BYU draws Washington in NIT first round

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  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 19, 2013 8:50 a.m.


    Despite your mocking hyperbole, there is a natural pecking order to post season basketball.

    NCAA > NIT > CBI > CIT > non participant

    Of course, every sports fan would prefer see their team playing in the Big Dance, but just as in football, you sometimes have to enjoy watching your team play in a lesser bowl/tournament.

    70 of 124 (56%) of FBS teams played in a bowl or championship game last season
    148 of 347 (43%) of D-1 basketball teams will play in a post season tournament this season

    Regardless of how you spin it to help you sleep at night, it's MUCH better to be playing in any bowl or a post season tournament, than to be sitting home watching, knowing that your team wasn't even good enough to be one of the 70 football or 148 basketball teams still playing in the post season.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 19, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    ekute--I never said " The Nit is better than the NCAA Tournament". It's a not so bad alternative to nothing.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    March 19, 2013 7:24 a.m.

    Good luck from a Ute fan! (It happens.)

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 19, 2013 2:16 a.m.


    I'm convinced! The Nit is better than the NCAA Tournament! LOL.....Geez-A-Lou!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 18, 2013 11:49 p.m.


    NIT---NCAA Tournament

    * Kentucky(NIT), and some others would beat more then half the teams in the NCAA tournament.
    * Some NIT teams play a home game or two.
    * Great playing extra games. These are still division one teams with winning records.
    * NCAA will have more teams not winning a championship.
    * You take what you can get, and improve for next year.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 18, 2013 11:32 p.m.

    Pac 12 Fever--Such a chip on your shoulder is so immature.

    If the natives are embarrassing to your expectations, then perhaps a different pasture will be to your liking.

  • TrollPolice Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2013 11:07 p.m.

    Pac 12 Fever

    Who died and made you blog police?

    btw, how is it such a "horrible" conference has the #1-ranked team in the country and a #1-seed in the NCAA tournament?

    If you're going to whine about other bloggers posting delusional comments, at least try to follow your own advice.

  • Pac 12 Fever Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    Re: Worf. Your are delusional

    Just like all u BYU fans and Utah fans. As a transplant to this state, you all are the butt of many jokes. Reading these posts validates this.

    Richfield HS has a bigger crowd than the so called great fans for the Utes. Watching a game my friends always ask is there a snowstorm or are Utah fans really that weak? I would be embarrassed to post anything as a Utah fan.

    And BYU, lets face it. You aren't even a top 80 team to be invited to the big dance. Pat yourself on the back for the NIT, but if BYU wasn't in it you would care less. NIT is a losers tournament.. It's a joke and your program has fallen a long ways. Your conference is weak (2 teams invited horrible /5 Mtn West teams). And your non conference schedule is pathetic. If u want to be good play someone.

    Be enthusiastic and cheer for your team. But quit with the we are so good talk people. Please.

    March 18, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    Let me be the first to say that on this occasion, I was misinformed and stand corrected.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 18, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    I've never had anything against the NIT. Glad it's there.

    There are plenty of NIT teams that would whip NCAA tournament teams.

    March 18, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    Seems like I created quite the controversy with people who don't know how the CBI or college athletic departments work or make decisions. No, the "seeding" for the CBI isn't selected based on teams' results by a selection committee like the NCAA and NIT. Teams pay the tournament for home court games, hence how the tournament makes a lot of its money, and the schools that want the (limited) exposure and (also limited) extra competition of inclusion, but don't want to pay as much money become the visiting teams.

    Veritas Aequitas, my sources are personal acquaintances within the athletic department, so no I won't cite specifically who said it. You choose to believe it if you wish, or join the others who have come to their own conclusions on it based on personal opinion. Doesn't matter to me either way. Good luck tomorrow.

  • Proud Ute ,
    March 18, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    Lots of classy Cougars posting and wishing the Utes good luck in their tourney.
    Best of luck to BYU in the NIT, send your seniors out in style!

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    March 18, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    Just finished checking the Marriott Center online seating map and it looks like there are only a couple hundred tickets remaining in the lower bowl; looks like there's going to be a good crowd for tomorrow night's game; at the very least, the entire lower bowl will be packed, with the west end student section packed to the rafters.

