Why isn’t women’s basketball ranked higher by NCAA committee, AP?

The Cougars have simply two losses general, however they’re ranked decrease than some groups with extra losses.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) BYU guard Maria Albiero (5) leads a quick break for the Cougars, in girls’s basketball motion between the BYU Cougars and the Pepperdine Waves, on the Marriott Heart in Provo, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. Judkins scored his 450th win tonight.

The BYU girls’s basketball workforce is on a roll.

After dropping a recreation to Portland on the street earlier this month, the Cougars have notched two large wins over Gonzaga and are using a five-game profitable streak general. On Monday, they rose to No. 19 within the Related Press High 25 ballot after being twentieth for 2 straight weeks.

BYU presently has a 23-2 general file. Within the West Coast Convention, it’s 13-1 — that loss to Portland being on the one blemish. The workforce has accomplished two consecutive seasons of undefeated information at house, and holds a 30-game win streak within the Marriott Heart.

However simply based mostly on this season alone, it’s tough to think about a world through which the Cougars don’t simply win the upcoming WCC Event, but in addition make some noise within the NCAA Event.

It begs the query: Why aren’t the Cougars projected larger within the NCAA Event panorama, or ranked larger nationally?

South Carolina (25-1) is No. 1 within the AP Ballot, in addition to within the newest iteration of the NCAA Division I Girls’s Basketball Committee’s rating of the highest 16 groups. Underneath the Gamecocks in each of these lists is Stanford (23-3), North Carolina State (25-3) and Louisville (23-3). All 4 of these groups are projected as No. 1 seeds within the NCAA Event, an enviable place relating to how far high seeds are inclined to go within the competitors.

The Cougars, at 23-2, have one fewer loss than the three groups below South Carolina. The WCC, on the ladies’s aspect, does have a comparatively weak subject, although. So two losses versus three might be negligible.

However BYU doesn’t appear to be in any high 16 conversations from the NCAA committee’s aspect of issues. The Cougars, as of Monday, are No. 9 within the NCAA’s NET rankings. That’s above Michigan, Iowa State and even Oregon, which is No. 16 within the committee’s high 16.

Might it’s simply that the committee, and the AP as effectively, thinks the WCC is so weak that the Cougars have had a cakewalk thus far this season? And even when that’s the case, doesn’t the way in which the Cougars win maintain some weight on this dialogue?

It’s a scenario that has baffled coach Jeff Judkins, saying earlier this month that he believes BYU can “beat anyone” in girls’s faculty basketball. And with simply two video games left in opposition to groups the Cougars ought to beat, it will likely be fascinating to see if there’s any motion within the eyes of the committee.

Fast hits

• BYU males’s basketball doubtless made historical past by beginning a lineup with 4 Black gamers and no members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

• The soccer workforce saved Arkansas on its schedule regardless of having to reshuffle future schedules because it prepares to enter the Massive 12.

• The ladies’s basketball workforce gained their thirtieth straight house recreation, whereas the lads missed a possibility in opposition to Saint Mary’s.

• Meet the lads who observe in opposition to the ladies’s basketball workforce day by day.

• The varsity ended its requirement of proof of COVID-19 vaccination or damaging checks to enter massive indoor occasions, together with sports activities.

Different voices

• Former BYU soccer participant Ashley Hatch scores for the U.S. girls’s nationwide workforce, through Deseret Information.

• Andy Reid is scheduled to talk at a BYU soccer coaches’ clinic in March, through KSL Sports activities.

• A roundup of different sports activities at BYU, through the Each day Herald.

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