3 key dates each for BYU, Utah, USU, Weber State and UVU to make the NCAA tournament

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13 2014 2:07 p.m. MST

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As March Madness nears, we take a look at what it will take for BYU, Utah, Utah State, Weber State and Utah Valley University to qualify for the NCAA tournament. (Our apologies to Southern Utah, which cannot qualify for Big Sky tournament.) We focus on three key dates for each team.

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Sandy, UT

Good luck tonight Utes, we support you.

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Well there is a loss to keep their perfect road record intact.
Chances of making the NCAA is about .000003%

But seriously folks!
Salt Lake City, UT

BYU's chances of making the tourney look pretty good if they can take care of business this weekend.
Utah could win out and still not make it because of the stellar preseason scheduling. I can't help but think that the AD and Crisco are slapping themselves on the side of the head for such a lame decision.

Provo, UT

The key to Utah's season is not beating the teams that are clearly better that the Utes (i.e. AZ, UCLA @ Pauley) but beating the teams that are more on Utah's level (Cal, USC, ASU, CU, Stanford). Going 5-2 to finish the season will probably not happen, but that's what Utah should be shooting for.

South Jordan, UT

Goooooooooooo! Cougars

Mike Johnson
Stafford, VA

I think Utah will be shooting for winning all 7. That likely won't happen, but you don't simply decide to hand any team the victory. This article is about what it would take to get in the tournament. That undoubtedly means winning the Pac-12 tournament.

Weber State looks to have a good shot at the NCAAs because in all likelihood they will host the tournament they need to win.

I don't think Grand Canyon is eligible for the WAC tournament. It is between UVU and NMSU in my opinion. Unfortunately, I think NMSU is the one with the inside track.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Go Cougars, Wildcats, Aggies and Wolverines!

Mike Johnson
Stafford, VA

Good win Utes.

O-town, UT

I think the only team now with an at-large chance is Utah. If they finish in the top five, which is possible, and have win a game in the PAC-12 Tournament, they may get an at-large bid. The NCAA selection committee really already has pretty much all the slots designated for conferences, but just does a little tweeking that is pretty much done in five minutes after all the conference tournaments are done. Unless an upset happens in the WCC--one team will get in there, and probably only two in the MWC barring a different Tournment winner than the Aztecs or Lobos, that would leave probably 5 teams for the PAC-12.

I think all the in-state teams have a chance in their tournament to make a run. Good luck to all of them, but let's all get behind the Beehive's best shot...GO WILDCATS!

Central, UT

Utes stock went up, Coug stock went down.

The Last Word
South Jordan, UT

Its high time the Wildcats break through again and go back to the Big Dance. Its too bad it didn't happen when Damian Lillard was there--came so close but thats okay, Lillard is over feeling bad because he's an NBA All Star and currently the best player in the NBA coming from the State of Utah! GO CATS!

sherlock holmes
Eastern, UT

The solution to all this dumb posting about the Utah Schools is to hold a Beehive State Classic Postseason Bball Tournment, and invite: BYU, Utah, USU, Weber State. Have a 4 team playoff. Could be the only postseason opportunity available for them and their fans.

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