BYU basketball: Cougars return to Las Vegas for West Coast Conference Tournament

Play begins Wednesday at Orleans Arena

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  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    March 1, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    @factcheck dude your so sad that you have to make up your own rankings??? hahaha dude get a life. as for all you other delusional y fans, as much as you all claim t have a better conference than the pac 12 ppl who actually know something about basketball outside of your little bubble think otherwise.

    Last updated - Wed Feb 29 09:30:03 PST 2012

    View Conf. Power Ratings View Real Time Conf. RPIsvip

    Rank Conference Avg. RPI Avg. SOS SOS Rank Teams
    1 Big Ten 0.5840 0.5756 1 12
    2 Big East 0.5720 0.5670 2 16
    3 Southeastern 0.5699 0.5647 3 12
    4 Big 12 0.5689 0.5618 4 10
    5 Mountain West 0.5679 0.5470 6 8
    6 Atlantic Coast 0.5602 0.5604 5 12
    7 Atlantic 10 0.5417 0.5366 7 14
    8 Missouri Valley 0.5336 0.5332 8 10
    9 Conference USA 0.5313 0.5330 9 12
    10 Pacific-12 0.5234 0.5279 10 12

    11 West Coast 0.5158 0.5172 11 9
    12 Western Athletic 0.5047 0.5004 12 8
    13 Ivy League 0.4998 0.4966 14 8
    14 Horizon League 0.4990 0.4972 13 10
    15 Colonial Athletic 0.4947 0.4936 15 12
    16 Summit 0.4899 0.4845 19 10
    17 Mid-American 0.4872 0.4871 17 12
    18 Metro Atlantic Athletic 0.4855 0.4852 18 10
    19 Sun Belt 0.4837 0.4899 16 12
    20 Atlantic Sun 0.4796 0.4776 20 10

    21 Ohio Valley 0.4751 0.4743 21 11
    22 Patriot League 0.4738 0.4642 23 8
    23 Southern 0.4658 0.4718 22 12
    24 Northeast 0.4625 0.4633 25 12
    25 Big Sky

  • factcheck Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 29, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    2BCS Wins: That average team in an average conference would be #1 in the PAC 12, which by your argument would be 'below-average' conference by virtue of the fact that in the latest realtimerpi conference power rankings, the PatheticAC 12 is 2 conferences below the average WCC. Keep sticking with the Football comments on a BYU basketball article. LOL

    1 Big Ten 59.36
    2 Big 12 57.59
    3 Big East 56.67
    4 ACC 55.64
    5 SEC 55.00
    6 MWC 54.77
    7 Missouri Valley 48.76
    8 A10 48.36
    9 WCC 46.43
    10 Conference USA 46.40
    11 PAC 12 46.32
    12 WAC 44.31
    13 Ivy League 43.66
    14 Colonial 43.13
    15 Horizon 42.85

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    @worf worf
    Mcallen, TX
    Heard the Pac-10 is dumping Utah for Wyoming. It's their best decision yet.

    Yep would be yet another conference move offering a team that isn't BYU.

    LOL at all cougie fans bragging up their B-Ball team. All it is another season just like football they beat a bunch of nobody's lost all their games to quality opponets and still are going nowhere fast. Wake up if you think life is rosey that or you truly are happy with an average team in a below average conference.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 27, 2012 11:28 p.m.

    Heard the Pac-10 is dumping Utah for Wyoming. It's their best decision yet.

  • No Conference Will Take Us SEATTLE, WA
    Feb. 27, 2012 8:17 p.m.

    Murray, utah
    Lets see....Ute football in the pac12, 4-5. Ute basketball in the pac12 6 and forever. Pac12 in NCAA basketball, not one team approaching the top 25. Now that's a conference of champs er I mean chumps. The John Wooden era is long gone. Speaking of tournaments are the utes 1a or 2a this year? 61-43


    Here again, a fellow BYU fan is not looking at the overall picture. The PAC is having a down year. I would much rather be there with UTAH than on the outside looking in.

  • No Conference Will Take Us SEATTLE, WA
    Feb. 27, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    The PAC is having one down year out of how many?
    My fellow BYU fans need to get real. We are in a cupcake conference overall compared to the PAC.

  • jdh_md NEW YORK, NY
    Feb. 27, 2012 3:16 p.m.

    Anyone thinking that the PAC-12 has anything on the WCC this year is not an objective observer. Both the WCC and the PAC-12 are forecasting to place 3 teams into the tournament this year, coincidentally so is the MWC.

    Although the games are being played in smaller arenas for the cougars in the WCC, the television coverage for its fan base has never been better. I was initially worried about the gym size, but it hasn't been as big of a deal as I originally thought.

    In the end, this has been a rebuilding year for BYU and they are well positioned for the upcoming tournament as a likely 11-12 seed. You can only say Utah is an 11-12 seed .... in the PAC-12.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 27, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    Ah look, Honor Code, Otis and Chris B are out in force. Naval Vet is sure to join soon. Must be spring time and the long winter of Utah basketball is almost over. Take a good look but don't get too close. These trolls are hungry for any kind of a win.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 1:11 p.m.

