Term 'mid-major' in hoops finally dies of old age

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  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    March 2, 2014 7:21 a.m.

    According to teamrankings . com, in order of the rank of the conference, here are the probabilities of making the NCAA tournament for the Utah schools, after Saturday's games:

    School (autobid%, at large%, total%, most likely seed)

    Utah: (3.1%, 5.9%, 9.0%, 12)
    Utah State: (1.6%, 0.0%, 1.6%, 14)
    BYU: (27.1%, 60.8%, 87.8%, 11)
    Utah Valley: (8.1%, 0.0%, 8.1%, 15)
    Weber State: (64.5%, 0.0%, 64.5%, 16)
    Southern Utah: (0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, -)

    Utah doesn't have a great probability of getting in the NCAA, but to claim Utah State has a chance and Utah does not is incorrect. Utah has a higher probability, albeit still small, of winning their conference tournament and has a slim at large bid possibility, which Utah State does not have.

    BTW, congratulations to Weber State and Utah Valley which formally clinched their respective conference season championships on Saturday. Weber State did so with a loss by Northern Colorado to Portland State, while Utah Valley clinched it with a win on Saturday.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    Brave Sir Robin,
    All you can do is a personal attack because you can't defend the UofU administration for failing to play other Tax Payer supported universities in Utah? Weak..

    As a Utah Taxpayer, I am offended by a cowardly UofU administration not supporting other Utah Tax Payer supported schools. The rest of Utah as well as the UofU's fans should be also. They refused to play Weber State and Utah State because they would have likely beat the Utes.

    Again, I support all the local teams and players. The UofU administration should develop some courage or leave.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:36 a.m.


    That logic *might* work if you assume that the 66 best teams in the country make the tournament. They don't. If you truly believe that, you don't know anything about college basketball.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:26 a.m.


    The UofU administration was scared to play any of schools supported by the Utah Taxpayers. The administration doesn't have the courage of its players. The UofU administration is admitting it is the 4th best college team in the state. I wish the team well. The administration needs a new job.

    BYU and UofU split the games. The UofU administration forfeited all of the other instate games. That makes them 1 and 5 (including UVU).

  • Mark321 Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    @ Chris B

    "Either way, Utah is IN and all other Utah schools are OUT"

    It's a good thing BYU is not a Utah school then. But your wrong on Utah being in. If any Utah school is in it's UVU maybe Weber, so 2 at best. BYU will be in but they're not a Utah school.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:05 a.m.


    So you're saying if UVU wins the WAC and gets into the tourney and BYU misses the tourney then that proves that UVU is the better team? lol

    How about this logic,

    Utah beat BYU, who beat USU, who beat WSU, therefore Utah is the best team in the state this year.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 10:44 p.m.

    Chris B

    BYU has a chance to be "in"
    Weber State has chance to be "in"
    Utah State has a chance to be "in"
    Utah is out of the tournament and will be sitting home. The 4th best team in the state. Maybe 5th if you consider Lone Peak HS.

    I wish all the local teams well.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    I would be on Selection Sunday that ESPN puts up a graphic that shows the number of "Mid-Majors" who received at large bids. There will also be a discussion about which "Mid-Major" poses the biggest threat for a deep run in the tournament.

    The "Mid-Major" is not dead, but very much alive.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 4:11 p.m.

    You can term it however you want.

    Mid major vs major
    Little conference vs big conferences
    Weak conferences vs power conferences
    Bcs vs non-aq

    Either way, Utah is IN and all other Utah schools are OUT