    Go Cougs!

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    We're going to work these guys.

    They are no good.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 18, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    Should be neat.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    March 18, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    I was hoping utah would have gone to the NIT for the sole purpose of the possibility of playing the Mighty Cougars another time (in Provo) this year. Would have been a guaranteed "W" for BYU. Go Cougars!!

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    March 18, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    "the Utes turned down a CBI invite [because] they preferred not to travel"

    That's got to be one of the lamest excuses I've ever read for being left on the outside looking in at the post season.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 18, 2013 2:27 p.m.


    You really expect us to believe that Utah turned down their first invitation to a post season tournament in FIVE years because the Utes weren't willing to travel to some school that they perceived as being beneath them???

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    I concur with agb and others. Too many Utah fans who disappeared on Sunday are now trickling back and taking cheap shots at BYU. I had to smile after reading several days worth of Chris B comments about the terrible BYU team and the great Utah team that would run the PAC and go dancing. Funny but I saw no comments from him since then until today.

    My take about Utah. I wish Utah could ahve run the table, it would have been great. Secondly, I wish they had a couple of more wins so the NIT whould have taken them.

    My take on Weber St. I am glad they are in the CIT. They along with BYU have to carry the banner for the State of Utah into the post season.

    Finally, my take on BYU. I am so pleased they get another chance to play again. In my mind it is quite simple for BYU. If their shooting percentage is in the mid 40's they will beat UDub. If they shoot in the 30's like they did in San Diego they will lose. Simple as that.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 18, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    "Alpine Blue and motorbike, from what I've gathered, the Utes turned down a CBI invite..."
    Gee, could you cite the source?

    Utah would have jumped at any chance to get in some more games, see if the "winning streak" was a fluke, and any chance to show progress. Is Utah too good to travel (as you asserted), or just not enough money?

    BYU has a down year, and goes NIT.
    Utah has a good year, and goes nowhere.

    Accepting the "invite" has left Utah out of postseason play in both football and basketball.

    Utah fans need to get used to being left out.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2013 1:53 p.m.


    "...the Utes turned down a CBI invite mostly due to logistical issues with the University staff hosting the NCAA tournament this week, and with the women expecting an NIT bid, so hosting would not have been feasible and they preferred not to travel."

    So Texas was okay with traveling to Houston, Tulsa was willing to go to Wright State, but traveling to, say, Wyoming, was beneath the Utes?

  • HP in Georgia Atlanta, GA
    March 18, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Just a friendly note to patriot in Cedar Hills -
    Once upon a time the NIT was THE post season for colleges. Then that 900 pound gorilla - the NCAA - entered the neighborhood and took over the post season. However, the NIT is still a great reward for teams with good records, and is very entertaining. Some of the NIT teams are actually just as good or better than the teams in that other tournament. Watch it, and enjoy.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    BYU fans. Please ignore all of the negativity by utah fans. When they have nothing to cheer about they turn their frustration to mocking their big brothers down south. It's typical behavior from a inferior program.
    BYU should do well playing UW at home. They are not playing as well toward the end of the season. I have seen them play recently and they are not as good as their weak record. They just play in a weak conference.
    My prediction; every PAC10.2 team will get bounced in the first round with the exception of Arizona. Then we will see how tough the mighty PAC10.2 really is.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    ute trolls should consider their only post-season tournament options; watching BYU on TV or listening to the Cougars on the radio. When you think that not being invited to a tournament is better than being invited, reality has long since flown.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    March 18, 2013 1:17 p.m.


    "The NIT = the tournament for the losers."

    Kind of like all of the bowls, including the bcs bowls, will be as soon as the playoffs start in 2014.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    March 18, 2013 1:01 p.m.


    "Alpine Blue and motorbike, from what I've gathered, the Utes turned down a CBI invite mostly due to logistical issues with the University staff hosting the NCAA tournament this week, and with the women expecting an NIT bid, so hosting would not have been feasible and they preferred not to travel."

