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Published: Sunday, March 13 2011 11:15 p.m. MDT

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Rebel-Aggie
Provo, UT

So USU was ranked #17 in the nation, but was placed behind 44 other teams in the tournament? Doesn't seem fair to me. Oh well. Hopefully with our 30-3 record we can beat a team with a 22-10 record.

SportsFan101
Bountiful, UT

What else do you have to do. They could have lost 8 more games, won the tournament, and still got this seed. Gross.

jimbo049
North Logan, UT

This is another terrible injustice for the Aggies this year. They have an RPI of 15 and ranked 17th in the nation and get a 12th seed. First their conference members stiff them. Then BYU bails on them and elects to play in the WCC after USU supported them. And now this.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

Chicken crap committee. They are a top 20 team and this? No respect for the WAC at all. I hope USU can play their A game and take it to them.
Ridiculous!

Mike Johnson
Stafford, VA

USU don't let this get you down. Don't let the selection committee be confirmed that they made the right decision. Prove them wrong. By many significant measures you are a slightly better team than Kansas State:

RPI: USU #15, KSU #23
ESPN Coaches Poll: USU #17, KSU #23
Sagarin: USU #21, KSU #25

The AP is an outlier: USU #23, KSU #19

USU is at least evenly matched on paper.

KSU is considered one of the hottest teams in the country, because they beat 6 teams in a row between two losses to Colorado. They are entering the tournament on a loss.

Now 12 seeds beat 5 seeds almost every year, but this time, the 12 seed has the better paper resume and that is unusual. And if you win, it becomes as if you were a 5 seed. So go take it.

At least they didn't make you have to play in to become a 12th seed like UAB and Clemson have to do.

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Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

That's a tough draw, but one I think USU can take.

Go Aggies.

stonewall
Cottonwood Heights, UT

A team that was being discussed as a 7-seed widely, particularly on ESPN, with a basement of an 8 or 9 in most people's eyes, gets a TWELVE? This has to be one of the most baffling examples of the selection committee being on a different page than everybody else I've ever seen. I'd like to see some research done to tell me when the last time was a team with 30 wins was seeded so low? Or the last top 25 team to be seeded so low was? This is a shocker. And it reveals something else. If Utah State didn't win the conference tournament, if this is truly what the committee thought of them, they probably wouldn't have gotten in at all. Lesson learned. Never leave it up to the committee. They'll always find a way to stiff the Aggies.

Wakeupcall
Logan, UT

This should be a sign to the program that they are on a sinking ship in the WAC, it will only get worse with the mass exodus of much of our quality to the MWC. I want out. In the meantime, I wouldn't mind seeing the Ags knock off a potential final four candidate.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

I'll definitely be cheering for the Aggies. They are a very good team, probably better than BYU without Davies. I hope they smash down Kansas St.

In fact, wouldn't it be kind of cool to see USU and BYU face off in the elite 8? Probably won't happen, but it would be a great match up. And a huge slap in the face to the eastern elites who disparage western teams so much.

In My Humble Opinion
South Jordan, UT

Money grubbing, elitist BCS schools who have no integrity and zero knowledge of anything that happens in the Mountain States.

Same people who threw Boise State and TCU into the same bowl game two years ago instead of letting them each beat one of their schools.

Same people who denied Boise State a New Year's bowl game this year.

Same people who give a coach who knowingly hid violations a two game suspension after they suspended five of his players five games each for those violations (fair would've been suspend him for 5 x 5 games).

Same people who formed the BCS because a non-"elite" school won a national championship and a decade later a New Year's Day bowl game.

Go Aggies. Every fan of every school in Utah will be rooting for you.

Cali Coug
Visalia, CA

Aggies are better than a No. 12 seed...go in and give K-State a lose.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Totally disgusted!

The only way to answer is to beat Kansas State.

Go Big Blue!!!

nehu
Kaysville, UT

Wo Wo what is in the water out there? Cougars actually giving us some cheers? I'll take it I guess. Never have I been so baffled in all my life, never. I truly feel the selection committee may be partly racist or at the very least regionally biased. It is simply my opinion. With my complaining out of the way let's go silence the committee and their bias, just win.

JP

Rodgers
Sandy, UT

Yes, this is a lower seed than expected, but if USU does get an 8, next round #1. With this secenario IF the ags win they will play maybe a #4 seed. At least they made the tourney. The team that really got hosed was Uof Colorado. They beat Kstate 3 times and didn't even make it. The committee really needs to be revamped or punished for it's idiocies.

Boston
Spanish Fork, UT

Go AGGIES! Put it to them, just like in 2001 when you (#12 seed) beat Ohio St.(#5) seed. Find the slipper, and wear it! Be the Cinderella and prove the committe wrong. GO AGGIES!!!!!!!!!

OU812
Layton, UT

To be a realist, of those 30 wins, one was against the top 100, St Mary's, two of their loses looked better then most of the wins, on the road to Georgetown and BYU, zero wins against teams in the NCAA tournament. Can't really be to surprised.

Back to the game: IMO, this is USUs worst case scenario for a matchup. KSU is big, can jump out of the building and thrive on in your face defensive pressure and try and block every shot put up, plus they have an all american guard in Pullen who made Jimmer pee his pants last year. Their coach is Mr. Intensity with bug eyes to go with it. But if USU can hit some threes early and build a lead, I think they could take the air out of the ball. If the game is close at the end, KSU is terrible in shooting foul shots, but that was without Pullen, I watched the UNLV/KSU game earlier in the year. UNLV pulled out an ugly slugfest.

drb
Providence, UT

Maybe we don't like the idea of a 12th seed, given because even with 30 wins, the schedule ended up being pretty weak. But suppose that USU was seeded at #5 because of its win-loss record, and Kansas State, even with its impressive wins, and poll rankings similar to USU, was ranked #12 because it has 10 losses. Would we complain? Guess what, there would be no difference in the tournament schedule for USU in this case!! If Kansas State has one of its best games, USU probably loses. But if not, USU has a good shot.

Joe Schmoe
Orem, UT

Two things.

First, Coach, there is no such thing as BCS in basketball. By calling it that you only perpetuate the problem.

Second, I think this shows that USU needs to really work on their OOC resume. Go out and play some of the big boys. You might not win them all but your SOS will improve and your team will be tested. You might not get a return game but that is the reality of playing in the WAC.

Tai called it a slap in the face but I think the committee was sending a message.

No, I'm not a troll. In fact I have a Masters from USU.

At any rate I think it is a very winnable game. 5 seeds beat 12 seeds almost every year. I'm picking USU in my bracket!

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

What are all you Aggie fans yappin about? If you are that good, go out and beat K State and make the selection committee look bad! If you have a better record and a better team...prove it. You have the ability to go out and get the bball nation talking by winning a couple of games. That will give you the respect and eyes on you that you want.

IA Cougar
West Des Moines, IA

Huge BYU fan here. I wish the Aggies well. The 12 seed stinks but you had a terrific season and I think you can beat KSU. The 5/12 matchups always pull upset wins. In your case, I don't think a win would be an upset. Remember, the chairman of the Selection Committee is the AD at BCS - Ohio State. It always favors BCS schools and conferences. Why? We all know that. $$$$$$$$$$$
Good luck. Let's get a nice Aggie Win and a nice Cougar win and advance!

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