Come on Cougars. Let's do this!
And that my friends is how you beat a ranked team! Nice close out. Winder is
player of the game! Nice job Cougars! Still some hopes of going
After a dominating win, BYU leaves no doubt, that in basketball. they are
University of Utah.
Great to see the Marriott Center rocking! The Roc is doing some great things
this year. Nothing like packing in 20,000+ to see us take down a ranked team!
Good win Cougs! I'm proud of ya. Player of the game Anson Winder 17 points
and (more importantly and impressively) 10-10 on the free throw line.
They did it. They did it. First win over a ranked team in 2 years. Good win.
Well done cougs!! That's the second best win in the state this year... The
other one? BYU beating Texas. By far the best team in the state!! They played
great d and tons of offensive rebounds. Big contributions from bench players.
When we win out the rest of our games and make it, hopefully to the championship
game in the wcc, we will be in the big dance. Good job boys, you made us
proud!! Keep it up!Go Cougs!!
Gonzaga didn't play like a ranked team. They will go 1 and out in the
Nice win by the Cougars tonight. Winder was HUGE and was the X factor in this
win - 10 for 10 from the line he was awesome. Dave Rose gets an A+ for sitting
Mika at the beginning of each half. By far the best defense this team has played
all year. Solid game start to finish by the entire team.
Big win for BYU over the conference leading, Top 25 Bulldogs!
Great win by the Cougars. This win keeps our hopes up for an at-large bid at the
Big Dance. I just wish the BYU men's team would at with this sense of
urgency on a regular basis.
At least there is one team in the state who can still beat a ranked team. Now we know for sure who the premier college basketball team is in the
state of Utah. And the only one likely to go to the NCAA tournament this year.
Utah's win over them earlier this season now appears to be a
fluke. Utah won the early season battle. But BYU is winning the season-long war.
That undoubtedly counts the most.
Winder is a winner and definitely a keeper. Way to go Winder.
Definitely an all around team win! Will send a post card from the NCAA tourney
to all the ute fans.
I was there. That was a good win. Go Cougars!
Both u and BYU host top 25 teams. Great to see good teams come to the state.
We all know each team fared. Nuf said.
Points from unlikely sources tonight. It is great to have so much talent on one
team. BYU is a fairly young so the future looks very bright, plus they have
several yearsof top recruits in the pipeline. It's a great time to be a
Good to see the coaches do what several have suggested in the last few weeks.
Start Winder. Get more even scoring. Take out Collinsworth in the last 2
minutes of the game so he won't miss free throws.Being at the
game I did notice that they could have done a few more simple give and go plays
with Haws. They were there while the triple screen stuff wasn't. There
were at least three times Haws was wide open right after he passed off and the
guards didn't get it back to him.
ESPN has BYU back in the tourney this morning as one of the Last Four In.
BYU's RPI is up to #37 and BYU's SOS is at #18.Interestingly, ESPN also has Weber St (Big Sky) and Utah Valley (WAC) in the
tourney set to face each other in the First Round.
That was a great game and a great win.The lineup changes are making
a huge difference. Having Carlino AND Mika come off the bench has made the both
of them settle down and play smarter.And Winder... all I can say is
WOW and how about the rest of the team taking some serious free throw lessons
from him?. Great job Coach and team!Go Cougars!
Why do some of you BYU fans have to bring Utah into this? All your doing is just
baiting the trolls to come on here and then complain afterwards that they are
all obsessive with all things BYU. If you seriously don't care about the
Utes than don't bring them up. Let BYU enjoy their moment alone.
Congratulations to BYU on a great, NCAA tournament resume-building win against
Top 25 Gonzaga!Now, BYU just has to win their two remaining regular
season games against Portland and San Diego, win a couple of games in the WCC
tourney, and they'll be a lock for the Big Dance.Go Cougars!
Probably the most pleased to see them guard the three, their Achilles heel all
season. Just wish that could have happened sooner and we would have won more
and be ranked. Hopefully, this defense does not disappear in future games.
Defense gets wins in road games.
Nice win for the Cougs. I hope it will be enough to get you in the tourney. I
still don't understand why the cougars aren't better with Haws who is
one of the best scorers in all of college. Things that make you go hum?
RE ekute "Gonzaga didn't play like a ranked team." I totally agree,
that what great coaching and defense does to even great teams.
An added plus for this great win is that it took the air out of many of the BYU
haters. It is nice to see mostly very positive comments.
So, But Seriously Folks, by "Points from unlikely sources tonight" do
you mean "sources not named Chris B, Ernest T. Bass, StGtoSLC, or any of the
other BYU-lurking, ute/PAC regulars"? Yeah, I noticed that too. Strangely
absent. A little surprised and disappointed that they haven't chimed in to
offer their typical congratulatory support after a great win.Brilliant win last night. Just adds emphasis that you can preserve a lead and
close out games if you can hit free throws down the stretch -- something in
which the Cougs have not been very proficient this year. Great team effort.
