These are notes I took while studying each NCAA Tournament team. Most of this is unedited. I'll have a more coherent breakdown in my NCAA Tournament picks.
Top six scorers: Sr, Sr, Jr, Jr, Fr, So
WHY TO LOVE:
Elite offense (7th).
Good defense (33rd).
Jimmer Fredette is one of the top players in the country. He's a terrific, clutch shooter.
10-1 road record. Quality road wins: San Diego State, UNLV.
Fulfills all five requisites in the Portrait of a Champion (returning head coach, scored 76 ppg, 10+ margin of victory, in the tournament last year, seeded 1-5).
WHY TO HATE:
Sophomore forward Brandon Davies (11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg) was kicked off the team because of BYU's dumb honor code. This team is not the same without him.
In the past four seasons, head coach Dave Rose has taken 25-9, 27-7 and 25-8 Cougar teams to the NCAA Tournament. The first three ventures into the Big Dance resulted in first-round losses. Last year, they were blown out against Kansas State in the second round.
The Mountain West as a whole usually underachieves in the NCAA Tournament.
Only five conference wins of 15+ points.
San Diego State (32-2)
Top six scorers: So, Sr, Sr, Sr, So, So
WHY TO LOVE:
Elite defense (5th).
Great offense (26th).
Experience: Three of the top four scorers are seniors.