    It will be dicey for the Cougars to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament, even with a win in the semifinals over Gonzaga. Injuries have depleted the front line. Hartsock, Carlino and others have been dinged up or are totally unavailable for play; i.e. Collingsworth and Rogers. The fact that the role players like Winder, Zylstra, and Austin have been spotty in their play and have disappeared in many games. The team is going to need all hands on deck, and click as a unit to have any chance in the WCC Tournament. The team has been plagued by slow starts in games. Maybe the neutral court will be a plus. Let us hope so. Good luck Cougars. We will keep our hopes up for a March bid to the big dance.

  • Think It Through Scottsdale, AZ
    Feb. 27, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    This isn't Last Comic Standing, but we appreciate you Ute fans trying to get us all to laugh by even being in a conversation about basketball. When all the team rankings on ESPN have you over 300, that doesn't mean you've gotten a lot of votes, it means you're not good. Well I guess your ranking in field goal% is 299. That's something to be proud of right?

  • IndianaCoug Bloomington, IN
    Feb. 27, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    I know it won't silence the haters, but I love that in a week with a loss, with the Cougars sporting their worst record in the last several years, BYU still has more votes in the AP poll than ANY TEAM IN THE PAC12. Now true, we are still just a bubble team that really needs a win over the Zags (or more) to get into the big dance... but it does feel good knowing that the conference that many predicted would be a major step down for the Cougs has three teams ranked above any team in the Pac. It's good to be a Cougar!

  • MJB Tooele, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    Isn't it great that the cougars are doing so well in a "rebuilding" year with only 2 seniors on the team. How many freshmen are contributing to the team play? The next few years look like they will be good for the forseeable future. I saw that the attendance at the Marriott Center was a seelout of 22,700 this last Saturday and less than 10,000 showed up at the Huntsman Center. Wow!

  • lvsportsfan Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 27, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    Sink so low? How many Pac12 teams are ranked this year?

    Just because a University enters a conference that is allegedly better, does not equate to better sports program.

    Fan support? Are you really agruing that BYU has no fan support? How many fans show up for games at the HC?

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    Well Otis, you would know about your team sinking low in a lesser conference than the MWC. At least the Cougars are in a much better basketball conference than the PAC. I'll bet I could tell how you vote by this comment: "Byu's prgrams are on the decline and will continue their slow decline into oblivion." Just saying it doesn't make it true.

    JP, what does the BCS have to do with basketball? Think before you write, if that is at all possible. And what's a tourny?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 27, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    Wow! A few ute trolls are in denial.

    @hc - I didn't know you were the judge and jury who determines where teams go. If the Cougs beat the Zags in the semis, they are in the NCAA. If Cougs lose to the Zags, it will depend on what happens in the other tourneys. I'm not sure if you're a Ute fan, CSU fan or Buffs fan. But I wish you would identify. Maybe you're not a fan of anyone, just a Coug hater?

    @jp - This article is about BB, not FB. But since you raise the issue, BYU will be in a BCS game before the Utes, if the BCS stays intact. USC will win the South Div, 9 years out of ten. Your comment about the arena being downgraded makes no sense. Every WCC game is on either BYUtv or ESPN. U should check it out. You'll see some of the top talent in the West.

    @otis - U may want to read the article on ESPN about the WCC. Most experts agree that it's been a great move. Please define "sink so low"? Cougs will get another 25+ win season. Utes have their worst season in history. I think it's the Utes who have sunk so low. The WCC will also send more teams to the NCAA than the Conference of Chumpions.

    PS - WCC is sold out, thanks to BYU fans gobbling up the tickets. Check your facts before you misquote.

  • Robroy Murray, utah
    Feb. 27, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    Lets see....Ute football in the pac12, 4-5. Ute basketball in the pac12 6 and forever. Pac12 in NCAA basketball, not one team approaching the top 25. Now that's a conference of champs er I mean chumps. The John Wooden era is long gone. Speaking of tournaments are the utes 1a or 2a this year? 61-43

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    I really do wish byu well in this tournament. It can't be easy watching your team sink so low in your new and lesser conference than the MWC.

    This just highlights the completely different paths the two teams have taken. Ute's athletic programs are on the rise and will continue to rise in the elite Conference of Champions. Byu's prgrams are on the decline and will continue their slow decline into oblivion.

    Is it really true that byu has only sold 1,200 tickets to the touurnament?! Why no fan support, byu?

  • JP Skillet Murray, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    Hey Pipes, do you think your cougs will even get an invite to the BCS? Didn't think so. It will never happen. the MWC tournys were fun but no one cares about WCC tourny. they even got downgraded in their arena in vegas. interesting.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    Hey Honor Code
    Do you think your utes will even get an invite to the NIT????
    Didn't think so.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Feb. 27, 2012 1:02 a.m.

    Good Luck Cougars and happy times at the NIT!!!