The Cougars show up in Lunardi’s latest Bracketology projections for the 2021-22 season, after not appearing previously. “Two new at-large teams join the field for our July update, with BYU and Seton Hall taking the respective places of Arizona and Creighton,” Lunardi wrote.
BYU comes in as a No. 12 seed and among the final four in. In Lunardi’s bracket, the Cougars face fellow No. 12 Seton Hall in a First Four game.
If the Cougars reach the NCAA Tournament next season, it will be their second straight year in the field. BYU went 20-7 last season, capped by a loss to UCLA in the NCAA’s opening round in March.
BYU isn’t the only Utah team in the latest Bracketology, though. Southern Utah is a new addition, as the projected automatic qualifier from the Big Sky Conference.
The T-Birds won their first regular-season Big Sky title last season. Southern Utah went 20-4 and lost to Montana State in the Big Sky Tournament semifinals in overtime.
Southern Utah last made the NCAA Tournament in 2001.