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  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    March 10, 2014 10:15 p.m.

    Let's go dancing!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 10, 2014 10:41 p.m.

    At half, 2 assist, 7 turnovers, and 1 for 5 from arc for BYU. They kind of unraveled in the latter half of the 1st half. SF is playing as physical as the refs will allow.

    When will the coaches let Mika know that whenever he puts the ball on the floor he loses it about half the time.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    March 10, 2014 11:27 p.m.

    And byu's bubble is about to pop for the final time. Go San Fran

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    March 10, 2014 11:39 p.m.

    In byu's biggest game of the season haws goes 4 for 15 from the field. Byu fans eating crow after taking about loveridge not showing up in big games

  • BlackDiamond Provo, UT
    March 10, 2014 11:49 p.m.

    Thanks to all the Utah fans for all the support on the BYU game. Thanks for watching the game. Appreciate it

  • 93 COUGAR Orem, UT
    March 10, 2014 11:59 p.m.

    Thanks Chris B for once again guaranteeing BYU the win. You are the man! So great to be a Cougar right now!

    As Joe said, "Let's go dancing!!!!"

  • Mark321 Las Vegas, NV
    March 11, 2014 12:00 a.m.

    We're dancing!!!

  • OC Fan Orange County, CA
    March 11, 2014 12:01 a.m.

    Great predictions!

  • Alex T Murray, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:01 a.m.

    I love the Utah trolls who just want a response from BYU fans. Does it make you feel better about the fact that ya'll are NIT bound?? Must have been extremely difficult for them to watch BYU win this game and punch their ticket to the NCAA tourney. Tough victory. We battled hard. Proved that we belong. Awesome game.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:01 a.m.

    CB once again using reverse psychology to guarantee a BYU win!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 11, 2014 12:04 a.m.

    "The best team in the tournament" lost to BYU for the third time this year.

    Collinsworth was awesome....gotta be the beard!

    Chris B and all his alias's jinx strikes again.

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    March 11, 2014 12:04 a.m.

    Ute trolls eat crow again. Ya gotta love it

    Go Cougs!!!!

  • PG #1 FAN Lindon, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:04 a.m.

    Thanks Chris, you are BYU's good luck charm. Keep commenting. BYU in the dance......Utah not so much

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 11, 2014 12:05 a.m.

    Congratulations BYU on a huge win to lock up an at-large bid to the Big Dance!

    Utah could have three teams in the tourney, including two from Utah Valley - BYU, UVU and WSU...

    none, of course, from Salt Lake Valley.

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    March 11, 2014 12:10 a.m.

    A great time to shoot 86% on free throws.

    The Ute trolls are eating so much crow that they will be cawing for days to come!

    Go Cougs

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:11 a.m.

    It's not easy to beat a Top 100 team three times in the same season, but BYU proved their mettle by gutting out another close win versus the #67 Dons.

    Go Cougs!

    Onward and upward!

  • BlackDiamond Provo, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:11 a.m.

    @2013 Those will be Utes excuse when they lose to the cougars on Wednesday

  • Cart Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:11 a.m.

    Um, Chris B AKA AKA AKA AKA, etc.

    BYU has a great chance of going dancing. They beat a very good team tonight.

    You conveniently forgot to mention the chances of "your" team making it to the tournament. I wonder why?

  • International Cougar Fan Tacoma, WA
    March 11, 2014 12:11 a.m.

    The Utes have about as much chance to go to the big dance as they have getting into a bowl.

    BYU easily gets into the big dance again. Onward and upward. I love our prestigious Independence!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 11, 2014 12:12 a.m.

    Thanks for the moral support, loyal Ute fans! We couldn't have done it without you.

    The above group of comments are truly ironic, and will shortly elevate to the level of farce as the PAC whatever tournament kicks off. For the Ute basketball team, as if they read the comments on a BYU basketball article, I salute your growth this season and hope your tournament success is impressive.

    For the Ute fans contributing their "good wishes", I wonder if one and done will take on a whole new definition for U this week?

  • Downtownchrisbrown ,
    March 11, 2014 12:13 a.m.

    Saved by the Free throws, that's new this year. As far as the refs go, have you ever seen a player attack the basket as much as KC without getting at least 1 FT attempt? He did get two at the end there on the intentional foul, but oh well, a W is a W

  • Coach101 Houston, TX
    March 11, 2014 12:15 a.m.