    What a crock! You're trying to spin that Utah's athletic staff couldn't handle hosting ONE home basketball game at the HC, while they were hosting the NCAA tournament at ESA. Is Utah's athletic staff really that incompetent? Did the Utes also cancel all of their home matches in every other sport this week?

    The truth is, Utah simply wasn't invited to the CBI.

    btw, Utah is hosting UVU in baseball on Tuesday.

    March 18, 2013 12:47 p.m.

    This game, to me, all depends on which team is able to force the tempo. I think if BYU is able to run their game like they want to and get the score up in the 80s, they probably win a close one. If UW can slow it down, run their half court sets, and work the ball inside, they'll probably win with the score in the 60s or 70s. It will definitely take at least a few guys stepping up for UW to do it, though. Wilcox and co. will have to hit outside shots to get BYU out of the zone defense, and when that happens, they are just too awful in man to match up with the athletes the Huskies have. The player to watch that most of you probably don't know yet: Andrew Andrews (not joking), very good athlete with a lot of potential in his future.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    March 18, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    A nice gesture on the part of BYU's athletic department. BYU is picking up most of the tab for students.

    NIT entry is free for students with a BYU All-Sports Pass; $4 for students w/o a pass. Reserved seats for the General Public are $10.00. Wish I could be there, but I'll be watching on ESPN.

    Go Cougars!

    March 18, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    Alpine Blue and motorbike, from what I've gathered, the Utes turned down a CBI invite mostly due to logistical issues with the University staff hosting the NCAA tournament this week, and with the women expecting an NIT bid, so hosting would not have been feasible and they preferred not to travel. Either way, I for one am glad they are not going to the CBI. I, too, hope that soon the larger in-state schools can become regulars at the NCAAs again, though. It'll take some steady progress from Utah, and most likely BYU overtaking SMC in their probation years, so we'll see what happens.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 18, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    The NIT = the tournament for the losers. I have always wondered why they even hold this tournament. This is sort of like not making the basketball team but you get to play ward ball instead.

  • Remember when St George, UT
    March 18, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    In a quick read of the Seattle Times, fans there expect the Huskies to lose because their team is streaky and commits too many turnovers late in the game. Who knows? Could be a good game.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    March 18, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    "Bummer my Utes couldn't get the CBI invite ... no prestige in that, but I'd have liked to see them play a few more games if they could've kept on winning.

    Bottom line, the future looks bright for both Utah and BYU - not to mention the always well coached Weber State Wildcats and USU Aggies."

    Nice post. I was hoping to see the utes get the invite after how well they performed in the Pac 12 tourney. Like you said, it's not a prestigious tourney but it would be a nice reward for finishing the season strong and give the young guys returning next season something to build on. I think Coach Krysko is on the right track with his program.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    March 18, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    "byu's only hope, short of Haws making 5M 3s, is to pray UW self-destructs [i.e., gets themselves into foul-trouble]....Otherwise, UW will physically beat-up a soft, finesse byu team"

    (yawn)......meh....if the utes can beat them by double digits in Seattle they can't be very good. Nice try but nobody is buying it. The Pac12 just isn't that scary of a BBall conference anymore. Both St Marys or Gonzaga would have cut through the P12 with very little effort (hot knife through butter).

    Tell you what, save your scary Pac12 Bball stories for late at night around the campfire at Scout camp this summer. Maybe they will scare some of the 12 yr old Scouts and keep them up all night...Wooo-ooooooo! brrrrrr!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 18, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    Congrats to the cougars. I never understood why anyone was concerned they wouldn't be invited to the NIT. With a large arena that usually draws a pretty good crowd, it was a no brainer for a team that also finished with a decent RPI.

    With the home court advantage I just don't see any reason they can't beat UW. It should be a good ball game though. My bet is that CJ Wilcox will disappear in this one. I hate to say it, but he's disappeared whenever he's had a chance to shine against teams from his home state (the U of U). I just wonder if performing for his home state gets in his head a bit.

    Bummer my Utes couldn't get the CBI invite ... no prestige in that, but I'd have liked to see them play a few more games if they could've kept on winning.

