Guess what, folks? Another season of BYU basketball means another season "on the bubble."
I'd bemoan the regularity of this situation, but perhaps we should be consigned to it as a fact of BYU life. At least until all those top-100 recruits are on the floor together. You can afford to lose any game to Gonzaga and even on the road at Saint Mary's, but Pepperdine at home and not being able to grab close games against Utah and San Diego State? This feels all too familiar.
I've compiled a profile of data from bracketologists and records to take a look at where the Cougars stand relative to qualifying for the NCAA tournament.
Road: 5-1 | Neutral: 2-2 | Combined: 7-3
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
RPI W-L PROFILE
Top 50: 1-3
Top 100: 3-4
Joe Lunardi, ESPN
First Four Out
Behind Colorado State and St. John's
Jerry Palm, CBS
Not in First Four Out
(Temple, Alabama, Dayton, Xavier)
Chris Dobbertean, SB Nation
Not in First Four Out OR Next Four Out
Dave Ommen, NBC
Next Five Out
(7th team out)
First Four Out, in 17 of 55 brackets
(2nd team out behind Washington)
Trending like this, it will be good to keep an eye on John Templon's NIT Bracketology. He hasn't posted one since December 29, but it will heat up as the season progresses.
John Templon, NIT Bracketology
2-seed hosting (7) Alabama
(as of Dec. 29)
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The Cougars are definitely going to need to string together a run of wins. There seems to be very little wiggle room left in Provo.