    Not pretty but a win is a win! Good luck tomorrow!

  • USNGary San Diego, CA
    March 11, 2014 12:17 a.m.

    BYU should have lost with the very poor showing late in the game!

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:20 a.m.

    BYU Cougars are going dancing! Post season. Coach Rose is the man! Playing that tough preseason schedule is making a big difference. That is why you play tough teams early. It makes a big difference when you get to the end of the season. Let's win tomorrow night and move on to the BIG DANCE!

  • spokaloo White Salmon, WA
    March 11, 2014 12:24 a.m.

    Way to hold on Cougs! That should secure an NCAA bid.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:25 a.m.

    It wasn't pretty but a win's a win and we're one step closer to an NCAA bid. Good to see us get a close, grind it out kind of win. The defense is playing better and Collingsworth is playing Mr. Versatility again. Nice to see Mika being aggressive and the team find a way to win even with Haws having an off night. Now, get those Zags and Go Coug's!!

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:28 a.m.

    Congratulations to the Cougars!!!!!!!!!

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:31 a.m.

    Please check the final score before prophesying Cougar doom. I'm going to make a prediction. BYU will be invited to play in the NCAA tournament. How is that for being positive. With an RPI in the low thirties, it won't be a surprise that they are included in the sixty-four tournament teams. Or is it more than sixty-four with some "play-in" games?

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    March 11, 2014 12:33 a.m.

    Yawn. Come on anti-BYU fans get a grip. BYU will be going to the NCAA's and with a lot of luck so will UVU, Weber State, Utah State, and Utah. It is a great tournament and an invitation to the Big Dance is a treasured reward for a successful season.

    The championship game versus Gonzaga should be a real battle. The Zags want to continue their reign over the WCC and get a little higher seed and BYU will be gunning for their first conference tournament championship. We also would move up a notch or two on the seeding list so their is reward for both teams which will bode for a great setting.

    Sit back and let's enjoy some great college basketball.

    Goooooooooooooo Cougars!!

  • G-Day-M8 WVC, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:34 a.m.

    Oh the predictions of the single troll who uses three monikers. It's got to hurt to be addicted to pain.

    This was a great game, the refs let both teams play and it was as physical as any game this year. I think when BYU makes the dance they could very easily make some noise. Not all teams will scout them like those in the WCC have scouted them. They can really open up the tempo and push the game, they have learned to play much better defense and they have greatly improved free throws with Winder playing serious minutes.

    I am optimistic for one NCAA win and possibly two.

    Rise and Shout BYU

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    March 11, 2014 12:42 a.m.

    Just listened to San Fran's coach at the presser. That's one arrogant coach for loosing. I thought that classlessness was left to the fans.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:54 a.m.

    This game was almost unwatchable. BYU was lucky to win. Who is in charge of the defense? The Cougars often looked like the keystone cops out there with the result being a SF player wide open underneath the rim. Also, why does Rose wait so long to call a time out when the cougars are losing momentum?

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:59 a.m.

    idablu
    Idaho Falls, ID
    At half, 2 assist, 7 turnovers, and 1 for 5 from arc for BYU. They kind of unraveled in the latter half of the 1st half. SF is playing as physical as the refs will allow.

    When will the coaches let Mika know that whenever he puts the ball on the floor he loses it about half the time.
    when will the referees learn that this is not football tackling is not supposed to be allowed in basketball ,but yet haws gets thrown to the floor and then gets called for a foul.

  • Jumpyman Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:16 a.m.

    Wow chris b, you got your posts in on this one. The problem is that BYU won the game, making you look silly. With BYU being a bubble team, Thier chances of making the tourney just went up a notch. With another win over Gonzaga, I would guess that they will be a 9-seed. With a loss- a 12 seed play-in game is likely. I believe that the WCC is actually a much better league than they are given credit for.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:17 a.m.

    Looks like a lot of the posters above quit posting before the game ended...
    wonder why....
    LOL
    I really enjoyed watching BYU win.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    March 11, 2014 2:35 a.m.

    @Chris B

    Hope you enjoying eating that large plate of crow on Sunday when BYU gets an invite.

    @Big 12 Call Yet?

