Oh good, this will take some of the emphasis off of the football team.
Before LaVell, BYU football was simply something to bide time until basketball
season started. The basketball team this year will help to soothe the sting of a
rebuilding year for football, but both programs are on solid ground with
excellent coaches and plenty of talent.BYU football still has a
chance to finish out the year strong and finish with a not great, but decent
season.BYU basketball, though, has a chance to have its best season
since Ainge led the Cougars to the Elite Eight. This team could equal or exceed
that feat, but they're going to have to gel quickly as a team with several
new/returning players coming in to replace some great players from last
seems a bit high for a future WCC member.
Articles like this remind me why the independence and WCC route will be painful.
As much as the MWC football contracts (and teams, once Utah goes) leave a lot to
be desired, the basketball was always good and competitive.On the
flip side, being in the WCC will make tourney time that much bigger. BYU needs
to make a leap there, getting into the 16 on a regular basis. Not easy, but
BYU basketball is no better relatively speaking than the football team is this
year. Preseason ranking of #24. That is ludicrous. There are probably more
than 50 teams east of the Mississippi that should be ranked ahead of the
Cougars. Give me a break.
Actually, hedgy, it's just about right for a future WCC member.#12
Gonzaga (WCC)#24 BYU (future WCC)On the other hand, that
future PAC member on the hill will be hopelessly out of its league with only one
ranked team in its conference.#18 Washington (PAC)Utah (future
PAC)Will the Utes even crack the top 200 this year?
@hedgehog:Don't shift the focus from your own pathetic basketball
BYU is a top 25 team period.
I see the bitter, Utah trolls are coming out of the woodwork. They would be
smart to stay on the football blogs and not embarrass themselves with their weak
basketball smack.Fans of a team whose only NCAA appearance in the
last 5 years ended in an embarrassing #5 seed blowout to a #12 seed, should be
talking smack to fans of a team whose last NCAA appearance included a gutsy OT
win over the defending National Champions.Frankly, I couldn't care
less about the opinions of trolls whose team forgot how to play basketball after
Welcome back Jimmer and welcome new/rm Collingsworth boys. Pre season polls is
just a peice of paper opinion. GO COUGARS!
Hedgehog:Do they play basketball in the PAC? If they do I suspect
that Utah will fair better than they have done in the MWC (more teams at thier
Bottomline, How much college basketball have you watched this year?
riddles in the dark,I agree wtih you, but check your facts, Florida
was not the defending champs.....
Hedghog. I'm surprised you had the backbone to comment. Where are the Ute's
ranked? 6th. Not bad. Too bad thats the MWC poll. Of course to the Ute's
benefit,it could have been 3rd in the PAC 10 this year.
Big Ben 2.0You're right. Florida won back-to-back titles in 2007 and
2008, but North Carolina won the title in 2009.
This should give Cougar fans something positve to talk about regardiing their
athletic department.Football team on a bye, and an article about
basketball, the best of both worlds for Cougar fans.
I actually hate the ranking. I would much rather have a team like we did last
year and over achieve and win the national title than be ranked number 1 and
have anything short of winning the NT again be a let down. Just as
last years team was under ranked all year, this is surely giving the guys in the
right color blue way to much credit. We shall see. The nice thing
is who ever ends the season number 1 will be because they earned it, and didn't
rely on some votes to get there.
RiddlesI actually agree with you that the Utes were a bit over rated
that year they lost in the tournament. It happens when you have national respect
for so many years. But to say that BYU did anything out of the ordinary by
barely beating a Florida team that really should not have been there, is kinda
funny. You might want to work on your "weak" basketball smack too.
You can't really talk it though when you can't back it up. Do
something in the tournament beyond the first round and then we can talk.
riddles, again, check those facts!Florida-titles in 2006, 2007Kansas-title in 2008NC-title in 2009
Why is it that some people can't stand to see anything positive about BYU sports
in the news?
@Eating Skiddles in the DarkIf your research went back one more year
you would know that in 2005 Utah was a sweet 16 team. Now please remind us all
when BYU accomplished that.Yes I agree Utah basketball is down but
reality is even in our bad years we don't go 1-25 (BYU 1998-99 season??) and
even in your great years you can't get passed the 2nd round: 1-5 under the
current coach.So congrats on finally winning a tournament game in 17
years.Will BYU get to the Sweet 16? Maybe but not likly.
No matter where BYU finishes the season, they will beat Colorado St twice again
unlike the u. We won't even go to the SW Baptist, Seattle and Idaho games of the
last two years. It must be hard for the once proud program that Majerus took to
unprecedented heights to fall so far so fast. Looking forward to another 71-51
game at the Huntsman center :) Enjoy your 6th or 7th place finish in the
conference this year.
The funny thing about jealous Utah trolls talking smack about basketball is that
the only thing the Utes have to beat their chests about is ancient history; the
same tired arguement that they're constantly whining about BYU fans in football.
Everything that hedgie types is meaningless drivel. It must be a sad
lonely life he leads when after he levels up his dwarf warrior in WOW the only
other "productive" thing he does is comment on EVERY BYU board.
the difference between byu fans and utah fans is this.....utah fans
are obsessed with byu and constantly think about them and can't get byu out of
their mindsbyu fans only think about utah the week we play
them....other than that we dont careenough said....
"byu fans only think about utah the week we play them....other than that we dont
care"Proborunner,Utah is like Freddy Krueger to the
zoob. We haunt your dreams.The "nightmare on Kewgar Street" is
knowing the Utes have stepped over you to be INVITED to join the "Conference of
Champions" while the kewgs have downgraded to the high school gyms of the WWC.
I wish that BYU and Utah did not play each other in any sports. I am so sick and
tired of all the hate that flows back and forth between all the fans. You would
think that some people could be a little more respectful to each other. Such a
Re Anonymous Infinity: What's your problem? Why are you so negative?Are
you the expert that has reviewed all the college teams and know more than the AP
voters?50 teams east of the Mississippi, better than BYU you say, who are
they? Back up your comments. Do you know anything about this BYU team? By your
comments, I'd say you don't.
Good to see the Cougars get some national respect. I know its only preseason
rankings, but BYU has a chance to be very good this season and hopefully make a
run in the NCAA tournament. Go Cougars!
Funny ... I don't remember the Utes even being mentioned in this article and yet
so many Utah fans are here TRYING to make it about them. I can't decide if that
is narcissism or insecurity.
@hedgehog, I know the Cougars are not good this year, but don't be so sure of
yourself. The two still have to meet later on in the year and miracles can and
do happen, so you never know. Again, don't be so sure...the nightmare just
maybe yours, on Yewt Street rather than Kewgar Street, wherever the heck they
Ah, Ute b-ball fans...always living in the past!?!Based on the
rankings it looks like the U will have a much better chance to compete next year
in the PAC than they do this year...but on second thought, that's not really
true is it!