"SALT LAKE CITY — A horribly slow start, and ice-cold shooting, doomed
BYU Saturday night at the Huntsman Center."Come on, Call...the
credit goes to the Utah defense.
Props to Tyler Haws for classy responses after a tough game for him. I
can't imagine the frustration he must have felt having to sit the last five
or so minutes of the game being the competitor that he is. He's a good
player and will have some great scoring performances in the next year and a half
before his career is over.
Utah is not as good as they played, just watch how they play their next game
against a winning team, see if they shoot as well, play as well....they
One team looked much more athletic tonight and played with a higher IQ. Now that
the cupcake schedule is just about done, bring on Pac-12 conference play.On paper, the Cougars are still the better team. Some things never
change.That’s okay, when in doubt, check NCAA tournament
But byu "fans" have been saying the Utes can only beat cupcakes!I guess we won't know til we start playing in the Pac.
Great game, but it was clear from the first 5 minutes that the Utes owned the
Cougars. While Cougar fans can commence their "we really are better than
you" routine, the results on the court speaks for themselves. The funniest
part was hearing Rose this morning say how the Utes were not so hot from long
range - only to have the Utes rack up 6 3 pointers in the first half. Go UTES!
DRay, you're absolutely right, they won't play that well. They'll
play better. 41.5% FG is a season low for the Utes. They'll play better in
their big games without the emotional expense. Will they win them all? No,
because their opponents likely will be much better than BYU was, but we should
expect they'll have their shot and win a few of them. Good luck to the
Cougs this year, hopefully they'll have a better attitude than you.
DRay,Utah actually had one of their worst shooting games of the
season, if not the very worst. Kind of makes your sour grapes even more sour
After the women lost, I had a feeling the men would probably get beat too even
though I was hoping they wouldn't. I didn't see the men's game
but I followed the score updates on my tv screen on ESPN. As the scores began
to come up, my heart sank and my stomach tightened. When it was finally over, I
felt so sick I ran to the commode and barfed! Of all the times to go dreadful!
Were they not prepared? Did they underestimate Utah? Never mind. I think I
know the answer myself. We're not good like we think we are and I wish all
Cougar fans will realize that and stop the arrogance. And please, no more talk
about how great the future is. Let's concentrate on the now first. Four
stars, five stars, whatever, is meaningless when we can't beat Utah! I
need to go chill before church starts. I can't go to church feeling like
this!Great job tonight Utes! Good luck next week at Oregon, Cougs!
I'm hoping for redemption but I won't be holding my breath!
@DRay I wouldn't call shooting 41% shooting well. And you're right,
just like Coach K says: "You're never as good as you think you are, and
you're never as bad as you think you are." Coach Rose is classy,
attributed his teams poor play to the atmosphere and Utah's length and
DRay"Utah is not as good as they played, just watch how they
play their next game against a winning team, see if they shoot as well, play as
well....they won't."Well, DRay...you make a statement of
fact that is strikingly familiar to the type of comments that byu fans have been
posting on these boards for the last six weeks. Maybe you're right. Then
again...Just like in football, hope that another team will
accomplish what byu can't. LOL!
Utes are actually even better than they showed.
Hats off to the Utes they played better against a equal opponent for the first
time this year! Congrats to the Utes!!!
@DRay"...Utah is not as good as they played, just watch how they
play their next game against a winning team, see if they shoot as well, play as
well....they won't...".Really?So...BYU is not as good as they played, just watch how they play their next game
against a winning team (Oregon), see if they shoot as well, play as well...they
won't.Right?...Some games UTAH will play
well...some games they won't.That's the reality/nature of
a rebuilding program.UTAH is on the right track.I have
great admiration for what Dave Rose has accomplished at BYU.I love
to watch Tyler Haws play basketball.I hope he goes off on every team
he plays against... except UTAH.I love to see the guts,
determination and drive of Josh Sharp chasing down every loose ball.He appears to be the kind of player who would fit well in a Krystkowiak
system...It's too bad things didn't work out for him at
UTAH.I hope he gets more minutes as the season moves on...GO UTES!
@ DRayThis was Utah's worst shooting game of the season. Just
imagine what the Utes would have done on a "normal" night....
Duckhunter? Believe me now?
Ouch, just got back from the wood shed and Chris B. gave me a whoopin'.All credit to the Utes and their total victory over my Cougs.This will be a bitter pill to swallow but I have renewed respect for the Utes
and will change my opinion on their progress and their probable success in the
PAC-12 (no more references to the PAC-10.2) they have earned my respect.Their success will be a boon to the area and when any and all the
universities in the state are successful the entire region will profit.
