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Post-Utah Basketball

It’s all a matter of perspective. From the worn-out sofa cushions six feet from the screen, it looked bad. From the nosebleed seats of the Huntsman Center surrounded by crazed Ute fans, it seemed endless. From the stat sheet showing a BYU squad that mustered a lackluster 32 percent shooting output, it looked hopeless.

Saturday’s performance by the BYU men’s basketball team was a tough loss for the BYU nation to swallow. Not only was it a loss to the rival Utes, it was a beat-down from the opening tip. BYU fans had been praying since the football team loss to the Utes; that this Cougar team would be able to walk out of the Huntsman Center with a big win, and regain a little bit of the pride that was completely taken after the football team fell to the Utes in September.

Yes, BYU was outplayed in every facet of the game; yes, Utah seems to play up for these games far more often than BYU; and yes, BYU will be just fine. 

I say again. BYU will be okay.

This is not an abandon ship cry but a calming talk that says this BYU squad will be just fine. Coach Rose has a talented team that stars a veteran point guard in Matt Carlino, a natural scorer in Tyler Haws, and a phenomenal freshman in Eric Mika. This was BYU’s first test into a fiery and extremely hostile crowd. This loss will better prepare this team come conference play, and will teach them about having to travel to smaller, but just as heated venues like Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga. BYU will learn from this. The leaders of this team and Coach Rose will use this loss as an experience on how to improve road performance. This loss will teach the Cougar team more about how to win, than the 48 point win against Prairie View A&M did. 

Conference play has yet to start and that’s where the real fire will be placed against this year’s teams. And come tournament time, a Utah loss will not keep BYU out of the tournament. Only a collapse in conference play will. It’s all about the bigger picture for Dave Rose’s team this year. It all comes down to perspective. So sit further back from your television screen, and think twice before you send out that tweet; because this basketball team is far from done.   

From the desk of Spencer King with BYU Sports Nation on BYU Radio.

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