4 Reasons NCAA Tournament could affect the Utah Jazz beyond the obvious

The Utah Jazz may not have an early first-round draft pick this season, but that's no reason to think the NCAA Tournament can't affect the team.
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The State of Utah is in the house (Utah St., BYU)

Not only is Salt Lake City and Utah by proxy going to be well represented with various competitive outings, but the state as a whole has two teams in the tournament. Utah State and Bringham Young University (BYU) will compete in the tournament for the right to be crowned the 2024 National Champions.

Utah State is led by Great Osobor, a transfer from Montana State, who in his first season with the Aggies has averaged 18 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, while shooting over 50% from the floor. He's not a three-point threat, but he's physical and may be able to help Utah State shock the world.

Across the way to BYU, whose leading scorer is Jackson Robinson, who has come off the bench for most of the year. He's put up13.8 points per game, on solid efficiency, but the one to watch is Trevin Knell, who is averaging just shy of 11 points per game, but is a better three-point shooter than Robinson, and may prove to be a tougher out in the tournament because of it.

BYU also may have the oldest player in the tournament, with 26-year-old forward Spencer Johnson, one of the team's better all-around players.