Wins over San Francisco, Saint Marys, Gonzaga, Texas, Stanford, and close losses
to Wichita State, & eye poking Iowa State.It's been a good
year with more to come.
MVP Aunson Winder and great move on Dave Rose puting Winder and Sharp starter
just to limit Mika from getting early sill foul calls or nickie pickie zebras.
Those refs did better this time around. Good game Cougars!
@ Crow:There were actually 2 top-25 teams that came into the state
this week. It's Ok for you to give a little more credit to Arizona and not
get so down on them. Just because they let Utah take them into OT, they are
still pretty much considered a ranked team. So now that BYU beat the
best of WCC, does that make them no good in your mind? Does that also mean to
you that the Big 12 is no good since BYU also beat them?As a
reminder to those so obviously blinded by red glasses, BYU also beat Stanford (a
team universally considered better than Utah) at Stanford. Per your reasoning,
that must mean the PAC12 is also over-ranked and over-rated.Thanks
for starting my day with a good laugh. A little less bias would allow you to
receive a bit more credibility. Unfortunately, you lost some with that latest
comment.Better college basketball has not been seen in the state of
Utah this season than what we witnessed in Provo last night. Too bad you and
ekute weren't actually able to see that game.
Nice game Cougars. Winder was great!Wow @Crow, your post was
hyperbole at its best, and obsessive spin at its worst. To claim that
Utah's affiliation with the PAC is the only thing that brings "real
basketball.." to the state is just over-the-top nonsense. It is amusing to
see a large segment of the ute fan base so enamored with their conference, and
bragging on it, whilst being intentionally oblivious to the fact that their own
program does little or nothing to bolster that supposed "prestigious"
PAC12 reputation.The WCC does have good basketball programs. Since
they don't have football and various other sports they can focus money and
resources more on basketball. The result is a better product than you would be
willing to acknowledge.So spin it all you want. The fact is U are
jealous, and obsessed; and it is hilarious.
Great win Cougars!! It is nice to see the positive comments and the silence
from the trolls. Keep it up and we will have our dance card punched.
@CrowAverage Conference? Conzaga has gone to the ncaa tourney more than
utah have wins this season. Go cougars!
Coach Rose has done a great job this year making the adjustments needed to
continually improve. We are very fortunate to have such a classy guy at the
Byu takes down a very very good top 25 team. Congrats Cougs. Still stinging over
the Dukies loss to Unc ugh. Gonzaga could easily compete in the Pac easy. Zona
is overrated. Keep the momentum now Cougs.
Dave Rose was a genius last night. Putting in other players in the beginning of
the game to concentrate on defense was a brilliant move. We were able to
totally shut down their 3 point shooting and drives to the basket. Alternating
big men underneath and the timing of this was awesome. Way to out coach and out
strategies the zags! A huge win in an awesome arena with the great fans also
was a huge plus. Beat Portland!
I am a die hard BYU fan and I was excited to see them hang on last night (at
~1AM Eastern time). But guys, let's give the whole "at least one
of us can beat a ranked team" thing a rest. Gonzaga is not Arizona. Not even
close. Great move by Rose. Good luck in the tourney!
ekute"Gonzaga didn't play like a ranked team."Neither did UCLA when they lost to the Utes last month, but unlike U, BYU,
Gonzaga, and UCLA will all likely be dancing in March.
Notice that a certain person hasn't posted on this thread? Still hurting
from his teams loss? Think Rose has found a good rotation, now don't mess
with it. I see us going to the conference tournament championship game now.....
Finally--someone (Winder) goes to the line and knocks down free throws. I think
Rose's keeping Mika on the bench to start the game was less about
"defense" and more about letting the refs get those first couple of foul
calls out of their system. Whether BYU wins or loses, the WCC has the most
inconsistent reffing I've ever seen, not from one game to the next but from
one ~possession~ to the next.
I wish people would quit bringing Utah into this thread. It was a great win but
BYU has done nothing to prove they are the best basketball team in the state,
especially after they lost decisively to the Utes earlier in the year. BYU has a
better shot at the tournament than Utah at going to he tournament by virtue of
being in the second best team in the WCC. So please, as a BYU fan I
implore you (and you know who I am talking about) to quit touting the cougars as
better than Utah this year because your argument is desparate and weak.
Congrats on the nice win. That was very big for your program. It most likely
revived your NCAA bid.Kudos
I'm worried about our favorite hater with 10 alias'. Is anyone sure
she's OK? We should have seen the declaration by now that the last 2 nights
in the state of Utah don't mean anything in the big picture. I'm
hoping she didn't get trampled when the MUSS stormed the court Wednesday.
