NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions: Previewing BYU Cougars vs. Florida Gators

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NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions: Previewing BYU Cougars vs. Florida Gators
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Based on the conferences they come from, both the Florida Gators and the Brigham Young Cougars are exactly the opposite of the types of teams you'd expect them to be.

Florida plays under the bright lights of the SEC. While not known primarily for basketball, it is a major conference that has sent more than its fair share of great players on to NBA success. 

But this Gators team lacks star power. Instead, it is a robotic unit of passing efficiency that seems to enjoy sharing the role of leading scorer.

The Brigham Young Cougars play in the relative anonymity of the Mountain West Conference.

Although both they and San Diego State have been ranked for much of the year, UNLV is the only program in the division with any semblance of real basketball tradition.

It seems odd, then, that BYU will easily have the best player on the floor in guard Jimmer Fredette.

The senior takes a larger percentage of his team's shots (38 percent) than any other player in the country, edging out Cameron Jones of Northern Arizona (37.6 percent).

The matchup is a rematch of last year's first-round game, which saw the No. 7-seeded Cougars knock off the No. 10 Gators in double overtime, 99-92. Fredette went for 37 points.   

After the jump, we'll break down the key components of this matchup. 

Data courtesy of www.kenpom.com.

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