The college basketball regular season is drawing to a close and BYU may just have a chance at an at-large bid.
The Cougars' recent resurgence over the last couple weeks has brought them back onto the bubble of the NCAA tournament. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has BYU as one of the teams in the “next four out” section of his Bracketology update, and the Cougars still have opportunities to impress the committee.
BYU has at least one matchup against No. 3 Gonzaga remaining, with another one possible in the West Coast Conference tournament. A good showing, and especially a win, against the Bulldogs could push the Cougars into the field.
If BYU can sneak in, ESPN’s Jordan Brenner thinks the Cougars have a player that can put a scare into a top seed. He includes Tyler Haws on a list of players that could help spur unlikely tournament runs.
Utah, on the other hand, is facing a race of its own. The Utes are currently deadlocked with Arizona at the top of the Pac-12 — 2 1/2 games ahead of the closest team, and Sports Illustrated writes Arizona-Utah might be the best thing going in the regular season.
After Utah’s successful weekend, that featured two more home blowouts, the Utes have steadily moved their projected seeding up. CBS has Utah as a four seed, while ESPN, SI.com and USA Today have the Utes as a No. 3 seed.
In other college hoops news, ESPN commentator Dick Vitale will not be calling Wednesday’s Duke-North Carolina contest. The Tampa Bay Times points out that this will be the first Blue Devils-Tar Heels matchup aired by ESPN that Vitale won’t call, ending a run of 35 years.
Chargers headed to Los Angeles?
The San Diego mayor has recently set up a task force to find a stadium solution for the hometown Chargers.
For 14 years the Chargers have been trying to get a new stadium deal done, and Monday the special counsel to the President of the San Diego Chargers, Mark Fabiani released a statement offering some guiding principles to the task force and had some not so subtle threats of heading up north on the I-5 to Los Angeles.
In the statement Fabiani challenged the task force to find a real-world solution to the problem, and said that though the Chargers are committed to the city, they are keeping a close eye on developments in Los Angeles. Fabiani said the Chargers have spent two decades building a fan base in the LA/Orange County market, and that 25 percent of the teams season ticket base comes from that market.
“It would not be fair to the Chargers — a team that has worked for 14 years to find a stadium solution in San Diego County — to allow other teams that themselves abandoned the LA market to now return and gut the Chargers’ local revenue stream,” the statement reads.
Executives say Utah has significant threshold for Enes Kanter deal - including young player, 1st rounder, etc - but several teams pursuing.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 17, 2015
"We won't trade you Rudy Gobert, but can we interest you in a Kanteroffer?" - #DennisLindseypuns— Noam Schiller (@noamschiller) February 17, 2015
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