and Rogers) and build a team around nine Freshmen and still
compete for the WCC championship and an invitation to the Big Dance. What a
year it's been. Congrats Cougs!
For the first year in a new conference, the Cougs can't ask for more than this--
being in contention for the League Championship entering the last two games of
the season. If they win the last two games (Zags & Portland) and St. Mary's
loses Sat against San Francisco, we win the conf and, I believe, a sure ticket
to the dance. If they don't win take the league, they'll then need to win the
conf. tournament to punch their ticket.Regarding their game against
the Zags, that will need to be THE game of the year for them. They will need to
play consistent as a team. Not good for Hartsock and Carlino to be hurting
entering the biggest game of the year. Of all games, this will be one that Abouo
will need to represent, avoid fouls problems, and be a real big asset to Davies.
I hope the Cougs can take this, but the Zags will be VERY difficult to beat at
RE: Mildred in Fillmore, Salt Lake City, UT- "We will win the conference
championship unless the referees take it from us."Typical Cougs
fan comment from within. Always the refs part. Sorry Cougs fans. I'm one of you,
but from afar. It is simply amazing to watch a home game and hear the loud
cascade of boos not just on various fouls. The fans react to every, single foul
in this manner. Remember these are nationally televised games (nice showing
during the St. Mary's game). Such a reaction doesn't play too well. So, how
about instead of the above response, we look at this as "we will win the
conference championship if we play the games of the year as a team."
So Cal Reader,Mildred in Fillmore isn't a Cougar Fan. She's a bitter
Utah fan that posts an over-the-top, pseudo BYU sarcastic post for almost every
article. I can't really blame her for pretending to be pro-BYU though ...
anything to avoid being associated with the train wreck that is Utah basketball
@ Mildred in Fillmore | 11:03 a.m. Feb. 20, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT Come on Mildred. We all know that there were some questionable calls
during some games during the year but I don't think the refs really have it out
for anyone. If we play well against the Zags, we'll have a chance.Good luck Cougars.