Oh, wait.I'm guessing more than a few of our crimson friends
wish Winder played for the Utes because he can hit free throws in the clutch
with the game on the line.
TFUDD,Of the 17 wins u has 10 were against teams below 300 or so and all
at home. Had u played a normal preseason schedule they would be sitting at
1bout 12 wins, at best
TFUDDUtah was fortunate to catch BYU in the HC on a night that
Loveridge couldn't miss in the 1st half; the way that Jordan has been
playing lately, the Utes would get destroyed in a return visit to the Marriott
Center where Utah hasn't beaten BYU since 2005.Let's not
forget that the Utes couldn't even beat #181 WSU on the road.
I don't like it that so many people are mentioning Utah either; but for
those who question why some of us believe BYU is the best team in the state,
here's some logic.Yes, Utah beat BYU. However, that was during
a stretch in December-early January when BYU was not playing well. It was also
on Utah's home floor. Utah is MUCH better at home than on the road. Most
teams are, but for Utah the differences are pretty extreme. I believe, and
I'm sure many will agree, that if the game had been played on a neutral
floor, BYU would win. Add in the fact that BYU has better RPI and played a much
tougher out of conference schedule? In which they beat a few good teams on the
road and played tough with others, including the only undefeated remaining in
the nation? Yes, I believe BYU is the better team. And, no, the better team
doesn't always win (see BYU @ Utah).I believe Gonzaga is a
better team than BYU. But last night BYU had the home floor advantage and won.
Thank you Winder for hitting some free throws!
From our funniest red goggled apologist yesterday: "I'll take a 90%
free throw shooter who misses 4 in a row in a big game than a guy who...shoots
65% all day long!"Even though I know she was talking about
Collinsworth I'm guessing she might want to revise that statement after 65%
Winder goes 10 for 10 from the line and hits every clutch free throw necessary
to preserve the win when it mattered most.Bazinga
oh please…who is the best team in the State in basketball can be
determined by the power index calculations…this is no question. Any team
can have a good game or a bad game on a given night. But all this is built
into the equation on these ranking systems. There is no tournament selection
guru and no evaluation of any kind that has Utah playing as hard of a schedule
or ranked as highly as the Cougs or any chance of being a bubble team. There
is no question. And, with Utah State and Weber possibly going to the NCAA and
now BYU likely to make it too….only one loser not in the discussion.
Maybe Utah can just accenpt it's role as spoiler and never competitor in
any sport. Cash the checks from the PAC12 and be quiet.
Would love to see more minutes for Winder and Bartley, and less scoring pressure
for Haws and KC. Top players of the game were:WinderMika Carlino
It was good to see balanced scoring with several players in double figures.
Haws didn't have to try to take over the game and score 30 in order to win.
I'll take that box score any day, because it will give us a whole lot more
W's than L's. Way to go Cougars!
I am a Ute fan but follow all in-state schools. I wish BYU wouldn't start
acting like world beaters after one game. Most of the posts are the same, the
game where BYU lost to Utah means nothing and the rankings mean everything.
Well I'm sorry. Where I come from, you talk on the court. If you are so
sure you can beat Utah again, then you should all be hoping that somehow they
get matched up again. But I think you will find, just like in football, another
chance will only bring sorrow.
Why bash the Utes? They have an excellent team and beat us (BYU) soundly. Man
up and give credit where credit is due. OK to enjoy the victory, but no need to
demean other worthy opponents. If SOME Ute fans don't reciprocate, that is
not our problem.
That was a good win. I thought BYU would win by double digits. Gonzaga is as
good as ASU/UCLA so they are beatable, specially at the MC (a tough place to win
on the road).
Moose,BYU has proven several times in the last 13 games who is the better
team. You might remember that they won 11 of those 13. I don't think
thaqt BYU fans are feeling any sorrow for beating u 11 of the last 13 but nice
Good one Moose. "world beaters"? No, just Gonzaga beaters, and only last
night. So I guess where you come from UNC is better than Duke because they beat
them last night, even though they're unranked and Duke is top 5?Someone with that mentality would think Utah football was better than Stanford
football because of one game.Interesting world you come from!I'd dare wager that BYU would fare just fine in a rematch with the
Utes either in the Marriott Center or on a neutral court.
It's funny how Utah is being brought up so much on this board. I know Chris
B. makes a lot of questionable comments, but now the same types of comments are
being made. Celebrate your win without mentioning Utah and the things you
dislike. I'm still a Ute fan, even though they dropped a close one to
Arizona. I'll still cheer for them next game, without dragging BYU into the
conversation. That was a good win against a classy coach(Few) and a great
program. I think the 'Zags will be ok. Interesting that a fan(son of a
friend) wearing a Gonzaga shirt, isn't allowed to sit with his friend in
the BYU section. I've never heard of this ever. Threatened to be kicked
out? Had to wear a jacket over it. He hadn't said a thing. Seriously? So
you can't cheer for any other team? Anyone know why? Just wondering.
