Great game Cougars. Probably the most complete game of the season.
Not to offer up any consolation but the final score looks like a strong showing
(didn't see the game).
I am not watching but I see it's a close game at halftime. I'll bet
the Marriott Center is hopping if the late start hasn't got too many to
Gonzaga radio says 29,000 are at the game. Call the fire marshal!!
By the 1965-66 season, the NCAA tournament had already become the national
championship tournament, but the field included only 16 teams. Thus the NIT was
also considered a prestigious tournament. The 1965-66 BYU team was outstanding,
as was the University of Utah team that year. Utah won the WAC conference and
went to the final four of the NCAA. They had a strong team with Jerry Chambers
as their star player. Even though Utah won the conference, BYU beat the Utes
both at home and away. Utah lost to Texas Western (now UTEP) in the semifinals
of the NCAA. Texas Western went on to beat Kentucky and were the first team to
have an all Black starting line-up. Utah gave Texas Western a more competitive
game then Kentucky did. Had Utah won the NCAA championship and BYU the NIT, the
debate over who had the better team would have raged on forever. I rooted for
both at the time, even though I was more of a Utah fan then. I later attended
BYU, and became a Cougar fan. Back then there was much less animosity due to
the lack of internet comment boards. Times were good.
Gonzaga 80BYU 60
Heading to dinner and then the game.Cougars 84Bulldogs 82Go BYU!