My wife and I are graduates of Mercer University, and our daughter went to BYU.
Naturally, we all are excited about the Monday matchup.
FHE at the Marriott Center Monday night!Go Cougs!
BYU is going to blow that poor little team out of the water.
This is where it end's
I watched part of the Mercer versus Tennessee game and Mercer is for real! Not
saying BYU can not beat them but BYU will need to play like they did against UW
to do it. Of course beating a Pac12 team is not that hard.
Two For FlinchingMercer beat Tennessee...I wouldn't put a notch
in the win column for BYU just yet. Remember San Diego? Remember San
Francisco? I hope BYU wins, but as inconsistent as they have been this year,
I'm not chalking up an automatic win against anyone.
A wolf in sheeps clothing. BYU BEWARE! Do not look past these guys.BYU Nation now is the time to show support and fill the Marriott Center. If
we have less than 18000 I will be diapointed. Should be sold out. Take the
Family for a FHE of a lifetime. Does not happen too often. We have the fan base
and I know for a fact there is NOTHING going on that night other than FHE. So
Students and Fans now is the time to RISE and SHOUT!!!! I wish I could be
there. If there are some really cheap flights count me in.GO Cougs!
Mercer is for real so BYU would be wise not to overlook them; they beat Utah
State in a post season tournament in the Spectrum last season.
Mercer has a dang good team; should be a good game. Good for BYU to be playing
post season ball. Oh, and GO GONZAGA!
I watched the Mercer/Tennessee game almost in it's entirety. I was very
impressed by Mercer's play. It was smart and patient. The teams will
match up well. I think the advantage for BYU will be that Mercer has to travel,
mercer will have less rest between games, 4700 feet elevation and a large (hope
for 22000) BYU crowd.
More non-power conference schools in post season play, and more non-power
conference teams beating the "big six" conferences. Is it time to get
rid of the term "power conference" in basketball?Butler has
proven that non-power conferences schools can make it to the championship.
Congrats Mercer on beating Tennessee. Congrats BYU on beating Washington.
Kentucky falls. Florida St falls. Maryland falls. I have not
watched Mercer play, but looking at their players, games and stats; this is a
scary match-up. I hope we pack the Marriott, but for those of us outside of
Utah, it's great having the game on ESPN.Go Cougs!
@bribri86,I don't think TFF is a true BYU fan. I think
he's one of those trolls who thrives on making outrageous comments just to
stir up hate and ridicule. If he is a fan, then he's exactly the reason
why BYU is constantly being hated, ridiculed, and portrayed as arrogant. I saw the Mercer/Tennessee game and I wouldn't say BYU will blow
them out. BYU better bring out their A game or it's going to be a long
night. Mercer is that good!Go Cougars!
CougFaninTX"More non-power conference schools in post season
play, and more non-power conference teams beating the "big six"
conferences. Is it time to get rid of the term "power conference" in
basketball?"Not just for basketball, it's time to get rid
of the term "power conference" for all sports.2012-13
Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division I Winter StandingsAs of
March 21, 2013#24 BYU#71 UtahJust sayin'
Mercer won at the Spectrum last year over Utah State; the Marriott Center is a
tough place to play as the visiting team, but I'll bet Mercer is pumped
about the chance to play spoiler again.
@HP in Georgia--Wow! What a connection. Who are you pulling for?
It was time to do away with the term power conferences a decade ago... At the
very least the Pac-12 is not included in that discussion because their last
championship came in 1997... That is 16 years ago and this year won't
change it... 17 years and do I hear 20? I do indeed... It will be at least 2018
before the Pac-12 even dreams of winning another basketball championship on the
men's side of things. :) Basketball is not a 'major' contributor
to the false claim of Conference of Champions... UCLA had a good run in the
60's and other than that it was one here and one there and that about sums
up their NCAA basketball success! So, football and basketball are not where they
are best at... I don't know when that will change. Probably not for as long
as presently constituted... I don't know what all the hoopla is about
Hope Haws and Davies can bring their A games, and that someone else like Zylstra
or Carlino steps up again. BYU could be very surprised in this one...
It was disappointing that Tennessee didn't win the first round game with
Mercer. It would have been much more exciting to bring an SEC team to the
Marriott Center, since they are all afraid to come to Provo during the regular
season. Has anyone heard of Mercer outside of Georgia?
re : True BlueI wouldn't brag about anything that says I am #24
in something.I am a BYU fan and think thats silly. We arent in the
Top 20 of hte Cup and have ZERO points in the Winter period, but we are better
than you Utah. That attitude is what makes people think BYU fans
are idiots. Just sayin.
re: Jke 2010understand trying to knock something we arent a part of.
But I am sick of dumb fans giving us BYU fans a bad name. PAC 12 a bad
conference? Utah will be a bottom tier team there with the occasional flare up,
but cmon.Nicknamed the "Conference of Champions," the Pac-12
has won more NCAA National Team Championships than any other conference in
history; the three schools with the most NCAA team championships belong to the
Pac-12 (UCLA, Stanford and USC, in that order). With Arizona State's
softball title in 2011, the conference won its 400th NCAA Championship.400 Jake.
otfbr"...[the Cougars] have ZERO points in the Winter period,
but we are better than you Utah."That's not even
debatable.Utah had ZERO points during the Fall period and since the
Cup is a cumulative award, BYU holds a substantial overall lead in the 2012-13
Director's Cup standings:#24 BYU - 255.5 points#71 Utah -
121.5 pointsNow who looks foolish?
@oldtimeftballerI rub shoulders with many BYU fans just like you and
thebigsamoan. It's my opinion that you guys represent 99.99 percent of the
BYU fans. The back and forth on the comment boards is fun but it's nice to
have a down to earth comment once in a while. That said...You know...Go Utes.
