A look back at the BYU Cougars’ most recent trips to the dance

After another solid season, the BYU Cougars are back in the NCAA tournament for the eighth in 10 years under head coach Dave Rose. This time around, BYU will make a trip to Dayton, Ohio, to face off against the Mississippi Rebels on Tuesday night in hopes of advancing to face the Xavier Musketeers on Thursday.

Even though the Cougars have had plenty of team success since Rose and his predecessor Steve Cleveland were at the helm, they have not made a huge impact in the dance over the years.

Here is a look at how BYU has fared in its last 10 appearances in the NCAA tournament.


The Cougars made the NCAA tournament following a five-year absence after winning the Mountain West Conference tournament to secure the Automatic bid. BYU earned the No. 12 seed in the West region and a game against No. 5 seed Cincinnati Bearcats. The Cougars had no answers to the guard play of Steve Logan or Kenny Satterfield as the Bearcats blasted BYU 84-59. Logan finished with 21 points on 50 percent shooting while Satterfield added 14 points and seven rebounds.

BYU had three players score in double figure led by Mekeli Wesley, but got only eight points off the bench in the loss.


BYU earned a No. 12 seed in the South region and a game with the No. 5 seed Connecticut Huskies after a 23-8 record and a second place regular season finish in the Mountain West. The Huskies got the better of the Cougars 58-53 thanks to the play of Emeka Okafor who totaled 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the floor to go along with eight rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Travis Hansen paced the Cougars with 21 points while Mark Bigelow added 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the loss.


The ’03-04 season was the last year that BYU made it to the tournament under Steve Cleveland. The Cougars earned a No. 12 seed, but fell in an opening round matchup against the No. 5 seed Syracuse Orangemen 80-75. Gerry McNamara and Hakim Warrick lite up the Cougars on their way to the sweet 16 in the narrow victory. McNamara finished with 43 points on 9-for-13 shooting from 3-point land while Warrick added 20 points.

Rafael Araujo led the Cougars with a double-double while Mark Bigelow and Mike Hall chipped in with 17 points a piece.


The Cougars made it back to the dance after a two-year absence were the No. 8 seed in the South region following a 25-8 season and a Mountain West Conference regular season championship. Even though BYU was the favorite according to the seeding, they didn’t have enough to get past the No. 9 seed Xavier Musketeers. The Cougars held a six-point advantage at the intermission before the Musketeers put up 47 second half points for the narrow win. Justin Doellman led the way for Xavier with 23 points and five rebounds while Drew Lavender chipped in with 17 points and five assists.

Keena Young led BYU with a double-double while Mike Rose added 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting from 3-point range off the bench.


BYU was the No. 8 seed in the West region thanks to a 27-7 record, but couldn’t advance out of it the first round against the No. 9 seed Texas A&M Aggies. The Cougars had no answers for the outside shooting of Josh Carter as they fell 67-62 against the Aggies. Carter finished with 26 points on 6-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc while Joseph Jones added 10 points and 12 boards.

Jonathan Tavernari led a balanced BYU attack with 15 points while Lee Cummard had 14 points and three assists.


BYU secured a No. 8 seed for the third straight year with a 25-7 campaign and a rematch against the No. 9 seed Texas A&M Aggies. The Cougars got dominated on the inside on their way to a 79-66 loss to the Aggies and an early exit from the dance. Bryan Davis led the way for Texas A&M with 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while Donald Sloan added 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Jimmer Fredette had 18 points for the Cougars while Lee Cummard had 17 points and six assists.


The Cougars managed a No. 7 seed thanks to a 29-5 record and got their first taste of NCAA tournament success since 1993. BYU knocked off the No. 10 seed Florida Gators 99-92 in double overtime behind some terrific guard play from Fredette and Michael Loyd.

The No. 2 seed Kansas State Wildcats ended the BYU season two days later with a 84-72 victory behind a 34-point performance from guard Jacob Pullen to go along with 19 points from Denis Clemente.

Jimmer Fredette led the way for BYU with 21 points and five assists while Tyler Haws and Jackson Emery chipped in with 14 and 13 points respectively.


BYU got a No. 3 seed after a 30-4 season and made a run to the sweet 16 behind the play of National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette.  The Cougars beat No. 14 Wofford 74-66 in the second round of the tournament even though they shot just 39.3 percent from the floor.

Round two wasn’t much of a challenge as BYU shot its way to a 89-67 victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Cougars hit on 14-for-28 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc, including seven 3-pointers from Fredette on their way to the 22-point.

The tourney run ended for the Cougars with an 83-74 overtime setback to the No. 2 seed Florida Gators. The undersized BYU line-up had no answers for the inside play of Alex Tyus who finished with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting  as well as 17 rebounds.


The last time the Cougars went to Dayton for the first four they had a very memorable game to advance to the second round as a No. 14 seed. After they trailed 55-40 at half time, BYU outscored the Iona Gaels 38-17 in the second for the stunning 78-72 victory.

The Cougars didn’t have the same luck in the second round as they got crushed by Jae Crowder and the Marquette Golden Eagles 88-68. Crowder had a monster game with 25 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and four steals while Darius Johnson-Odom added 20 points, five rebounds and four assists.


BYU earned a No. 10 seed after a 23-11 season and a matchup with the No. 7 seed Oregon Ducks. The Cougars struggled to shoot the ball and finished just 20-for-61 from the floor (32.8 percent), including 5-for-19 from beyond the arc (26.3 percent) as the Ducks came away with an 87-68 victory.  The game way never really in doubt thanks to Elgin Cook and current Pac 12 Player of the Year Joseph Young who both shot the ball at a very high clip. Cook finished with 23 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the floor while Young added 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

Tyler Haws led the Cougars with 19 points in the defeat while Matt Carlino and Eric Mika chipped in with 15 points apiece.


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