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BYU basketball connections to the NIT

Published: Tuesday, March 19 2013 2:55 p.m. MDT

Matt Carlino of the Brigham Young Cougars goes up for a shot with Jito Kok of the San Diego Toreros defending during the West Coast Conference men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas, Friday, March 8, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Matt Carlino of the Brigham Young Cougars goes up for a shot with Jito Kok of the San Diego Toreros defending during the West Coast Conference men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas, Friday, March 8, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Following a six-year stretch where the BYU men's basketball team made the NCAA Tournament, the Cougars are back in the NIT this season.

It's a tournament with which the program enjoys a rich history.

BYU's highlights in NIT play include two championships, tied for the fifth-most in history, trailing St. John's (6), Bradley (4), Dayton (3) and Michigan (3).

The Cougars also own a near-perfect home record in NIT play, having not lost in the Marriott Center in the postseason tournament since 1982.

BYU also boasts an NIT MVP, Roland Minson in 1951, and has had other players, like Dick Nemelka and Fred Roberts, make big contributions during the postseason tourney.

Here's a look back at BYU's history with the NIT.

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