|Written by Michael Patrick|
Bet on NCAABMarch Madness is almost upon us. Conference seasons are wrapping up, and conference tournaments are set to begin next week.
While some are battling to prove they are tournament worthy, others, like BYU, are playing for a coveted high seed in the field of 68. With their win over number six San Diego State this afternoon, BYU took one step closer to making that number one seed a reality.
Jimmer Ferdette led the way this afternoon with slashing moves to the basket and long-range 3's. His 25 points led the Cougars to an 80-67 victory on the road. The victory, which as the Aztecs first loss in the last 14 games, completed the Cougars sweep of their conference rival.
The Cougars did it with strong inside/out play, getting 25 from Ferdette and 18 from Charles Abouo. Even though Jimmer did not go off for 43 points, like he did in their prior match-up, his 9 assists was the difference. At time, Ferdette was double and triple teamed, which the Cougars expected. Ferdette was able to find open shooters who had a filed day from the perimeter. James Rahon, Jackson Emery, and Noah Harstock all made key shots throughout the contest in response to the attention Ferdette received.
Will this team receive a number one seed if they continue their offensive on conference opponents in the conference tournament? The tournament has not had a number one seed come out of a non-major conference since 2008 when Memphis took a number one seed. This could be the year. This team is that good, and Jimmer Ferdette is, without a doubt, the top player in the country right now. He proved today that he could adapt his game to whatever was thrown at him. Keep your ears open. These Cougars are gonna make some noise in March.