BYU to face Iona in NCAA Tournament play-in game

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  • agb Layton, UT
    March 13, 2012 7:00 a.m.

    Devlish Ute:

    The Cal Bears are in a play in game. So by your own definition the PAthetiC 12 must not be very well respected.

    No one here is bragging. There is a difference between bragging and being exited. But since according to you there isn't then that must mean that U fans are "bragging" about a six win season.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 12, 2012 9:12 p.m.


    How's this for perspective. utah is not in the tournament. utah is not in any tournament. utah has not been in any tournament for many years. utah will not be going to any tournaments for many more years. utah only won 6 games. utah is terrible. Perspective.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    March 12, 2012 7:57 p.m.


    Sorry, you've misread the tea leaves.

    BYU fans aren't bragging about being a 14th seed first round team, BYU fans are bragging about BYU playing in their sixth straight NCAA tournament, despite having a rebuilding year.

    NOBODY in the PAC 12 can match that record, although there is a school in the WCC that exceeds that record.

    Try to keep up!

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 12, 2012 7:31 p.m.


    Let me help you understand the respect-o-meter.

    BYU, 3rd place team in that conference of high school-size gymnasiums, received MORE respect than the regular season winner of the "conference of chumpions"!

    In BYU's first year, the WCC receives the most bids in conference history.

    In Utah's first year, the PAC 12 receives the fewest bids in conference history and was perilously close to being a one-bid conference.

    There's no question which team improved their conference and which team added absolutely NOTHING to their conference.

    Only NCAA teams have won 25+ games in each of the last 6 years, and three of those teams, BYU, Gonzaga, and Saint Mary's, are in the WCC.

    Try dealing with reality, instead your fantasy.

    The supposed PAC 12 "power conference" is a national laughing stock.

  • DevilishUte Tempe, AZ
    March 12, 2012 6:39 p.m.

    Let me get this straight¦..

    U won 25 games in high school gyms and only got awarded the play-in game? Either you still have little to no respect on the national stage or your conference has little to no respect on the national stage. ItÂs probably both! I can assure you that Cal fans are not bragging about playing in the play-in game like you guys are.

    I know, I know the PAC-12 only got 2 bids this year, but some perspective helps. This is arguably the worst the PAC-12 conference has ever been, but it still got 2 bids. In, arguably the WCCÂs best season ever, you got 3.

  • cork Murray, UT
    March 12, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    Dear Duckhunted,
    No where near as funny as the Utes!!!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 12, 2012 8:09 a.m.


    Please read the screen names before you post.

    As far as the tourney, love it, they're in. When you're in you have a chance. When you only win 6 games you have no chance because you're not in. When your conference is decent it gets 3 teams in. When your conference is bad you only get 2 teams in. It seems the committee got things correct.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    March 11, 2012 11:57 p.m.

    PAC 12 loves U

    You said - "Correcting someone's grammar only points out that you have no argument."

    Care if I make an argument?

    BYU = 20+ wins
    Number of WCC teams in the tourney, including BYU? 3

    Utah = tough season considering how much Larry Krystowiak had to clean up Jim Boylen's mess
    Number of PAC 12 teams in the tourney? 2


    You said - "I see the PAC-12 as a real up a coming conference down the road ... somewhere. They got really close to maybe landing 3 teams in the Tourney."

    Was this comment intended to be serious, because I found it quite hilarious.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    March 11, 2012 11:46 p.m.

    Let me translate all the BYU hating trolls into one simple sentence.

    "We're jealous of BYU."

    Now, whenever someone rips on the Cougars, you know exactly what they're saying.

  • SammFan Sammamish, WA
    March 11, 2012 11:39 p.m.

    And Congrats to Colorado for winning the Pac-12 in their first year! CO and Cal will bring their rich respective hoops histories to March Madness. I see the PAC-12 as a real up a coming conference down the road ... somewhere. They got really close to maybe landing 3 teams in the Tourney.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 11, 2012 11:20 p.m.

    The most salient point for U, Sandy, is BYU 2012 has an infinitely better chance of winning the National Championship...

    than U.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2012 11:15 p.m.

    PAC12 hates U

    Get over your petty jealousy.

    BYU 2012 may not be VCU 2011, but BYU 2012 is still light years ahead of Utah 2006, Utah 2007, Utah 2009, Utah 2010, Utah 2011 AND Utah 2012...

    and, at the very least, tied with Utah 2008.

    BYU is dancing!

    Where will U be?

    btw, it embarrassing to call something embarrassing if you can't even spell the word; that's just plain embarrassing.

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    March 11, 2012 10:51 p.m.

    @ LonestarRunner & CougieFaninTX

    This is a sports thread not a grammar class. Correcting someone's grammar only points out that you have no argument.


