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Published: Tuesday, March 22 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

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Omaha, NE

There's no doubt BYU can beat Florida, and it's great to see the love from all over. Forde is a head scratcher...he is usually so pro BCS, especially the SEC. However, his predictions are usually way off. If you've ever looked at his bowl predictions, he is usually under .500. He has little logic to his guesses. Florida may be better this year, but so is BYU. People give the edge to Florida because of coaching, but remember which team won last year and the loser had won the NC twice the last time they were in this tourney. This game may go down to the wire....I hope so, because those are the fun games to watch! Break their big jaws Cougs!

Ann Arbor, MI

one word


Cedar City, UT

The beauty of a Tournament.....We actually get the chance to see if BYU can beat Florida. These games have been great. Fun to watch and fun to cheer. Really puts the BCS bowl system to shame. I hope the rating reflect that as well.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

"CAN" our mighty Cougs reach the Elite 8? Yes. "WILL" they? I don't think so. I certainly hope I'm wrong, but I'm trying to be more of a realist here. "IF", and it's a significant "IF", Jimmer's supporting cast can be as strong as they've been the last 2 games & MWC tourney, they have a chance. Again, I just don't think they will. Cougs Nation, please don't hate me. I AM one of you and want to stay in the "club"!!! :o)

Cedar Hills, UT

In short - YES - BYU can reach the elite 8. BYU will have to play the best game of the year to beat Florida but after seeing the Gonzaga game it is certainly possible. BYU is up against the wall with out Davies but as long as you have Jimmer then anything is possible. Florida is good enough to win the whole thing so that is what the Y is up against.

Eagle Mountain, UT

If BYU plays the same game as they did against Gonzaga. Season average or better in most areas and tough defense' they can beat anyone in the country. Live by the three and die by the three is what to be worried about. If they don't spread the floor on offense with solid outside shooting, they will likely lose to Florida. Either way, this has been an incredible season for BYU. This year isn't over by a long shot but next year could be just as good.

Herriman, UT

Of course they can! At this point, anyone can beat anyone, depends on who is having a good night. Look at the Vegas lines - those guys are good at what they do and motivated to get it right. BYU is a slight underdog, but they proved last year against this same Florida team that they won't be intimidated and that the championship experience of their coach and program is no trump card.

rock springs, wy

Last word: Yes

Highland, UT

Absolutely they can. How is that even a question? Will they? Who knows. I do know this however. Whatever happens this weekend it has been a great year for BYU basketball and its fans. Lotsa fun, lotsa wins and lots of attention. I don't think there has been one single BYU article that wedgie hasn't posted on and she lives in michigan in her mothers basement. That is how we know BYU has penetrated deep into the national conciousness. LOL

Dave S
Holladay, UT

Don't get your hopes up. All you have really done is beat two double digit seeds and won games you were supposed to win.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA


Thank you for yet another of your predictions that will guarantee a BYU win. Everyone of your predictions has proved to be wrong and this one will be no different - thank you very much.

Enough already that the absence of Davies has the Cougars' "back up against the wall". How have they done lately without him? The supporting cast is stepping up big time - they will continue on Thursday. Never a doubt.

BYU - 88
Florida - 71

Boise, ID

Yes. If BYU can shoot like they did against Gonzaga (or better) they will win by double digits.

And I give my word that I will not comment on a Utah basketball article for the rest of the season whether BYU wins or not.

Henderson, NV

Isn't it great that we can actually find out, because there is a tournament, unlike the BCS? I really thought Gonzaga would handle BYU. I was wrong. Isn't it great that we don't have to sit here and speculate, and the quality of a team doesn't have to be determined by the uneducated and biased guesses of guys like Chris B and Hedgehog? According to them, BYU was "supposed" to have lost to Wofford, and "supposed" to have lost to Gonzaga. Frankly, I don't care what they are "supposed" to do, only what they have actually done. And they have actually made it to the Sweet 16 despite everyone who said they weren't supposed to before they played, but have now changed their tune and said that it's no big deal, because they were supposed to. Let it go. You're not less of a person because BYU wins basketball games. It's okay.

Ted's of Beverly Hills
Las Vegas, Nevada

More than one word: Lets wait and see.

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

The answer is no because BYU haters are always right.

Palo Alto, CA

Dave S

"All you have really done is beat two double digit seeds and won games you were supposed to win."

How many teams from the mighty Big East didn't get past those double-digit seeds?

All your silly statement proves is how little you know about the NCAA basketball tournament.

If you really believe that then those banners hanging in the HC are really meaningless.

Take down the banners for Utah's 1966 Final Four, Utah's 1996 Sweet Sixteen, and Utah's 1997 Elite Eight teams, because all U really did was win games U were supposed to win against lower seeds.

btw, those are just three examples.

Salt Lake City, UT

People who get mad about the "haters" and their predictions, its all sports banter. It makes the rivalry with Utah fun.

Im proud to be a Cougar fan, and im proud to be a Utah hater, just like so many of my freinds who are cougar and Utah fans.

If you take chris b and Hedge failed predeictions (they've been wrong 30+ times this season) at least they have guts to come out after every embarrassing prediction and TRY to make it fun between the two fan bases.

Win or lose on Thursday this season has been Jimmerific.

Alex 1
Tucson, AZ

I like our chances on Thursday. Either way it ends up, I've had a ball this year. I just hope it can last a little longer. Perhaps three more rounds? (Pretty please?)

Saint George, UT

It's been 30 years since the BYU had a chance to play in a Sweet 16 game.

It's been 30 years since BYU has had a player like Fred.

One thing to remember is that 30 years ago, BYU won the Sweet 16 game to enable them to go to the Elite 8.

Fred has had an amazing season.

To get to the level of that team from 30 years ago, BYU has got to win Thursday.

Win or lose, I think fans ought to appreciate what Rose, Fred and the team have done.

It could be another long dry spell (30 years) before this opportunity happens again.

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