West Region - Second Round
(23-8, 10-8 Pac-12)
What You Need To Know: If you love run-and-gun basketball, like the Oregon football team, the hoops squad plays at a breakneck pace. Dana Altman has his team pushing the tempo at every opportunity, and while the results weren’t always great, the team is coming around. The Ducks feature good length and are disruptive on the defensive end, which creates easy baskets off turnovers. Houston transfer Joseph Young has been a star all year, averaging 18.6 points a game scoring inside and out. His consistency has been critical to Oregon's development down the stretch. Forward Mike Moser is a wily vet who knows all the tricks in the post, and he's a quality rebounder who also does good work in short space on the defensive end. Guards Jason Calliste and Damyean Dotson are the X-factors. When they’re playing well and stay aggressive, they can be tough to contain.
Strengths: Scoring, Steals, Free Throw Shooting
Weaknesses: Field Goal Percentage Defense, Blocked Shots, Scoring D
(23-11, 13-5 WCC)
What You Need To Know: The Cougars get a lot of attention, but they boast one of the best offensive teams in the country averaging 84.2 points a game. They grabbed 41.2 rebounds a night and were efficient with the basketball, handing out 15.6 assists per game. The team took at hit when it lost guard Kyle Collinsworth to a knee injury in the WCC Tournament, and BYU will have to adjust to playing without him. The good news is guard Tyler Haws is healthy, and he can take over games with his speed, quickness and creativity on the perimeter. He gets to the line and wears down opponents' frontcourt. Guard Matt Carlino will take on more of a ball-handling role with Collinsworth out, and Carlino is a nifty passer who has good quickness on defense. Forward Eric Mika provides a big body inside, but he does his best work on putbacks and scoring in transition. Junior forward Nate Austin is another factor on the glass at 6-11, 230 pounds, but he's raw offensively.
Strengths: Scoring, Assist-Turnover Ratio, Rebounding
Weaknesses: Blocked Shots, Three Point Shooting, Free Throw Shooting