    VCU had a great run last year, but BYU is not VCU! The odds of BYU making a run like VCU did last year is slim to none. The cougies are more likely to forfeit a game than make a Final Four appearance.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 11, 2012 10:09 p.m.

    duckhunter - what's embarrassing is to spell embarrassing "embaressing". You should ask the U for a refund on your tuition.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2012 10:03 p.m.

    "BYU doesent belong haha it will be embaresing!!!"

    two words ducky: spell check

    How EMBARRASSING!! for U.

    btw, the so-called "play-in" games, are officially, the 1st round of the NCAA tournament.

    Virginia Commonwealth 2010-11 NCAA Tournament Record: 5-1

    Southwest Region - 1st ROUND AT DAYTON OH

    Wed, Mar 16 vs (11) USC W 59-46

    Southwest Region - 2nd ROUND AT CHICAGO

    Fri, Mar 18 vs (6) Georgetown W 74-56

    Southwest Region - 3rd ROUND AT CHICAGO

    Sun, Mar 20 vs (3) Purdue W 94-76

    Southwest Region - SWEET 16 AT SAN ANTONIO

    Fri, Mar 25 vs (10) Florida State W 72-71 OT

    Southwest Region - ELITE 8 AT SAN ANTONIO

    Sun, Mar 27 vs (1) Kansas W 71-61

    Sat, Apr 2 vs (8) Butler L 70-62

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    March 11, 2012 9:37 p.m.


    You wanna talk about ute basketball now??

  • lasermann Orem, UT
    March 11, 2012 9:26 p.m.

    Wow, the trolls are out in full force. Guess y'all need something to do since your teams are DONE. Have a happy off-season and better luck next year!

  • logicalfallacy Mesa, AZ
    March 11, 2012 8:39 p.m.

    BYU is not representing the State of Utah, they are representing the school. Most of the players are not from the state. Get over it.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    March 11, 2012 7:26 p.m.

    Way to represent the state of Utah. Go Cougars!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    March 11, 2012 7:09 p.m.

    Phew. At least they got in and actually have a chance of winning ONE game. After the way the guards have been shooting, this is as good as BYU could have gotten. And even the most loyal true blues have got to be taking a sigh of relief and know that it will be one and done and glad for it.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    March 11, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    And all this in a rebuilding year and after Jimmer. Nice! Go Cougars!!

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    March 11, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    Congrats Cougars on another well-deserved honor!

    Sixth straight year that BYU will be dancing.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    March 11, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    The "Y" getting into this tourney shows what money, power and politics can do for those that are not qualified just like our national republican campign we are presently experiencing can do with help. It's wrong.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    March 11, 2012 5:49 p.m.

    First, congrats to the Cougars for a chance top play themselves into the tournament. That makes 3 teams from the WCC to make it. Funny thing is, 4 teams from the MWC made the tourney.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    March 11, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    Good luck BYU. I'm a fan, but... I wish you all luck and please bring your A game (no threes).

  • Duckhunted highland, utah
    March 11, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    BYU in the bottom 4 how funny is that??

  • Duckhunted highland, utah
    March 11, 2012 5:21 p.m.

    well announcers on espn saying saying BYU doesent belong haha it will be embaresing!!!

  • AribaD Spanish Fork, UT
    March 11, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    Better than a sharp stick in the eye, I suppose.

  • TaipeiModerate New Haven, CT
    March 11, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    BYU has a great, great draw. Iona just lost their last game, and BYU matches up well against Marquette (the only 3 seed I'd want to face).

  • Duckhunted highland, utah
    March 11, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    a 1 and done in a play in game..another embaressing loss

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    March 11, 2012 5:07 p.m.

    Best matchup BYU could have possibly gotten! Iona is #1 in points scored and assists, but BYU is just a few behind them. What a great matchup!

  • IndianaCoug Bloomington, IN
    March 11, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    This seed looks about right. The good: really good odds of getting a post-season win. The bad: does play-in even count as a win?

  • In Stitches Provo, Utah
    March 11, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    Congratulations and good luck!

  • Duckhunted highland, utah
    March 11, 2012 4:55 p.m.

    Iona its church ball but BYU should get used to it!!

  • Pugman TREMONTON, UT
    March 11, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    With the youth on this team, it's great to see them get this oppertunity. Good luck in representing our great state.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    March 11, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Glad the Cougars got in, but once again they get a lower seed than they probably should have. With an RPI in the mid 40s, they really should have gotten a 12 seed at worst. So they got knocked down 2-3 seeds. Typical.

    And for Iona, Dayton is rather close to home. Yeah, scream "conspiracy theorist" all you want, but I'm convinced: the selection committee loves setting BYU up to fail.

    Prove 'em wrong Cougars. Pound these Gaels.