BYU basketball: Cougars have made a case for a No. 1 seed

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  • Hondo Springville, UT
    March 1, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    I see that no one is questioning my comments today. Last week, everyone (even the BYU fans) were claiming that I was delusional. Now that the results are in, there is no room for argument.

    Soon enough, my NC game prediction will come true. Soon enough. By the way, just because I have high aspirations for my team does not make me a homer or troll.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    March 1, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    Cougs are going to become the state's best team in history. With or without a 1 seed.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 28, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Chris B,

    Nobody wins for ever. Hold on and someday the Cougs will lose a game. You can can have your laughs and perhaps some ray of sunshine will touch your soul.

  • stokethefire The Planet, Earth
    Feb. 28, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    Remember when you were a kid and you ended up on the bottom of a dogpile at recess? The misery of being on the bottom. That is how Chris B feels right now.

    The rest of us feel pretty great up here near the top.

    The BYU basketball team does not have its heads in the papers, only the fans. The team can taste the fruits of years of hard work and we can be there to cheer them on as they continue to win these last two regular season games at home and on to the tourneys.

    It is a great day to be a Cougar.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 3:28 p.m.


    I assure you Chris that TDS will not get any seed. Neither will TUN. 2004 is a long time ago. That coach deserted your Utes, perhaps you should let his legacy die. It was mockery then and it is now. Lucky for you that the DNews does not consider it offensive. I do and in fact I believe you do, that is why you do it.

    As far as your BYU comments, they always have the same theme. BYU will lose. One of these days, you may actually be right. With a #1 seed, which I am not sure they will get, BYU would be playing the likes of Florida Atlantic, Vermont, Montana, etc. The 2nd round would be against an 8 or 9 seed.

    Your odds are not great, but who knows, if you keep trying ....

    I actually felt bad for you when you predicted SDS by 20. You must have had a lot of pain on Sat and Sun.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 28, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    BYU is the highest rated MWC team in history. It doesn't matter if they get a #1 seed, they'll still get someones best game. New Mexico is a jinx, everytime we beat San Diego State, we lose the next game to them. Got to finish strong.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    If you want a #1 seed for BYU, you'll need to have faith that the seeding committee will give BYU a fair shot, and not let biases and favoritism cloud their judgment.

    Oh me of little faith.

  • Utah Businessman Sandy, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    Wow, what a great win for Jimmer and the Cougars on Saturday! We have had the pleasue of having Noah Hartsock in our home a few times, so it was great that he performed so well--way to go, Noah! However, it was a great team win with a lot of credit being deserved by Charles, Jackson and others--such a great performance in a hostile environment under tons of pressure!

    Lots of nice comments here--very little bashing--thanks posters! I also think that Coach Fisher and the Aztecs have shown a lot of class. I have great respect for Coash Fisher, and I think he has had a very positive influence on his players in terms of their attitude.

    Last but not least, kudos to Coach Rose--a great man and a great coach. Thanks, Coach for your great leadership! Go Cougars!

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 1:35 p.m.


    Go back and study the new pod system used by the NCAA tournament, and then report back on why it's not only possible, but probable, that BYU could be a #1 seed in Denver and then advance to the Anaheim Regional, both Thu-Sat games.

    As long as BYU takes care of business on the court, the NCAA Selection Committee will take care of any adjustments that need to be made to award BYU a #1 seed.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 1:14 p.m.


    "Jeff, Why this article BEFORE the MWC tournament??"

    Why not?

    Yahoo, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, CBS Sports, and the Sporting News (just to name a few) are all projecting and/or discussing the possibility of BYU being a #1 seed.

    So why shouldn't the DN and BYU fans be discussing that possibility?

    If you've been watching BYU since the Danny Ainge era, then surely you're very aware that BYU hasn't had a player like Jimmer Fredette, since, well, Danny Ainge.

    The Fan House had this to say about Jimmer:

    "I hope Larry Bird was watching Saturday when Jimmer Fredette and Brigham Young carved up highly ranked San Diego State for the second time this year.

    For Larry Legend, it was a chance to relive his college days, the Jimmer doing for Brigham Young what Bird used to do for Indiana State."

    The Jimmer Show is well on its way, but there's still time to hop on the bandwagon eastcoastcoug and enjoy the ride.