    Bottom line, the future looks bright for both Utah and BYU - not to mention the always well coached Weber State Wildcats and USU Aggies.

  • SportsCenter Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 18, 2013 10:51 a.m.


    68 + 32 + 16 + 32 = 148 teams invited to post season tournaments

    With 148 teams invited to post season tournaments, its nice to see that #92 Weber State was invited to the CIT, but difficult to understand why #108 Utah State wasn't invited to the CBI or CIT. It's not hard to understand why #152 Utah was left on the outside looking in.

  • Alpine Blue Alpine, UT
    March 18, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    Surprised that given Utah's magnificent run through to the PAC-10 tournament semi-finals that they were not chosen for either the CIT or CBI. Lot of teams with worse records still playing. Seems more like a lack of respect for the PAC-10 body of work than it does against the Utes.

    No doubt this trend will end next year (2014)as both the Cougs and Utes will once again qualify for the Big Dance. Or at least both to the NIT.

    A bold prediction: in 2015 both BYU and Utah will be invited to the NCAA tournament and both make some noise at the dance! And hopefully USU, Weber, and SUU as well.

    Time to bring some glory back to the state of Utah, as it has been a long time since the state was not represented at all. Not too long ago, there was a time when there were 4 Utah schools invited to the NCAAs.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 18, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Credit the byu fans, no doubt they will fill their arena in support of their team.
    Does this team have it in them to show they deserve that support?

    What do you think about byu playing in the NIT?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 18, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    Post season basketball, and football games.

    BYU are the state champions, and the University of Utah.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    Pecking Order of Post Season Tournaments

    NCAA - On Thursday, Gonzaga takes on Southern in the second round of the West Regional at Salt Lake City. The Zags will be relishing their first No. 1 seed.

    NIT - Kentucky a No. 1 seed in NIT; the Wildcats, last season's national champions, will have to settle for trying to win the NIT. BYU hosts Washington, Tuesday night on ESPN.

    CBI - Out of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years, Texas coach Rick Barnes and the Longhorns (16-17) aren't going to the NIT, either. Instead, they accepted an invite to the lower-level CBI and will play at Houston on Wednesday night in a matchup of former powers in the 16-team tournament.

    CIT - The 2013 CollegeInsider Tournament (CIT) schedule is set, with Weber State and 31 other teams vying for the championship.

    68 + 32 + 16 + 32 = 148 team invited to post season tournaments

  • Danish American Payson, UT
    March 18, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    Hey ChrisB. I watched some of the PAC12 games this week end. I believe Utah is headed the right direction. Even though they didn't do too well this season at least they have dominated their former rivals this year and for previous how many years. Right?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 18, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    Good match up, any way you slice it, Lorenzo Romar is a great recruiter, but a horrible coach. BYU has a great chance of winning this game; especially playing at home.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 18, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    Chris B - "Considering Washington is a top 100 RPI team that does not bode well for byu."

    Considering U have marked down a loss for BYU, that bodes very well for BYU.

    Expect a lot of comments from Utes this week, since they have nothing to do with no post season play for their team; just like in football.

    Oregon, winner of PAC12 tourney, getting a 12 seed in NCAA? The selection committee do not have much love or respect for the PAC12.

    BYU vs Washington - forget RPI, forget seeding. This game is at the Marriott Center, where the Cougs winning percentage is around 90%. The Cougs took the Zags to the final minute at the Marriott Center. This game is WCC vs PAC12. Cougs all the way!

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    March 18, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    Told you BYU would host the NIT. NIT is all about money (fan base) and size of the Arena.

    Let's be real honest here. Everyone thinks they know who is going to win this game. The answer is both can win depending on how they play and of course who has the hot hand. If one team is off or gets into trouble the other will win. Simple fact. Both are good teams and both are capable of beating better teams. Both can win. That is why these tournaments are often a bit unrealistic (but exciting) as you may get a higher seed beat a great team but I guarantee it that if they played best 4 our of 7 the better team would win all but one or maybe 2 if really lucky. Who wins does not always determine the best team.

