BYU basketball: The Cougars need to win these key games if they want to go dancing in March

Published: Monday, Nov. 11 2013 5:35 p.m. MST

Associated Press

Over the course of the Dave Rose era, BYU fans have grown accustomed to watching their team play in the NCAA Tournament. In eight seasons as the head coach, Rose has taken the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament six times.

Rose has piled up an impressive record at BYU: 209 wins and 66 losses. Rose is second all-time in basketball wins and has the highest winning percentage of any coach at BYU (.760).

If the Cougars want to increase their chances of making another NCAA Tournament run this year, they will have to win some big games against some very tough opponents.

"This is a terrific non-conference schedule that will really help our team for league play," Rose said before the season. "We will face many tests and teams from coast to coast."

Here's a closer look at the games BYU will need to win if it wants to go to the NCAA Tournament again this year.

Justin Giles is a recent graduate of the University of Utah. Email: justingiles@deseretnews.com

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

"This year the Utes look much improved and will give BYU all they can handle when the two teams collide Dec. 14 at the Huntsman Center."

I'm guessing this statement is more true than cougar fans want to believe. If Utah can take care of the 5 spot and keep Haws under control (at least hold him to a lousy shooting percentage) ... well ... I'll just say I'd really like Utah's chances.

Omaha, NE

Seriously? It's more important to beat a ut or usu team who will fall to the middle to bottom of their conference than an Oregon or Iowa State or Texas? Seriously, these lists are put together by people who are too Utah based and can't see the whole picture. No way is ut the #2 team for them to beat. As usually, beating ut will do nothing for BYU's chances to make the big dance, but beating UT will!

Also, splitting one/one with Gonzaga/St. Mary's would better than beating any other Utah teams.

Gone fishin
PAC Country, WA

Well first off Utah does not belong on that list. They only look much improved because they don't have the courage to play decent teams, on the road. My church team could rack up the same numbers as the u.
Here is how I see it:
Stanford - Solid win. Already marked down.
Utah - Easy gimme
USU - Hard fought but a win for BYU
Texas - Very winnable this year
Iowa State - Very Winnable
Oregon - Toss up

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