    No. 1 seed or not, Jimmer and the Fredettes are the biggest story in college basketball this year!

  • CRB Woods Cross, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 1:14 p.m.

    BYU will not displace the 1st place team in the Southeast region which will be an ACC or SE Conference champion. This is the only region they can avoid sunday play as a #1 seed. I expect them will find themselves as 2nd seen in the west which is ideal for BYU and well deserved because they will produce better crowds in a closer venue. This is what BYU should be hoping for and should expect. In fact it is a better situation for the Y than 1st seed in a far away land.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    For a team that beat a highly ranked opponent on the road by double digits... there sure is a heck of a lot of officiating complaining. I thought that was usually reserved for you know... the team that lost looking for an excuse.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    1 seeds are Big East, Big 10 and Big 12 champions (unless there's a massive upset in the conference tournaments) with the fourth one going to Duke or BYU. Knowing big school bias I say Duke still has the edge at the moment. BYU probably needs another Duke loss and to win out to get that fourth one. If BYU loses in the conference tournament then they're a 2-3 seed depending on who they lose to. (2 for a loss to SDSU, 3 for anyone else).

  • Barack Obama Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 28, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    Lets not put the cart before the horse here. BYU fans tend to hype the team a tad and get so excited that they forget there is still a lot of basketball left to play. We still have two more regular season games, a tough MWC tournament, and then an NCAA tournament to play in (six more games if you go all the way). That's potentially 11 games still to go. Before we start crowning ourselves with a Final Four, lets win the MWC and MWC tournament first.

  • PJ Logan, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    If anybody has noticed the last few weeks its almost a jinx to be ranked #1 but it really speaks more to the parity this year. Im actually glad for BYU and think they deserve a one seed just as much as Duke, Pitt, Kansas, etc. I also take a little bit of pride knowing that all the teams that have been to Provo this year(and lost, obviously) Utah State played the best game. It would be nice to see both teams advance far enough for a rematch.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 11:48 a.m.

    1 seed is deserved if you look at the entire season of all the top 10 teams. RPI tells alot about how many weak teams the big programs schedule. I think this BYU team can handle the pressure of a 1 seed and have what they need to win against anyone in the country. They have done it very well all season. If they do get a 1 seed and don't make it to the final 4 then some will think it a failure. Whatever happens the rest of the season, it has been an incredible ride so far.

  • HS Hoops Lover Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    eastcoastcoug: This article is posted prior to the conference tournament because the NCAA announced that this year, the conference tournaments will have NO CONSEQUENCE on the decision of teams and seedings (except for the tournament champion).

  • Hondo Springville, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    I've been trying to find a reason not to write "I told you so" as part of my comments this morning, but I can't find one. So, here it goes - "I told you so." I predicted that BYU would win by 15 and they won by 13.

    Furthermore, I predicted that BYU would not need Jimmer's best game to win. And they did not.

    Great guard play goes a long way in the tourney and Emery showed us he can do it.

    By the way, what's up with the refs? Jackson got creamed by Leonard, but there was no call and then moments later Jimmer got robbed of a "and one." Those refs were definitely trying to get the Cougs to lose. No such luck. The better team prevailed.

    Now on to my prediction that BYU will make the NC game.....Great guard play will win this tourney and the nation is about to get Jimmer-fied.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 11:22 a.m.

    Having had tournament tickets many times- those tickets always came with dates and times stamped on them- never have I attended a game that was changed- it may well be true that they will accomodate a change if needed but I have never seen that published anywhere so I would love a cite from those claiming the dates associated with brackets does not matter- people get their tickets months in advance and make plans accordingly and now many here suggest the NCAA will simply change those as needed up to and including the day of play- I have never seen or heard of that and it would make for some very bad press for people that have airline and hotel reservations made given the tickets they hold- so what is the source of this knowledge?

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Feb. 28, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    Up until BYU's win at SDSU, it was in the MWC's interest to see the Cougars lose, since we are leaving the conference. Hence the terribly one-sided officiating of the past 3 weeks. Now that the cougs have beaten their fair-haired child twice and the Aztecs are out of the running for a #1 seed and nearly out of the running for MWC champion, and since BYU is the darling of the big sports channels and is being watched nationally & Jimmer has the POY as his to lose, it is *very much* in the MWC's interest to see BYU win out.

