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BYU Basketball: With Brandon Davies's Departure, National Title Dreams Fade Away

LAS VEGAS - MARCH 12:  Brandon Davies #0 of the Brigham Young University Cougars shoots over Brice Massamba #12 of the UNLV Rebels during a semifinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 12, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 70-66.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Ryan NeimanContributor IIIMarch 2, 2011

BYU will be dancing when Selection Sunday arrives in two weeks, as their name will be placed in the March Madness bracket.

However, they will be dancing alone.

Cinderella will be elsewhere.

Instead, BYU will be dancing to the depressing swan song, as their exit may be as quick as their arrival.

After BYU dismissed forward Brandon Davies for the rest of the collegiate season because of a violation of  the school's honor code, their chances at reaching the Final Four may have taken a major blow.

Davies had started 26 of 29 games for the Cougars, averaging 11.1 points per game and leading the team with 6.2 rebounds per game.

Davies, a 6'9'' sophomore, has been a key player for not only BYU, but for their national headliner, Jimmer Fredette.

Davies had been Fredette's go-to-guy underneath the basket and he has been an instrumental piece in setting up the offense.

BYU will be missing a presence that made their team one of the best in the nation.

With their conference tournament just a week away, BYU does not have a lot time to figure out which player will fill this void.

If this incident would have happened earlier in the season, the Cougars would have had a chance to insert the correct personality at this position.

They will be looking for a player to step up during Davies' absence, but to be honest, I do not see that occurring.

They currently have undeveloped forwards on their bench who have played sporadically this season.

A part of this team has been stripped away from them in a blink of an eye and this should cause an alarm for the coach in regards to their team chemistry.

Dave Rose needs to make sure his players are not distracted from losing a team leader like Davies.  He has to make sure his locker room is still intact after they encountered this unfortunate ordeal.

But would this be enough for them to make a deep run during March Madness?

Hold your bets, everyone, because as the saying goes, "The house always wins."

This is a devastating blow to what was a great nucleus of players.

Davies was the type of player BYU lacked for years, and they finally had an exceptional post player.

BYU will have to make adjustments to their game plan, but in college basketball, everything is about timing.

This could not have come at a worst time during the stretch run before Selection Sunday.

It does not matter how much preparation BYU does to recover from Davies' dismissal, because it will be too much for them to handle.

It's possibly a sad end to what was a great season in which BYU has tried their hardest to grab the nation's attention.

Cinderella will be playing hard to get.

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