Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Utah State in the tourney

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.


Anonymous said...

It would be nice to see a WAC team ranked in the top 25...

Anonymous said...

I don't particularly care much for Utah St. but, gotta pull for the WAC this time of year.

Anonymous said...

If Stew wants to help the WAC get a higher national profile he can schedule some better non-conference games for next year.


Also, this is the link to the Greatest Aggie Basketball Games ever played in Pan Am. It's a small typo, but the guy who hit the winning shot in THE greatest game (announced at the Mar 2 game) has his name misspelled. Seems like that would be an easy correction for the Sun News to may so I thought I'd direct you to it?

Anonymous said...

It's a wonder what a solid understanding of the game, and thoughtful posts can do. Look at JG's blog. Lots of comments and what not. This place is a ghost town in comparison.

Anonymous said...

Don't think so, but hope you're right. Marquette should win, and likely by a big margin. Utags have one thing in their favor - location. Other factors, specifically talent and competition/battle tested, all have to favor Marquette. My guess is the Utags would have been well under .500 (maybe .330) in the Big East. I love Stu and think he's by far the best WAC coach, but don't think the Utags will get it done. It's not a reflection on the Utags, but on the weakness of the WAC.
-Aggie Glare