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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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Matt Gade
The Utes are essentially playing with their backs against the wall, so they will either need to go on a winning streak to close out the regular season or win the Pac-12 tournament to get a ticket to the Big Dance as it stands now. Here’s what is holding them back:

• No. 145 strength of schedule; No. 347 non-conference strength of schedule. (The committee also has a history of punishing weak non-conference schedules.)

• Only 10 road games all season; 0-6 on the road thus far.

• Outside the top 100 in the current RPI rankings.

The good news is the season is not over yet. If the Utes can pull together a run late in the regular season, an at-large bid still isn't completely out of the picture. Also, the tournament is a gold mine for the Pac-12, considering it currently has seven top 50-ranked RPI teams and 10 teams in or near the top 100.

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Ken
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.

UU
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.

BYUalum
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.

Wildcat
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!

red.diehard
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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