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Dick Harmon: Matt Carlino's production critical for Cougars in NIT

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  • ParkerCoug12 Parker, CO
    March 23, 2013 7:01 p.m.

    they also need to play Winder. He can also help the team especially on defense. Haws hopefully will not force it too much.

  • Duckhunted provo, UT
    March 23, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    Carlino would be the starting point guard for every NBA team!!!

  • Goooo Cougars Spokane, WA
    March 23, 2013 7:44 p.m.

    Tough match up, although I do not think Mercer has won six straight postseason games, otherwise they would be in the big dance and would have won their conf tourney. GO COUGS!!

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    March 23, 2013 7:47 p.m.

    Wow, Duckhunted! Carlino's not bad most of the time, but I certainly wouldn't consider him as an NBA talent.

    As a Ute fan (apparent by your comments on other articles), your basketball standards must have REALLY fallen over the last few years. You should watch some postseason games to see some real basketball so you can regain your sense for basketball talent.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    March 23, 2013 8:21 p.m.

    Most opposing teams can slow down Brandon OR Tyler by double-teaming and/or very physical play. If Carlino is also playing well with great passes and shots then it becomes very difficult to defeat BYU. It would be really exciting to see Carlino finally be consistent and play really well in the NIT. Against Washington it did seem like the Cougars played intensely without a lot of pressure so maybe playing in the NIT helps?

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    March 24, 2013 12:14 a.m.

    a couple of turnovers in the first half? Try four or five. Carlino has everyone holding their breath every time he touches the ball. He will read this article and think he needs to get 28 points and sink the cougars in the first half.

  • hobbes1012003 Kaysville, UT
    March 24, 2013 1:03 a.m.

    I find it funny that people like DuckHunted can make comments about BYU. its obvious that they are Ute fans. So how does it make you feel better to bash on a team that at least made some kind of postseason play for 8 straight years? What tourney is Utah in again? I forget.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 24, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    Watching the Wichita State-Gonzaga game last night, I saw 2 teams both with superstars who showed patience, never held the ball, and passed the ball to the open shot. Granted, Gonzaga lost because of ridiculous shooting from Wichita but it is clear that successful teams know how to find the open man and don't have to have guys constantly trying to create their own shot. There are very few poor shots taken. BYU does NOT play that way. They have 3 guys who feel like they need to carry the team on their shoulders. They run the transition quite well, but when they are forced to slow down and run a half court offense, it is often quite chaotic. It works OK when at least 2 guys are hot, but less than that, against a good team, BYU can't win. I think BYU would fare much better if they ran a structured offense with actual plays with more passing and less dribbling, instead of this NBA style of offense that they seem to have adopted.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    March 24, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    Duckhunted, if you are actual Earnest T. Bass than please just use that one moniker. With a proven track record posting on BYU threads ETB is actually funny and most cougar fans welcome the over-the-top comments. However, if you are just another disgruntled troll, please don't waste our time with those comments... you need to earn that right. Thanks in advance.

  • Lee Corso American Fork, UT
    March 24, 2013 7:00 p.m.

    playing fantastic ball in part of a game, every now and then, does not make one a great player. Need a different game plan next year.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    March 25, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    Mr. Harmon, if it's not rocket science, how come it took you all season and into the post-season to finally state that? You could have written this same article half-way into the sason. Carlino's consistent production, or lack thereof, was critical for the team the entire season. If he had played more consistently and in control, there's no doubt in my mind we would have gotten into the NCAA Tourney and not the NIT. But, the NIT is where we're at. Let's make the best of it and notch a win tonight against Mercer. And let's hope Carlino has another strong game.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    March 25, 2013 7:08 p.m.

    @idablu
    "They have 3 guys who feel like they need to carry the team on their shoulders. They run the transition quite well, but when they are forced to slow down and run a half court offense, it is often quite chaotic. It works OK when at least 2 guys are hot, but less than that, against a good team, BYU can't win."

    You're right and the problem is guys like Zylstra, Cusick and Sharp who are supposed to contribute are all reluctant shooters who struggle with their confidence. Brock has little moments here and there where he gets fired up and gets really aggressive. When he does, good things happen for BYU and he often sparks the team to some big runs (see 2nd half vs Iona). Problem is, like strawfire, it only lasts a moment and then he fades into the background again.

    Zylstra routinely plays 30+ minutes as the starting shooting guard and only takes 3 or 4 shots for the entire game. That's just unacceptable.