BYU squeaked into the Big Dance and we are all better for it. BYU brings the kind of offense that can bring mayhem into a game. Their defense tends to be more swiss cheese-like, but let’s just focus on the offense right now.
Ole Miss isn’t your ordinary play-in game team either. They probably would have been a much higher seed if not for the last three weeks of the season. Their best ‘marquee win’ wasn’t even a win. They forced Kentucky into overtime back in January. That’s better than most real marquee wins this season.
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I’m really glad BYU is part of the tournament field. They are fun to watch. Their offense is so chaotic they could out-score any team on any given night. On the other side of the coin, their defense keeps them from winning games against really good teams. I was all-in on Tyler Haws last season, but I was left wanting more. He has turned into one of the best scorers in the country.
Up until mid-February, Mississippi looked destined to be an #8 or #9 seed. They then lost to Georgia, LSU and Vanderbilt…and then lost to South Carolina in the first round of the SEC tournament. I hate betting on a team that’s trending downward. If Stefan Moody gets hot, anything can happen. The proof is Ole Miss forcing Kentucky into overtime in early January.
I don’t usually look forward to play-in games, but this one should be fun. BYU’s offense can push elite teams to the brink. It’s just their defense that I question. I think BYU will put out a win and could even upset Providence in the next round.
Prediction: BYU Cougars
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.