In program history, BYU has faced a team in the postseason after playing them in the regular season seven times come Thursday. Six have been non-conference opponents, while Fresno State was the only conference opponent BYU has faced in either the NIT or NCAA tournament.
In only two of those rematches has there been a different outcome in the postseason. In 1993-94, 20 years ago this week, BYU defeated Arizona State 74-67 after having lost to the Sun Devils in the first game of the year 106-95. The game was played at the Marriott Center in the first round of the NIT and BYU had to go on the road for the second round. The Cougars advanced to play another rematch with conference foe Fresno State. BYU won two of the three earlier meetings against the Bulldogs, including a WAC tournament semifinal victory, but fell 68-66 after having a look at a jumper with 5.4 seconds left to tie the game.
Thursday's game against Oregon will be only the third rematch not played on one of the team's home court. BYU lost to Kentucky twice in 1983-84 in Lexington and then in Birmingham, Ala., in the NCAA tournament. The Cougars also lost last season to Baylor in New York in the NIT semifinals after falling in Waco, Texas, earlier that season.
2013-14 at Oregon L 100-96; Oregon (NCAA) in Milwaukee Thursday at 1:15 p.m. MDT
Tyler Haws scored 32 points and four other Cougars scored in double figures. Matt Carlino recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but BYU lost in overtime after leading by seven points with 2:21 left in regulation. The Cougars only shot 61 percent from the free throw line.
2012-13 at Baylor L 79-64; Baylor (NIT) L 76-70 in New York
The Cougars lost to Baylor 79-64 in Waco, Texas, despite Brandon Davies' 26 points and 17 rebounds. BYU trailed by nine at the half, but shot only 35.5 percent from the field in the second half.
In the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden, Tyler Haws scored 25 points, Matt Carlino added 19 and Brandon Davies scored 13 and grabbed 11 rebounds. BYU trailed by two at half but shot 38 percent from the field in the second half.
1993-94 at Arizona State L 106-95; Arizona State (NIT) W 74-67
In the first game of the season, the Cougars were outscored by 21 points in the first half and were only able to cut the lead in half in the second. Shane Knight led the Cougars with 19 points and six rebounds, while Russell Larson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Sun Devils had two players score 20 points or more.
At the Marriott Center in the first round of the NIT, Larson scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Kenneth Roberts and Robbie Reid also scored in double digits. The Cougars shot 49 percent from the field, while Arizona State only shot 38 percent from the field.
1993-94 Fresno State W 73-65; at Fresno State L 73-68; Fresno State (WAC) W 87-72 in Salt Lake; at Fresno State (NIT) L 68-66
After alternating wins and losses through the conference season and tournament, BYU had a shot to tie with 5.4 seconds left but a baseline jumper went long.
1983-84 at Kentucky L 93-59; Kentucky (NCAA) L 93-68 in Birmingham, Ala.
Devin Durrant scored 33 points in the first meeting of the season in Lexington.
Durrant added 28 points in the NCAA rematch and the Cougars cut the margin to 25 from the original 34-point loss.
1970-71 Utah State W 111-83; Utah State (NCAA) W 91-82 in Logan
Steve Kelly and Kresimir Cosic recorded double-doubles and Bernie Fryer scored 27 to win a blowout at the Marriott Center in December.
In the NCAA First Round, Cosic scored 30 and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Fryer added 25 points. BYU led by five at the half and won by nine in Logan.
1968-69 at New Mexico State L 83-65; New Mexico State (NCAA) L 74-62
In the regular season meeting, the Aggies led by 17 at the half and didn't look back, winning by 18.
The Cougars returned to Las Cruces for a first round matchup in the NCAA tournament. BYU only trailed by four at the half, but didn't capitalize in the second to lose by 12.