@justgordonAnyone who thought BYU was just going to waltz in and
dominate a conference that consistently has a team in the tournament to go
multiple rounds, has a basketball knowledge that probably ends at the word
At 1-2 instead of 0-3 against the WCC maybe the utes aren't irrelevant after
MiP:You're right. 2 not 3.
I'm thinking BYU finishes 2nd, and sneaks into the NCAA tourney as a lower seed.
Provided Davies stays on the team. Not bad after losing the POY.But
being in the Big-12 would be better.====="Actually
irrelevant is losing 3 games to the WCC last year and being picked to finish
last in your conference this year, not being able to get an alum to help coach
the team, 4 losing seasons in 6 years, and 8 players transferring last
year." ---RiddlemethisWhy do BYU fans keep thinking Utah
lost 3 WCC games last year? Apparently beating Pepperdine counts as a loss?
atl134,Sorry to burst your bubble, but the WCC has only been a one
team conference in the NCAA tournament in recent history and there is no sign
this will change. Last year was a perfect example. St. Mary's had basically
the same regular season record going into the conference tournament. Gonzaga
won the tournament and St. Mary's got left out of the Big Dance. More bad news,
you only beat St. Mary's by one point with Jimmer. That could be a tough match
up without him.So finishing 3rd or even 2nd will not cut it from the
Re: MESOUTE "I guess I really had a hard time believing it until it finally
came down. BYU basketball is competing in the West Coast Conference." On a
yearly basis, compare the MWC and MCC teams make it to the NCAA Tournmanet
"dance." Outside of the Marriot, the arena's are obviously smaller,
but the brand of basketball is not that much different between the MWC &
WCC. When the Y left the MWC (the best decision the athletic department &
school has made) and the football team goes independent, what other options were
out there? I bet you won't see much difference between the number of schools the
MWC and WCC send to the Tournament this next season. We'll see. I'm just glad
we still get the Cougs to come to San Diego to play the University of San Diego.
Classic, just classic. I guess I really had a hard time believing it until it
finally came down. BYU basketball is competing in the West Coast Conference. And
picked 3rd to boot. This is not good, not good at all for the BY.
I'm fine with the 3rd place pick. How predictable are these
"pre-season" picks anyhow? BYU is a new entity to the WCC. As it came
down in the MWC, the "easy" NCAA Tourney pick will come down to the
conf. championship. If that's different from the regular season champion, a 2nd
WCC pick will all depend on who strong the rest of the major conferences are.
When major conferences had a down year, more MWC & WCC seem to get into the
conference. So, BYU's single goal, leaving nothing up to speculation, will be to
win the WCC Tournament, not necessarily the league championship. I'm excited to
see how all the pieces fit together. We'll be younger than young this season-- a
ton of Freshman. Let's go, Cougs.
Apparently the voters didn't know that Davies was coming back.
@CougFaninTX"I would love to measure how many more eye balls
see BYU BB than Ute BB."Probably a lot. I'm pretty sure forcing
prisoners to watch Ute BB was one of the controversial "enhanced
interrogation techniques" used at Gitmo.
BYU will be overpowered by frontlines at Gonzaga and St. Marys. They need some
taller players with some beef on them. The problem regardless of their being
outsized and outquicked by black players is the high school gyms they will be
playing in. The WCC basketball facilities are atrocious. How can these teams
think they are national teams by not providing proper courts. No national team
will ever come to play them on their home floors. They all have to barnstorm
and play more nationally recognized teams away and never get home and home
agreements. This conference is a joke. BYU losses in these venues will be a
detriment to them. They will become a perpetual NIT team. Recruiting topline
basketball players to play at BYU will always be an issue. Just because BYU
made the final 16 last year means little for the future.
Byu will win more games in the WCC than the Utes will win in the PAC 12 in the
next two years or maybe three years.
Judging by BYU's front-line size this year, I don't see the Cougars finishing
3rd. Preseason might be sketchy until newcomers get acclimated, but by WCC time,
BYU will be rollin'!
Why are the Ute trolls so pocessed with gym size? Last year the Utes wouldn't
have been able to fill the smallest gyms in the WCC. Will you support your team
this year, or just continue to make degrading comments about others to try and
bolster your bruised ego because your team is not competitive?BYU
will be seen by millions more viewers this year than last year with the new ESPN
contract. I would love to measure how many more eye balls see BYU BB than Ute
BB.When nobody watches your team, you've become irrelevant.
MildredTime to get a new schtick. You've beaten this one to death.
When your games are televised and your fan base is national, gym size does not
indicate audience size.
3rd behind Gonzaga and St. Mary's sounds right. Over the recent years the WCC
has generally had 2-3 teams in the tournament so getting in the top two or
winning the conference tournament should get BYU in. If they're third and don't
win the tournament then they'd be borderline NCAA tournament/NIT tournament.
