The last time Utah wasn't represented in the NCAA Tournament? 1994.

We take a look at all six Division I programs and recap what they did, how they did it, and where they go from here.


Record: 21-11 (10-6, West Coast Conference)

Conference tournament: Lost in WCC quarterfinals to San Diego

Where they ended up: NIT, No. 3 seed

How they got there: Everyone knew the Cougars' biggest challenge was keeping up with WCC powers Gonzaga and St. Mary's, but conference losses to San Diego and San Francisco certainly didn't help.

BYU struggled in non-conference play as well, dropping nearly every game featuring a significant opponent (Baylor, Notre Dame and Iowa State among them).

With the conference tournament as their only remaining lifeline, BYU floundered, falling to San Diego for the second time this season.

The result was a high seed in the NIT, ending the Cougars' string of six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

Where they go from here: The Cougars are in an awkward spot. Brandon Davies' career at BYU is over, and the much-hyped recruit group from 5A state high school champion Lone Peak is spread out. Big man Eric Mika will provide a one-year jolt of much-needed muscle before going on his mission, but Nick Emery is already slated to leave for his two-year mission this summer.

Meanwhile T.J. Haws, younger brother to sophomore standout Tyler Haws, doesn't graduate until 2014.

The elder Haws will surely improve, but he'll be relying on a revolving door of freshman recruits and Matt Carlino & Co. improving their consistency for the team to do likewise.


Record: 15-18 (5-13, Pac-12)

Conference tournament: Lost in Pac-12 semifinals to Oregon

Where they ended up: Season over

How they got there: Utah actually didn't perform that badly in non-conference play, going 10-5 and even logging a win against eventual tournament team Boise State.

The Pac-12, however, was anything but kind to a Utah team hoping to prove it belonged — which didn't happen until the Utes caught fire toward the end of the season.

A win over then-No. 19 Oregon kickstarted a run that extended through two rounds of the conference tournament as a tenth seed. The march ended against the same opponent that helped start it, with the Ducks making the Utes another victim en route to the Pac-12 Tournament championship.

While the Utes' unexpected success in the tournament created plenty of optimism for the future, it wasn't nearly enough for a postseason berth.

Where they go from here: Jarred DuBois will go down as one of the best one-year rentals in Utes history, but there's plenty left over for Utes fans to get excited about.

Jordan Loveridge appears to be the real deal, and Brandon Tyler earned enough stripes to provide some quality continuity in the backcourt.

Community college commit Delon Wright will have his chances, but the real question will be how many more recruiting wins Utah can score after their Pac-12 Tournament showing — and the potential impression it left.


Record: 21-10 (11-7, Western Athletic Conference)

Conference tournament: Lost in WAC quarterfinals to UT Arlington

Where they ended up: Season over

How they got there: Like BYU, the Aggies' 21 wins weren't nearly as impressive as they looked due to who they came against. Not enough significant wins really hurt, as did losses against teams USU should have beaten.

Injuries led to a middling record in the watered-down WAC, where a four-game, in-conference losing streak really forced the Aggies to rely on its tournament performance.

That didn't work out, either, as USU bowed out in the first game of its last WAC Tournament appearance before heading to the Mountain West Conference.

Where they go from here: Simply getting healthy would solve a lot of problems, especially with Kyisean Reed as the only senior leaving this summer.

Preston Medlin, Marcel Davis, Spencer Butterfield and Jarred Shaw offer plenty of firepower for the future. The only question is whether it will be enough in a conference that boasts five teams in the NCAA Tournament in 2013.


Record: 26-6 (18-2, Big Sky Conference)

Conference tournament: Lost in BSC championship game to Montana

Where they ended up: CIT ( Tournament)

How they got there: By losing to Montana by three points in the Big Sky Tournament title game. Win that, and it's the Wildcats, not the Grizzlies, as a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

WSU did an admirable job staying successful after seeing Damian Lilliard leave to light up the NBA, but Big Sky membership leaves little room for error.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats committed just enough errors to make winning their conference tournament a necessity, rather than a luxury. Non-conference losses to San Jose State, Utah State and BYU, combined with back-to-back BSC defeats to Montana and Montana State, formed enough flaws in WSU's resume.

Where they go from here: Scott Bamforth's shot (44 percent 3-point shooting) will be sorely missed, as will Frank Otis' inside presence.

Still, leading scorer Davion Berry will be back to improve on his 15-plus points per game. The Wildcats have shown that departure of talent doesn't have to mean a departure of success.

With everyone but the two aforementioned seniors returning and the Big Sky boasting the same competition next year, the Wildcats should be right back in the mix.


Record: 11-20 (8-12, Big Sky Conference)

Conference tournament: Lost in BSC quarterfinals to North Dakota

Where they ended up: Season over

How they got there: The Thunderbirds managed to tread water in their first season in the Big Sky, but a 3-8 non-conference record set them back early, including a 38-point beating at Gonzaga.

Still, a five-game conference win streak showed the Thunderbirds weren't in over their heads in the BSC, and a tournament loss to CIT-bound North Dakota is nothing to sneer at.

Where they go from here: The T-birds are losing their top three scorers this summer, including Jackson Stevenett's 17.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. South Sevier scoring machine Race Parsons should be able to shoulder some of that load, and other significant incoming pieces should help ease the transition.

Weber State and Montana aren't likely to go away, but the Thunderbirds should only get better with a new conference to use as a recruiting chip.


Record: 14-18 (3-5, Great West Conference)

Conference tournament: Lost in GWC quarterfinals to Houston Baptist

Where they ended up: Season over

How they got there: A year after nearly shocking Weber State in the CIT, the Wolverines took a major step back. Losing former All-American Isiah Williams and leading rebounder Geddes Robinson to graduation didn't help. Neither did in-season injuries to starters Ben Aird and Alfonzo Hubbard.

The Wolverines had their bright spots, including a win over WCC-member Pepperdine, but too often they found themselves on the wrong end of close outcomes, punctuated by their double-overtime loss in the GWC tournament.

Where they go from here: UVU is slated to begin WAC play next season, which will ideally bring in a better crop of recruits the program sorely needs.

Ben Aird (15.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Holton Hunsaker (13.2 ppg, 36.3 percent 3-point FG) are good senior pieces to start with, but they'll need more help if the Wolverines want to capitalize on their first chance at an automatic bid to the Big Dance.