For Dave Rose, memorable victories and unforgettable seasons have been in abundance since he took over as the BYU men's basketball coach prior to the 2005-06 season.
He'll get his first crack at another accolade-worthy win Wednesday night when the Cougars host St. Mary's, with Rose one victory away from his 200th at BYU.
In Rose's tenure so far, the Cougars have won 20 or more games every season. Twice, BYU set a record for wins in a season, with the current mark now sitting at 32. The Cougars have made six straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and are in the hunt to make a seventh this season.
Heading into this year, Rose sat at fourth among active coaches in career winning percentage, behind only three men — North Carolina's Roy Williams, Gonzaga's Mark Few (a fellow West Coast Conference coach) and Kentucky's John Calipari — and ahead of a host of others, impressively including coaches like Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Ohio State's Thad Matta.
In Rose's first 199 victories at BYU, there have been plenty of highlights. They include a run to the Sweet 16, a victory over then-No. 6 Louisville, setting the mark for the biggest comeback in an NCAA Tournament game, and establishing a new record for consecutive Cougar victories at the Marriott Center.
Simply put, Rose is a winner. And with one more victory, he will reach another milestone.
Editor's note: Dave Rose got an assist from his family in picking up his first win as head coach at BYU, as son-in-law Brock Reichner led the BYU attack.
BYU's basketball team has wandered around looking for a win for six outings dating back to last year, and they finally found the watering hole in Pac-10 territory Tuesday, defeating Washington State 76-68 before a crowd of 3,138 in Spokane Arena.
Brock Reichner led the Cougars with 18 points with Fernando Malaman adding 14 and Jimmy Balderson 12. The win lifted BYU to 1-1 on the season while WSU dropped to 1-1.
"Our concentration level is what I was most pleased with," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "It was much better than it was in our opener. I thought we did a much better job playing as a team. We weren't depending on one guy to make a play. Everyone shared the ball well."
Read more about BYU's win over Washington State.
Up next: The championship Cougars take the Cowboys to task.
Editor's note: Another season, another outright league crown. The Cougars wrapped up their second straight MWC league title with a win over the Cowboys.
While there's still plenty of unfinished business for the BYU basketball team this season, seniors Ben Murdock and Sam Burgess finished their respective careers at the Marriott Center in grand style.
First, there was an emotional pregame ceremony Wednesday to honor them, then a convincing 78-61 victory over Wyoming. Along the way, the Cougars extended their nation-leading home-court winning streak (which now stands at 47 games) and clinched another outright Mountain West Conference regular-season championship.
The only bad news for Murdock and Burgess on Senior Night? It marked their final game at home.
Read more about the Cougars' title-clinching victory over Wyoming.
Up next: BYU wins one for the ol' head ball coach.
Editor's note: Typically, a season-opening game in college basketball doesn't hold much significance in a long year. But this game meant more, as it was Dave Rose's first game, and win, since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during the summer of 2009.
BYU coach Dave Rose, not necessarily by choice, got to test most of his roster Friday night in the Cougars' 70-60 win over the Bradley Braves.
And when early foul trouble caused Rose to go to his bench earlier than planned, and use a bigger variety of lineups than he planned, he discovered the Cougars are just as deep as he had hoped.
"It's a long season and a long process, but it's actually good to get a new group of guys in a game like that and watch them battle and compete and come out on top," Rose said.
Read more about BYU's 2009-10 season-opening win over Bradley.
Up next: A young Knight makes his mark in the record book.
Editor's note: Jimmer who? OK, not actually. But when the Cougars needed a momentum-building win in their final game before beginning their second year of West Coast Conference play, Tyler Haws delivered.
The nation's leading scorer graced the floor at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday afternoon.
But it was BYU's Tyler Haws — not Virginia Tech's Erick Green — that lit up the scoreboard.
Haws enjoyed a special day at ESA, pouring in a career-high 42 points, including 29 in the first half, as the Cougars crushed the Hokies, 97-71, before a crowd of 15,684.
Read more about Tyler Haws' unforgettable night.
Up next: Rose finds his happy place in paradise.
Editor's note: Paradise shined on BYU this day in Honolulu. The Cougars cruised in handing Dave Rose his 100th win as the helm of the BYU basketball team.
The BYU men's basketball team didn't travel 3,000 miles to simply visit Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, or to take in the spectacle that is a Hawaiian luau. The Cougars came here to Honolulu to take care of business against an athletic Hawaii team and to walk away with a good road victory.
Done and done.
With Friday night's 83-65 win at the Stan Sheriff Center, with coach Dave Rose winning his 100th career game and with senior Jonathan Tavernari shooting himself out of the schneid that has plagued him through this young season, the Cougars (3-0) thoroughly enjoyed their trek to the island paradise.