    I think we will see a dramatic shift in the way the refs call the next two home games and the MWC tournament games. If we do, you will know definitively what a corrupt conference the MWC is. Good riddance!

  • I Will Be Till I Die Holladay, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    Don't forget folks that the 1998 Utes went into the NCAA seeding process ranked #2 in the nation, and only came away with a #2 seed in the tournament.

    If the choice is between Duke and BYU, Duke will get the #1 seed just because they are Duke, regardless of their record this year.

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    Who wants a #1 seed? Do you really want to be expected to make it to the Final Four? Why not go out and earn it with a #2 or #3 seed rather than dealing with the expectations of a #1. It's rare for all four top seeds to make it to the Final Four.

  • Salt Murray, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    Ahhh! Thanks Cougars1 - it appears that locations are not guaranteed any particular seed which allows flexibility for the committee . . . I was wonderin why they'd set it up like that.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    I like a #2 seeding for BYU. I don't think the matchups are all that different for #1 and #2 seeds. If they go deep into the tournament, I like BYU's chances better as a #2 seed against a #1 seed Ohio State, Purdue, Duke, or any of the other possible #1 seeds. I think it's possible that, with the roles reversed, any of those teams might have a more dangerous chip-on-the-shoulder mentality if they thought they were unfairly seeded below a perceived undeserving BYU. It's like bulletin board motivation. Even a slight elitist, entitled mentality as the #1 seed might give those same teams just enough overconfidence to make a difference in favor of BYU.

    And maybe that's all psychobabble, and it won't make a difference at all, but I think that maturing college athletes let emotions influence their play enough that every little mental advantage does make a difference.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Feb. 28, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    Re: "panamadesnews". Excellent observation! I understand that Doug Gottlieb (ESPN basketball analyst) has BYU currently targeted for a #2 seed, which is probably based exactly on the point you raised. Good catch!

  • matt4226 Holladay, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    Joe Lunardi now has BYU as a #1 seed in the West in his Bracketology. From what ESPN is showing, the 1st and 2nd round games in Denver will be played on Thu/Sat and the 3rd and 4th round games in Anaheim will also be played on Thu/Sat. This should allow BYU to be the #1 seed in the West assuming they win out their remaining regular season games and the MWC tournament.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    Why should BYU's postseason history have any bearing on their seeding this year? Have they been upset in any NCAA tournament? Not really, if you consider that an 8-9 matchup is as close as you get to a tossup game. Whoever wins that game, it's not an upset by any standard. So, BYU has pretty much held serve for their seeding. Why would they be punished for that?

    But, of course the NCAA basketball seeding committee will also be looking at BYU's history of winning football bowl games for some unknown reason, if you listen to some commenters. You realize BYU has won 4 of the last 5 bowl games, don't you? Oh, I get it - they'll be looking at BYU's FIRST 5 bowl games, 30 years ago. I guess it's another 8 seed for BYU this year.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    panamadesnews and Salt,
    BYU CAN get a #1 seed. The selection committee picks the top four teams and then they make whatever changes need to be made to accommodate those teams. BYU had a seed in 2003 that required them to play on Sunday if they made it to the Sweet 16. They didn't, but the committee told them they would make whatever changes they had to to accommodate them if they made it that far. Those posted dates and schedules are not set in stone. If BYU deserves a #1 seed they will get it.

  • SammFan Sammamish, WA
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    There seem to be a lot of insight into the obvious here. Of course they have to win Wed and probably win out - to get the #1 Seed. That's part of what this is about. Enjoy the moment and where they are TODAY. They'll be wherever they ARE 2 weeks from now.

    If they were talking about Duke or Texas or Pitt instead, we'd be a collective basket case right now - because the Cougs took care of business and they didn't. If you're not in the Top-Seed dialog now, the Committee won't suddenly decide you're relevant two week from now. Enjoy it and go win games! Go Cougs! Go Jimmer!

  • Troll Hunter Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    What no comment from HedgeHog ??

    1 or 2 seed in the Tournament, I'll take it! There doesn't seem to be that truely elite team from the Eastern Big Basketball Programs this year, BYU may have a real good shot at Final 4 & Championship Game ! With a clutch player like Jimmer and the play of other players like Jackson Emery, Noah Hartstock, Brandon Davies, Charles Abouo, Kyle Collinsworth and Stephan Rodgers stepping up late in the season, BYU just may be the best team going into the Tournament this year. Dave Rose has done a outstanding job, in my opinion he is easily in the top 5 best coaches in the country, with him running the B-Ball Program BYU will be mention with the best in NCAA Basketball for years to come! BYU! don't let him get away! Pay him what he is worth!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:51 a.m.

