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Posted at 9:01 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: BYU loses Brandon Davies for season

By Eric Prisbell

Two notes: If you are running an office pool or a pool for friends -- or know someone who is -- and there is confusion about how to deal with the additional play-in games this season, I encourage you to send me an email at prisbelle@washpost.com. I'd like to hear from you.

Also, I will be joining Tracee Hamilton for an online chat Thursday at 11 a.m. I encourage you to ask tons of questions about teams, seeds, bracketology, picks, etc. Thanks a lot.

On to the news...

If you were considering picking Brigham Young - which recently rose to a projected No. 1 seed after completing a regular season sweep of San Diego State - this should give you pause.

Starting forward Brandon Davies was dismissed from the team Tuesday because of a violation of the school's honor code. Davies had started 26 of 29 games for the Cougars, averaging 11.1 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game. This is a significant loss for the Cougars.

The news reverberated through basketball circles late Tuesday night. After San Diego State beat Wyoming on Tuesday, forward Malcolm Thomas told reporters: "Wow. He is a big-time player, and without him, they are still a good team. They are still going to make a run."

Is BYU still a No. 1 seed? A lot will depend on how the Cougars (29-2) finish the season. They conclude the regular season with games tonight against New Mexico and Saturday against Wyoming. Then comes the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas next week and a potential third game against San Diego State.

The selection committee has a handful of interesting circumstances to consider when evaluating teams this season. Among them: Georgetown and guard Chris Wright (expected back for the NCAAs), Florida State and Chris Singleton and now BYU and Davies.

By Eric Prisbell  | March 2, 2011; 9:01 AM ET
 
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