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BYU basketball: Cougars get no love from national media as March Madness nears

You know all that talk in the past about the BYU Cougars being a threat to reach the Sweet 16? Well, that’s not what the national media is saying now.

BYU guard Tyler Haws.
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ESPN released its first look at every team in the NCAA Tournament on Monday, March 17 -- and BYU was the first high-major team it said would “bow out.”

Labeled a “high-major meh,” your Worldwide Leader In Sports said the Cougars do have high-scoring guard Tyler Haws -- “but that’s about it.” They also ranked BYU the 47th most likely team out of 68 to win the national championship. took the madness one step further, labeling the Cougars a “surprise” that they even made the field of 68 -- suspecting instead that BYU was “thought to be one of the last teams in or out.”

That said, if you’re a BYU fan you have to like the Cougars reaction to making it back into the NCAA Tournament after missing out last year -- classic and unexpected, to say the least.

So for all the naysayers who say BYU isn’t good enough to be at the Big Dance, there are plenty of reasons a 23-11 team should be included -- and given a No. 10 seed.

The chance to play Oregon again this week -- a team it lost to in a 100-96 overtime classic this season -- is yet another reason that despite the loss of forward Kyle Collinsworth, you should tune in and watch March Madness unfold.

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