    BYU good luck. You have the home court and the ability to win. To quote a famous person "Don't Muff it"

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    March 18, 2013 8:29 a.m.


    More weak schedule smack from a team that scheduled one of the weakest OOC schedules in the country?

    Talk about weak conference; the mighty PAC 12 tourney champion got a #12 seed against the runner-up from the MWC; the runner-up from the WCC tourney got a #11 seed. The PAC had several decent teams, but no top flight teams.

    Seeding by Conference
    WCC - #1, #11
    MWC - #3, #5, #7, #8, #13
    PAC - #6, #6, #10, #12, #12

  • agb Layton, UT
    March 18, 2013 5:20 a.m.

    Please dont think we didn't notice your pre fabricated excuses hiding your straw men wrapped in hyperbole.

    As comments continue to come in from U fans, it will be interesting to see if the same U fans who were exited about Utah's purported post season chances from an article a couple days ago, knock BYU for their NIT bid.

    BYU can beat UW but they need to come out of the gate fast, and shoot well from the outside to offset UWs presence inside.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 18, 2013 1:41 a.m.

    "Despite your hyperbole, Washington is VERY beatable. The Huskies have lost 10 of their last 16 games, including losses to #119 USC(14-18), #152 Utah(15-18) and #180 OSU(14-18)."

    Spin doesn't fly w/me....You failed to include the fact that UW has played both USC AND OSU since they lost to them and beat them BOTH, unlike byu's effort to repay USD, only to get bounced from their weak conference's tourney w/out winning a single game.

    Go ahead and take a look at USC's schedule....Not to mention, these teams you make a vain attempt to mock, not only played against a tough SOS, but they've ALL achieved something entirely foreign to byu--Beating RPI Top-50 schools.

    Byu has recently lost to RPI #160 USD twice and RPI #166 USF at home in brutal fashion and hasn't beat either since....UW's SOS is virtually 3 times tougher than byu's....Seriously, other than Big Sky Montana at home way back in November, which school currently Dancing did byu beat? How about a meaningful win in let's say the past month? AND USU hardly qualifies....LOL

  • Swishfrom3 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2013 1:36 a.m.


    Whoopty freakin do.

    I am looking forward to the real March Madness and tournament though.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    March 17, 2013 11:17 p.m.

    @ Chris B, AZUte

    BYU = winning record, higher ranking, post-season play 8th straight year
    Utah = losing record, lower ranking, none and done again...and again

    ...add in the never-ending U fan rallying cry "head-to-head"

    therefore, regardless...BYU > Utah unless you have a red goggle prescription.

    the current modus operandi is still in place...U fan pins their post-season hopes for happiness,
    i.e. hatred for BYU, on a team in the PAC 12 not named Utah.

    "But hey...we're in the PAC 12"...whatever...Sept is a long way off.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    March 17, 2013 10:47 p.m.


    "If BYU and TENN both win, and BYU is the #3 seed and TENN is the #2 seed, why would RD-2 be played in Provo and not in Knoxville?"

    Because Tennessee is hosting the first and second rounds of the Women's NCAA Tournament.

    "UW has been their own worst enemy this season"

    Is that how they lost at home to Utah?

    Despite your hyperbole, Washington is VERY beatable. The Huskies have lost 10 of their last 16 games, including losses to #119 USC(14-18), #152 Utah(15-18) and #180 OSU(14-18).

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 17, 2013 10:35 p.m.

    Interesting note: The WCC's finest, GU, barely escaped WAZZU, The PAC-12's last-place finisher, by merely 2 points this season....GU got straight lucky to do so, in fact....Then they move-on to play against their typically weak CFSS, which ranked #133.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 17, 2013 10:16 p.m.

    If byu and TENN both win, and byu is the #3 seed and TENN is the #2 seed, why would RD-2 be played in provo and not in Knoxville?

