Morning links: WCC tournament predictions; Asiata rules the bench press; BYU NIT projections

Travis Hines of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk previewed the West Coast Conference Tournament, where he had the BYU Cougars listed as a contender behind Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.

Of the Cougars, he wrote, “The Cougars are longshots here, but by virtue of handing Gonzaga its lone L, they’ve got to be at least taken seriously by St. Mary’s and the Bulldogs.”

He also had the Cougars as the only team on the bubble, saying, “It’ll probably take a Herculean effort and probably a tournament title to get the Cougars in with an RPI hovering around 70 heading in. A win against St. Mary’s in the semis might move the needle, but in all likelihood, the Cougars need the automatic bid.”

Hines also named his first and second-team all conference performers. He had Eric Mika on the first-team along with Nigel Williams-Goss, Jock Landale, Przemek Karnowski and Jared Brownridge. The only other Cougar mentioned in his all-conference selections was TJ Haws who Hines had on his second team.

Utah lineman Isaac Asiata rules the bench press

It was a good day at the NFL Combine for former Utah offensive lineman Isaac Asiata who showed off his strength on the bench press. He managed to put up 225 pounds 35 times to place at the top of the list for most reps among offensive lineman.

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