Blue roundup:'s Joe Lunardi projects BYU as a No. 12 seed in NCAA Tournament

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  • cougarNV Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 19, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    I would like to see the Cougars play SDSU in the Tourney. It would be a good measure of whether the Cougars softer Schedule prepared them or hurt them.

    At this time, I do not believe the Cougars are at the same level as the Aztecs or the Rebels of UNLV. TCU might be at similar level of the WCC better teams, and UNLV dropped over 100 points on them last night and looked great at it.

    I have not seen the Cougars look any where near as good.(Maybe against Baylor, perhaps)

    Now, I am a Cougar fan! I am always rooting for them to win! Yet I try to be rational also. A 12 seed in the tourney is fair at this point. I second the analysis of CougFaninTx.

    Go Cougars!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 19, 2012 5:58 a.m.

    Nice of you to really stretch giving the Pac the benifit of the doubt of a 2nd entry into the tournament...but there's going to be a lot of teams on that final bubble.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Jan. 18, 2012 7:31 p.m.

    This is no surprise. The Cougars continue to win, but their stock slips. It's the typical east coast bias as "upsets" happen in those "tougher than any other" eastern conferences.

    I won't be surprised to see a very deserving third WCC team left out of the tournament come March. Nor would it surprise me to only see one WCC team get a bid.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Jan. 18, 2012 7:08 p.m.

    A twelve seed is about right, until the Cougars play St. Mary's and Gonzaga.

    If the Cougars win the rest of their home games and lose at Gonzaga, their rating should go up a notch or two. If they run the slate in the regular season, they will at least tie for first with St. Mary's and earn a seven seed.

    Right now, though, the Cougars have played Wisconsin, St. Mary's and Baylor that were expected losses -- and a very good USU team that was a toss-up.

    Otherwise, BYU has played a relatively soft schedule. Lunardi pretty much nailed what the Cougars are worth. The loss of Rogers and Collinsworth has been significant -- even though BYU has stepped up a time or two. But the Cougars are still in a position to get knocked off on the road in a game they need to win . . . if their preparation does not improve on defense.

    BYU has not demonstrated that it can guard the 3-point line against a team that can get hot -- as in St. Mary's!

    Now . . . I am a HUGE Cougar fan, and I hope the team ratchets things up a notch!

  • simply me SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    SportsFan-Especially when the Utes are not mentioned in it.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 5:27 p.m.


    Mid-January basketball tourney projections do have more relevance than debating 'zero' star football recruits.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 4:06 p.m.

    Mid-January basketball tournament projections are about as meaningful as mid-October final football rankings projections.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 18, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    The following four games will define BYU's season - Va Tech, St Mary's and Gonzaga (2X). If the Cougs split the four games, they will probably be seeded 10 - 12. If they win all four games, and win the WCC tourney they will be a 6 - 8 seed. If they lose all four, they will be dancing in the NIT (not likely).

    Although the chances are slim that it would actually happen, I like the idea of facing San Diego State in the tournament, as projected. I would love to play them again!

    These projections must drive Ute trolls crazy to see 3 MWC teams, 3 WCC teams and only 2 PAC12 teams in the NCAA. I'm glad our basketball team and other olympic sports didn't have to step down to a lower rated conference in order to provide an opportunity for our football team to go Indy. The Conference of Champions is just another conference nowadays.

    Jan. 18, 2012 1:19 p.m.

    How could they be seeded any better than a twelve? Their computer No.'s aren't very good and their best win is over a top Pac 10 team (not saying much this season). Honestly, I think they need to win out and split Virginia Tech / Gonzaga to be assured of a tournament berth.