    UW outplayed UO last Thursday, despite losing the game in the end....Undisciplined team, in general, but playing above themselves as of late....I don't see byu winnining it, particularly if they can't handle N'Diaye/Kemp Jr./Simmons on the boards, especially N'Diaye....Superior physical specimens who are absolutely relentless on the offensive-boards....Short of bringing aboard a few football players, byu has nobody to match them, N'Diaye in particular....Gaddy is an all-around stud who will run circles around byu's unathletic guards.

    byu's only hope, short of Haws making 5M 3s, is to pray UW self-destructs [i.e., gets themselves into foul-trouble]....Otherwise, UW will physically beat-up a soft, finesse byu team which is currently reeling....This isn't USD/USF....UW has been their own worst enemy this season, but possesses endless elite-talent.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    March 17, 2013 9:33 p.m.


    No need to worry about BYUtv broadcasting the game - the game will be broadcast on ESPN.

  • SLC BYU Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    I think this BYU team would have done much more this year for Dave Rose had he had the services of 2-3 players that either were forced out due to prepetual undealing injuries or scholarship logisitics issues. Chris Collinsworth, Steven Rogers or Damarcus Harrison...2 of those 3 could have made the difference in BYU winning more WCC games, and being more competative against the rest of the field they weren't with this past year.

    I think however if BYU wants the respect and presiege they desire in the future, circumstances need to come together for them to join a "real" conference like the Big 12. Dave Rose or any other coach at BYU will have their hands tied so far as being able to recruit the best possible LDS athletes to play for the university. While Gonzaga received a #1 seed in the west this year, this has come more as a cumulative record over years and the lack of any other serious competitiors available from the Pac-12 conference. Those circumstance without question can and will change and the WCC will revert to being a one bid league hurting BYU more often than not.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 17, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    Generous seed. Hopefully the Cougs will make the most of this post season opportunity. Every extra game helps prepare for next season. Maybe the long layoff will rejuvenate this team.....but I'm not holding my breath.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    March 17, 2013 9:02 p.m.

    Nice bid for the Cougars especially considering the way they finished the regular season and tournament. It'd be great to get at least a couple more games in, if for nothing else gaining experience.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    There could be worse things that could happen to a program I guess. Going to the post season is always a bright side.

  • Unbelievable West Jordan, Utah
    March 17, 2013 8:48 p.m.

    Homecoming of sorts for C.J. Wilcox. Half the Marriot Center could be full of fans from the Pleasant Grove area. Too bad they'll be cheering for the Y though.

    8 for 8 for Coach Rose, 6 NCAA and 2 NIT. Pretty impressive, I'd say.

    Rise and shout!

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    March 17, 2013 8:21 p.m.

    One can clearly say that BYU gets much more respect form rest of the basketball world than they, undeservedly, get from the Ute fans.

    In these forums, I Wrote, after the notre dame game,

    That BYU did not have the horses, depth and size, to compete with the big boys and make NCAA tourney, and further more that they would be in the NIT and play a couple games because they have the home court advantage in at least the first game.

    So far everything has come to pass.

    Now looking at who is in their bracket, I would would say they have chance to up to play 3 games making the final eight of the NIT providing they can win on the road. Which right now is about 50/50.

    Good luck BYU. Make the state proud.

    And hopefully BYU can make the improvements needed for next season.

  • PG #1 FAN Lindon, UT
    March 17, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    C.J. Wilcox vrs Tyler Haws. PG vrs Lone Peak. They were both great high school players and left all of us, who were lucky enough to see them against each other, with many great memories. Both have had good success at the D1 level. Will be a great battle.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    Considering Washington is a top 100 RPI team that does not bode well for byu.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    March 17, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    Go Cougars! Surprised at the 3 seed, glad to be hosting, hope BYUtv will be able to broadcast it.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    March 17, 2013 7:56 p.m.

    Welcome back to Utah county to C.J. Miles.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    March 17, 2013 7:49 p.m.

    Nice seed and bracket for BYU and a great chance to advance past the second round playing the first two games at home.

    Good luck Cougars!

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    March 17, 2013 7:47 p.m.

    Congratulations BYU on your 8th straight post-season tournament.

    BYU has a great chance of hosting its first two NIT games against Washington and the winner of the Tenn/Mercer game.

    I'll be there Tuesday night.

    Go Cougs!