The BYU Cougars are just days away from starting the West Coast Conference Tournament. While they have never won the conference’s automatic bid by winning the title, they have had some success. They have advanced to the semifinals four times in five chances and made it to the finals twice.
Here is a year-by-year breakdown of how the Cougars have fared in their five West Coast Conference Tournament appearances.
The Cougars finished their first regular season in the conference with a 12-4 record to earn the No. 3 seed in the tournament and a quarterfinal match-up with San Diego. The Toreros gave the Cougars a scare, but the veteran squad led by Brandon Davies, Noah Hartsock and Charles Abouo had enough in the tank for a 73-68 win. Hartsock paced the Cougars with 19 points, five rebounds and two blocks off the bench, while Davies added 16 points and five boards.
BYU didn’t have nearly as much success the next night against the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who delivered the Cougars a 77-58 beatdown in the semifinals. Kevin Pangos was the catalyst for the Bulldogs with 30 points, while Elias Harris added 10 points and 15 rebounds. Davies led BYU with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor, while Abouo had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.