Read more about the Cougars' easy but historic win over Hawaii.
Up next: All it takes to cure the Cougars' ills is a matchup with the Cowboys.
Editor's note: It was a sweet sendoff in more ways than one. Not only did the Cougars win big in the final home game for Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery and Logan Magnusson, but the Cougars also left the MWC with a share of the conference title. It was a positive finish to what had been a disheartening week, with the suspension of Brandon Davies and a loss at home to New Mexico.
A week's worth of frustration and disappointment for No. 3 BYU seemingly disappeared in the final 20 minutes of the Cougars' resounding 102-78 victory over Wyoming on Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center.
During that stretch, BYU, even without suspended forward Brandon Davies in uniform, was back to playing like BYU again.
Nursing a narrow three-point lead at halftime, the Cougars exploded for 64 second-half points, and shot nearly 68 percent from the field in the half, to claim the Mountain West Conference regular-season championship and clinch the No. 1 seed in next week's MWC Tournament in Las Vegas.
Read more about BYU's win in its final MWC regular-season game.
Up next: One team flies in Colorado Springs, the other falls ... hard.
Editor's note: Dave Rose picked up his 150th amid a memorable season. The Falcons, in their last regular-season matchup with the Cougars as league foes, failed to provide much competition.
BYU continued its Mountain West Conference farewell tour Wednesday night, and the Cougars waved goodbye to Air Force, and a sold-out Clune Arena crowd, with red-hot hands.
The No. 7 Cougars shot a blistering 69 percent in the second half, and 58 percent for the game. They also tied a school record with 15 3-pointers to cruise to a 90-52 victory before 6,028 fans at Clune Arena, the largest crowd to watch a game here since BYU visited in 2007.
Falcon fans were hoping for a big upset, but they went home disappointed. Instead, they witnessed Air Force's worst home loss ever.
Read more about the Cougars' blowout win in Colorado Springs.
Up next: The only in-state team to bat .500 against Dave Rose.
Editor's note: Since Dave Rose began his coaching career, only one in-state team has given him serious troubles: The Utah State Aggies. Stew Morrill's teams have won half the games that the two schools have played against each other. In the 2010-11 season, the Aggies had four returning starters, including Tai Wesley, and won more than 30 games. They did not, however prevail in the Marriot Center. It was one of BYU's best wins of the season.
When caught in the heat of the battle, instincts kick in.
Unfortunately for the Utah State Aggies, and fortunately for the No. 23 BYU Cougars, the instinct Aggies forward Tai Wesley had when surrounded by defenders late in Wednesday's hard-fought in-state hoops rivalry was the final momentum boost in BYU's 78-72 win.
With the Cougars clinging to a 3-point lead with just over two minutes to play, Wesley rebounded a missed BYU shot but was quickly engulfed by Cougars before he could throw the ball down court. In an attempt to shake the crowd of Cougars around him, Wesley lifted his arms up and swung the ball back and forth.
Read more about the Cougar victory over the Aggies.
Up next: BYU's sweet 15th.
Editor's note: Not only did BYU end San Diego State's 14-game home winning streak this night in San Diego, the Cougars also extended their winning streak to 15 games. The BYU win improved the team's record to 20-1 as well, matching the best record in school history through 21 games.
Jimmer Fredette says he's still a little under the weather from his month-long bout with mononucleosis. But he's not nearly as sick as the San Diego Aztecs are from seeing the sharp-shooting BYU junior guard burn the nets every time he sets foot in their gym.
Last season Fredette's 28-point breakout game in Viejas Arena handed the Aztecs a heartbreaking home loss. On Saturday night, Fredette, still not 100 percent after coming down with mononucleosis three weeks ago, took it up a notch by dumping 33 on San Diego State in Viejas Arena to give No. 14 BYU a big 71-69 Mountain West Conference road win.
"This was a huge win," Fredette said. "To come in here and get a win, not a lot of teams in our league are going to do that. They are a very talented team and they play really well at home."
Read more about the Cougars' big win in San Diego.
Up next: Do you believe in miracles? Lee Cummard does.
Editor's note: With the Cougars down eight heading into the final minute of regulation, Brock Reichner, Rashaun Broadus and Lee Cummard hit 3-pointers to help the Cougars force the extra session. It was a confidence-building rally that helped ignite the BYU program.
With 64 seconds left in Wednesday night's Mountain West basketball game against TCU and his BYU team trailing 69-61, Cougar coach Dave Rose still possessed a little faith — even after watching his Cougars manage sub-33 percent shooting for the night and an even-worse 25 percent from behind the arc.
