Thursday, March 17, 2011

A look at Thursday’s first round match-ups for BYU, San Diego State

The Mountain West's two other participants in this year's NCAA tournament — BYU and San Diego State — begin their quests for the second weekend and beyond on Thursday.

SDSU, who has never won an NCAA tournament game in program history (0-6), now all of a sudden is a team with a massive target on its back. After claiming a share of the league's regular season title and then the MWC tournament crown, the Aztecs earned a No. 2 seed in the West regional. They earned the benefit of only having to travel to Tucson for the first weekend.

The Cougars, despite some shaky play down the stretch, are a No. 3 seed in Denver, where Jimmer Fredette becomes the temporary talk of the town simply by stepping off of the team's airplane.

Here's a look at their opening round match-ups, what they'll need to do to win and avoid doing in order to stay out of trouble.


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