    So let me get this straight.
    A team which has:
    - Won 23 games so far this season, including 10 of their last 11
    - Finished second place in the regular season standings in a conference which last year had two teams go to the NCAA Tournament (three the year before)
    - Reached the finals of their conference tournament, a conference ranked as 9th best in RPI ranking

    This team has "0% Chance" of reaching the NCAA Tournament?

    Along with Chris B, I sure hope you enjoy that plate of crow on Sunday.

    @2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0

    Hate to break it to you, but BYU won tonight.

    Do you have an "excuse" for that?

  • Michael Lloyd Jr. Spanish Fork, UT
    March 11, 2014 2:43 a.m.

    idablu

    1) Your question. "When will the coaches let Mika know that whenever he puts the ball on the floor he loses it about half the time?" The answer is we don't know. We thought it would be in November....then we thought December....then January....then February. Just plain clumsy and ugly looking.

    2) Could Coach Rose stay focused? When we have the ball with 30 seconds left in the half one would want to work for the "FINAL" shot. The reasoning is you will prevent the other team from scoring a basket before half time. Thank our lucky stars that after we took our usual early dumb shot and missed USF missed their final shot. Rose losing focus could have cost us that game. No excuses.

  • Michael Lloyd Jr. Spanish Fork, UT
    March 11, 2014 2:47 a.m.

    Why do we have the best inbound plays in the country but the worst in the country final shot of half or final shot of game strategies. It's not that we haven't made one final second shot all year...it's the fact we haven't had one final second shot that wasn't so ugly it was embarrassing. Kind of like the end of first half tonight...and the end of regulation when we had some idea to work it to Collinsworth for a crazy three pt. attempt that was blocked. We had plenty to work for a quality shot. Is Coach Rose masterminding these final shot plays?

  • Michael Lloyd Jr. Spanish Fork, UT
    March 11, 2014 3:07 a.m.

    This is how the San Francisco Chronicle described Cougar coaching strategy in the final seconds of regulation.

    "The Cougars' ensuing possession left a lot to be desired. BYU didn't do much of anything, and Kyle Collinsworth was forced to take a contested three-pointer that Mark Tollefsen blocked."

    C'mon guys...attack the darn basket in the final seconds of a half or game. No reason to be scared.

  • Legal Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 3:45 a.m.

    Three classless comments from Utah fans already. This Ute fan congratulates BYU on the great win! Represent the state well if/when you get the chance. Most of the Ute fans I know aren't haters and will be cheering for you. And hopefully the Utes can do something at the NIT. Good luck to BYU!!!

  • BYU9293 Clinton, UT
    March 11, 2014 5:53 a.m.

    Interesting that more comments from frustrated Ute fans than byu fans at this point. As usual, chris b has a problem with facts as do the other ute fans. It appears clear that byu will be in the tournament now regardless of the outcome of tonights game. San Fransisco is a good team and that is another quality win for the cougars. I like the defense the team is playing now.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    March 11, 2014 6:51 a.m.

    Poor CB with all his screen aliases: even worse than his own team and conference continuing to be mediocre, those Cougars keep winning. Gonna be a tough off-season

  • IA Cougar West Des Moines, IA
    March 11, 2014 7:04 a.m.

    Congrats to BYU. Nice win against a very good team. Tough one against the Zags coming up. Neutral floor so let's get it done. Looks like two WCC teams this year but nothing certain until Sunday.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    March 11, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    I love that 3/5 of the comments before mine are anti-BYU! Keep rooting against us, girls, as it seems to be our good luck charm!

    I also think that Coach Walter's comments were awesome! I really do enjoy (and respect) when a coach actually speaks his mind, and the part about having a lot of Mormons mad at him is hilarious. Having confidence in and love for your players is a good thing, so I don't fault him one bit.

    As for BYU, good job making free throws!!! Man, what a difference those would have made in a few games earlier this year. Now go out there and take down Gonzaga!

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    March 11, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    We will have many pac 10 conference tournament titles as Dave Rose because we are prestegous.

    We will be dancing after we win our conference tornament for sure.

    Our awesome road record proves we are the best team in the state.

    Go Utes!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 11, 2014 7:19 a.m.

    The first half was great, sounds like the 2nd was even better. Due to the late start, I cashed my chips in at half time. This sets up a nice Championship matchup. Both Gonzaga and BYU are playing good ball. No matter what the Haters say, BYU punched there ticket to the Big Dance. Good for them and Congrats.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    March 11, 2014 7:27 a.m.

