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Published: Monday, Jan. 23 2012 3:00 p.m. MST

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Idaho Falls, ID

If we can get consistent performance from our guards, we can win every game left on the schedule and get into the tournament. If the recent trend of guard play continues, ESPN is correct.

Overton, NV

This is not a surprise. BYU's seed had been dropping despite winning. So why wouldn't they now be out of the projections after losing to LMU on their home court?

Have to at least split with St. Mary's and Gonzaga. Then do some damage in the conference tournament. Even then they may not get in.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Thats not fair! They've earned it with the TV contract and national following.

Las Vegas, NV

Once again, now is basketball, strength of schedule is becoming a factor for Provo. CBS Sportsline has BYU's strength of schedule at 90. (Utah's surprisingly is in the Top 50 for strength of schedule just thought I would throw that in, for fun.) But typically a weak schedule is a good indicator why the WCC is only going to get two bids.

Orem, UT

Not surprising, after dropping that ugly game against LMU.

On the upside, BYU has a great opportunity in the next two weeks to prove that they deserve to be in the NCAA tournament.

Wins over Va Tech on the road, and Saint Mary's and Gonzaga at home, will have BYU right back in the mix. Lose any of those games, and the Cougars will probably have to win the WCC tournament to punch their NCAA ticket.

salt lake city, UT

listening to these y fans all year you woulda thought byu was a for sure6-7 seed lol

Salt Lake City, UT

Big deal. It isn't like this is the BcS where politics and fat guys in blazers decide who is in. Win and you are in.

BYU has 4-6 quality games coming up, depending on seeding in the tournament. Win them all, and they could be a four or five seed in the tournament.

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

Strange. I read the entire article, but couldn't find any mention about ESPN's projection for Utah in the NCAA tournament.

South Jordan, UT

So if BYU doesn't go to the tournament. Does this mean that their season was as successful as Utah?

Hank Pym

per Ernest T. Bass

You neglected to mention they are a legacy program too.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Of course BYU is projected to end up on the outside - they're the third-best team in a one-bid conference. They'll have to win the conference tourney to get in. In fact, I'm not sure why BYU even plays a regular season.

wyoming cougar
Green River, WY

re: bigutefan

How in the world can utah have a tougher SOS when the pac-1x is awful this year. the utes sos will continue to drop as they play in conference and BYUs will rise again as they face SMC (ranked) once and Gonzaga twice. It will all work back out- it's just that BYU has finished the series with some of the nobodies in conference and hasn't played the big boys yet.

Just see what happens to your sos when you play usc your one time this year. (plummet)

Hurricane, UT

@Ernest T. Bass: does the basketball team have a tv contract?.....

@sportsfanforlife: listening to these ute fans comment on Byu's article you woulda thought this was relevant to them.

are the ute fans bored? don't get me wrong i love utah sports.. but at the same time there's no need for cheap shots on the blogs.

p.s. how bout them utes? a strong 5-15 start. gotta love that.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Gotta laugh at the hyperbole being spewed by the over-the-hill crowd.

Utah is the 11th or 12th best team in a one-bid conference, but the not-so-brave-one and others of her ilk obsess over BYU possibly being a bubble team. Bottom-dweller hysteria at its finest.

Salt Lake City, UT

Just a few thoughts:

1. If BYU goes as an at large team, it will be a 12 or 13 seed at the worst. Usually at large teams are "ranked" far better than 64th or so in the nation.

2. BYU hardly has to win the WCC to go to the NCAA tournament. The WCC could easily be a 3 bid conference this year and will be 2 a two bid conference at the least. The PAC 12 on the other hand will be struggling to get a 2nd team in.

3. This is a big time rebuilding year for the Cougars. They lost possibly their best player ever and one of the best defensive players ever. And they are still in contention to make it to the NCAA Tournament. They are very young. They will be very good in the next few seasons after this one.

4. How are the Utes doing this year?

Bottom Line
Draper, UT

I think I read it right that BYU has played in 5 straight NCAA tournaments. My guess is they earn their way in again.

Fort Worth, TX

Brave sir robin, thats alot to be said for a person who if they support SDSU has a lot to owe BYU for getting the MWC any credit at all. Seem to remember BYU and Utah for that matter building the MWC and the WAC for all those years, a few good seasons for sdsu doe not make them a major factor into building any conference. So enjoy the fruits of BYU and Utah down in san diego.

Lyman, WY

If BYU wins the next three games, they will be projected back in. @brave sir robin. One bid league. The WCC has had at least two teams in the NCAA quite a few times in the last few years. The WCC will get two the Pac 12 will be the league with one bid. Co-Leader Oregon was man handled by the same BYU team that you ute trolls are bad mouthing. If BYU can win the next three games, they will be a very strong candidate for the tourney, whether you like it or not.

Layton, UT

BSR said:

"They'll have to win the conference tourney to get in. In fact, I'm not sure why BYU even plays a regular season. "

Why exactly are the Utes playing this year? And how will they get into the tourney?

I will give you props. You typed out a cogent sentence with your foot in your mouth.

Before you "runaway" like you usually do, please tell us 1. How the Utes are getting into the tourney 2. what exactly the Utes are playing for this year.

Enquiring minds want to know.

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

So . . . how is this news?

Anyone with a basketball IQ knew this BEFORE the LMU game. BYU had to win ALL of its league games, except the on-the-road Gonzaga game to earn a place in the tournament.

C'mon guys! Tell us something we don't know. Heck, I even had to post about Jakob Hartsock last week.

News has to be "new." That's why you get paid the big bucks.

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