    "BYU has had a No. 1 profile all season. The problem is, there weren't enough No. 1 seed spots open," Lunardi explained Saturday night. "Well, Duke's loss and the loss by Texas have given that crack to the Cougars. It's really BYU against Duke for the fourth No. 1 seed. BYU has a better RPI, a better strength of schedule and more top 50 wins. They also have 10 true road wins, most in the country. So it's Brigham Young, No. 1 in the West."

    Since when did previous performance x out current play? SDSU was being considered for the #1 spot and they've NEVER won a tournery game. Stop with the glass ceiling for the Cougs, they deserve to be #1. Any other team in the country with their RPI would have it sewn up even if they didn't win their conf. tourney.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    BYU can't be a #1 seed this year. The only #1 seed that plays on Sat, plays the 2nd week on Sun. BYU will have to be the #2 seed in Denver to avoid any Sun play (or a lower seed). There is no other way, unless CBS Sports has the brackets posted incorrectly. It probably has something to do with stagering the games so they can all be televised. #2 is not much different than #1, except the #2 will end up playing the #1 if they both win out - so that means conversely that the #1 will be playing the #2 if they both win out. I'm very ok with BYU being a #2 seed. That is the way it has to be. If they receive the #1 seed they will have to decline it anyway because of the no Sun play.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:45 a.m.

    This is premature. They have to win out first, the remainder of the regular season and the MWC tournament, before their "case is made".

    The caption would better read, 'the Cougars are making a case for a no. 1 seed'.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    In Arizona | 7:56 a.m. Feb. 28, 2011

    That's not a coherent analysis of the Cougar team. Those generic criticisms would fit any top team. It's like saying one of the two teams will lose a given game.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    As a Cougs Fan, I obviously hope they get a #1 seed in the West; however, the reality is that I believe the East Coast bias will simply prevent it. MWC is a Top 4 conf. this year; however, I still feel MWC is still unappreciated/recognized nationally-- thank you Craig Thompson with that top notch MWC TV contract!!

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    My prediction is that BYU will run the table through the MWC tournament. Jimmer will be the Player of the Year for the NCAA. The MWC will place Kawhi Leonard at it's player of the year and Steve Fisher as the coach of the year. The only serious attention BYU will get will be national attention. A one seed is possible, although a two seed more likely.

  • wyoming cougar Green River, WY
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    I'd be fine with a 1 or 2, & don't think it matters much-

    but the arguments about duke are ridiculous- Duke has lost 3 games, 2 to unranked teams (and the third wasn't ranked until just recently), have a weaker schedule, a weaker RPI, and a weaker conference. Just because it's duke and mike k doesn't give them automatic priority.

    Good luck this week Cougars, and in the MWC tournament. Can't wait as I'll be there cheering you on all week.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:03 a.m.


    You forgot AZ. ST. Marys has been in and out of the top 25 and UTEP has also been close to being ranked (admittedly not made it into the top 25 yet though).


    Agreed. there has been a lot of hoopla about the Big East being so great, but I don't see it.

  • Salt Murray, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    See Lunardi's bracketology. Based on his locations (#1s play in Tulsa, Charlotte and Cleveland (x2)) Each of these locations is scheduled for Friday - Sunday. If this is true, the highest seed BYU could get is a #2 in West or East region.

    Anybody know the scheduling factors behind NCAA's decisions?

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    The real issue here for a #1 seems to have more to do with the simple fact that there are really only two #1 seed available for BYU- not all 4- remember BYU must be seeded in a slot that plays the Th/Sat games and so that makes the equation more complex for seeding BYU as a #1- which region do you give them- well you only have two choices and that may play heavily on the selection comm. ability to seed them as a 1

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    Feb. 28, 2011 8:20 a.m.