    Ken

    In BYU's biggest game of the season, Haws was the leading scorer and helped lead his team to a WIN!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 11, 2014 7:27 a.m.

    @ Y Grad / Y Dad

    Good win, and Congrats Guy! Tonight's game should be a good one!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    March 11, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    Unlike the Utesies the cougs know how to finish games. Unfortunately the Zags are gonna bet them soundly tonight, a late OT game will not do them any favors. But the Cougs are dancing and the Utes aren't mark that down

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    March 11, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    Sensational performance from the free-throw line! The BYU offense struggled against a good defense. Looking forward to the final.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    March 11, 2014 8:10 a.m.

    After watching the game, I can say that BYU has a very good team. However, their Achilles heel is their lack of composure. Mika is a hothead who should have had an early technical for confronting a USF player and almost head butting him over a jump ball. Haws is also very emotional. Both of these players caused BYU to lose an early 29-20 lead and to go behind at halftime. If they play a calm game, they can beat Gonzaga. If they don't, Gonzaga will chew them up.

  • CougarColby Fort Benning, GA
    March 11, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    Haven't been able to see many games this year, but here are a few of my observations.

    BYUs D was pretty bad in the first half. Windor kept letting the USF bigs get behind him in the zone and it was a easy hi/low entry pass for a bucket.

    If BYU doesn't score in transition (which USF took away after the first 10 min or so) they have a rough go. They have got to work on their half-court offense, especially since the ZAGS know exactly what to expect.

    I love the intensity that Mika and Haws have and play with, but there is a time and place to just let it go. That being said, I love Mika's attitude on the court. We just aren't deep enough with prolific big guys to afford him fouling out.

    Does anyone have any idea what Worthington is doing out on the floor?

    Matty C shows again why he is a bench player, so unpredictable and erratic.

    Great job Haws for finding a way to score even when the shots aren't falling.

  • Utes22 SPRINGVILLE, UT
    March 11, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    Well done BYU. Excited for the game against Gonzaga tonight and a chance for an automatic bid to the NCAAs. Best of luck in the game!!
    Go Cougars!!!

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    March 11, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    Towards the end, I thought the Cougars played really sloppy and had way too many turnovers that kept SFU in the game. I love Carlino, but darn it, he sure does some dumb things in pressure situations. Thank heaven for incredible free throw shooting!

    I thought Coach Rose's handling of that last possession in regular time was incredibly poorly thought out. Had they just run their regular offense in the last ten seconds, they would have gotten a better shot off.

    They'll have to play a lot better tonight to beat Gonzaga. Go Cougs!!!

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    March 11, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    Hey Spokane Ute,

    Good luck tonight. I hope for a good game no matter what the outcome.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    Ken "In byu's biggest game of the season haws goes 4 for 15 from the field. Byu fans eating crow after taking about loveridge not showing up in big games"

    Uh, you did notice that even on an off night Haws was the leading scorer and was perfect from the free throw line, especially in the clutch, right? Your comment almost indicates that you missed that small difference between Haws and JL's 'off' nights.

    Ya, BYU fans are just choking on the crow this morning. That's funny!

  • LadyMoon Crestucky, FL
    March 11, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    Congrats Cougars! No time to rest... Grit, tenacity and focus will give you the chance to win the WCC! Take it! Don't give up or give in. You can do it! We'll be watching by the thousands all around the country tonight! You can show your detractors once and for all!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 11, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    @ CougarSunDevil

    Thanks; I think tonights game will be a good, close game. Both teams are playing good ball right now. I'm glad the start time is earlier; 6:00 PM PST. Have a good One!

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 9:04 a.m.

    Have I grown out of the BYU-Utah Rivalry, or do people just have too much time on their hands?

    I love that people stay up until 1 am defending two pretty mediocre basketball programs.

  • AZ Palm Coug Provo, UT
    March 11, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    Great game Cougars. "Alpiner" it seams to me that an overtime game that ends with both teams in the 70s must have had some defense going on? SF is very physical and part of their strategy is always to take teams out of their regular game that way. I did not see a lack of defense, but I did see a lot of banging going on.

