How star players fueled BYU's NCAA tournament runs

Published: Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:00 p.m. MDT

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BYU's first entrance into the NCAA basketball tournament came in 1950, when it included only eight teams around the country. Although the Cougars lost their first game to Baylor on a last-second shot, BYU played UCLA for third place in the West Region and soundly defeated the John Wooden-led Bruins 83-62. The Cougar lineup was studded with stars like Mel Hutchins, Roland Minson and Joe Nelson. The next year, "Minny" and "Hutch" led the team to a National Invitation Tournament championship in New York City.
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layton, ut

A 15-30 overall record, and zero final four appearances...

Bleed Crimson
Sandy, Utah

How is BYU a storied basketball program? All I've seen is a lot of one and dones and second round losses. The farthest BYU has ever gone in the NCAA tournament was the Elite Eight. They've never reached the Final Four, let alone win a National Championship like storied programs do. I would say that BYU has a decent basketball history but not a storied one.


The last one should say "second round." The play in round is called the first round, and the round of 64 is now called the second round.

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