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Commentary: Best, worst-case scenarios for BYU, Utah and USU basketball

Published: Thursday, Aug. 27 2015 8:35 p.m. MDT

The Utah Utes celebrate their overtime win over Washington State in  NCAA basketball action in Salt Lake City  Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) The Utah Utes celebrate their overtime win over Washington State in NCAA basketball action in Salt Lake City Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Editors note: These are not predictions — they’re exaggerated and fictional scenarios.

As a new college basketball season dawns, BYU, Utah and USU fans dream of what their teams could accomplish in 2013-14. These fans hope to see their team dominate in conference, win against in-state rivals and make a deep run in the NCAA tournament come March.

Of course, dreams don't always come true. Sometimes, seasons turn out to be complete nightmares. Take BYU's 1-25 season in 1996-97 as a perfect example of how bad things can be.

So, what are the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Cougars, Utes and Aggies headed into the season?

Here are six fun, over-exaggerated scenarios for the three basketball programs.

Lafe Peavler is a sportswriter intern at the Deseret News.

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