I was curious about BYU chances for playoff so I did some investigation. I would really like BYU to make the NIT and have a home game. I went to the 2nd NIT game last year and had a blast and would like to go again this year. This is what I found.
BYU has five games left. They are tied for third in WCC, but 4 teams have 5 losses (Santa Clara, BYU, LMU, Pacific). Out of those teams, I think BYU has the 2nd hardest schedule, @ Pepperdine, @ Gonzaga, Santa Clara, @St Marys, San Francisco. Guessing the final games for current 5 loss teams based on simple criteria of everyone loses to Gonzaga or St Mary’s; everyone wins against Portland, Pepperdine, San Diego; and the home team wins for Santa Clara, BYU, LMU, Pacific, San Fran.
Final rankings would be
1 - St Mary
2 - Gonzaga
3 - Santa Clara 10-6
4 - BYU 9-7
5 - Pacific 9-7
6 - LMU 8-8
BYU is currently NET 86. They have 2 Q1 games (@Gonzaga, @St Marys) and 3 Q3 games(@Pepperdine, San Fran, Santa Clara). I don’t think they will see significant movement in NET if they go 3-2 in the final five games.
First game of conference tournament will probably be Q3, maybe Q2 depending on matchup or if teams move up. 2nd and 3rd games of tourney would be Q1 games if they make it that far.
It’s hard for me to find correlations between NET and NIT invites, but a few teams I sampled from last year suggests that BYU is on the bubble for the NIT or maybe on the outside.
So BYU probably needs to beat Gonzaga or St Marys to make it to the NIT. They might have to beat them twice to get a home game. Im not optimistic about seeing a NIT game in Provo this year.