    Great win Coach Rose. You are classy guy who doesn't need to constantly tell his players that they are the best in the tournament to get their respect. We are very fortunate to have you!!

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    March 11, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    @ Chris B:

    Just the other day you said that "BYU always chokes in their big games". Well, it was a pretty big game on national tv last night and no choking happened for the Cougars. Quite the contrary. They stepped it up big-time in overtime over a very good San Fran team that had won 5 or 6 games in a row prior to this one. Once again, your prediction falls flat and into the low credibility department. Does this mean you'll quit posting for a week? One can at least hope.

    @ Ken:

    Marty Haws was 14 for 14 from the foul-line, making all of them down the stretch when needed the most. If there were any bubbles popped last night, they weren't BYU's. So the only "eating crow" as you put it, was actually done by you and other similar minded anti-BYU Ute fans. Bon-Appetite. Thanks for playing and better luck next time.

  • Dougedug Henderson, NV
    March 11, 2014 9:38 a.m.

    Why can't every one get behind every team in the State of Utah. I would love to see every team from Utah in the Tourney.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    March 11, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    This is huge. Let's all be happy.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 11, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    Great game.

    The state of Uyah has been well represented.

  • Gone fishin Seattle, WA
    March 11, 2014 9:47 a.m.

    Crissy
    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeze make a prediction that BYU will lose tonight. BYU needs your good luck charm.

    Classy comments from ken and the other BYU haters. Even when Haws has an off night because he was double teamed when he touched the ball he still had a better night that Loveridge's and wright's better nights. LOL

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    March 11, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    @ Spokane Ute:

    Classy comments from the most mature Ute fan of all. Thank you.
    In fact, because of you and your exemplary attitude, I genuinely hope Utah does well in their upcoming tournament game.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    Wait, SF's coach thinks his team is the best in the WCC tournament? Let's see... he lost 3 times to BYU, twice to Gonzaga, and finished with a worse conference and overall record than both BYU and Gonzaga. His team has a worse RPI and BPI than both BYU and Gonzaga. So basically by any measure, he has the 3rd best team in the WCC tournament. Oh well. I wish him luck in the NIT. I am sure he will say his team is the best team in that tournament too after they lose.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    March 11, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    From this article, "I would say we are the best team in this tournament," Walters said. "The best team may not have won tonight. Our hat's off to BYU ... There may be a lot of Mormons mad at me, but I don't give a rat's you-know-what what the state of Utah thinks of me."

    He actually said, "Our hat's off to Gonzaga." Maybe he meant BYU but he did not say that. He probably meant what he said, because he followed it up with his comments about Mormons and Utah.

    Sorry Walters, but in this case the better team did win. Someone needs to tell him his own "better team" lost two other games earlier this year to the team that won this game.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    March 11, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    Great win. BYU dug in and held on to beat a good team. The outside shooting better improve if they want to beat Gonzag

    Chis B (Legion), Ken and company, I know you are so ideologically bent against BYU so as to be incapable of giving credit where credit is due, but seriously-- it is difficult for any team to beat the same opponent three times in the same season (unless playing the teams on Utah's early season schedule three times, at home). And BYU has done that twice in tournament.

    Please tell us the last time your Utes have beaten the same team three times in the same season. Or even twice.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 11, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    Spokane Ute
    Spokane, WA

    Hey, friend, I have a Ute fan at the front desk of the building I'm working in today. I passed her by with hardly even a change in my blood pressure!

    Good luck with your tournament. Utes have done improbable things before! Go make it happen.

  • babyR Salt Lake, UT
    March 11, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    Just can't understand why the opposing team can shoot the lights out with 3 pointers and not be guarded (reason why), but BYU, the great 3 point-shooting team can't buy a bucket due to great defense by the other team. When oh when will BYU learn to guard the 3-pointer!!!!
    Otherwise----GO BYU, beat the Zags!!

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    March 11, 2014 10:23 a.m.

    To Coach Walters,

    No upset BYU fan Mormons around here. BYU won! You can say and believe anything you want. It's a free country. It doesn't make those saying or beliefs true, but if it makes you feel better, have at it. Nice of you to stick up for your players.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    March 11, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    Ken-
    Please re-read your early and wrong (!) predictions. I'm sure the Cougar fans are "sorry for your loss."

