Men’s basketball headed to the Big Dance

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    By Nicholas Goodfellow

    The NCAA tournament bracket was announced Sunday March 16, and BYU received some pretty good news.

    The Cougars got the number 12 seed in the South Region and will be playing the No. 5 seed Huskies out of the University of Connecticut.

    The game will be in Spokane, Wash. Thursday March 20.

    Coach Steve Cleveland said he was a little surprised by the seeding because the Cougars were expected to be anywhere between a No. 7 seed and a No. 10, but he took it in stride.

    “We”ll prepare,” he said. “We”ve got two to three days to do that. Our guys will be motivated, they know it”s a huge challenge.”

    The players said they are motivated to prove that they belong.

    “Obviously they are a tough team,” sophomore guard Terry Nashif said. “That”s the way we like it; we are kind of on edge, a 12 seed; let”s go get them, show the world we are better than that.”

    Junior guard Kevin Woodberry echoed Nashif”s words.

    “I figure if you are ready to play you can beat anyone on any night,” Woodberry said. “We”re ready.”

    The Cougars have two full days to prepare for UConn before taking off for Spokane.

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