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Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
March 5, 2008: The BYU men's basketball team celebrates its win over Wyoming that clinched the outright MWC championship for the Cougars. Players include, from left to right, Ben Murdock (24), Sam Burgess (20) holding up the MWC trophy and Jonathan Tavernari leaping onto Trent Plaisted's back. The victory was one of coach Dave Rose's first 199 at BYU.

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.

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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.

See the best 25 victories for BYU in the Dave Rose era, from No. 25 to No. 1.

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