Morning links: BYU’s NCAA Tournament chances looked at; Coach, AD defend Damian Lillard

Will Maupin of SBNation’s Mid-major Madness released his West Coast Conference basketball Power Rankings and the BYU Cougars landed in the familiar No. 3 spot once again.

Talking about the Cougars’ 9-4 nonconference schedule, he writes, “Last season, also with a 9-4 nonconference record, they missed the NCAA Tournament. We’re far enough into this season to say with certainty that they’re on the same track again and might need to win the WCC Tournament to snag a bid.”

After talking about how the Cougars fared in their tougher games, he then turns his attention to conference play, saying, “They’ll get four more shots at quality wins in WCC play, but if that 1-3 record isn’t enough now, a 1-3 record against Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s won’t bolster the resume much either.”

On the positive side, Maupin did have Yoeli Childs on his Team of the Week, saying, “After moving into the starting lineup seven games ago, Childs has blossomed. The freshman averaged 13.5 rebounds over two games last week.”

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