I think Utah State has a very good shot to win its first round game versus Marquette in the NCAA Tournament.
The Golden Eagles have been without their best player, Dominic James, for about a month now and have lost five of their last six contests. Granted, those losses came against UConn, Louisville, Pitt, Syracuse and Villanova — some impressive competition right there. But could they overlook the UtAgs? Quite possibly.
Utah State is an underrated team. They finished the year 30-4! They lost just two WAC games, at Boise and at Nevada. They redeemed themselves by handling the Wolf Pack in the conference championship game. The UtAgs beat Utah this year and battled BYU in Salt Lake City. And, they have a few players — Wilkinson, Wesley, Quayle — who can give the opposition some trouble. Stew Morrill will have his troops ready.
If Marquette comes into the tourney looking past Utah State, the Golden Eagles will get a rude awakening. For the WAC's sake, it would be nice to see the UtAgs have some success in the tourney. I think they will.