BYU Basketball: Wins or Strength of Schedule?

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I asked a few members of the TornBySports BYU crew if they are happy with the strong non-conference schedule or if they think wins are more important for BYU Basketball. Check out the responses:

Are you happy with the tough non-conference schedule or are wins more important?

Justin Burr (@jburr21):

Is it too much to ask for both? I see the value of playing a strong non-conference schedule but it can be taxing to the team. I was watching the @SportsBros podcast and a listener tweeted in to the show about the bad BYU losses to LMU and Pepperdine. I have to think that they would have won those games if they hadn’t had such a rough non-conference schedule. Around the country people do not view Utah ,Utah State, and Weber State as tough match-ups for BYU but everyone in the state knows how taxing they are on BYU. I know why BYU is scheduling a tough preseason schedule but let’s compromise. I like the tough games, don’t get me wrong. How about 4 or 5 tough games outside of Utah, USU, and WSU instead of 6 or 7?

Cris Balmanno:

 I like the tough non-conference schedule.  I’d like to see some bigger names come into Provo during the first half of the season, but I like the tougher games.

Ryan Bennion (@RyBen3):

Tough non-conference schedule. Winning big games on the road at Stanford, neutral v. Texas and keeping it close with Oregon, Wichita State, and Iowa State will only help the BYU resume. Tough non-conference can be great when you play in the WCC. I think games could be spaced out better so they aren’t exhausted before they get to WCC play.

Andrew Kartchner (@SportsBros)

Schedule. Lots of wins with a bad schedule doesn’t get you very far in college basketball. For example, in the 2010-2011 season, Utah State was a 12 seed in the Big Dance with a 30-3 record. With BYU’s atrocious conference tournament record (BYU has not won one in over a decade), BYU needs a good strength of schedule in order to boost their resume for an at large bid.

Aaron Kartchner (@aa14dk, @SportsBros):

Tough schedule only means something if you can win about 50% of the matchups. However I love the scheduling.  Time to start performing

Matt Quiney

I enjoyed the schedule very much and we really should have closed out and won several of those games.  And if we had, we wouldn’t address this question.  So yeah, I like this.

Well, there you have it. Check back for more BYU Basketball talk on TornBySports.

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Justin Burr

I am an avid sports fan, especially BYU football and Yankee baseball. I watch basically any and every game I can. Currently living in NYC for school and work mean I get my Cougar fix with ESPN and the KSL 1160 app. Hit me up @jburr21.