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Previewing Utah March Madness

January 10, 2019

The 2018 Basketball season has just begun with teams such as the Utah Utes, BYU Cougars, and the Jazz. Most basketball fans are anticipating both the Utah held version of March Madness, and the annual March Madness; The ultimate basketball games of the season. However, they must wait for the outcome of the upcoming games. What all Utah fans are waiting to find out is which Utah teams are going to make it to March Madness.

Many Utah Ute fans believe that the Utes are going to make it to March Madness due to their amazing players this year such as Charles Jones Jr., a guard who has many titles behind him. Jones was named a two-time NJCAA (The National Junior College Athletic Association) All-American while playing for the Golden Eagles, named the Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in the 2017-2018 Spalding NJCAA Division and he also led CSI to a 31-6 record and a runner-up finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2017-2018. He averaged 19.7 points per game this past season, and at the national tournament he averaged 24.2 points per game.

On the BYU Cougars team, the guard Rylan Bergersen will be playing, and has a good shot at leading his team to victory. Before the BYU Cougars Bergersen averaged 18 points, five rebounds, and three assists while shooting 42 percent from 3. In the summer of 2016, he played for Team Fast on the Adidas uprising circuit where he averaged 12.9 points and shot 22 percent from downtown. When he was a senior in 2015-16 Bergersen averaged 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 blocks and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 53 percent from the floor and 41 percent from 3-point range. He then led Borah to the semifinals of the 5A state tournament, and a win in the consolation game. Bergersen was named the first-team all-state as a senior by the Idaho Statesman and USA Today and named the second-team all-state as a junior by USA Today.

The Jazz’s current Guard Ricky Rubio is playing this year and has been playing in the NBA for 7 years. In 2013-2014  Rubio completed his third NBA season after he had become the 10th player in the Wolves history to start all 82 games. He averaged 9.5 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game and his career best 8.6 rebounds per game, which put him 4th in the NBA and the top single-season figure by a Minnesota player since Terrell Brandon.

The Utah Utes, BYU Cougars, and the Jazz all have great players this season it seems, which means we probably will be seeing a lot more of these teams leading up to March Madness, and hopefully in both the Utah March Madness and the annual March Madness.

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