William Wallace. I am a student at BYU and was in the student
section last night. I was right next to a Zags fan who was cheering the entire
game decked out in his gear?? No one asked him to leave? So I'm unsure
where you're getting this information. Maybe it was a bit
exaggerated...because I can definitely see a "select" few students who
would have been runnning their mouth at him the entire game. Security also checks for student passes every time you come in and out of your
seat. So if this "son of a friend" is a student and had a student
pass...he shouldn't have had any problems.
Agreed about the Utah bashing. Personally, I'm tired of it. But this is a
serious rivalry, and we're still seeing 54-10 and 4 in a row from Ute
fans.For me, I don't care what Utah does; I only care what BYU
does, and I was happy to see such a great game last night.Hope the
kids learned something about perimeter defense that will serve them well in the
Great game and great win!! Man i thought Austin blocked that monster swat and it
was Sharp, wheww! Go Cougs!!
Thanks for first hand information Alex T. Kinda shoots that made up theory of
"son of a friend" out of the water. If a valid ticket holding
"student" is sitting in the home team's "student section"
wearing the opposing team's advertisements they deserve to be uncomfortable
in the first place. That would be like a Utah student sitting in the muss
wearing BYU gear. Tell me that wouldn't go over like a lead balloon.Any other rightfully purchased seat outside of the student section, wear
whoever's gear you want.I think the "son of a friend"
story is made up.
I wonder if someone went back and researched Collinsworth's record with
free throws when he was in high school and winning the state championship, if he
was as bad then as he is now. It doesn't pay for him to shoot around the
basket because if he gets fouled, he's not going to make them. And if he
takes outside shots, he's not much better. He has to make his shots so he
get at least an "and one", not two. He's good enough at the point
and rebounding. Is he worse at the line right now then he was earlier in the
season? Some good research for somebody to do. Maybe he's just too green
from a mission return. But it's not only him at the line, but a lot of
others suck too. That's not BYU's tradition. Loved Winder's
confidence and ability at the line against Gonzaga. There are a lot of games I
think we would have won with better free throw shooting...and who is that on?
Keep it up Cougs! Great win!
Congrats to BYU on a good win!
Congrats to BYU! I'm a Ute - always have been since my dad
started taking me to games nearly 50 years ago...I still don't
understand all the animosity between parties when we are NOT playing one
another. We should like the other team to go undefeated in all sports, except
when they play our team - whether you are a BYU fan or a Utah fan. That way the
win means that much more - don't you think? Save all the hate and get
real!Again, Congratulations to BYU for a great win!
Nope, Christine, true story. His friend goes to BYU, this kid has liked Gonzaga
for a long time, and went down for the game. His friend must have got the
ticket for him, but he was told he couldn't have that shirt on. Every game
I watch on TV will show people sitting with the home team fans, and they're
wearing opponent colors and gear. Not a big deal, just wondering why it
happened. Thanks Alex T. for the response. Go Utes! Go Aggies! Go Wildcats!
well noose if you are the expert about utah sports as you say then you would
know that Utah has only beaten BYU 3 times over the last 15 games and have not
won in Provo since 2005 besides this article haws nothing to do with utah it
is a byu thread,if you like to talk mack go to the utes thread and talk smack
all u u want but this is not the thread to do it on.
William WallaceOGDEN, UTIt's funny how Utah is being brought up
so much on this board. I know Chris B. makes a lot of questionable comments, but
now the same types of comments are being made. Celebrate your win without
mentioning Utah and the things you dislike. I'm still a Ute fan, even
though they dropped a close one to Arizona. I'll still cheer for them next
game, without dragging BYU into the conversation. That was a good win against a
classy coach(Few) and a great program. I think the 'Zags will be ok.
Interesting that a fan(son of a friend) wearing a Gonzaga shirt, isn't
allowed to sit with his friend in the BYU section. I've never heard of this
ever. Threatened to be kicked out? Had to wear a jacket over it. He hadn't
said a thing. Seriously? So you can't cheer for any other team? Anyone know
why? Just wondering.what do you think would happen if a person wearing a byu
shirt was to sit in the student section of the U do you think that person
would be allowed to sit there NOT
Congratulations to the Cougars on a great win. I hope you make it to the dance.
No chance for my Ags to make it, but I can root for the Cougars against anyone
else. Coach Rose did a fine job. Again congratulations and best of luck in
making the tournament.
For those if you who whined about bringing up Utah in our posts... The only
reason we did this was because of all the trash talking they did on the articles
leading up to this game. If you noticed what we said it was all in good fun, at
least what I said in my post in the beginning of this article. Everyone needs
to lighten up.