WOW!!! BYU got PUNK by a Utah team who has played one of the weakest schedules
in the country to their 10-1 record. Utah is a very average to below average
team. What it shows is BYU isn't very good themselves. Utah ran whatever
that wanted to and got open shots all night.They exposed BYU lack of speed and
quickness. BYU foul shooting STINKS!! Hard to imagine with what I think is
pretty talent group of players they can be so bad from the foul line. Carlino
should be benched. This kid can't play under pressure, makes bad passes and
takes bad shots all the time. I would bring him off the bench and if he gets hot
let him play, if not sit him down for the night. Haws need to be more aggressive
in wanting the ball and taking charge, he is the leader of this team and I do
think a good one!! I think the win against Prairie View went to their head!!
DRayRoy, UTUtah is not as good as they played, just watch how
they play their next game against a winning team, see if they shoot as well,
play as well....they won't.-----------Newsflash,
this was Utah's WORST shooting game of the year. Just because we lit-up
your team doesn't mean we played a complete game.@MyPerspectiveI like AP's take:"Utah set the
tone offensively and defensively from the opening tip. Loveridge's hot
shooting helped Utah race to a huge lead. He hit 6 of 8 shots in the game's
first seven minutes and the Ute defense shut down the Cougar offense completely
through the first half."
"While the absence of Mika hurt the Cougars late in the game, it was
probably too late for BYU anyway." -- JCProbably? It was too
late after 17:32 mark in the 1st half. BYU had a better chance of
catching a cold then catching the Runnin' Utes!
Hard to imagine anyone living out in Park Valley but that's where I tuned
into the game early in the second half. What a mess of a game I listened to
during the brief few minutes I had.I made no predictions for this
game as to avoid any embarrassments should they happen. It was difficult to
listen to the comedy of errors exhibited by the Cougars last night but alas they
do occur at the most inopportune moments. Lots of errors, mistakes, forced shots
and plain bad luck.Congrats to the Utes for their game as they
brought it last night and good luck to them in their season. Maybe basketball
will be their bright spot this year.I believe Coach k is figuring
some things out on how to keep his job.
The Deseret News is absolutely right. BYU was so used to beating Utah, the
Cougars didn't really practice or prepare very hard. With a little more
fine tuning before and practice, BYU could beat Utah. The Blue has more talent
and experience on the court.I hate to say it but it's a 100
percent true, the better team lost. BYU beat themselves this time.
I wouldn't go so far as saying "the Utes are back". This game was
validation that Coach K has them on the right track. The win wasn't the
surprise, since Utes only lost by 3 in Provo last year. The blowout was the
surprise. Total dominance made Cougar fans set aside all the hype and question
how good their own team really is. Just like football, it is great to own the
scoreboard, but conference play is the true test. Go Utes!
The stat that jumps out at me is the difference in assists. Utah-18 BYU-10 When
shots aren't falling, start spreading the ball around. Suddenly the floor
opens up and players are getting better looks. Ten assists is terrible --
indicative of a group of individuals trying to do much on their own, rather than
using each other.
What an embarrassing loss. If you are going to get creamed at least get creamed
by a good team.
I've expressed my distaste for Carlino on these pages and some fellow
Cougar fans have told me I'm wrong about him. Evidence for the
prosecution:Against Utah, 3-15 (20%) from the floor. Forget the
percentage; that's 15 shots in 20 minutes! With ZERO assists! That's
just hideous if you're a shooting guard, and Carlino's supposed to be
playing the point! Rose has to be beyond frustrated.He takes almost
five threes a game and is shooting 28%. That's beyond awful. The guy is
done. The handful of stellar games he'll give us in conference play are not
worth the stinkbombs he'll put up.
Utah came to play, BYU came to lay an egg. As much as it hurts to say this as a
BYU fan, I gotta give credit where credit is due. Based on that game, Utah is
the better team this year. Now as to who will have the better season, that
remains to be seen. But if both teams continue to play like they did in that
game, Utah will have a good season and BYU will have a poor one. Luckily, that
was by far the worst BYU has played all year. As a certified blue-goggled BYU
fan, I still believe that BYU will not only have a good season, but will be the
better team for the rest of the season. But that belief has nothing to do with
that game. It pains me to acknowledge this, but Utah has all the bragging rights
in this rivalry as of right now. um... Go Cougars, don't stink that bad the
rest of the season please.
@ Cosmos CousinBYU had more talent on the floor, really? BYU has
three players; Haws, Collingsworth and Mika. Austin can't stay out of foul
trouble, Carlino is not a point guard, and the rest of the team, who knows? The
Utes have more depth and more athleticism top to bottom. I respect Coach Rose
and his program and he acknowledged that the Utes are more athletic than his
team. Clearly the Utes have played an ultra soft schedule thus far, but Coach K
inherited a train wreck and it's evident he has the program turning in the
right direction. A win over BYU does not make a season, but If BYU didn't
practice hard and prepare for the Utah game, shame on them. No excuses.Go Utes!!