"It looked pretty bleak for a minute, but I've seen wilder things," said Rose. "I told the guys, 'Let's see how this plays out.'"
It played out with the Cougars canning their final four shots — including a gut-wrenching baseline 3-pointer by freshman guard Lee Cummard with just 10 seconds left — to draw even at 72-72, force overtime and then go on to hand the Horned Frogs an 89-80 overtime loss at the Marriott Center.
Read more about BYU's wild rally past the Horned Frogs.
Up next: The Cougars prove they are championship worthy.
Editor's note: Earning a road win at the Air Force Academy in the mid-2000s was no easy task, but the Cougars prevailed in a game that was close throughout and in the process snapped the No. 20 Falcons' 30-game home winning streak. The win clinched at least a piece of the MWC title for BYU.
When Dave Rose reached the locker room following BYU's 62-58 upset of No. 25 Air Force Tuesday night, his players welcomed him with a celebration cheer that lasted long and rang loud through a closed door and into the hallway under the belly of famed Clune Arena.
Nobody in the Cougar corner wanted it to end. They'd done what nobody else had in 30 straight tries and humbled the Falcons in the process with a convincing four-point win on a court that's proved a bone yard to visitors.
"I'm proud of our guys. They played hard. They never gave up," said Rose, whose win over the Falcons may be his biggest in his two-year career, the Cougars' third victory over a ranked team this season.
Read more about BYU's road win over the ranked Falcons.
Up next: There will be no Rebel rousers this season.
Editor's note: The Cougars' victory over the Rebels at the Marriott Center gave Dave Rose his first sweep of UNLV, a bitter rival on the hardwood. It also helped solidify BYU's lofty ranking and padded its NCAA Tournament resume.
As No. 8 BYU was putting the finishing touches on its first season sweep of Mountain West Conference rival UNLV in seven years Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at the Marriott Center, superstar guard Jimmer Fredette added another notch on his belt of career achievements.
With 3:28 left in the Cougars' 78-64 victory, Fredette drove to the hoop, scored, and drew a foul, just like he has so many times before. Only that 3-point play catapulted him to No. 1 all-time in scoring in MWC history, surpassing former San Diego State guard Brandon Heath.
Fredette finished with a game-high 29 points, including a 16-for-16 performance at the free-throw line.
Read more about BYU's second win over UNLV in the 2010-11 season.
Up next: BYU avoids repeating history, makes 45 a popular number at the Marriott Center.
Editor's note: While a win over a rival is momentous on its own, this Cougar victory delivered something ever sweeter. The BYU win was its 45th straight at the Marriott Center, setting a program record.
Just like the solar system aligned in North America's evening skies Wednesday for a rare lunar eclipse, the University of Utah was hoping the basketball planets might similarly align so the Utes could end an extended Cougar home-court winning streak for the second time in five seasons.
And those Cougar-streak-busting planets seemed to align for a good share of the game, too, with Utah trailing by just two points midway through the second half, by one point with under six minutes to play, and by just three points several times in the final two minutes.
But just as cloud cover ruined the Wasatch Front's view of Wednesday night's lunar eclipse, the host Cougars held on to hold off the Utes as BYU's 67-59 victory made for the team's 45th consecutive victory at the Marriott Center.
Read more about BYU's record-setting win against the Utes.
Up next: BYU wins big in Sin City.
Editor's note: Dave Rose's 50th win as the Cougars' coach came in dramatic fashion, and against a big-time opponent, the No. 6 Cardinals. At the time, it was BYU's first win over an opponent ranked that high since 1965, when the Cougars topped No. 2 St. Joseph.
So, the BYU basketball team played some Cards at the Orleans in Las Vegas on Friday night, beating the odds and coming out a winner.
Whoa! Before the university gets inundated with calls about student-athletes gambling and possible Honor Code violations, let's put everything in perspective.
Still unbeaten at 5-0, the Cougars upset the Louisville Cardinals (3-1) — the nation's sixth-ranked team — in Friday night's third round of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena, with the 78-76 victory propelling BYU into tonight's championship against No. 1 North Carolina.
Read more about BYU's big win over Louisville.
Up next: The Huntsman Center streak is broken at long last.
Editor's note: This victory, the first for BYU at the Huntsman Center since 1994 and one long-awaited for Cougar fans, helped create a shift in the instate rivalry. For more than a decade, Utah had dominated BYU; things were about to change.
Well, at least we won't have to hear Robbie Reid's name before every future Utah-BYU basketball game at the Huntsman Center.
