At this point of the NCAA Basketball season, every game counts. There are some teams that have already had their tickets to the national tournament etched in stone, and some teams have already sealed their fates as those who will be watching the tourney from home.
Although most of the heavy lifting required in order to receive a bid has been done, there are a few teams that need to string together a couple of good wins to round out their resumes.
The Brigham Young Cougars are on the bubble for the tourney and have been playing well since losing four straight games in late December. Shockingly, the Cougars have lost a total of three games since Jan. 4 — one of which was a three-overtime thriller against conference-foe Portland.
BYU has won five of its last six games primarily on the shoulders of standout guard Tyler Haws. In three of those wins, Haws scored more than 27 points. The junior guard averages 24.1 points per game and is the fourth leading scorer in all of Division-I college basketball. Haws is also lethal from beyond the arc as he is shooting better than 44 percent from long range.
Although the Cougars have the privilege of possessing an All-American-caliber player, the team is productive and talented as a whole. Brigham Young is the third-highest scoring team in the nation, the sixth-best rebounding team and the 13th-highest assist garnering team. Four other BYU players are averaging double-digit point totals on the season. Two players, Matt Carlino and Kyle Collinsworth, average more than four assists per contest for the team.
The Cougars are an exciting team that puts points on the board and if they are impressive enough to make it to the tournament, they could make some noise.