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Published: Monday, Feb. 10 2014 10:35 a.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

With St Mary's on the road and Gonzaga left on the schedule, those are pretty much two guaranteed losses.

Add in at least one more loss such similar to the Pepperdine or Porltand Community losses and byu likely loses 3 more games in the regular season. That will be more than enough to cement them on the outside looking in.

Any byu fans want to wager they WON'T make the dance?

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

Chris B.

Love the envy. BYU is a solid bubble team with wins over projected #6 seed Texas (on the road) and #9 Stanford (on the road) as well as good wins over St. Mary's and USU. Sorry your team isn't one of THREE Utah teams projected to make the dance (BYU, Weber St., UVU). It's good to be a coug.

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

"With St Mary's on the road and Gonzaga left on the schedule, those are pretty much two guaranteed losses."

I think you're mistaken with Utah schools. Utah Utes are the ones who have guaranteed road losses. Not BYU.

"Add in at least one more loss such similar to the Pepperdine or Porltand (sic) Community losses and byu likely loses 3 more games in the regular season. That will be more than enough to cement them on the outside looking in."

I know must Utah fans are jealous of BYU. To be talked about a possible NCAA tourney birth opposed to Utah's Not a snowballs chance.

"Any byu fans want to wager they WON'T make the dance?"

I'll wager Utah doesn't make the dance. You can have any odds you want.

Mark321
Las Vegas, NV

"Any byu fans want to wager they WON'T make the dance?"

At least they are in the conversation. Utes on the other hand? (Cricket sounds)

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

We WILL make it to the dance because we will win the pac 10 for sure.

Go Utes!

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

If the Utes win 7 in a row to end the season with wins over Az, Az, St. and @UCLA, they will probably get an at-large berth. BYU fans shouldn't be upset with that, because if Utah improves that makes BYU's loss to them less of a ding on BYU's resume. As a BYU fan, I hope the Utes win 6 in a row and then lose the last one to Stanford.

BYU will be favored or a slight underdog for the game at St. Mary's. BYU will probably be a 5 point underdog for the Gonazaga home game.

Its fun for both BYU and Utah to at this late point in the season still have their chances alive to play their way in to an at-large bid.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

CougarSunDevil,

And yet no wager that byu wont make the dance?

FACTchequer
Salt Lake City, UT

caleb in new york

The Utes have absolutely ZERO chance of winning their next 7 in a row!

And, what Utah does the rest of the season will have almost no impact on BYU's at-large bid prospects.

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Chris B

No wager that Utah won't make the dance? LOL at the hypocrisy.

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

BYU is a long shot but they have a shot.
If BYU makes the tournament then you (or any of your aliaes) can never post on a deseret news sports article again.
If BYU does not make the tournament then I will never post again.

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

at the fact checker - I guess you don't know what the phrase "absolutely zero" means. the utes' chances of winning their next 7 in a row are low but are higher than absolutely zero. maybe like 0.001% chance of winning 7 in a row. .5*.25*.3*.5*.6*.3*.3 = 0.0010125

it is true that what the U does will have little impact on BYU's resume. But if BYU gets in it will be barely. BYU has far fewer chances to get quality wins that would look real nice on their resume. So BYU should be happy for whatever outside help it gets.

also @ the cougar fan from Wisconsin - BYU's win over Texas was a neutral site win, not a road win.

FACTchequer
Salt Lake City, UT

caleb in new york

A neutral site win is still weighed more heavily than a home win.

Currently, BYU is 6-6 versus RPI Top 100 teams.

CincyRed13
SLC, UT

Chris,

It's time to give up the commenting on BYU articles. You asked for Pac 12 membership and you got it. Now is the time to live with that decision. No need to bash BYU because Utah isn't a threat in virtually any sport in the Pac 12.

moderateinmagna
MAGNA, UT

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

at the fact checker - I guess you don't know what the phrase "absolutely zero" means. the utes' chances of winning their next 7 in a row are low but are higher than absolutely zero. maybe like 0.001% chance of winning 7 in a row. .5*.25*.3*.5*.6*.3*.3 = 0.0010125

it is true that what the U does will have little impact on BYU's resume. But if BYU gets in it will be barely. BYU has far fewer chances to get quality wins that would look real nice on their resume. So BYU should be happy for whatever outside help it gets.

also @ the cougar fan from Wisconsin - BYU's win over Texas was a neutral site win, not a road win.
it was in kansas city mo. that is not in utah so therefore it was on the road

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

"And yet no wager that byu wont make the dance?"

CB - stay focused. stay focused. utah isn't even in the conversation. I will wager any bet you want, utah will not make it to the dance. crickets, crickets.

How about this - utah 0-7 going the rest of the way.

SSmith
Salt Lake City, UT

Pretty sure Joe Lunardi knows more about all of this than any of us. What say anyone who criticizes his analysis get a gig with ESPN and then we'll listen to you. Until then, accept the fact that Joe knows best AND that BYU is probably headed to the big dance.

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

at moderate -

And also even for the games at the Marriott Center, Coach Rose drives his car down the ROAD to get to his parking spot at the marriott center.

True BYU had to travel to Missouri.

In college hoops lingo, there are 3 types of games: home games, road games, and neutral-site games.

BYU's win over Texas at a neutral site was of more meaning than a home win for BYU would have been. But still is considered a neutral site win.

Joe Lunardi knows his stuff but yet still usually misses a couple on his final bracket each year trying to see who the committee will choose. If BYU is one of the last few in on Lunardi's bracket, they should by no means feel too comfortable, especially when a lot of the other bracket gurus have them way down the bubble.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

@Chris B

Didn't you wager you would sing the Cougar Fight Song and post it on YouTube if you lost a wager during the football season? You lost that one and still no video.

I expect BYU to get in at this point with losses to St. Mary and Gonzaga. This is by far the deepest the WCC has ever been. They should be a two-bid if not a three-bid league. Utah on the other hand shot themselves in the foot by playing only one game on the road during the preseason. They are the best team the Utes have fielded in more than a decade and still have no shot at the NCAA's. I am hoping they get to the NIT, but the lack of road wins seriously hurts their chances.

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

A sure fire bet and one that I would take to Vegas is that the utes will not make the dance or the not.
CB, want to wager on that?

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

BYU does have three bad losses this year - Utah, LMU and Pepperdine. I blame it on too much celebration at Christmas. But we had some great wins. The Cougs are playing great, and I don't expect another let down.

If the Cougs only lose one more regular season game and get to the championship game of the WCC tourney, they are a lock for the dance.

cb - until U pay up on the last two wagers U lost, why would anyone take U up on another? But congrats are in order - I hear that the Utes have moved up and are now listed as one of the last four in to the CIT.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

A win vs Gonzaga would go a long ways to getting a bid. That and making it to the WCC Championship would probably do it. Gonzaga is slightly down this year, so BYU has a good chance of winning at home. I look forward to the Gonzaga game; should be a good one! Also, I think Gonzaga get an at large bid either way. As long as they don't tank down the stretch.

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