BYU vs. Baylor in NIT semis at Madison Square Garden

(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

Game notes: BYU vs. Baylor in the NIT

No. 3 seed BYU will face at No. 2 seed Baylor in the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament on Tuesday in Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. EDT. Tuesday's game will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

No. 3 seed BYU Cougars (24-11, 10-6 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 209-65 (8th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

No. 2 seed Baylor Bears (21-14, 9-9 Big 12)

  • Head Coach: Scott Drew
  • Alma Mater: Butler, 1993
  • Division I Career Record: 198-149 (11th)
  • Record at Baylor: 178-138 (10th)

BYU in the NIT

  • This is BYU’s 11th NIT appearance and first trip to the semifinals since 1966. The Cougars have a 15-8 record in the NIT, including titles in 1951 and 1966.
  • BYU has played in the NIT in the following years: 1951, 1953, 1954, 1966, 1982, 1986, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2013.
  • BYU retired the jerseys of Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson on Feb. 16, 2013. Hutchins and Minson led the Cougars to the 1951 NIT title.
  • BYU’s game with Baylor will tie for the latest game played into a calendar year at the end of a season in program history. BYU also played on April 2 in 1903, at 16-10 loss to Colorado at home.
  • BYU is 8-1 all-time in NIT games played in the Marriott Center with the only loss coming to Washington in 1982.

Game Information

  • TV: ESPN2
  • TV Talent: Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Dan Dakich (analyst), Bill Raftery (sideline)
  • Live Video: WatchESPN.com
  • Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Audio: KSL.com
  • Live Stats: BYUcougars.com

Player and team notes

  • Matt Carlino, Brandon DaviesTyler Haws and Brock Zylstra have stepped up their level of play in the NIT. Carlino is averaging 17.7 points, 9.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals and has made 13 of 27 threes. Davies is averaging 20.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Haws is averaging 28.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Zylstra has posted averages of 13.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals and hit 9 of 19 threes.
  • Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies have combined for 1,379 points this season, the third most by two players in one season in BYU history. Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery combined for 1,530 in 2010-11 and Danny Ainge and Fred Roberts totaled 1,385 in 1980-81.
  • Tyler Haws has scored 20-plus points 24 times this season, tied for fourth all-time at BYU with Danny Ainge (1980-81). The record for 20-point games in a season is 33, set by Jimmer Fredette in 2010-11. Haws's 24 20-point games is a BYU sophomore record.
  • Tyler Haws's 37 points against Washington set a BYU record for points scored in an NIT game. The previous record was 28, set by Roland Minson during the Cougars' run to the 1951 NIT title.
  • BYU won its 20th game with a 70-68 victory against Utah State, giving the Cougars eight-straight 20-win seasons, the longest such streak in program history. All eight seasons have come under Dave Rose, a program record for 20-win seasons by one coach. Stan Watts had seven 20-win seasons.
  • Dave Rose earned his 200th career victory with a 74-57 win over San Diego on Jan. 19, 2013. Stan Watts is the only other coach in BYU history with 200-plus wins. Watts won his 200th game during his 12th season at the helm on Feb. 2, 1961, at New Mexico. It was his 329th career game (Watts’ career record was 371-254 in 23 seasons). Rose is in his eighth season and earned win number 200 in his 259th game.
  • BYU has completed five comebacks after trailing at the half this season. The Cougars trailed Utah and San Francisco by nine at the half and won 61-58 and 80-76. BYU trailed Pepperdine by five at the half at home and came back to win 76-51. The Cougars trailed at Pepperdine 31-20 but bounced back in the second half to win 63-61. BYU was behind 35-33 at the half against Washington before rallying to a 90-79 victory.
  • The Cougars are on pace to have one of their best seasons in the steals category. BYU has 288 steals in 35 games, good for 8.2 per game. The current records of 307 steals (36 games) and 8.5 steals per game were set during the 2009-10 season.
  • Tyler Haws hit 14 of 14 from the free throw line at LMU on March 2, his fourth game this season shooting 100 percent from the line while attempting at least 10 free throws, a BYU single-season record. He had been tied with Russell Larson (1993-94) and Ken Roberts (1994-95) for most perfect days from the line (minimum of 10 attempts) in a single season at three. Haws has five such games in his career, also a BYU record, and one ahead of Jimmer Fredette. Danny Ainge, Lee Cummard, Larson and Roberts are tied for third on the career list with three.
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