Experts weigh in on BYU tournament chances

By now, most of Cougar Nation knows that the BYU men’s basketball team received a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play No. 10 seed Florida in Oklahoma City in the first round on Thursday. There is no doubt the more ambitious Cougar fans have also already filled out their brackets for the tournament. But what are sports experts around the country saying about BYU and its tournament chances?

Stewart Mandel

“Best potential second-round matchup: Kansas State-BYU. Forget the seeds (No. 2 vs. No. 7). These are two evenly matched teams — the Cougars are actually ranked slightly higher (seventh) than the Wildcats (ninth) in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings — with a pair of high-scoring point guards, Denis Clemente and Jimmer Fredette.”

Mandel not only has BYU getting into the Sweet 16 but has the Cougars advancing to the Final Four: “The committee gifted the Cougars an opportunity to play in their Salt Lake City backyard if they can get through the first two rounds. Banged-up Syracuse is vulnerable to begin with, and Fredette can break down its zone.”

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