The BYU morning minute: Cougars picked to Beat Princeton; Can’t get out of the Bottom 25

Will Maupin of Mid-Major Madness delivered his latest version of West Coast Conference basketball Power Rankings, and the BYU Cougars landed in third spot behind Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga.

Speaking of BYU, Maupin wrote, “The Cougars had the luxury of opening their season hosting perhaps the worst team in college basketball — Mississippi Valley State sits at 351 in KenPom’s rankings — and I doubt they care about the lack of competition. A 30-point win should sooth the sting that came when junior guard Nick Emery withdrew from school late last week.”

He also did his team of the week for the conference and both Elijah Bryant and Yoeli Childs made the squad after stong performances in the win over the Delta Devils.

The Cougars are back on the floor on Wednesday night as they take on the Princeton Tigers on the road.

Speaking of the Tigers and Cougars, Tristan Freeman of Fansided’s Busting Brackets gave us a preview of the big matchup where he projected an 81-70 win for BYU.

“While the match-ups on the perimeter will be fun to watch, the key for Princeton will how they handle Childs down low,” wrote Freeman. “If the forwards aren’t going to score, then the least they can do is play solid defense. But the 6’8 sophomore is likely to be too much to handle for them.”

While the basketball team is getting some positive press, the football team is still trying to get enough wins to find its way out of the Bottom 25 college football rankings done by Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports.

Even after the 10-point road win over UNLV last Friday night, the Cougars still come in at No. 20 in the rankings. The one plus is they did move down three spots from No. 17.

Another plus is the two teams remaining on the BYU schedule are both in the rankings, with UMass at No. 25 and Hawaii at No. 22.

Paul Myerberg of USA Today Sports wasn’t as high on the Cougars in his NCAA 1-130 Re-Rank as he had them at No. 115.

He has UMass ranked at No. 109 and Hawaii at No. 112.

 

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