BYU basketball: Cougars' NCAA tournament prospects improving

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    Feb. 8, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    MiP, these are all projections but, as they run BYU is in whether or not you like it.

    I do however think it is likely BYU will play Gonzaga twice more and they definitely need to win one of those two in order to feel good about their chances. They are currently (1-4) against the RPI top 50 and (1-6) probably will not do it.

    Now, Nevada and Oregon continuing to win will help but, I'm not sure either will crack the top 50.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Feb. 8, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    First of all, I wouldn't think about the ncaa tournament. They need to mix up their playing style when those 3's don't fall for them. One game at a time and better win them all at wcc tourney. Some players (young ones) need to stop being selfish and let those bigs do most of inside game. Sure, I would love to see our Cougars goto the ncaa if they do well toward the end.

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Feb. 8, 2012 6:08 a.m.

    Can anyone tell me why not shooting more than 5 3-pointers a game [right now] is not an option? I'm not saying they shouldn't be shooting mid-range jumpers, but they're killing themselves during this drought (and still winning games). How about a few jab-step-fakes at the 3 line and blowing by their defenders? It's bball 101, friends. Not to mention that they have 2 of the best big men (arguably) in the west. More touches for Davies and Hartsock should = more points.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 7, 2012 9:01 p.m.

    "A loss in Spokane keeps the Cougs in 3rd, puts the Cougs back on the bubble"

    CFinTx, Back? Sorry to tell you, but BYU IS on the bubble. Which is why one week Lunardi has them as an '11 seed', then the next week out, then the next an '11 seed,' etc. Lunardi had St. Mary's in and out all season last year---and they were left out, despite a stellar record and quality wins.

    If anything, a win at Gonzaga and BYU will be off the bubble, presuming wins in SF and SC ---a loss, and they'll be needing the WCC tourney to get in. That's the bubble.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 7, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    If BYU's shooting from behind the arc catches fire, watch out, they will create some noise in March. The 3 point loss to a very good Baylor team showed me what this team is capable of. They just need to find a way to be consistent.

    The game against the Zags in Spokane should be a good one. A win in Spokane most likely means a 2nd place finish in the WCC. A loss in Spokane keeps the Cougs in 3rd, puts the Cougs back on the bubble, and sets up a likely rematch with the Zags in the semis.

    Exciting times ahead!

    Feb. 7, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    Notice that up to the USD game, BYU was shooting about 40% from 3-point land. That percentage would put them in the top 15 3-point-shooting teams today. Compare BYU's 16% with the worst-shooting team (for the season), Grambling State, who is shooting 26%. If they had continued shooting 40%, they would have scored an additional 78 points in these 6 games. Significant? Yes.

    But, BYU is 4-2 over those 6 games, including wins over VT and Zaga. So, they got that going for them. Which is nice. Considering.