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[23 Apr 2014 | | ]
Alan Taylor Was One of BYU’s Best Big Men

The BYU family received sad news this week with the passing of former basketball player Alan Taylor. If you are under the age of 45 you probably don’t remember Taylor’s playing days in Provo.
I have vague memories of BYU great Kresimer Cosic, but Taylor was the starting center for the Cougars when I really started paying close attention to BYU basketball as a young man in the late 1970’s.
He was a key part of a team that help to launch quite a run by the program in those days and …

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[3 Apr 2014 | | ]
BYU Will Move On Without Matty Basketball

BYU guard Matt Carlino is moving on. He’s taking his highly-erratic game elsewhere for his final year of eligibility.
The BYU basketball caravan will move on as well.
Whether Carlino’s departure was completely his own choice will likely never be known publicly. Head coach Dave Rose was dealing with a scholarship crunch for next year and so a scholarship player was bound to go.
There is no question that Matty Basketball is a talented player, but his wild inconsistency was the reason he lost his starting job midway through his junior season and …

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[18 Mar 2014 | | ]
Can BYU Advance at the Dance Without KC?

Back on Dec. 21, BYU nearly took down then 11th-ranked Oregon on the Ducks’ home court.
The Cougars held the lead for more than 38 of the 40 minutes of regulation. With 2:21 to go, they were up by seven, 83-76, but couldn’t hold off Oregon down the stretch.
The Ducks outscored BYU 8-1 to tie the game at 84 and send it into overtime, where they prevailed 100-96. The loss was a bitter pill for the Cougars to swallow.
It was a game they should have won.
On Thursday, they’ll get a chance …

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[13 Mar 2014 | | ]
Sans Collinsworth, BYU Awaits Its NCAA Fate

The BYU Cougars were handed a double whammy Tuesday night.
Not only did they look bad losing to Gonzaga 75-64, they also lost one of the best all-around players in the West for the rest of the season when Kyle Collinsworth went down with an torn ACL.
Both disappointing developments could hamper their chances of receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament when the brackets are announced this Sunday.
The selection committee has a history of moving teams down in the seedings when they lose key players at the end of the …

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[11 Mar 2014 | | ]
BYU Outlasts USF, Faces Zags for Title

LAS VEGAS — San Francisco star forward Cole Dickerson summed it up best late Monday night following BYU’s 79-77 overtime win over the Don’s in the semifinals of the WCC basketball tournament.
“It was a war,” Dickerson said.
Indeed, it was a tough, physical game in which the Cougars had to battle to the very end, and beyond, to advance to the conference championship game for the first time in their first three tries in the league.
For the second time in as many games in the tournament, BYU struggled from the field …

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[9 Mar 2014 | | ]
USF Game is BYU’s Biggest of the Year

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — For the BYU basketball team, it all comes down to Monday night.
If the Cougars (22-10, 13-5 WCC) defeat San Francisco (21-10, 13-5 WCC) in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament and advance to the championship game against either Gonzaga or Saint Mary’s, chances are good that they will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
If they lose, they will almost assuredly be left out of the Big Dance for the second year in a row. For that reason, the game against the Dons …

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[6 Mar 2014 | | ]
Can BYU Avoid Selection Sunday Jitters?

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — With the West Coast Conference basketball tournament getting under way today, the bubble-dwelling BYU Cougars have a chance to put to bed all the worry and speculation about their chances of making the NCCA tournament as an at-large entry by simply winning the WCC tournament title.
Led by conference MVP Tyler Haws and first-team all-conference selection Kyle Collinsworth, BYU has won four straight games and eight of the last nine to work itself back into at-large consideration.
Most bracketologists have the Cougars in the field of 68, but …

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[24 Feb 2014 | | ]
BYU Playing Its Best Basketball

The BYU Cougars are playing perhaps their best basketball at just the right time.
After losing road games at Portland and Gonzaga a month ago to fall to 5-4 in the West Coast Conference, the Cougars have since won seven of their last eight games, including impressive victories over the Zags and Pilots last week.
The move by head coach Dave Rose to sit Eric Mika in favor of Josh Sharp and Luke Worthington during the first few minutes of those games paid big dividends–as we predicted it would in a previous …

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[18 Feb 2014 | | ]
BYU Looking to Keep Hope Alive vs. Gonzaga

BYU’s 60-57 win at Saint Mary’s late Saturday night put the Cougars in the driver’s seat for second place in the WCC and the all-important second seed in next month’s conference tournament.
The Cougars (10-5, 18-10) now own a half game lead, as well as the tie-breaker, against both Saint Mary’s (9-5, 19-8) and San Francisco (9-5, 16-10) with three games remaining.
If they can manage to hold off the Gaels or the Dons down the stretch, they will avoid seeing conference big dog Gonzaga in the WCC tournament until the championship …

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[10 Feb 2014 | | ]
BYU Clinging to Second Place, NCAA Bubble

Saturday night’s 68-63 victory over San Francisco elevated BYU into sole possession of second place in the West Coast Conference.
The Cougars (17-9, 9-4 WCC) are a half game up on Saint Mary’s (18-7, 8-4 WCC) with a showdown between the two looming this Saturday on the Gaels home court. BYU won the first meeting in the season series a week-and-a-half ago in the Marriott Center by score of 84-71.
Prior to what sets up as a huge game for both team’s NCAA hopes, the Cougars travel to Stockton, Calif. on Thursday …