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

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After opening up the season with a home win over Big Sky favorite Weber State on Friday, the Cougars now face a tough test on the road as they take on Stanford as part of ESPN’s Tipoff Marathon. Both teams come into the game undefeated with 1-0 records.

Stanford, which is known more for its football program than basketball program, still comes into the game with plenty of experienced players. The Cougars will need to come out and play turnover-free basketball if they want to beat the Cardinal. The Cardinal, which were picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12 this year, are looking as well to get a signature win this season, and BYU would do that for them.

A win would do wonders for the Cougars' resume when the NCAA committee looks over their body of work to determine who gets invited to the big dance and who gets left home.
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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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