What the teams have accomplished so far with pre-conference play is important as
an indicator of team potential and accomplishment. BYU has good momentum and
confidence coming into conference play. The same can be said for SDSU and UNLV.
BYU does not have the same level of play under the basket in the front court as
SDSU, but they can compete with UNLV, based on the individual player
improvements accomplished during the pre-conference schedule. Rogers brings
instant offense off the bench, and the entire bench can put the ball in the
basket with the possible exception of Anderson, who contributes best with his
strong defense. He will be a very important player, a decisive player in the
critical games against UNLV and SDSU. I believe he and Davies are up to the
challenge!(With or without Jimmer), this team will compete well in
conference play. They are VERY talented both offenseively and defensively.
Mentally they are tough as well. Jimmer needs to hold down his
turnovers and play smart, as usual, which will provide leadership and hold down
all turnovers. He is the key to winning the turnover battle.
As usual, the conference race will come down to breakthrough wins on the road.
The top teams are expected to win all of their home games and all of their road
games against the bottom half of the conference. That leaves road games at UNLV,
SDSU, NM and BYU as the key games.To win the MWC, BYU will have to
win at least one of the three games at UNLV, NM, and/or SDSU.A win
at the T&M tomorrow night would give BYU a huge leg up in the conference
race.Good luck Jimmer and company.
ESPN's most recent conference power rankings have the MWC 5th, ahead of two
traditional power conferences (PAC-10 and SEC). It is finally becoming common
knowledge that the MWC plays the best basketball in the west. It will be fun and
exciting to see how this plays out during the conference regular season and
conference tournament. However, it will be even more interesting to see if it
results in fair NCAA tournament seedings, and tournament success that will
validate the lofty opinions of the conference.It has been very
refreshing to me to see uninformed partisanship largely replaced this year by
healthy respect for the other quality teams in the conference. Informed fans of
SDSU, UNLV, NM, and BYU all recognize that there are at least 3 other very good
teams in the conference, and that they all benefit from each other's success.
The price of "independence" is huge for Coach Rose and the other BYU
I don't even care if BYU is the conference champion this year. I just want them
to beat UNLV on their floor in the tournament and get the last laugh. Nothing
would make me happier as BYU leaves the conference.
UNLV, SDSU, NM, BYU, CSU... all good this year. Utah is not good, but might
surprise a few teams at home. Ute foes will be on Spoiler Alert at the
Huntsman, but I have a feeling Boylen will get at least one home win over the
MWC big 5 - and that might make all the difference for the conference
Who am I sir?,BYU basketball is going to compete in the West Coast
Conference. I believe you have basketball confused with football, which is not
as cool as basketball.General comment:I think UNLV will
beat BYU, but just barely. Jimmer will be furious in that game. I'm hoping BYU
beats SDSU because I just don't like that team. Look forward to seeing BYU
represent Utah well in the Big Dance. Two best Utah college basketball teams =
Utah State and BYU. Go Aggies and Cougars!
It is greatly appreciated to see people who can cheer for more than one in state
team. In the long run, the more wins in state, the better we all look. Good luck
to BYU, as I think they have the best shot to making some noise in the
tournament this year. It would be great to see USU win a game, also.
For those who say BYU doesn't have a great team and never make it deep into the
ncaa. Live in the now, BYU is easily in.I like to live in the now as
well: "At the bottom, you have Wyoming, TCU, Utah and Air Force."
Play ball and play smart Cougars.
Why all the hate for UNLV? Harmon discredits UNLV's biggest wins. Did Harmon
even mention BYU's lost to a mediocre UCLA team? To Striker:Guess what...? WCC basketball is a joke. Did you even see the latest
conference RPI rankings? WCC is 13th. MWC is between 4 or 5 depending on which
website you view. Going to the WCC is a monumental step back for BYU basketball.
MWC may not get the exposure due to the horrible TV deal, but playing in a
mediocre conference won't help BYU either. BYU will again be left carrying the
banner for a conference, which was probably one of many reasons BYU is leaving
the MWC. Don't even get me started if Gonzaga gets poached by the MWC (a very
real possibility). Not matter how hard BYU tries to shed the mid-major title, it
will always be a part of BYU because of the affiliation with the WCC. I actually
think the MWC gets the last laugh.