BYU bastketball: Cougars a No. 1 seed? It's up for debate

Published: Tuesday, March 1 2011 10:52 a.m. MST

Many observers and bracketologists are slotting BYU as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament — for now. Most agree that the Cougars must win out, which means winning both games this week and next week's Mountain West Conference Tournament, to merit that distinction.

It's still a hot debate. Watch here as Joe Lunardi and Doug Gottlieb of ESPN argue which teams deserve a No. 1 seed — BYU or Texas. (This was just before the Longhorns lost last night at home to Kansas State.)

BYU holds one of the most dubious streaks in college basketball — most NCAA Tournament appearances without reaching a Final Four. The highest seed the Cougars have enjoyed since the tournament expanded to at least 64 teams is a No. 4 in 1988. Last year, BYU was a No. 7 seed.

The Wall Street Journal asks "Does BYU deserve a No. 1 NCAA seed?"

In this article, The Sporting News says this could be the year that the Cougars finally land a No. 1 seed.

Meanwhile, Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News excludes BYU from his list of projected No. 1 seeds.

Does BYU deserve a No. 1 seed? Vote here on CBS Sports. As of Tuesday morning, 56 percent of voters said yes.

Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated argues that playing close to home is more important than seeding.

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