The BYU Cougars will have the opportunity to do something on Thursday night that they have never done before — knock off the No. 1 team in the country.
The Cougars are winless in their four previous chances, including losses to Kentucky in 1951, UCLA in 1971, Duke in 1992 and North Carolina in 2007.
The closest of those games came in the 2007 loss to the Tar Heels. That Cougar squad — featuring Trent Plaisted, Lee Cummard, and Jonathan Tavernari — held a one-point lead with less than eight minutes remaining but got outscored 15-4 down the stretch in a 73-63 defeat.
While BYU hasn’t had success against the top team in the land, it has won 21 games against top 10 teams, including six wins against top 5 teams.
Even though only three of those games have happened in the last 50 years, all six are worth mentioning.
The first came during the 1954-55 season when the Cougars stunned the No. 5 ranked Utah Utes 76-74 at the George Albert Smith Fieldhouse. It was the only loss for the Utes that season in Mountain State Athletic Conference action as they finished 13-1 on their way to a 24-4 season.
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