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Published: Monday, Feb. 25 2013 12:30 a.m. MST

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Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

The MWC still won't put many players in the NBA.

St. Georg, UT

Yea, still don't miss playing those teams. I like the class of fans in the league we are in now much better.

Las Vegas, NV

Congrats to the MWC. The Pit was always a tough place to play in. The Thomas and Mack is buzzing once again. I can't imagine playing for a "sellout crowd" of 3,500.

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

I wonder if there is enough hard feelings from current MWC teams towards BYU that the current MWC teams are unwilling to schedule BYU for non-conference basketball games.

With the WCC schedule providing little top-notch matchups except for vs. Gonzaga and vs. St. Mary's, BYU needs to try to find a way to upgrade their non-conference schedule. There are enough cupcakes in WCC play that BYU should look to replace the out-of-conference cupcakes with more solid competition.

I've heard its hard to get any power conference teams to come to Provo.

But out-of-conference matchups against New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego St., and CSU would be great and even vs. Boise St., AFA, Wyoming, Fresno, and Nevada would be OK.

Highland, UT


Neither will utah.


But you can easily see how it is to play in front of a non sellout "crowd" of 3500, or less, at the hc anytime you want. LOL!

Lindon, UT

@Caleb in New York: That is a great idea, however, if BYU plays Wyo in Provo, they would have to also play Wyo at Laramie. Don't know if BYU wants to go there and take a worse beating from the so called fans that they would from Wyo's team. Many of their fans indicate their intelligence with their middle fingers and their mouths, which is very offensive to BYU's team and coaches, as one coach reported a few years ago.

Omaha, NE

BYU football independence forced BYU basketball into this conference. Most teams are in the conference they are in due to football so This is just what happens to the other sports. That said with this team, good thing they are in a weaker conference or they would not even make the NIT.

Salt Lake City, UT

BYU "fan" prefers BYU in the WCC or independant.

Somewhere where there is less competition.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Thank the NCAA for coming to Salt Lake so that the Huntsman Center will get some use this year.

Salt Lake City, UT

@ Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

The NCAA tourney is at the ESA and the tickets cost $ 250 each for all 3 sessions(already have mine). You have to pay to attend and you can't take your homemade popcorn and root beer in with you.

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

@ panama - Yes I'm assuming that any basketball deal with a MWC school for a non-conference BYU matchup would have to be a 1 for 1 deal - one season in Provo and the next away from Provo or vice-versa. I understand that laramie would not be the most exciting place in the world to travel for an away game, but I think the effect of verbal abuse from the stands on players/coaches is not large. Coaches get paid big bucks to do what they do and they can focus on the game and so can the players. Most of BYU's team is RM's and they can handle and insult or two slung their way.

Park City, UT

Ok, the Utes are still growing back to competitiveness. But the Y fans are talking smack like they are going dancing this year, and are Final Four talent. Newsflash! You're not! so.. I guess maybe when you get the Lone Peak kids after their missions you'll maybe win the WCC and get back to the dance? Utah could get there before the Y, and that should be embarrassing to you.

Highland, UT


Nothing utah has done, or is doing, indicates they are "still growing back to competitiveness". Frankly they look bad.

That said we can easily say the same thing about utah "fans" and football. You guys talk smack as if you went to a bowl game this year and have rose bowl talent. Newsflash! You didn't and you don't! so..I guess maybe after the...well...there is no "the" for you to look forward to. BYU could get to the Rose Bowl before utah and that would be embarrassing to you.

Enterprise, UT

Sadly, overall I believe both schools' sports programs, their natural rivalry, and their fans would have been better off in the MWC, especially in basketball. But this was all driven by the insanity in college football, money, and exposure.

Utah's struggles would have happened regardless of conference but in their estimation had to jump conferences for football and monetary reasons. I really can't blame them as they felt it was for their own good. BYU couldn't continue under the MWC TV contract so I can't blame them as they also felt their best interest required it. But I am a disappointed fan who misses the great basketball atmosphere that both schools sacrificed in the MWC on the alter of college football and the new realities of big money.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Duckhunter

I disagree. Utah basketball is still not great, but they are head and shoulders above last year's squad. Plus Utah has a few wins against top 100 teams, including one over a top 50 teams. That indicates Utah is moving in the right direction.

BYU doesn't have a chance to get to the Rose Bowl before Utah. The only way for a non-AQ to get in is if a PAC or BIG school qualifies for the NCG and a non-AQ team qualifies for a BCS bowl. This is a problem for BYU because it is only guaranteed a spot in a BCS bowl if they finish #1 or #2 in the BCS rankings. Chances are if BYU qualified for a BCS bowl, the Rose Bowl would skip over them and take the next available PAC/BIG team. After the playoff is put into effect the Rose Bowl will be recontacted to exclusively feature teams from the BIG and PAC-12.

Overton, NV

"This is a problem for BYU because it is only guaranteed a spot in a BCS bowl if they finish #1 or #2 in the BCS rankings"

Not true. If BYU had finished #1 or #2 in the BCS rankings this past season, they would have been in the BCS title game. They could have qualified for a BCS bowl with a top 10 finish in the rankings. That's pretty much the case for any team.

Moving forward, if BYU were to finish in the top 4, they should get a spot in the 4 team playoff. Again, true for any team.

Highland, UT


I was commenting more on the likelyhood that utah will ever qualify for the rose bowl, it's highly unlikely, especially anytime soon. As for basketball they are not good. It would be hard to be worse than they were last year but they are so far from good that claiming improvement is not really much of a claim. I know that utah "fans" don't like to hear reality from BYU fans but that is reality.

Cedar Hills, Utah

Utah's win/ loss record improved because they refused to play Weber State, Utah State or any other decent team in the preseason except BYU and Boise State. If Utah had known Boise State was going to be descent they wouldn't have scheduled them.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ NevadaCoug

They could have. But the only way BYU is 'guaranteed' a BCS game is if they finish number 1 or 2. Any other non-AQ is guaranteed a spot in BCS bowl for being the highest ranked non-AQ and being ranked higher than 12. It's possible that another BYU could get picked up by another BCS bowl, but not by the Rose Bowl.

@ Duckhunter

It may be highly unlikely that Utah goes to the Rose Bowl anytime soon, but Utah's chances are still infinitely better than BYU's. We agree that Utah basketball is still bad, but there is no denying that Utah basketball is improving. I'm not sure why you have such a problem with that statement.

@ Scandrus

Utah's SOS is 67. Which is by far the best in the state. But besides the W/L record, it is easy to see that Utah is playing much better basketball than they were last year.

Salt Lake City, UT

Being #1 RPI is great. No one in the country can see them on their TV contract but being #1 is great.

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