BYU (19-1, 4-0 MWC) players and fans have said this season has the potential to be special, and the spotlight has gotten bigger as the nation has started to take notice of the Cougars.
At the beginning of the week, BYU found itself ranked No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll — its highest ranking in more than 20 years. Other media polls and analysts have the Cougars ranked among the country’s elite. Last week, SportsIllustrated.com put BYU in the seventh spot in its national “Power Rankings” poll, while Foxsports.com had the Cougars in the 12th spot.
BYU is well on its way to “lock” status, which guarantees them a berth in the NCAA Basketball Tournament for the fourth straight year.