BYU basketball notebook: Tournament upsets could leave Cougars out to dry

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  • Striker Omaha, NE
    March 10, 2012 6:54 a.m.

    It's looking better and better. The way I see it, there are only about two chances for any major upsets. Those teams still have to play one of the better teams in their conference. I think there may only be one major upset, if any. BYU's chances are looking great!

  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    March 9, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    @tj exactly what previous success does byu have in the ncaa tourney besides losing in the first round?

  • Bluecat82 Minneapolis, MN
    March 8, 2012 6:38 p.m.

    Whether it's at the Big Dance or the Sock Hop, we do know the Cougars will have another game this year...

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 8, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    As mentioned, BYU had their chances to be more secure in a Tourney bid. I would be pleasantly surprised if BYU was granted a ticket. I think when the selection committee asks themselves "Are we really going to take 3 teams from the WCC?" I think the answer will be "no." I hope I'm wrong.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    March 8, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    Fellow Cougs fans, IF our Cougs don't get into "The Dance," please, please, please no complaining of the "unfairness" of the at-large selection process. Our Cougs could have easily taken care of their own business and not rely on the selection comm, but they did not. Pure and simple, WE did not take care of our own business. We picked the worse time of the season for our guard play to go MIA and for Noah to get injured. But I tell you what, I can't wait for next season!!

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    March 8, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    Relax everyone, BYU will be in. They earned the bid.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    March 8, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    I hope they get it. I think...IF they are healthy by then, they could win a first round. But after that, slim chances.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    March 8, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    I am tired of the negative spin coming from Utah on BYU's chances. I've pretty much seen BYU universally in the tourney as one of the last few at-large bids. Most of the worrisome tourneys are over, and in almost every case the NCAA "lock" won it, which is exactly how things needed to break for bubble teams like the Y. Combine that with the fact that Coach Rose is well respected, BYU has done well in recent tourneys and projects to be in the tourney for the foreseeable future (given their recruiting and returning missionary pipeline) so odds seem to be well over 50%. Of course it could still go the other way - that is life as a bubble team, and I'm the first to admit that BYU has earned the uncertainty by missing key opportunities along the way.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    March 8, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    Yes, BYU has lots of talent, but what they need to do s put it all together on the same night at the same time. That is what thy have not done consistently and will need to do that in any tournament bracket. Abouou, Davies, Austin and Carlino need to stop those silly fouls, and they end up watching the game on the bench.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 8, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    Teams also get some consideration for the success they have in previous years of the NCAA tourney. I think this is one intangibles that may help BYU get in. It wouldn't bother me too much if they went to the NIT this year. A better chance at playing more games would be good for all the youn. They should be better next year with another year of experience under their belts. I look forward to seeing where their first post-season game will be.

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    March 8, 2012 7:22 a.m.

    There's a lot of talent on the team this year. Don't be surprised to see a couple of them playing in Turkey next season.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    March 8, 2012 6:42 a.m.

    I've been following teams, and not too many upsets so far in tournaments.

    I wouldn't mind seeing BYU in one of the extra games. That would likely be their best chance of winning a game, unless they get a great matchup like Temple. I can't see them beating a team like ND.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 7, 2012 10:10 p.m.

    With so many experts predicting the Cougars will be in the NCAA, why are there so many stories in the Utah news using scare tactics to make fans think otherwise?

    While a birth in the tournament is not guaranteed, it seems like an 80% or better chance they will get in.

    The comparison to last years St Mary's team is missing one important statistic - BYU puts more cheeks in seats and eyeballs on TV than a team like St Mary's. Maybe that shouldn't be a consideration, but in the revenue driver world of college sports it's a factor when selecting which bubble teams are selected.