I appreciate the perspective of some of the BYU fans here, but how anyone can
watch that game and say BYU is better is beyond me.One person said
it very well it was five individuals vs a team of 5 working together. Utah held
BYU 30 points below their season average for crying out loud!!BYU
will continue to beat teams on their schedule that the should beat, and lose to
the good teams on their schedule Their RPI will continue to fall because their
conference schedule is a cream puff outside of Zaga and St. Mary's. They
will certainly get to 20 wins, but will it be enough for a NCAA birth. They
need to hope that Utah, Stanford and Texas do really well in their conferences.
Utah will be tested against the Pac-12, their RPI will rise
considerably. I would expect them to be in the middle tier of the Pac-12. It
will be interesting to see if they can get to 20 wins. That would likely mean
9 Pac-12 wins (assuming Utah beats Tex St. and St. Kat), including the
tournament, which I think is reachable. But, one thing is for
certain, Utah is better than BYU this year.
@ Cosmos Cousin"The Blue has more talent and experience on the
court.I hate to say it but it's a 100 percent true, the better
team lost. BYU beat themselves this time."Uh, what did you see
that made you think BYU was the better team? Utah had its worst shooting game of
the season and it still ran away from the Cougs. The better team was, and it was
obvious to anyone who watched.
The last time I saw byu play was one year ago when they hosted Utah. Other than
that, I read the comments on these sports boards. Based on those comments, byu
basketball seemed bigger than life itself...a veritable model of
baketball's elite. I really thought byu would run away with the game. What I saw Saturday night left me in shock. It was the same type of byu
play I saw a year ago...zero defense and a selfish offense that is determined to
let one or two individuals take the shots. More validation that you people are
just plain nuts.I hope that every potential recruit in Utah watched
that game Saturday night and asks the question...do I want to learn to run down
the floor really, really fast and try to score, or do I want to learn to play
wow. A new bracketology from Lunardi just came out today. BYU is projected in
as a 10th seed (so they are above the last 8 in) and utah is outside and
didn't even make the last 8 out. Still a lot left to be decided over the
course of the season.
BYU played as if they all want to be Jimmer. No extra passes to the open man and
little defense. Rose is amgood coach, but the Jimmer hangover has lasted too
long. The Utes schooled them with a team showing in a team sport.
Chronic underachievement points to coaching, both in football AND basketball.
Wow, never thought I would say that about a Rose-led team!!!
Utah exposed BYU's biggest weakness--the preference of individual play over
team play. Against stiff competition, or when they are playing from behind, BYU
has about 4 players who think they can carry the team, and selfishness rules the
day. I have pointed this out after several games. Everybody wants to be Jimmer,
especially when the pressure is on.Jimmer WAS a great player and was
the reason for most of BYU's success. And his legacy has probably really
helped the recruiting effort. But I also wonder if this legacy has created a
monster that Rose has been unable to control. No longer are the days when Rose
just has to say, "Give the ball to 'so-and-so' and let him win the
game for us," even though it is obvious that's what he WANTS to do.
Since the Jimmer days, there remains the culture that individual play trumps
team play, and if you score enough points you don't have to play defense.
This is a "cancer" that the coaches will have to work very hard to
Well I called that game!Utah is the best team in the state, and
frankly, it didn't even look close!Where is my byu friend
tators who told me byu would win?The silence is deafening!Go UTES
I'm just so happy that we wiped the floor with byU.They barely
deserve to be on the same floor as we do after what happened Saturday.
I'm getting worried this horrible non conference schedule beating up on
teams like Evergreen and byU we aren't preparing for #1 Arizona(twice), and
top 25 teams Oregon and rival Colorado twice each as well.
idablu"Utah exposed BYU's biggest weakness--the preference
of individual play over team play. Against stiff competition, or when they are
playing from behind, BYU has about 4 players who think they can carry the team,
and selfishness rules the day. I have pointed this out after several games.
Everybody wants to be Jimmer, especially when the pressure is on.Jimmer WAS a great player and was the reason for most of BYU's
success." Jimmer was a great shooter, not a great player.
Fredette didn't learn to play defense or how to be a team player (passing)
under Rose and now he's riding the pine in the NBA. Rose handled Fredette
in exactly the same manner he is dealing with his team now...no defense and no
playing as a team.
Is it any wonder the BYU fans believe they have never been beaten... they have
only lost, ever? When they're feed that line from the media. It's
not what the other team did or didn't do...no, it always what the Y team
did. Did they show up? Did they did a hole from which they did not recover,
etc..In basketball it's five against five on the court, yet
it's only what the five Y's guys did! Even in a game as lopsided as
this one it was only what the Y did... not what the Utah coaches, fans, and
players did.... it was the fact the y's guys dug a hole which they could
not get out of. Of course that also explained the 9 of 12 last
It seems to me that the Utes did the digging and BYU just couldn't climb
out of the hole.