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Published: Thursday, Oct. 28 2010 10:24 a.m. MDT

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Alpha Chicken
Orem, UT

Oh good, this will take some of the emphasis off of the football team.

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

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 season.

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

seems a bit high for a future WCC member.

yankee doodle
Layton, UT

DUKIES!!!!!!

Madden
Herriman, UT

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 possible.

Anonymous Infinity
American Fork, UT

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.

CG
Orem, UT

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?

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

@hedgehog:

Don't shift the focus from your own pathetic basketball team.

Bottom Line
Draper, UT

BYU is a top 25 team period.

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

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 sweaterman left.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Welcome back Jimmer and welcome new/rm Collingsworth boys. Pre season polls is just a peice of paper opinion. GO COUGARS!

berf
Perry, UT

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 level).

PJ
Logan, UT

Bottomline,

How much college basketball have you watched this year?

Big Ben 2.0
Salt Lake City, UT

riddles in the dark,

I agree wtih you, but check your facts, Florida was not the defending champs.....

cougsrock
maricopa, az

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.

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

Big Ben 2.0

You're right. Florida won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008, but North Carolina won the title in 2009.

williary
Kearns, UT

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.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

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.

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Riddles

I 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.

Big Ben 2.0
Salt Lake City, UT

riddles, again, check those facts!

Florida-titles in 2006, 2007
Kansas-title in 2008
NC-title in 2009

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