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Published: Friday, Feb. 14 2014 12:28 p.m. MST

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Esquire
Springville, UT

Answer to the headline question: Yes. And if they aren't careful, the NIT will pass them by. They are better than this (in theory).

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, yes they have.

Pepperdine
Pacific
Portland
Mary Lola

That sounds like a bad preseason schedule, but no, those are all conference losses for byu, in a single year.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Hmm?

How can BYU defeat Texas, Stanford, and play close games with Wichita State, and Iowa State,

yet lose so many against WCC teams. Scratching my head. SMH

Parity, or just having a young team?

Crow
Sandy , UT

@Worf Young team? You have 4 Jr. and one Fr. starting for your team. You returned your leading scorer in Haws and Carlino, Austin as well as Haws played the majority of the minutes last year for byu.

Maybe byu just is not that good and the RPI lies

Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

How can they play their way out of something they were never in to begin with?

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Simple, wcc is a rec leauge along with those refs. All they have to do finish on top in the wcc tourney and if they don't win it, then they are done.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

"Has BYU played its way out of NCAA tournament?"

In a word - Yes.

estreetshuffle
Window Rock, AZ

Play hard the rest of the season. Hit the weigh room and become stronger. Learn to play half court basketball. to the Cougar Fans: "Face Piles of Trials with Smiles" the season is not over.

wer
South Jordan, UT

I am not a Ute, Butte, or Duke fan. However, it was painfully obvious weeks ago that the Cougs weren't ready for the Big Dance. If nothing else, they bring out the best in their opponent's shooters who have a career night against the BYU "defense."

I know the players and coaches are doing their best. This year, for whatever reason, it just isn't good enough.

We can take solace in the team getting a NIT bid and one, maybe two home games.

Hey Baby
Franklin, IN

You know, if you take 2 gold fish from the same 'school ', and put one in a small bowl and one in a large pond...feed them both the same amount of food, after a year the one in the bowl remains about the same size...and the one in the pond triples in size.

BYU isn't talented in my opinion, but the biggest problem is that they are better in pre-season when they are challenged...then they hit the "wee' conference and become worse...

Environment matters to all creatures...including Cougars.

red.diehard
Central, UT

I would argue that it is BYU's lack of play (defensively anyway) that is going to keep them out.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

I think a lot of people are ignoring the parity in college basketball.

There are 32 Division I conferences. The WCC is ranked 9th. So what they are lower than 8 other conferences? The are ranked higher than 23. That's a lot more than 8. Do you really think Utah would go unscathed through the WCC? No way. In fact, most Pac12 teams would have a few losses in the WCC. Maybe Arizona could get through without a loss. But they're the only one I would even give that nod to.

BYU still has just 1 home loss this season, and that was to a ranked ISU by two points. That will mean something come selection Sunday?

Do I think BYU will get in? No, probably not, but I think I would rather see them in the NIT with a chance to go deep again.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

@Hey Baby

Spot on. That is exactly what I have been saying, only you said it better. The WCC has made BYU weaker as a program.

In their first year in the WCC without Fredette and Emory, BYU dominated the teams in the WCC with the exception of St Mary's and Gonzaga, 2 very, very good teams. Now BYU arguably has more talent than that first year team yet struggles against even the weak teams of the WCC.

Football independence has really hurt BYU basketball.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

@idablu and Hey Baby,

"...The WCC has made BYU weaker as a program."

How so? Because they play in so called high school gyms? What hogwash! Just a "...tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing."

I too am puzzled as to why the Cougars are struggling but I don't think it has anything to do with their conference affiliation. The WCC is not a bad conference at all.

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