    Y Grad/Y Dad's comment responding to Ken and others: "The above group of comments are truly ironic..." Ironic rhymes with what?

    Congrats to the Cougars and good luck with the Bulldogs.

  • Sandpiper Air Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    Speaking of Mary Lola, is that the same Mary Lola that took two out of three from the PAC 12 Utes in baseball?

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    March 11, 2014 10:56 a.m.

    Frustrating game to watch, but it was nice to see the Cougs finally make a high percentage of their free throws. USF almost won the game with their clutch three-point shooting, but BYU took it back with made free throws. One of BYU's glaring weaknesses on offense is that Nate Austin apparently has been told never to shoot; as I remember, he was pretty accurate in past years from 12-15 feet, but now everyone knows he doesn't do anything on offense but set picks and crash the boards. Whether BYU wins or loses, I still get annoyed with the WCC's capricious refs; both Dave Rose and Rex Walters have grounds for griping about the officiating last night.

  • Mark321 Las Vegas, NV
    March 11, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    @ Spokane Ute

    Both Gonzaga and BYU wanted this matchup and both programs and fans have a lot of respect for the other. Gonzaga wants this matchup because their best victory of the season was against BYU in Spokane and beating BYU again will help them with their seeding. BYU wanted this matchup also help them with their seeding and because it is only fitting for them to beat Gonzaga to win the WCC tournament because Gonzaga has been so dominant in this tournament. Regardless of the outcome both teams are getting into the big dance. Thanks for the classy comments.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 11, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    Congratulations Cougars and good luck against Gonzaga!

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    March 11, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    I didn't get a chance to watch the game last night because of the late start. I am ecstatic to find out today that BYU pulled it out; and from the free throw line, no less! I'm happy to see that Collinsworth, who we all know has struggled from the charity stripe, hit the free throws that ended up being the difference. Hopefully, that will be a huge confidence booster.

    As for the SF coach and his comments: no, Cougar fans (and Mormons) aren't upset. Why should we be? The Dons and Cougars played three times, and BYU came out on top every game. We know who the best team is. It's pretty clear. Now, had this been the only time BYU and SF played this season? Then you could make the claim that the better team didn't win.

  • jazzer St. George, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    Bet the cougs get knocked out first round of the tournament!

    Go UVU :)

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    Whoa Nellie
    American Fork, UT
    From this article, "I would say we are the best team in this tournament," Walters said. "The best team may not have won tonight. Our hat's off to BYU ... There may be a lot of Mormons mad at me, but I don't give a rat's you-know-what what the state of Utah thinks of me."

    He actually said, "Our hat's off to Gonzaga." Maybe he meant BYU but he did not say that. He probably meant what he said, because he followed it up with his comments about Mormons and Utah.

    Sorry Walters, but in this case the better team did win. Someone needs to tell him his own "better team" lost two other games earlier this year to the team that won this game.Pretty classless from who is supposed to be theWCC coach of the year,more like chump of the year.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    Congrats to the Cougars on a well earned victory. I liked their physical play and the lack of wild shots.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:35 p.m.

    Well, after watching the post-game press conference, it is clear that the UFS coach meant to say BYU, not Gonzaga. His comments were not offensive nor meant to offend. He truly believes in his team which is what the players, fans and school administration would want from him. He believes his team is the best in the tournament and I believe there is another team or two that is better. We can all have such beliefs. He seems to be a good coach for young men.

    Go Cougars!

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    While certainly not a guarantee, I think it is safe to say that BYU punched their ticket to the Big Dance last night. The only thing that remains now is to see if they will go dancing as an automatic 8-9 seed, or an at large 11-12 seed. Either way, I think the Cougars have a good chance of beating Gonzaga tonight. Both teams beat the other handily on their own court so it should be a pretty even match up on a neutral court. GO COUGARS!!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    March 11, 2014 2:45 p.m.

    Way to lose with class Coach Walters. We "Mormons" don't really care what you think about us either, have fun losing in the first round of the NIT.

  • 11 of past 12 Seattle, WA
    March 11, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    Ken,
    Haws has an off night and still scores 24 points. Wright and Loveridge can only dream of these stats on a good night.

  • WON84 PLANO, TX
    March 12, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    "Ken

    Sandy, UT

    And byu's bubble is about to pop for the final time. Go San Fran"

    KenIT?