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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.
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.

CBSSports.com 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.