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Published: Sunday, Feb. 27 2011 11:05 p.m. MST

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XelaDave
Salem, UT

Having had tournament tickets many times- those tickets always came with dates and times stamped on them- never have I attended a game that was changed- it may well be true that they will accomodate a change if needed but I have never seen that published anywhere so I would love a cite from those claiming the dates associated with brackets does not matter- people get their tickets months in advance and make plans accordingly and now many here suggest the NCAA will simply change those as needed up to and including the day of play- I have never seen or heard of that and it would make for some very bad press for people that have airline and hotel reservations made given the tickets they hold- so what is the source of this knowledge?

Hondo
Springville, UT

I've been trying to find a reason not to write "I told you so" as part of my comments this morning, but I can't find one. So, here it goes - "I told you so." I predicted that BYU would win by 15 and they won by 13.

Furthermore, I predicted that BYU would not need Jimmer's best game to win. And they did not.

Great guard play goes a long way in the tourney and Emery showed us he can do it.

By the way, what's up with the refs? Jackson got creamed by Leonard, but there was no call and then moments later Jimmer got robbed of a "and one." Those refs were definitely trying to get the Cougs to lose. No such luck. The better team prevailed.

Now on to my prediction that BYU will make the NC game.....Great guard play will win this tourney and the nation is about to get Jimmer-fied.

HS Hoops Lover
Salt Lake, UT

eastcoastcoug: This article is posted prior to the conference tournament because the NCAA announced that this year, the conference tournaments will have NO CONSEQUENCE on the decision of teams and seedings (except for the tournament champion).

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

1 seed is deserved if you look at the entire season of all the top 10 teams. RPI tells alot about how many weak teams the big programs schedule. I think this BYU team can handle the pressure of a 1 seed and have what they need to win against anyone in the country. They have done it very well all season. If they do get a 1 seed and don't make it to the final 4 then some will think it a failure. Whatever happens the rest of the season, it has been an incredible ride so far.

PJ
Logan, UT

If anybody has noticed the last few weeks its almost a jinx to be ranked #1 but it really speaks more to the parity this year. Im actually glad for BYU and think they deserve a one seed just as much as Duke, Pitt, Kansas, etc. I also take a little bit of pride knowing that all the teams that have been to Provo this year(and lost, obviously) Utah State played the best game. It would be nice to see both teams advance far enough for a rematch.

Barack Obama
Phoenix, AZ

Lets not put the cart before the horse here. BYU fans tend to hype the team a tad and get so excited that they forget there is still a lot of basketball left to play. We still have two more regular season games, a tough MWC tournament, and then an NCAA tournament to play in (six more games if you go all the way). That's potentially 11 games still to go. Before we start crowning ourselves with a Final Four, lets win the MWC and MWC tournament first.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

1 seeds are Big East, Big 10 and Big 12 champions (unless there's a massive upset in the conference tournaments) with the fourth one going to Duke or BYU. Knowing big school bias I say Duke still has the edge at the moment. BYU probably needs another Duke loss and to win out to get that fourth one. If BYU loses in the conference tournament then they're a 2-3 seed depending on who they lose to. (2 for a loss to SDSU, 3 for anyone else).

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

For a team that beat a highly ranked opponent on the road by double digits... there sure is a heck of a lot of officiating complaining. I thought that was usually reserved for you know... the team that lost looking for an excuse.

CRB
Woods Cross, UT

BYU will not displace the 1st place team in the Southeast region which will be an ACC or SE Conference champion. This is the only region they can avoid sunday play as a #1 seed. I expect them will find themselves as 2nd seen in the west which is ideal for BYU and well deserved because they will produce better crowds in a closer venue. This is what BYU should be hoping for and should expect. In fact it is a better situation for the Y than 1st seed in a far away land.

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

eastcoastcoug

"Jeff, Why this article BEFORE the MWC tournament??"

Why not?

Yahoo, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, CBS Sports, and the Sporting News (just to name a few) are all projecting and/or discussing the possibility of BYU being a #1 seed.

