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NCAA tournament profile: BYU

Brigham Young Cougars team logo   Mar. 12, 2012 5:01 p.m. - by CBSSports.com Staff
 
Brigham Young made an early exit from the West Coast Conference tournament with a 77-58 quarterfinal loss to Gonzaga, but earned an at-large berth thanks to a 25-8 year that included a 12-4 league mark. The Cougars are led by WCC scoring leader Noah Hartsock, a 6-8 senior forward who averages 16.7 points per game, shoots 57 percent from the field and grabs 5.3 rebounds per game. The return of Brandon Davies to the Cougars lineup has been a boost. The 6-9 junior forward, who was sidelined last season for violation of the school's honor code, averages 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The Cougars benefit by spreading out their offense. Freshman guard Matt Carlino (12.7 ppg) and senior guard/forward Charles Abouo (11.5 ppg) round out double-digit scorers. Carlino leads BYU in assists per game (4.7 apg), and as a team, the Cougars rank sixth in the nation with 17.0 assists per game. Brigham Young is appearing in its sixth straight NCAA tournament and 27th overall. The Cougars lost to Florida in an 83-74 Sweet 16 overtime setback last season.
 
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