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Where do BYU, Utah State and Utah stand in latest bracketology projections?

BYU guard Dallin Hall passes the ball during game against the TCU Horned Frogs at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, March 2, 2024.
BYU guard Dallin Hall passes the ball during game against the TCU Horned Frogs at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

There are becoming fewer and fewer opportunities for NCAA Tournament hopefuls, as well as teams seen as locks for the tournament, to earn important wins that could improve their seeding.

For BYU and Utah State, another strong week has helped their outlook as NCAA locks, as they are projected as high seeds in the NCAA Tournament, which tips off later this month.

For Utah, a team squarely on the bubble, the last week was also good, as the Runnin’ Utes ran past a pair of overwhelmed Pac-12 opponents to help gain some traction in their bid for an NCAA spot.

Here’s a look at several national predictions for BYU, Utah and Utah State heading into the final week of the regular season.

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Utah center Lawson Lovering handles during game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

What are the latest bracketology projections for BYU, Utah State and Utah?

ESPN

  • BYU: No. 5 seed vs. Grand Canyon in the first round, Salt Lake City subregional.

  • Utah State: No. 6 seed vs. Indiana State in the first round, Pittsburgh subregional.

  • Utah: Designated among First Four Out.

CBS Sports

  • BYU: No. 5 seed vs. Grand Canyon in the first round, Salt Lake City subregional.

  • Utah State: No. 5 seed vs. South Florida in the first round, Spokane subregional.

  • Utah: No. 11 seed vs. New Mexico in a First Four Game in Dayton, Ohio.

Team Rankings

  • BYU: No. 4 seed.

  • Utah State: No. 6 seed.

  • Utah: No. 11 seed.

USA Today

  • BYU: No. 5 seed vs. Grand Canyon in the first round, Spokane subregional.

  • Utah State: No. 5 seed vs. South Florida in the first round, Pittsburgh subregional.

  • Utah: Designated among First Four Out.

Stadium

  • BYU: No. 5 seed vs. Grand Canyon in the first round, Salt Lake City subregional.

  • Utah State: No. 6 seed vs. Indiana State in the first round, Pittsburgh subregional.

  • Utah: No. 11 seed vs. New Mexico in a First Four Game in Dayton, Ohio.

The Athletic

  • BYU: No. 5 seed vs. Grand Canyon in the first round, Salt Lake City subregional.

  • Utah State: No. 7 seed vs. Michigan State in the first round, Omaha subregional.

  • Utah: Designated among Next Four Out.

The Washington Post

  • BYU: No. 5 seed vs. Grand Canyon in the first round, Salt Lake City subregional.

  • Utah State: No. 5 seed vs. Princeton in the first round, Brooklyn subregional.

  • Utah: No. 11 seed vs. Virginia in a First Four Game in Dayton, Ohio.

Fox Sports

  • BYU: No. 5 seed vs. Princeton in the first round.

  • Utah State: No. 6 seed vs. Utah-Virginia winner in the first round.

  • Utah: No. 11 seed vs. Virginia in a First Four Game in Dayton, Ohio.

The Bracketeer

  • BYU: No. 5 seed vs. Grand Canyon in the first round, Pittsburgh subregional.

  • Utah State: No. 7 seed vs. Indiana State in the first round, Salt Lake City subregional.

  • Utah: No. 11 seed vs. Seton Hall in a First Four Game in Dayton, Ohio.

NCAA.com

  • BYU: No. 5 seed vs. South Florida in the first round.

  • Utah State: No. 6 seed vs. Virginia-Seton Hall winner in the first round.

  • Utah: Designated among First Four Out.

801 Bracketology

  • BYU: No. 5 seed vs. Grand Canyon in the first round, Salt Lake City subregional.

  • Utah State: No. 6 seed vs. Utah-Seton Hall winner in the first round, Omaha subregional.

  • Utah: No. 11 seed vs. Seton Hall in a First Four Game in Dayton, Ohio.

What stands out about the latest BYU, Utah State and Utah bracketology projections?

  • BYU: Not only do most prognosticators see the Cougars as a No. 5 seed right now, eight of them used in this article have the team’s first-round opponent projected to be Grand Canyon of the WAC. Several of those projections include BYU playing in Salt Lake City to start the tournament.

  • Utah State: The Aggies are projected anywhere from a No. 5 seed to a No. 7 seed depending on the prediction, with a No. 6 seed the most common projection. A couple of predictions have Utah State potentially playing in-state rival Utah in a first-round matchup if the Utes can win a First Four game.

  • Utah: While Utah was only included in the 68-team field in a couple of projections last week in this bracketology roundup, now the Utes find themselves included in the majority of the latest projections instead of sitting just outside the field. Primarily, Utah is seen as a No. 11 seed.

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Utah State coach Danny Sprinkle talks to players before a game against Air Force on Friday, March. 1, 2024, in Logan, Utah. | Eli Lucero

How are BYU, Utah State and Utah trending right now?

  • BYU: The Cougars (21-8, 9-7 Big 12) had their best week as a new member of the Big 12. First, BYU rallied to beat Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, then rallied again to come back from 17 down at halftime to defeat TCU at home. Now, the Cougars will play at No. 6 Iowa State and at home against Oklahoma State to finish the regular season. BYU is currently No. 12 in the NET rankings.

  • Utah State: The Aggies (24-5, 12-4 Mountain West) kept themselves atop the MWC standings with a pair of victories last week against two teams, Fresno State and Air Force, near the bottom of the league standings. Utah State can wrap up a regular-season championship with wins this week against San Jose State on the road and New Mexico at home. The Aggies are currently No. 38 in the NET rankings.

  • Utah: The Runnin’ Utes (18-11, 9-9 Pac-12) got some rhythm going in their final homestand of the season by rolling past Stanford and California, which leaves Utah in a tie for fifth in the conference standings heading into the final week of the regular season. The Utes will play at Oregon State and Oregon this week with a chance to earn a top-four seed in the Pac-12 tournament. Utah is currently No. 46 in the NET rankings.

When is Selection Sunday?

This year’s NCAA Tournament bracket will be revealed Sunday, March 17. The selection show announcing the 68-team field will be televised at 4 p.m. MST on CBS.

The 2024 tournament will begin with the First Four games in Dayton, Ohio, on March 19 and 20, with first- and second-round games running March 21-24.

The Final Four will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on April 6 and 8.