With so many experts predicting the Cougars will be in the NCAA, why are there
so many stories in the Utah news using scare tactics to make fans think
otherwise? While a birth in the tournament is not guaranteed, it
seems like an 80% or better chance they will get in.The comparison
to last years St Mary's team is missing one important statistic - BYU puts more
cheeks in seats and eyeballs on TV than a team like St Mary's. Maybe that
shouldn't be a consideration, but in the revenue driver world of college sports
it's a factor when selecting which bubble teams are selected.
I've been following teams, and not too many upsets so far in tournaments. I wouldn't mind seeing BYU in one of the extra games. That would likely
be their best chance of winning a game, unless they get a great matchup like
Temple. I can't see them beating a team like ND.
There's a lot of talent on the team this year. Don't be surprised to see a
couple of them playing in Turkey next season.
Teams also get some consideration for the success they have in previous years of
the NCAA tourney. I think this is one intangibles that may help BYU get in. It
wouldn't bother me too much if they went to the NIT this year. A better chance
at playing more games would be good for all the youn. They should be better next
year with another year of experience under their belts. I look forward to seeing
where their first post-season game will be.
Yes, BYU has lots of talent, but what they need to do s put it all together on
the same night at the same time. That is what thy have not done consistently and
will need to do that in any tournament bracket. Abouou, Davies, Austin and
Carlino need to stop those silly fouls, and they end up watching the game on the
I am tired of the negative spin coming from Utah on BYU's chances. I've pretty
much seen BYU universally in the tourney as one of the last few at-large bids.
Most of the worrisome tourneys are over, and in almost every case the NCAA
"lock" won it, which is exactly how things needed to break for bubble
teams like the Y. Combine that with the fact that Coach Rose is well respected,
BYU has done well in recent tourneys and projects to be in the tourney for the
foreseeable future (given their recruiting and returning missionary pipeline) so
odds seem to be well over 50%. Of course it could still go the other way - that
is life as a bubble team, and I'm the first to admit that BYU has earned the
uncertainty by missing key opportunities along the way.
I hope they get it. I think...IF they are healthy by then, they could win a
first round. But after that, slim chances.
Relax everyone, BYU will be in. They earned the bid.
Fellow Cougs fans, IF our Cougs don't get into "The Dance," please,
please, please no complaining of the "unfairness" of the at-large
selection process. Our Cougs could have easily taken care of their own business
and not rely on the selection comm, but they did not. Pure and simple, WE did
not take care of our own business. We picked the worse time of the season for
our guard play to go MIA and for Noah to get injured. But I tell you what, I
can't wait for next season!!
As mentioned, BYU had their chances to be more secure in a Tourney bid. I would
be pleasantly surprised if BYU was granted a ticket. I think when the selection
committee asks themselves "Are we really going to take 3 teams from the
WCC?" I think the answer will be "no." I hope I'm wrong.
Whether it's at the Big Dance or the Sock Hop, we do know the Cougars will have
another game this year...
@tj exactly what previous success does byu have in the ncaa tourney besides
losing in the first round?
It's looking better and better. The way I see it, there are only about two
chances for any major upsets. Those teams still have to play one of the better
teams in their conference. I think there may only be one major upset, if any.
BYU's chances are looking great!