Looking forward to the match-up. Didn't watch the game, so I'm
curious if Mercer has quick aggressive guards? If they do the Y tends to have
problems with teams like that. Either way its nice for the players to get
another game and gain more experience.
@ thebigsamoanYou are mistaken. I am a fan of Utah, and I am not
trying to stir up controversy. My honest opinion is that BYU will easily handle
@ TFF,My apologies! I stand corrected, yet I still question that
BYU will have an easy time against Mercer. They are indeed very good, and I
hope BYU won't underestimate them. Anyhow, here's hoping you are
right. I'd love to see the Cougars advance in their tournament.@ sls,"It was disappointing that Tennessee didn't win the
first round game with Mercer. It would have been much more exciting to bring an
SEC team to the Marriott Center, since they are all afraid to come to Provo
during the regular season. Has anyone heard of Mercer outside of
Georgia?"I understand your sentiment, but if Tennessee had won,
the game would've been at their place, not the Marriott.
thebigsamoanTennessee is hosting the Women's NCAA Tournament
first and second rounds, so even if Tennessee had won, the game would still have
been played in the Marriott Center.Mercer doesn't have the
name, but I do believe they'll be a tougher matchup than Tennessee would
I agree w old timerI think Jake is saying the Pac12 isn't good
in basketball and football. He is digging for something. Yea, Oregon and
Stanford finishing in the Top 5 is horrible. Stanford and Oregon aging inn4
straight BCS bowls is awful. Utah that BYU didn't beat last year got run
over in the PAC12. BYU would be worse than Utah in the PAC12. As a
BYU fan, I see us sliding more to the middle as a non factor in any sport. Utah
is already there. BYU can't even make the nCAA tourney, and has never even
sniffed the great 8 in 30 years, yet alone no prayer of a Final 4. And a BCS
bowl will never happen playing Idaho State. We are a mediocre
program in football and bball and I just need to face that fact and change my
Our PAC 12 teams all cane out on top yesterday! Strong first round showing!!
Now I'm just say'n
To those saying you watched the game and think Mercer is for real, I also
watched the game and must assume their winning has hidden their weaknesse from
your memory. Mercer is not a goo rebounding team. There were a
couple of possessions where Mercer allowed Tennessee to collect multiple
offensive rebounds (one with 3 or 4). In the end Tennessee gathered 19 offensive
rebounds and outrebounded Mercer 40 to 29. Additionally, Tennessee
turned the ball over 11 times while Mercer only collected 1 steal. More about
Tennessee's carelessness with the ball than Mercer's stellar D.Two players for Mercer fouled out including their tallest contributing
player (in 19 minutes). Do that again and Davies will go off.BYU is
not good enough this year to just show up and beat anyone this year (ask them
about San Diego), but I definitely expect the elevation to play a factor. In
Mercer's only other game at elevation (against Denver in December) they got
beat by nearly 30 points while managing only 40 (on 35% shooting). I think you
have to expect BYU to win, but they certainly can't afford to look ahead.
Swishfrom3Gotta love all of these supposed "BYU fans" who
suddenly appear on this blog, identify themselves as a "BYU fan," and
then immediately start hating on BYU, while curiously using the exact same
"talking points" that the usual suspects have been using for years. Do these BYU-hating Utah trolls really think they're fooling
anybody?The truth is, they're bitterly jealous that an off year
for BYU is still MUCH better than anything Utah has done since long before the
Utes joined the PAC.
WisCoug: Now that you mention those weaknesses, especially the rebounding, I
remember those problems with Mercer. I think that the Cougs have an advantage
because of those things I note in my post -- including elevation, but I
didn't want anyone blowing off Mercer. I was impressed by the Bears
ability to get the ball inside and they had 16 assists -- 7 from their guard.
The only games BYU's next opponent, Mercer, has lost to since January were
two games to Florida Gulf Coast, 60-57 and 88-75. If you don't already know
who FGCU is, check out their latest victim - #2 seed Georgetown; FGCU also beat
#2 seed Miami earlier this season.
What makes u think I am a Utah fan? I said they are mediocre and they got run
over in the PAC.And Utah will be lucky to make a bowl again this
year That being said, someone please probe to me that bYU isn't
a mediocre program in BBall and football...
@Scott Farkus"This is where it end's"Did you know
the bully's name in the movie "Christmas Story" was Scut not Scott?
Just thought you'd like to know. As for the game on Monday, I
agree that Mercer is going to be a dangerous opponent. They have a lot of
confidence and we don't play with a lot of effort or energy very
consistently. I hope every player that showed up last game decides to show up
again Monday, also it would be nice if the bench showed up as well!
Swishfrom3"What makes u think I am a Utah fan?"Despite your lame attempts to appear otherwise, it's blatantly obvious.
youtefanBountiful, UT your comment about none of the pac12 teams losing
is not exactly true UCLA got beat by 20 points by a lower ram=nked team and
Colorado also got beat so i suggest you really find out the facts before you
"The only games BYU's next opponent, Mercer, has lost to since January
were two games to Florida Gulf Coast, 60-57 and 88-75"In
January, they lost to 3-win Kennesaw State, 14-win Jacksonville State, and
11-win Northern Kentucky - all road losses. FGC and Mercer were the only two
teams in their conference with winning seasons. I saw the game vs.
Tennessee, and Tennessee did not want to be there. They had no fan support and
it was so quiet there. Tennessee's defense was not good. They looked like
they had no interest in the game. Mercer is good, but BYU is a far better
transition team and I think BYU will beat them. There were a lot of Mercer fans
there as the two schools were not far from each other. Mercer doesn't know
this BYU team like they knew Tennessee. You won't see the same game vs.
BYU. Fans will show up and the environment will be challenging for Mercer this