Dick Harmon: MWC basketball schedule features some early drama

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  • Bronco Loco Henderson, NV
    Jan. 4, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    Why all the hate for UNLV? Harmon discredits UNLV's biggest wins. Did Harmon even mention BYU's lost to a mediocre UCLA team?

    To Striker:
    Guess what...? WCC basketball is a joke. Did you even see the latest conference RPI rankings? WCC is 13th. MWC is between 4 or 5 depending on which website you view. Going to the WCC is a monumental step back for BYU basketball. MWC may not get the exposure due to the horrible TV deal, but playing in a mediocre conference won't help BYU either. BYU will again be left carrying the banner for a conference, which was probably one of many reasons BYU is leaving the MWC. Don't even get me started if Gonzaga gets poached by the MWC (a very real possibility). Not matter how hard BYU tries to shed the mid-major title, it will always be a part of BYU because of the affiliation with the WCC. I actually think the MWC gets the last laugh.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    Play ball and play smart Cougars.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    For those who say BYU doesn't have a great team and never make it deep into the ncaa. Live in the now, BYU is easily in.

    I like to live in the now as well: "At the bottom, you have Wyoming, TCU, Utah and Air Force."

  • SportsFan101 Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    It is greatly appreciated to see people who can cheer for more than one in state team. In the long run, the more wins in state, the better we all look. Good luck to BYU, as I think they have the best shot to making some noise in the tournament this year. It would be great to see USU win a game, also.

  • DixieAggie Saint George, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2011 1:03 p.m.

    Who am I sir?,

    BYU basketball is going to compete in the West Coast Conference. I believe you have basketball confused with football, which is not as cool as basketball.

    General comment:

    I think UNLV will beat BYU, but just barely. Jimmer will be furious in that game. I'm hoping BYU beats SDSU because I just don't like that team. Look forward to seeing BYU represent Utah well in the Big Dance. Two best Utah college basketball teams = Utah State and BYU. Go Aggies and Cougars!

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    UNLV, SDSU, NM, BYU, CSU... all good this year. Utah is not good, but might surprise a few teams at home. Ute foes will be on Spoiler Alert at the Huntsman, but I have a feeling Boylen will get at least one home win over the MWC big 5 - and that might make all the difference for the conference championship.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Jan. 4, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    I don't even care if BYU is the conference champion this year. I just want them to beat UNLV on their floor in the tournament and get the last laugh. Nothing would make me happier as BYU leaves the conference.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    The price of "independence" is huge for Coach Rose and the other BYU sports.

  • cynic Appleton, WI
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    ESPN's most recent conference power rankings have the MWC 5th, ahead of two traditional power conferences (PAC-10 and SEC). It is finally becoming common knowledge that the MWC plays the best basketball in the west. It will be fun and exciting to see how this plays out during the conference regular season and conference tournament. However, it will be even more interesting to see if it results in fair NCAA tournament seedings, and tournament success that will validate the lofty opinions of the conference.

    It has been very refreshing to me to see uninformed partisanship largely replaced this year by healthy respect for the other quality teams in the conference. Informed fans of SDSU, UNLV, NM, and BYU all recognize that there are at least 3 other very good teams in the conference, and that they all benefit from each other's success.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 7:03 a.m.

    As usual, the conference race will come down to breakthrough wins on the road. The top teams are expected to win all of their home games and all of their road games against the bottom half of the conference. That leaves road games at UNLV, SDSU, NM and BYU as the key games.

    To win the MWC, BYU will have to win at least one of the three games at UNLV, NM, and/or SDSU.

    A win at the T&M tomorrow night would give BYU a huge leg up in the conference race.

    Good luck Jimmer and company.

  • PerfectCougar Payson, UTAH
    Jan. 4, 2011 2:14 a.m.

    What the teams have accomplished so far with pre-conference play is important as an indicator of team potential and accomplishment. BYU has good momentum and confidence coming into conference play. The same can be said for SDSU and UNLV. BYU does not have the same level of play under the basket in the front court as SDSU, but they can compete with UNLV, based on the individual player improvements accomplished during the pre-conference schedule. Rogers brings instant offense off the bench, and the entire bench can put the ball in the basket with the possible exception of Anderson, who contributes best with his strong defense. He will be a very important player, a decisive player in the critical games against UNLV and SDSU. I believe he and Davies are up to the challenge!

    (With or without Jimmer), this team will compete well in conference play. They are VERY talented both offenseively and defensively. Mentally they are tough as well.

    Jimmer needs to hold down his turnovers and play smart, as usual, which will provide leadership and hold down all turnovers. He is the key to winning the turnover battle.