BYU Basketball 2012-2013 Preview: Why the Cougars Will Make the Sweet 16

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BYU Basketball 2012-2013 Preview: Why the Cougars Will Make the Sweet 16
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It was a great year for the ‘11-’12 BYU basketball team in what turned out to be a wildly overachieving season. Before it started, it was labeled as a “rebuilding” season by many critics, a year after losing stars Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery, and entering into a new conference. For a few months, they didn’t even have a regular point guard, either. Needless to say, the Cougars weren’t expected to go anywhere.
    
Boy, how the Cougars proved their critics wrong.
    
They completed their sixth straight season with at least 25 wins, the second longest streak in the nation only behind Kansas. They played a superb Baylor squad to the final shot, losing by only three to the eventual Elite Eight team. They stomped on the WCC’s elite team Gonzaga in the Marriott Center, who had previously won the last 11 straight regular season conference titles. They also sneaked into the NCAA tournament and pulled off the biggest comeback in its history, beating a quality Iona team 78-72 after facing a 25-point deficit.
    
Perhaps the most important highlight of last year, however, is how they set themselves up for success this year. By the end of last season, roles and rotations had been figured out, and players proved their talent and their worth to the team. After observing the success of last year, here are the five storylines heading into this year on why the Cougars will experience continued amounts of success

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