So why shouldn't the DN and BYU fans be discussing that possibility?

If you've been watching BYU since the Danny Ainge era, then surely you're very aware that BYU hasn't had a player like Jimmer Fredette, since, well, Danny Ainge.

The Fan House had this to say about Jimmer:

"I hope Larry Bird was watching Saturday when Jimmer Fredette and Brigham Young carved up highly ranked San Diego State for the second time this year.

For Larry Legend, it was a chance to relive his college days, the Jimmer doing for Brigham Young what Bird used to do for Indiana State."

The Jimmer Show is well on its way, but there's still time to hop on the bandwagon eastcoastcoug and enjoy the ride.

No. 1 seed or not, Jimmer and the Fredettes are the biggest story in college basketball this year!

SportsFan
Orem, UT

CRB

Go back and study the new pod system used by the NCAA tournament, and then report back on why it's not only possible, but probable, that BYU could be a #1 seed in Denver and then advance to the Anaheim Regional, both Thu-Sat games.

As long as BYU takes care of business on the court, the NCAA Selection Committee will take care of any adjustments that need to be made to award BYU a #1 seed.

Utah Businessman
Sandy, UT

Wow, what a great win for Jimmer and the Cougars on Saturday! We have had the pleasue of having Noah Hartsock in our home a few times, so it was great that he performed so well--way to go, Noah! However, it was a great team win with a lot of credit being deserved by Charles, Jackson and others--such a great performance in a hostile environment under tons of pressure!

Lots of nice comments here--very little bashing--thanks posters! I also think that Coach Fisher and the Aztecs have shown a lot of class. I have great respect for Coash Fisher, and I think he has had a very positive influence on his players in terms of their attitude.

Last but not least, kudos to Coach Rose--a great man and a great coach. Thanks, Coach for your great leadership! Go Cougars!

DSB
Cedar Hills, UT

If you want a #1 seed for BYU, you'll need to have faith that the seeding committee will give BYU a fair shot, and not let biases and favoritism cloud their judgment.

Oh me of little faith.

worf
Mcallen, TX

BYU is the highest rated MWC team in history. It doesn't matter if they get a #1 seed, they'll still get someones best game. New Mexico is a jinx, everytime we beat San Diego State, we lose the next game to them. Got to finish strong.

alternate
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris,

I assure you Chris that TDS will not get any seed. Neither will TUN. 2004 is a long time ago. That coach deserted your Utes, perhaps you should let his legacy die. It was mockery then and it is now. Lucky for you that the DNews does not consider it offensive. I do and in fact I believe you do, that is why you do it.

As far as your BYU comments, they always have the same theme. BYU will lose. One of these days, you may actually be right. With a #1 seed, which I am not sure they will get, BYU would be playing the likes of Florida Atlantic, Vermont, Montana, etc. The 2nd round would be against an 8 or 9 seed.

Your odds are not great, but who knows, if you keep trying ....

I actually felt bad for you when you predicted SDS by 20. You must have had a lot of pain on Sat and Sun.

stokethefire
The Planet, Earth

Remember when you were a kid and you ended up on the bottom of a dogpile at recess? The misery of being on the bottom. That is how Chris B feels right now.

The rest of us feel pretty great up here near the top.

The BYU basketball team does not have its heads in the papers, only the fans. The team can taste the fruits of years of hard work and we can be there to cheer them on as they continue to win these last two regular season games at home and on to the tourneys.

It is a great day to be a Cougar.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Chris B,

Nobody wins for ever. Hold on and someday the Cougs will lose a game. You can can have your laughs and perhaps some ray of sunshine will touch your soul.

Y4LYFE
Lubbock, TX

Cougs are going to become the state's best team in history. With or without a 1 seed.

Hondo
Springville, UT

I see that no one is questioning my comments today. Last week, everyone (even the BYU fans) were claiming that I was delusional. Now that the results are in, there is no room for argument.

Soon enough, my NC game prediction will come true. Soon enough. By the way, just because I have high aspirations for my team does not make me a homer or troll.

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