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Published: Monday, Feb. 17 2014 8:45 p.m. MST

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Hyrum, UT

Wow. Interesting that Chris B once again has the first comment to an all-BYU article. And not only that, but 6 of the first 18 comments... a full one-third.

Talk about an obsession. The proof is right there.

Chris... it's also interesting how you've spend so much time countering and criticizing comments of BYU fans in almost countless articles, but now have started to act like you agree with a few if and only when it fits into your anti-BYU agenda. That's the true definition of a flip-flopper. You should give serious consideration to running for political office.

Back on subject. The truth about BYU playing more ranked teams this season than just a handful of other teams, is that they've proven they can actually play with the big-boys. They beat Texas while on the road and were very competitive in the all the other ranked opponent games but one.

I'm reasonably certain they lost only that one by double digits. The others went to the the wire and ended with only single digit differences. Commendable to anyone who watches and accesses college basketball games objectively.

Lincoln City, OR

Wow... So many things to disagree with and only 200 words.

You're right Old... Close losses to very good teams do matter... That is a significant consideration in both the BPI and the RPI... That is why more teams get into the Tournament from the Big 10, the Big 12 and even the big bad pac12... In football that is all we heard from ute fans... "the big bad pac12 is a tough conference and that's why we have so many losses, otherwise we'd be bowling"...

And Bager-Cougar, it almost sounds like you are running for Governor... "you apparently feel very strongly both ways"... While it is true that the utes have obviously improved (shoot they beat the Cougs for the 2nd time in 13 tries), it was not a good idea to schedule all home games against traditionally lower RPI teams (with the exception of the Cougs)... It left them poorly prepared for quality oponents in Conference... They played 7 OOC games against teams with RPIs above 200 plus 2 lower division teams with no RPI at all(all at home)... That accounts for 9 of their 17 wins... Without them, they have their 5th straight losing season.

River Falls, WI

Re: poyman

I stand by what I said earlier. Scheduling cupcakes did set the Utes up for failure in their conference schedule, but I believe the good outweighs the bad in that scenario. The last several seasons with losing records has resulted in a sense of despair on the hill. Most of the top recruits transferred and fan attendance remained poor. I think the Utes needed to feel like there was a light at the end of the tunnel... even if it was a false hope. Winning games is a good idea, even to low RPI teams.

Meanwhile the Cougars scheduled an incredibly difficult schedule which has worked out well for them. Despite four horrible losses they are still in the tourney picture because they've shown they can hang with the top teams.

I don't get you trying to discredit my post by painting me as a flip flopper. I've always tried be thoughtful in my analyses, sorry if you disapprove of that approach. Go Cougs!

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"Indeed there will be another mauling this week at the HC. Go Cats."

Another? Utah is 16-1 at home, and the only loss was by 2 points in OT....

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


"They beat Texas while on the road and were very competitive in the all the other ranked opponent games but one."

Speaking of Texas, remember when you tried convincing us Texas won the big 12 and played in a BCS game last year? You'll have to understand then why we take anything you say with a big grain of salt.

I flip flop because I agree sometimes with byu fans if they make a good point? No, that's called being logical and reasonable. You should try it sometime. But it makes clear why you just take the opposite view of whatever I say, even when it flies in the face of reason.

The fact is byu needs to win their tournament to go dancing. Now, that shouldn't be that tough for a big time program like byu since the WCC is the 9th "best" conference in the nation per ESPN. But considering byu hasn't won a conference tournament in over a decade, probably slim to no chance that happens


Chris, can you answer a simple question: Why is BYU in the tournament discussion in every major outlet with more losses than a team with a better record who beat them and plays in a tougher conference?

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