We will easily win this conference and advance to the final 8 in the NCAA
Gym size is so over rated! Would you rather play in a packed 5,000 seat arena
or a empty Huntsman Center with 12,000 empty seats?
BYU is way underrated by the coaches in the WCC. They will come in 1st in a
close battle with Gonzaga. St. Mary's will be third, with the others all far
behind. BYU and Gonzaga easily make the NCAA tournament, St. Mary's may get in.
Coach Rose can't be excited playing in a High School Gyms can he?Is any of
this WCC effecting his recruiting?
re: sportsfanforlifeDefinitely not a joke. BYU, Gonzaga, and St.
Mary's all have a good chance to make the tournament. And although the Pac-10
had a better season last year, remember how bad they were in 2009-10. If BYU,
Gonzaga, and St. Mary's have good seasons, I don't see the committee leaving the
Gales out again. And I don't see the Pac-12 getting more than 3 bids. And
that's if they play near the level of last season rather than the level of the
season before.One thing I'm positive won't happen this year: Utah
getting a berth in the tournament.
How refreshing is it to be part of a conference that appreciates you rather than
rides your coattails and then complains how you're wearing that coat...
I for one am excited to play for a championship! Having been raised in St Mary's
country, and knowing USF basketball I look forward to watching the games.Gonzaga is going to be great again I hope.Go Cougars!
@nevadacoug"the wcc will have more teams in the ncaa tourney than the
pac 12" hahahahahahahahah that has to be a joke.
@Patriot,The Cougs are so irrelevant that you just had to be the
first to comment on this article... Enjoy those empty seats at the
Huntsman Center... again...
I think you're just a little ungrateful. Out here in the Bay Area Cougar fans
are freaking stoked!! With St. Marys, UCSF and Santa Clara right here in our
backyard, we will be seeing the Cougs (and Utes when they play Cal and
NevadaCoug: BYU will win more games in the WCC this season than Utah will win
in the Pac-12 -- in basketball and football combined.
C'mon, the MWC has consistently been a much better conference than the WCC in
basketball. Gonzaga has had a few good runs, but the MWC seems to get 3 teams in
the NCAAs almost every year. With Utah gone and some odd new teams joining the
MWC, I can see the WCC being as good or better in basketball.Getting
used to the tiny venues will be odd though. And it just feels strange to see
teams coming to town that you have barely heard of because they have no DI
football teams. It will be an adjustment, but nice to have BYU on TV more often.
Patriot:"is anybody at all excited about being in the wcc? BYU
is quickly becoming irrelevant."Actually irrelevant is losing 3
games to the WCC last year and being picked to finish last in your conference
this year, not being able to get an alum to help coach the team, 4 losing
seasons in 6 years, and 8 players transferring last year.
Isn't the WCC the conference that the Y was going to dominate iand now their
picked 3rd in basketball? Oh my heck!
I still think BYU should have joined the Big Sky for other sports. The WCC was
a one-bid conference last year, even with a good St. Mary's team. The man crush
the NCAA committee has on Gonzaga is still there, but a couple of bad years
could end that. Smaller gyms, time zone differences, one-bid, with this being
the case, the Big Sky could have been a better offer. I know some
BYU fans are pulling out the smelling salts at me even suggesting it, but an
injured Weber State team (star player was out of the lineup) only lost by 5
points to one of the most talented teams BYU has put on the floor, and the
Wildcats finished third in the league. I think the competition from top to
bottom is much better than the WCC, and it could have heated up a local rivalry
and made economic sense. I bet if you ask the coaches and players of all the
sports teams, they would have preferred it as well.Oh well, good
luck with the WCC. Be sure to set your DVR to watch the games the next day.
Fact: BYU will win more games in the WCC this season than Utah will win in the
Pac-12.Good possibility: WCC will have as many or more teams in the
NCAA tourney than the Pac-12.The WCC is right. They got the best
school from the Mtn West. BYU may not be the best any one sport, but they are
one of the most well-rounded athletic programs in the nation.
Disagree Patriot! The WCC has some quality teams, and I for one am excited to
play Gonzaga twice, and St. Mary's is good as well. The TUN is more on the
They'll do better than U will do in the PAC 10.2. Last year they had Conzaga's
number in Denver so I look for a close conference race.Utah, on the
other hand, has been irrelevant for some time and will continue to follow that
path for a few years at the least. Then maybe they'll snap out of it, just like
the Jazz, right?So what's your point, Patriot, other than you don't
For Basketball? This is definitely a better and more competitive league than the
Mountain West... Of course I am excited.
Much, much more relevant than the last place utes.
is anybody at all excited about being in the wcc? BYU is quickly becoming