For the past 12 years, Reid's name has come up on a regular basis as BYU continued to lose to the Utes at the Huntsman Center. The last time BYU won in Salt Lake City in 1994, Reid sank a game-winning 3-pointer.
But after the Cougars' convincing 76-66 victory Wednesday night, we can start talking about Keena Young and Jonathan Tavernari, who led the Cougars' first victory in Salt Lake City in 13 years.
Read more about the Cougars' breakthrough victory.
Up next: A victory over its fiercest rival delivers the Cougars a crown.
Editor's note: Dave Rose delivered another long-awaited moment for BYU with this victory, as the Cougars won an outright conference title for the first time since 1987-88. The fact this balanced BYU squad was led by five seniors made it even more fitting.
For BYU, it was another regular-season storybook ending — only this time, there were no last-second heroics necessary.
The Cougar football team's 33-31 victory over Utah last November was much more dramatic, but the 85-62 drubbing of the Utes on Saturday in front of 22,812 fans at the Marriott Center was just as historic for the basketball program.
"You couldn't have drawn it up any better," said guard Austin Ainge, one of five BYU seniors who played at home for the last time. "You beat the Utes by 23 points on your home court. This was a huge win for us and our program."
Read more about the Cougars' title-clinching win over Utah.
Up next: There's no deficit large enough to stop these Cougars.
Editor's note: One season after the Cougars advanced to the Sweet 16, it was strange seeing BYU in the play-in game. After one half, it appeared the Cougars were surprised to be there, too, as they trailed by 25 points in the first half. Behind the leadership of senior Noah Hartsock, though, BYU rallied and set a record for the biggest comeback in an NCAA Tournament game, making this an instant Cougar classic.
Trailing by a seemingly insurmountable 25 points in the first half to Iona on Tuesday night, it looked like BYU was on the verge of an early exit from the NCAA Tournament.
But the Cougars staged a furious rally — and recorded the largest comeback in NCAA Tournament history — to knock off the Gaels, 78-72, in a first-round game Tuesday night at the University of Dayton Arena.
"I don't think that any one of us, especially our coaching staff or our players, doubted the fact that we could chip into that lead," said coach Dave Rose. "When we got that thing down to (seven points), the look in our players' eyes at that time was 'Game on. We got a chance here.' And we were able to finish it off."
Read more about the Cougars' improbable comeback.
Up next: The phenomenon that is Jimmermania catches fire in Arizona.
Editor's note: Though it didn't become more mainstream until the next season, this is where Jimmermania began. Jimmer Fredette set a then-school record with 49 points as the Cougars soundly beat the Wildcats at the McKale Center.
It was a simple enough request, but one Jimmer Fredette just could not grant.
Not on this night. Not in a game where the basket looked as big as the ocean. Not with basketball history staring him right in the face.
Midway through the second half of BYU's blowout win Monday night over Arizona, Wildcats coach Sean Miller jokingly asked Fredette to pass the ball a little bit more, and to "please" quit shooting so much in the game at the McKale Center in Tucson.
Read more about Jimmer Fredette's record-setting night against Arizona.
Up next: Rose and his top two guards quiet the Rebel yell.
Editor's note: It took six seasons, but Dave Rose and the Cougars finally broke through and defeated UNLV in Las Vegas. The victory started off BYU's tear through the Mountain West Conference in Jimmer Fredette's and Jackson Emery's senior year.
Just when it looked like BYU was about to go down in flames in familiar fashion against No. 25 UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center Wednesday night, the No. 15 Cougars re-wrote the script.
Guards Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery combined for 61 points and 13 3-pointers to lead the Cougars (15-1, 1-0) to a convincing 89-77 victory over the Runnin' Rebels in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.
The win was BYU's first here against UNLV (12-3, 0-1) since 2005 as the Cougars snapped an eight-game road losing streak to the Rebels.
Read more about the Cougars' streak-snapping win in Las Vegas.
Up next: The Jimmer Show really begins to take flight in Huntsman's house.
Editor's note: If people didn't know the name Jimmer Fredette by now, they learned it this night. Fredette's 32 first-half points were capped by a buzzer-beating half-court shot, and the Cougars cruised to victory at the Huntsman Center. Fellow senior Jackson Emery also had a memorable night, becoming the school leader in steals with his 196th.
Not only did Jimmer Fredette's 47-point outburst Tuesday night in a 104-79 win at Utah tie the second-best single-game scoring performance in BYU basketball history, it also earned him an array of elite achievements.
For starters, the senior guard became the fourth Cougar to score 2,000 career points. He now has 2,001 points, joining an illustrious group that includes Danny Ainge (2,467), Michael Smith (2,319) and Devin Durrant (2,285).
