BYU Basketball Trending Up In Bracketology After San Francisco Win

Jan 18, 2022, 1:25 PM | Updated: 1:25 pm
BYU Basketball - Fousseyni Traore - Caleb Lohner...
Brigham Young Cougars forward Fousseyni Traore (45) and Brigham Young Cougars forward Caleb Lohner (33) high-five during a timeout as BYU and Pacific play in an NCAA basketball game in Provo at the Marriott Center on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
(Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – Fresh off one of their best victories this season, BYU basketball is moving up in bracketology projections.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has BYU checking in as an 8-seed in his latest field of 68 projection. That’s a one spot increase from the nine-seed he had for the 15-4 Cougars a week ago.

The jump comes courtesy of BYU bouncing back from a 10-point deficit on the road at San Francisco. BYU’s win over the Dons is BYU’s lone “Quad One” victory to date this season. The NCAA Selection Committee views teams based on “quadrants,” which are ranked according to the daily NET rankings provided by the NCAA.

BYU is currently No. 26 in the latest NET rankings and has put together a record of 7-4 against teams that fall under the Quad One and Quad Two metrics currently.

BYU basketball moving up Bracketology predictions

The eight-seed forecasted by Joey Brackets falls in line with many Bracketologists out there. According to the Bracket Matrix (an aggregate of Bracketology projections), BYU projects as an eight-seed for this March. With bracketologists ranking BYU as high as a five-seed, all the way down to an 11-seed.

Lunardi’s projected first-round matchup for BYU is 9-seed Indiana from the Big Ten Conference. BYU’s quadrant includes defending National Champion and future Big 12 rival Baylor as the No. 1 seed.

Four bid WCC?

While Saturday’s game was a celebratory one for BYU, it was heartbreak for the Dons as it was a missed opportunity to get another Quad One victory on their NCAA Tournament resume. USF hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1998.

Despite losing to BYU, San Francisco still slides into the field with a 10-seed. Along with BYU and USF, two other WCC teams appear in Lunardi’s bracket, with Gonzaga being the second-ranked No. 1 seed and Saint Mary’s earning a 10-seed.

The West Coast Conference has never placed four teams in the NCAA Tournament.

BYU basketball returns to action this weekend for a pair of home games at the Marriott Center, starting with a Thursday tilt against San Diego, then Portland on Saturday night.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU Football, LES, LaVell Edwards Stadium...
Brian Preece

BYU Football Returning More 2021 Production Than Other In-State Teams

The BYU Cougars are currently set to return 88 percent of their 2021 production, including the nation's best 97 percent on defense.
16 hours ago
BYU Basketball, Mark Pope, Practice, Marriott Center...
Mitch Harper

BYU Basketball Hires Kahil Fennell To Join Mark Pope’s Staff

BYU basketball hired Kahil Fennell to be the new assistant coach on Pope's bench.
2 days ago
BYU Football, South Florida, Gunner Romney...
Mitch Harper

Kickoff Times, TV Info Set For Six BYU Football Games

The 2022 BYU football schedule is starting to take shape.
2 days ago
BYU Football, CFB, 100 Days, Kalani Sitake...
Mitch Harper

Key BYU Football Storylines With Only 100 Days Till Kickoff

The season is almost here.
2 days ago
BYU Baseball, Trent Pratt, Dugout...
Mitch Harper

BYU Baseball Season Comes To Close At WCC Tournament

The 2022 BYU baseball is in the books. Now the question becomes, who will be the next head coach?
2 days ago
Jake Hatch

Sources: BYU Set To Hire Former Louisville Assistant Kahil Fennell As Assistant Coach

According to multiple sources with direct knowledge, Mark Pope extended an offer to Kahil Fennell today to join the BYU men’s basketball program as an assistant coach.
3 days ago
BYU Basketball Trending Up In Bracketology After San Francisco Win