no NCAA tournament team, Weber State's NIT snub, and the Jazz
struggles in March, we seemed to be in a sort of a basketball dark
ages here in Utah.
This unbearable stretch in March included a 9-game road losing steak for the Jazz, and two big late-season losses for
BYU against eventual tournament teams, St. Mary's and Gonzaga. This
agonizing month also featured the seemingly NIT tournament-bound Weber
State Wildcats being rejected a spot into their seemingly irrevocable
place in the tournament.
what a difference a month can make.
Jazz are currently on a five-game win streak ( two straight on
the road), BYU is headed to Madison Square Garden for the NIT
semifinals against Baylor, and Weber State becomes the first Big
Sky team to play in any sort of pos season championship as they host
East Carolina for the CIT championship.
With the Cougars and Wildcats
both in their respective postseasons and the Jazz looking to make a
push and hold off the Lakers and Mavericks for the final playoff spot
in the West, the end of this basketball hibernation couldn't come
at a better time.
State has been making the NIT selection committee look silly for not
including the Wildcats in their field of 32, beating their first two
CIT opponents, Cal Poly and Air Force, by a combined 65 points.
Brigham Young has also looked impressive in their tournament run,
beating its three opponents by an average of 15.7 points per game,
including a 17-point road win over Southern Miss in their quarterfinal match up.
let's not forget about the Jazz.
While many Jazz fans were ready to
jump ship on coach Ty Corbin and his struggling team after a 3-12
skid spanning Feb. 23 to Mar. 25, including 9 straight losses on the
road. While it may not have been an elite opponent, the Jazz looked
impressive against the Sixers at home. They came out with the idea
that they wanted to come out and deliver the first punch. After the
107-91 win, Randy Foye echoed this theme that seemed almost tangible
in the Jazz locker room by stating, "We want to take the fight
Jazz have looked absolutely brilliant since then, following up the
Sixers win with a 103-88 beatdown of the Suns at home. The Jazz have
also closed games on the road recently, beating both Portland and
Brooklyn with great second-half performances, led by key players Mo
Williams, Randy Foye, Paul Millsap and last week's NBA player of the
week, Al Jefferson.
Jazz defeated Portland at home tonight (April 1), then host the Nuggets
and Hornets this week before heading to Golden State on Sunday.
for the the Wildcats and BYU: Weber State's CIT championship game
against East Carolina will take place at the Dee Events Center on
Tuesday at 6 p.m. And BYU takes on Baylor in the NIT semifinal
in New York at 5 p.m. on Tuesday night as well.