Fredette is the only player in BYU history with five games of 37 or more points, and his 47-point effort was also the most ever by a BYU player against Utah.
Read more about Fredette's Utah-torching performance.
Up next: BYU's 3-point shooting sparks an upset in Montezuma Mesa.
Editor's note: The rematch between the two top 10 teams went the way of the Cougars again, this time in San Diego. No. 7 BYU took over sole possession of first place in the MWC, using strong 3-point shooting to stymie the No. 6 Aztecs.
For the first time all season, No. 7 BYU found itself in an unfamiliar role, as an underdog, against No. 6 San Diego State.
But Saturday afternoon, before a sellout crowd of 12,414 at Viejas Arena, and a national television audience, the Cougars were perfectly comfortable not being the favorite.
BYU took a giant step toward a Mountain West Conference regular-season championship, and made a strong case for being a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, with a convincing 80-67 triumph over the Aztecs.
Read more about BYU's statement-making victory in San Diego.
Up next: Score 52 for No. 32.
Editor's note: As if Jimmer Fredette hadn't already left a lasting impression on BYU and the MWC, he found one more way to show his prowess. Behind Fredette's BYU-record 52 points, the Cougars outlasted a Lobo team that twice handed BYU devastating losses during the regular season.
Just when it seemed like the world had seen it all from BYU guard Jimmer Fredette, he did the unthinkable Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Fredette exploded for a career-high 52 points — shattering the career school scoring record (surpassing legend Danny Ainge), and the school single-game scoring record in the same game — to lead the No. 8 Cougars to an emotional 87-76 triumph over their nemesis, New Mexico, in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
In a town known for entertainment, The Jimmer Show reigned supreme.
Read more about the Cougars' MWC Tournament win over the Lobos.
Up next: Not even the Gators can stop this streak from ending.
Editor's note: Finally, the Cougars' 17-year drought without an NCAA Tournament win came to an end. Behind the guard play of Jimmer Fredette and Michael Loyd Jr., who combined for 63 points, an entertaining battle that needed 10 extra minutes to determine the victor went BYU's way.
The high-fiving, hugging, screaming, smiling and rolling around on the BYU locker room floor at the Ford Center on Thursday afternoon were 17 years of frustration busting loose in jubilation.
The Cougars, by escaping with a 99-92 double-overtime win against the Florida Gators, finally ended the eight-game NCAA losing streak that's haunted the program since BYU knocked off SMU in the first round in 1993.
"I'm really happy for this group of players. We've been through a lot," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "We needed 99 points and two overtimes to get it done, but the guys got it done."
Read more about BYU's long-awaited NCAA Tournament victory.
Up next: Two top 10 enter; only one emerges victorious.
Editor's note: The college basketball nation tuned in as two top 10 programs faced off for the first time that year. Jimmer Fredette carried the offense throughout, but especially the first half, and BYU gave its crazed Marriott Center home crowd plenty to cheer about.
When the final buzzer sounded Wednesday night at the sold-out Marriott Center, BYU fans, who had screamed themselves hoarse during the game, stormed the court to celebrate the Cougars' first victory over a top 10 team at home since 1984.
In a showdown between top 10 teams that lived up to the hype, Jimmer Fredette erupted for 43 points as No. 9 BYU knocked off No. 4 San Diego State, 71-58, before a crowd of 22,700.
It was a physical game that saw the score tied seven times and the lead change hands 15 times. The Cougars (20-1, 6-0) snapped San Diego State's 20-game winning streak and handed the Aztecs (20-1, 5-1) their first loss of the season.
Read more about the Cougars' much-hyped victory.
Up next: Oh how sweet it is!
Editor's note: Talk about sweet. A return to the Sweet 16. A victory over future West Coast Conference foe Gonzaga. An NCAA Tournament win within driving distance for Cougar fans. BYU's run in the NCAA Tournament ended the next week against Florida, but that didn't matter. The Cougars' victory over the Bulldogs put a stamp on a stellar season.
Sweet 16 with a ton of sugar.
BYU advanced to the fourth round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday with a dominating 89-67 performance over West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga in the Pepsi Center before a crowd of 19,328.
It has been 30 years since BYU made this kind of trek in the postseason.
You have to go back to when legendary Danny Ainge made that dramatic dash through Notre Dame in 1981 en route to the Elite Eight. This year, with All-America guard Jimmer Fredette, it was only fitting the guy considered the face of college basketball stamp his remarkable senior season with a Sweet 16 run after his school's three-decade absence.
Read more about BYU's win over Gonzaga that assured it a spot in the Sweet 16.