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Jimmer Fredette was named the Mountain West Conference's player of the year, and according the league's coaches and selected media members, the BYU star was a unanimous selection. But if rival UNLV guard Tre'Von Willis had a vote, he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he would have given it to a San Diego State player and appeared to take a swipe at Fredette. "My vote would have been for Kawhi Leonard or maybe D.J. Gay, all-around players who can play defense," Willis said.
Postseason play begins for TCU on Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nev., as the ninth-seeded Horned Frogs open the 2011 Conoco Mountain West Conference Championship with a first-round matchup against No. 8 seed Wyoming. The contest, which is set to tip off at 2:05 p.m. PT at the Thomas & Mack Center, will be televised live by The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.). TCU, 10-21 overall, finished the MWC schedule with a 1-15 league mark. The squad has dropped 13 straight decisions entering the conference tournament, although it has played much better as of late, especially on the road. The squad's last four road losses have been by an average of only 6.0 ppg, including the last two by five points or fewer. The Frogs will look for better results this season at the MWC tournament. The squad owns a 1-5 all-time mark in five previous appearances, including three consecutive opening-round losses. Wyoming, which is 10-20 overall, earned the league's No. 8 seed with a 3-13 MWC record. Two of the squad's wins came in the final five games, including a 77-67 victory over TCU in the teams' latest meeting Feb. 12 in Laramie, Wyo. TCU and Wyoming split their season series, with each team winning on its home court. The Frogs, who defeated the Cowboys by a 78-60 count Jan. 12 in Fort Worth, own a slim 9-8 margin in the all-time series. The winner of Wednesday's game will advance to the quarterfinal round to face top-seeded BYU.
Gary Patterson talks to the media after TCU's 2nd spring practice on Saturday. Hat Tip: Angry Trey
As a way to stay up-to-date and informed but mostly just to talk trash, six of the most knowledgeable Mountain West minds on the internet decided to put their heads together and held the first of what should be a monthly MWC meeting of the minds. This month's topic: Should the Mountain West add more teams? Click to read the opus on all things expansion, and check out the first Mountain West Power Poll at the bottom. Guess who's in first?
Looks like there is some truth to the rumor about Oregon possibly facing NCAA sanctions. Short version is that the Oregon football program paid more than $28,000 to Will Lyles and Baron Flenory, men who've had personal associations with recent Ducks signees. The two men ran scouting camps for Oregon and that is where things get uncertain if what went down was legal and if Lyles and Flenory steered players to Oregon.
Excerpt: Short of the most egregious cases, such as instances where a perpetrator is a predator among other students, the imperfect should be worked with and helped toward abiding by the code. They should not be expelled, or banished, or kicked off the basketball team for even a series of moral transgressions. BYU’s behavioral code is, in fact, stricter than the one dictated by the LDS Church to its general membership. That spans from rules for dress and grooming to discipline for wrongdoing. The BYU version often amounts to regular church standards on steroids.
Despite what Jim Rome and Pat Forde might think, the school wasn't making any kind of serious sacrifice here. This kind of politicking is so much more valuable than a Final Four run. BYU can say: "'Look at us. We're not like the rest of the world. We're not like other universities. We stand by our principles." It's all a part of spreading the faith, and Brandon Davies is being used to that end just like a kid at Kentucky is being used to win basketball games.A BYU Grad On Brandon Davies, Sex, And The University's Double Standard