    Hopefully BYU gets to Denver. There is a huge following of the Cougs in Colorado. The AF home game was 50% Cougar faithful. Additioanlly it is not far from Utah. BYU would likely be the crowd favorite. Follow that up with a likley home court advantage in Annaheim and the Cougs are on the way to final four status. A lot of ball to still play but that would be a very favorable route to the final four. Something they very seldom have in the NCAA tournament. Go Cougs!

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Feb. 28, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    Look at rpi, sos, record against rpi top 50. This isn't rocket science. This years record should be 99% of the consideration.

    I don't care where they are seeded as much as who they are seeded against. Matchups are important.

    It takes luck and good fortune to make it far in the tournament. Just about every team in the country has at least one loss against teams that are much worse than them. Sometimes things just fall in place for the weaker team. BYU has a great team this year. Decent inside with at least 5 threats from the 3-point line.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Feb. 28, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    I hate to see the East Coast Basketball Hegemony in action, but it will be the same old song. DUKE, DUKE, DUKE.
    Money rules. And there's a lot more money to be made for the T.V. sponsors, by favoring your East Coast Cash Cow System.

  • Salt Murray, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    From what I'm seeing all #1 seeds play on the Friday - Sunday schedule the first week . . . I may be wrong, but I'm going off Lunardi's locations and the NCAA's schedule . . . #1 seeding may be a moot point if that is the case.

  • In Arizona Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 28, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    In the tournament, where there is more physical play by bigger and stronger players than BYU has seen up to this point, between Jimmer and the BYU fans there will be so much whining that the team will lose confidence and therefore lose in the second round. BYU fans toot their horn way too much. They who toot their horn the most are usually in the thickest fog.

  • hamaca Baton Rouge, LA
    Feb. 28, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    BYU also beat Arizona this season, currently a top 10 team. That also contributes to their strength of schedule.

    Despite that, I think a number 2 seed would work out better all round--less hoopla and distraction--and it's probably where they realistically should be without a dominant big.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Feb. 28, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    #1 seed is a bestowed honor.

    For what really matters, you still have to beat your opponent.

    I like being GIVEN honors I may have earned, but I like better winning it at the bottom line.

    This team has earned a #1 seed. Whether they get it or not would be nice, fills print inches for writers, but really doesn't matter.

    What matters most is Wednesday night. Then what matters most is Saturday. And then 3 games in Las Vegas. Then take what comes and ride it for all it's worth

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Feb. 28, 2011 7:44 a.m.


    I remember...BYU's football team beat #1 Miami in 1990 in the Ty Detmer era, then lost to Oregon the week after. Their football team lost to UTEP in 1985 when Bosco was QB, after beating #3 UW and losing to UCLA. I remember lots of times when BYU beat a good team only to lose to a lesser one. But not Miami and UTEP. If you take the top 10 at the end of any football and basketball season, BYU will have a worse post-season record. Football: one win in the Cotton Bowl in 1998. Basketball: Elite 8 once in 1981. It's time we put up or shut up. I hope this is the year we get it done for basketball.

    Let's see where we all are 2 weeks from now and then discuss who "deserves" to be a number 1 seed.

  • Yner4Life Springville, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 7:36 a.m.

    Let's play ball first and see what happens. Not much difference in my opinion of whether BYU is a #1 or #2. It's all up to the dance committee anyway. Just not a debate worth getting all worked up about in my opinion.

    Let's focus on the next game, then the next one, then the MWC tournament. The NCAA Tournament will then be the focus.

    The great thing is that BYU has a dance card this year and a nationally recognized team. That's a great way to end MWC affiliation and say 'HELLO' to independence.

    Thanks to Jimmer and Co. a lot of good media relations has been fostered.

    Wonder what's happening up on troll hill?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    Bigger question - Does tds WANT a 1 seed?

    In the history of the tournamnet no #1 seed has ever lost to a 16.

    Does tds really want that kind of recognition?

    Perhaps I'll be cheering for a tds 1 seed

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Feb. 28, 2011 7:15 a.m.

    The bias rhetoric against BYU is amazing. Someone always throws something out from left field as a reason to not consider this team. Please tell me in what scenario do people cite the prior 10+ years of performance as a reason to exclude a team from what's currently happening? Syracuse has their share of tournament failures as well but no one would ever suggest they don't deserve a seed because of past failures.

