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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26 2013 11:05 a.m. MST

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Mark321
Las Vegas, NV

Wichita State is a very good outside shooting team. BYU will have a good chance to pull off the upset if they could keep stride in their outside shooting. If Haws gets hot and hence leave pressure off Carlino, then I like BYU's chances. It will be a tough game for BYU no question with very little room of error if they expect to win. Go Cougars!

ekute
Layton, UT

Just like in football, byu can't win the big games. But they love getting "exposed" on espn.

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

BYU people don't congregate on BYU articles to mock the U's schedule. I bet most people would not even pay much mind to the U if some people were not constantly blowing their loud horn about the U. But please, by all means, use your down time during the Christmas break to give us breathtaking facts about the U and their prowess compared to BYU.

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

I may be mistaken but 6 out of 12 places is the top half.
Stanford was picked 6th in the Pac therefore in the top half (by the media).
Your argument about top 100 wins is interesting but kind of funny, lets use the RPI rankings for the two teams
BYU 58th RPI and played the 83rd toughest schedule
Utah 159th RPI and played the 77th toughest schedule
BYU- semifinals of the NIT tourney
Utah- No tournament invite.
With the current post-season tournaments 129 teams play in the post-season (no invite your team is bad)
In fact in 2012 Utah Valley University received a post-season birth in the CBI.
So it looks as though Utah is trying to catch up to UVU and be invited to a post season tournament.
Have a good day.

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Ekute,
Well at least BYU plays on espn. Uta h can't even get a game on any network. Game over.

1978
Salt Lake City, UT

2 of the first 3 comments on a BYU sports article from Ute "Fans" - typical.

I don't know what the big deal is about Wichita State. They are not from a BCS conference.

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

@ ekute
So if I am understanding right it is better to lose on the Pac-12 where no one east of the rockies can watch, than losing on ESPN or NBC that a lot of people can watch?
Plus how are close losses in both football and basketball "exposed"?
Did UCLA expose Utah? Did OSU, ASU, and Oregon expose Utah? Did Utah expose Stanford?
lol
40 million people can watch the Pac-12 networks (who knows how many subscribe)
50 Million can watch BYUtv. LOL
Have a nice day

Meckofahess
Salt Lake City, UT

ekute - maybe your right about BYU not being able to "win the big games" - well we shall see as the season progresses. How has Utah been doing against BYU lately? Go Cougars!

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

besmart,

Yes, Utah had several very bad losses, mostly at the beginning of the season. By that, I'm not saying they don't count, just that we saw a lot of improvement.

Byu fans just need to use a little logic when they laugh at Utah's schedule, as they did last year, when Utah had MORE top 100 rpi wins than byu.

Either Utah's schedule was pretty good

or

byu is just inept at beating any good teams.

Either way, LOL

skywalker
Palo Alto, CA

Christopher B

Utah also had more bottom 250+ losses than BYU last season; a lot more, since BYU didn't have any such losses.

For all of your chest-beating about how great you were picking up a couple of Top 100 RPI wins, you still only managed to improve your conference record from 3-15 to 5-13, proving that all of those pre-season cupcakes didn't do anything to prepare you for conference play.

Current Sagarin Rankings
#25 BYU(4-1) - SOS #78
#79 Utah(4-0) - SOS #350

Sagarin and the NCAA selection committee don't even count wins against non-Div 1 teams.

Bottom line: the Utes don't have a prayer of getting an at-large NCAA bid with their pathetic, worst in the country, pre-season schedule.

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

I have been the first one to say that Utah has improved.
BYU is much better than last year as well.
129 teams play in the post season, before too much pomposity is shown. Even Utah Valley University a full Division 1 team for 5 years has had a post season birth since the last time the Utes were invited.
If I were only a Ute fan BYU basketball articles I would avoid.

1978
Salt Lake City, UT

"byu is just inept at beating any good teams."

BYU's road victory last season over Southern Miss in the NIT (RPI #34) was better than any win Utah had.

In the 2010 - 2011 season BYU was 5-0 against top 25 teams during the regular season. San Diego State twice, UNLV twice and Arizona once by 22 pts.

You were saying?

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

christy

Utah opened the 2012-13 PAC season losing 5 straight, and 7 of their first 8 conference games, all but eliminating the Utes from the conference race by January 16th.

Utah "improved" during conference play, but it's obvious that Utah's pre-season cupcake schedule did absolutely nothing to help the Utes get ready for conference play.

If you think that beating Evergreen State at home is going to prepare the Utes to face the rigors of PAC 12 conference play, you're only fooling yourself.

The Utes might get a break-through win or two in an 18-game conference schedule, but their overall conference record will still be mediocre to lousy.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

"they couldn't run with us" - Rick Barnes

Well, dude, I guess they can. Not bad for a bunch of "old guys". Barnes just got beat and now is acting like a little kid.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

With each game, I get more excited about the future of BYU Bball. This team responded very well to a tight & heartbreaking loss against ISU. I doubt we'll beat Wichita St. but we can hang with them and it wouldn't be a huge upset if we won. Shooting 80%+ from 3 like last night would certainly help. The biggest concern is the streakiness of that outside shooting. We need to get better interior D and continue to get the assists working it inside ourselves. There are visible improvement over last year for many players with room for more. These next 5 years will be some exciting basketball for the Coug's.

Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT

1978,

Had to go back 3 years to try and counter an argument made by byu fans about last year and this years Utah's schedules?

LOL

Staythecourse
Ogden, UT

Say all you want about stats, and rpi's,strength of schedules, and rankings, and blah, blah blah.

Who passes the eye test? Who would you rather watch in person? For most people sports is entertainment.

I'll choose BYU anyday. They have some legit players, play an exciting brand of basketball and for entertainment value alone, you'll get the most bang for your buck.

I wouldn't go watch Utah if somebody gave me free tickets. To me it would be a waste of time.

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

@ Big 12 (Chris)
He actually went back to last year and Southern Miss.

Back
Overland Park, KS

I was at the game last night. BYU did all they could to hold off the Texas Bigs...which is good experience for Mika. Austin was tormented, Worthington hasn't come up from the high school level...but, that's the best we have. The refs let Texas pound us for 30 minutes, then suddenly flipped and called every teeny, tiny thing (which is how the rule book reads this year). Wichita State is good -- very very good! I would be surprised to win this game. If we do, it will be because we are shooting lights out for most of the game (which can happen). Talent wise, WS has the edge (plus the crowd), but you play for these types of opportunities, so let's see what we can do tonight?

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

The commentators on the ESPNU broadcast last night raving about the freshman Mika said within the next 3 years "BYU will be a final four type team". Unlike chrissy, those guys know talent when they see it.

"Stanford and Texas were good wins, but certainly not great wins(as neither of them is even projected to be in the top half of their conference)."

No one that I know of said the above were "great" wins, but thanks anyway for your thoughtful reminder chrissy. We would have never known.

Go Cougars!!!

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