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BYU vs. No. 1 seed Valparaiso in NIT semifinals

(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

BYU vs. Valparaiso Game Notes

After three-straight home wins, No. 2 seed BYU basketball has advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament where it will face No. 1 seed Valparaiso on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT in Madison Square Garden in New York. The winner of BYU vs. Valparaiso will face the winner of San Diego State and George Washington in the NIT championship game in Madison Square Garden on Thursday at 7 p.m. EDT.

Tuesday's game will be televised live on ESPN and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. Live video streaming will be available on

BYU Storylines

  • Tuesday’s game against Valparaiso will mark BYU’s fourth trip to the semifinals of the NIT in Madison Square Garden. The first two times the Cougars reached the semifinals – in 1951 and 1966 – BYU won the NIT. In 2013, the Cougars were eliminated in the semifinals, falling to Baylor 76-70.
  • Through three NIT games, five Cougars are averaging double figures: Chase Fischer (22.0), Nick Emery (16.3), Kyle Collinsworth (15.7), Zac Seljaas (12.7) and Kyle Davis (12.0). As a team, BYU is averaging 88.3 points and shooting 49.7 percent from the field, 42.6 from 3 and 72.0 from the free-throw line.
  • Over the last 8 games, freshman Zac Seljaas is averaging 11.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 54.9 percent from the field, 56.8 from 3 and 82.4 from the free-throw line.

No. 2 seed BYU Cougars (26-10, 13-5 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 283-98 (11th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

No. 1 seed Valparaiso Crusaders (29-6, 16-2 Horizon League)

  • Head Coach: Bryce Drew
  • Alma Mater: Valparaiso, 1998
  • Career Record: 123-48 (5th)
  • Record at Valparaiso: Same

Game Information

  • TV: ESPN
  • TV Talent: Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (analyst), Kaylee Hartung (courtside)
  • Live Video:
  • Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, 102.7 FM/1160 AM, BYU Radio, Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
  • Live Stats:

Series Information

  • Series Record: Series tied 1-1
  • Last Meeting: BYU won 62-57, 12/8/48
  • H/A/N: 0-0/1-1/0-0
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