Mar 30, 2013; Washington, D.C., USA; General view of the NCAA logo prior to the finals of the East regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament between the Syracuse Orange and Marquette Golden Eagles at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Tournament: Breaking Down BYU’s Chances In The West Bracket


The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee surprised everyone when they gave BYU a 10-seed in the West Bracket. On Thursday, the Cougar Cagers will square off against the Oregon Ducks. Should BYU upset Oregon, then they are capable of making a run in the NCAA Tournament. Today, we take a look at the West bracket and what lies ahead of BYU should they beat the Ducks.

Bracket Credit: collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com

Bracket Credit: collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com

The West bracket is deeper than it looks on the surface, therefore, I don’t like BYU’s chances very much to move forward in the Tournament. Arizona and Wisconsin are the top 2 seeds in the tournament. When looking at the other regions, I think that this is the weakest 1-2 punch of them all. Arizona and Wisconsin are both good teams, but I don’t think either of them reaches the Final Four.

Creighton and Doug McDermott are an underrated third seed. In tournament play, one elite scorer can carry a team a long ways. McDermott has the ability to take over a game and carry Creighton on his back. Should BYU make it to the Sweet 16, McDermott is the type of player that would kill a Kyle Collinsworth-less BYU team.

San Diego State, Baylor and Gonzaga are the 4, 6 and 8 seeds. Both teams have given BYU trouble in the past. Both teams are as talented this year as they have been in recent years.

Oklahoma State is healthy and unsuspended for the first time this year. The Cowboys have depth, a lot of talent and an elite caliber player in Marcus Smart. Personally, I like the 9-seed Cowboys to reach the Final Four. If BYU does (If it happens, I’ll be speechless) meet Oklahoma State it would be in the Elite 8. I don’t think that BYU has the athleticism to keep up with a team like this.

BYU definitely has their hands full in the West Bracket. But, without a win tomorrow over the fast-pace Oregon Ducks, they won’t get a chance to face any of these teams.

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