After BYU staged a furious rally — and recorded the largest comeback in NCAA Tournament history — to knock off Iona Tuesday night, the No. 14 seeded Cougars advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars face No. 3 Marquette Thursday (12:45 p.m., MT, CBS) in Louisville in the West Region.
Following is a top list of five Golden Eagles that are on BYU's radar.
Cougars on the air No. 14 BYU (25-8) vs. No. 3 Marquette (25-7)
Thursday 12:45 p.m., MT KFC Yum Center, Louisville, Ky.
Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM
Crowder was named the Big East player of the year following conference play. He averaged 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. He did his best work late, averaging 23.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals over the last seven games. He's known as one of the most versatile players in the country and is sure to give the Cougars all they can handle.
Johnson-Odom was named to All-Big East first team along with Crowder after finishing second in the league in scoring. He averaged 18.9 points during conference play, shot 40 percent from 3-point range and averaged 3.5 assists per game. Johnson-Odom is one of the best scorers in the country with the ability to beat a defense by slashing to the basket and from the perimeter.
Blue is generally regarded as Marquette's best on-ball defender and averaged 8.7 points per game. He started as a freshman — signing with Marquette as one of the most highly-regarded guard prospects in the nation. He led the under-18 USA team to a gold medal in the FIBA championships.
Cadougan starts at guard and was seventh in the Big East in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.1. He averaged 6.5 points per game this past season.
Wilson is Marquette's best low-post defender — blocking 40 shots this past season while averaging 7.3 points per game. Despite his size, he's someone who can hit from 3-point range, shooting 33 percent from the arc.