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2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: BYU Cougars

BYU basketball

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 23-11

Region – Seed: West – No. 10

RPI: 33

BPI: 42

Conference: West Coast Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

 

The BYU Cougars challenged themselves in their non-conference schedule by playing teams like Stanford, Texas, Iowa State, Wichita State, Oregon and Massachusetts. Out of those games, BYU was only able to beat Stanford and Texas.

Playing a variety of teams from different powerhouse conferences could really benefit the Cougars in the 2014 NCAA tournament. The WCC doesn’t always provide the toughest tests in college basketball, but BYU played its fair share of tournament teams in its out-of-conference schedule.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Tyler Haws (23.4 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Kyle Collinsworth (8.1 rpg)

Leading Passer: Kyle Collinsworth (4.6 apg)

Bad Losses: Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland 

Good Wins: Stanford, Texas, Gonzaga

 

Tyler Haws is a scoring machine. You can say the Cougars are pretty good at scoring as well. BYU is third in the nation when it comes to putting the basketball into the hoop. It averages 84.2 points per game.

As a result, this team can easily outscore anyone it plays, but Haws is going to have to come up big if this team is going to do anything in the dance.

This is not the best BYU team ever, but it is one that has been challenged all season long and it is one that is talented enough to win a couple of games in the tourney. It helps when a team has a player who can put up 20+ points per game every single contest.

The BYU Cougars are dancing!

 

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.