65 Teams in 65 Days: No. 26 Brigham Young

George BarnetteContributor ISeptember 25, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 19:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars drives against Dash Harris #5 of the Texas A&M Aggies during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Wachovia Center on March 19, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Location: Provo, UT
Nickname: Cougars
Conference: Mountain West
Last Year’s Record: 25-8

Why they’ll make it

All-conference performers Jimmer Fredette and Jonathan Tavernari return to lead a stacked Cougar squad. Fredette, who scored over 16 points per game last season, is one of the favorites to win Mountain West Player of the Year, while Tavernari, who averaged just under 16 points per game last season, will garner all-conference honors again.

The two stars are flanked by two other returning starters and a bevy of experienced role players.

The Cougars have had issues getting out of the first round of the NCAA tournament the past two seasons. They may be ready to break that trend this year.

Why they won’t make it

Replacing Lee Cummard’s near 17 points per game will be a daunting task for the Cougars. They have plenty of talent returning, but that’s a lot of production to make up. 

Cummard was first team all-conference and fourth-team All-America, which gives further indication of what type of player he was. At 6'7", he was a nightmare for other teams to defend from the guard position. Filling his shoes is clearly the biggest issue facing BYU this season.

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