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ESPN gives Cougars shot at winning NCAA Tournament

ESPN gives Cougars shot at winning NCAA Tournament

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PROVO -- Hey Cougar fans, it just keeps getting better.

BYU basketball is 10th in the nation in the latest coaches' poll, has 15 wins in a row, 20-1 ties the best start in BYU history, wearing pink when they host Utah Saturday to support "Coaches vs. Cancer", and now this: ESPN's college basketball guru Pat Forde thinks Dave Rose's Cougars have a shot at winning the NCAA Tournament.

Here's what Forde wrote about the Cougars:

"Why the Cougars can win it: Impressively efficient offensive team that shoots extremely well from the field (55 percent from 2-point range, 41 percent from 3) and phenomenally from the foul line (77.4 percent, best in the nation). They take care of the ball, too, and play better-than-suspected defense. Guard Jimmer Fredette might be the most underrated player in the country. (You'll read more about him below.) They've already played 10 road or neutral-site games, winning nine of them.

"Why they might not: Can a school that hasn't won an NCAA tournament game since 1993 suddenly jump up and win six? Doubtful.

"Record against RPI top 50: 2-0.

"Record against RPI top 100: 8-1."

Forde also listed BYU's Jimmer Fredette among possible candidates for MWC Preseason Player of the year.

"The previously mentioned Fredette has been an important Cougar for three seasons, but what he did against Arizona on Dec. 28 dwarfed his previous production. Fredette scored a school-record 49 points (on the road), hitting nine 3s and adding seven rebounds and nine assists."

CLICK HERE to read Forde's entire article.


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