    The team should be judged on the merits of their current performance. That's all that should be taken into consideration. If they deserve to be a #1 seed, so be it. Let this year stand apart from years past. If it's a #2 seed, no big deal. I disagree that the MWC tourney should somehow have a final evaluation of this team. They've proven they can win on the road and at home in and out of conference. The tourney is for teams that are on the bubble to make one last push.

  • IA Cougar West Des Moines, IA
    Feb. 28, 2011 6:44 a.m.

    The "body of work" shows they are in consideration. That's all for naught if they don't take care of business against a team they lost to a few weeks ago...right after beating SDSU at home. New Mexico is a roadblock they must overcome. Wyoming is having a terrible season and so BYU must be careful with them as well. Nothing is a given. Then on to Las Vegas to play in the UNLV invitational. Nothing is easy. If they run the table, #1 seed is completely justified. Most likely will still not happen. Just too much anti-MWC press. In the end, #2 seed or #1 seed really don't matter if you don't advance. I love this BYU team. They are strong. They are focused. And they are winners. GO COUGS! The next 30 days will be a lot of fun!

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Feb. 28, 2011 6:05 a.m.

    Citing BYU's past performances in the NCAA tournament as a reason not to seed THIS team #1 is just plain dumb. This is a different team! The fact that some team five or ten years ago played well or not so well is irrelevant--different players, different coach. RPI is used to settle disagreements about strength of schedule and relative performances. BYU is #1 in RPI. BYU's only fault is that they don't play in a conference that has exposure in the East, where this year they would play quite well (see RPI). Whether a #1 or #2, BYU should go deep into the tournament and could very well be a Final Four team. Steve Fisher should know. He has actually coached a final four team and I believe they won a national championship.

  • JMT Springville, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 5:58 a.m.

    BYU beats #1 Miami, then loses to lowly UTEP. Was that who they lost to shortly after? I don't remember. Does anyone remember? Does it matter who they lost to? Fact is, they got all busy reading headlines about national championships and BAM, they beat the #1 team in the nation to lose to some no-body (relative to the big win) and its all over.

    BYU may well lose to New Mexico, again. Then there is the MWC Tournament, which UNLV has dominated, plus possible dances with New Mexico and San Diego State, again. BYU has at least 3 serious games ahead of them. Throw in they could lose to another 'UTEP' at any time...GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME! Out of the newspapers!

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Feb. 28, 2011 5:44 a.m.

    I'm a BYU fan and what's not to like about this year's team. Jimmer has rock star status and is recognized as one of the best, if not the best player in the country this year. But let's get realistic about this No. 1 seed business.

    BYU does not have a perfect record. In fact they've lost (2) games to unranked teams. The only ranked teams they beat are Utah State (a great team) and San Diego State and incredibly over-rated team who hasn't beat any teams that are nationally ranked except Gonzaga, who's been out of the Top 25 for some time now.

    BYU deserves a very high spot, maybe even a #2 seed, but are they one of the four best teams in the country?

  • mckay Dayton, OH
    Feb. 28, 2011 5:37 a.m.

    I wouldn't put BYU in a #1 slot. Having watched the game on Saturday, its obvious they are a top team. I just wouldn't put them in there with the lack of recent tournament success. Until the Cougs prove they can win in the tournament I don't think they deserve a #1 seed. Their problem will come when they play teams where every position is athletically dominated by the other team.

  • Chris_B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 4:42 a.m.

    2 more regular season wins.
    MWC tourney sweep.
    Final 4 appearance.
    Jimmer NCAA POY.

    Mark it down!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Feb. 28, 2011 3:43 a.m.

    Jeff, Why this article BEFORE the MWC tournament?? BYU has a great team and I like our chances, but we have not MADE the case until we've finished all business. I've been watching BYU for 40 years and we fans and you BYU media people constantly make the mistake of promoting the team (football and basketball) before all games have been played. The players and coaches don't do this. Knock it off and go back to reporting on what HAS happened.

    So far, the polls show much of the country still doesn't believe BYU belongs at the top. We may have to beat SDSU 5 times before they finally rank us ahead of them. There are some great teams out there who have a habit of playing their best ball just now. We have a horrible post-season record for both football and basketball. Let's take it one game at a time and see how far we go.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    Just like Dave Rose said - he is staying away what seeding they should be and one game at a time. I have the same thought what he was thinking. NM will be tough and hopefully Cougar players won't show any fatiques.
    Go Cougars