BYU named No. 6 seed, faces Duquesne on Thursday in Omaha

BYU opens its NCAA Tournament run in Omaha against Duquesne

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PROVO, Utah – For the 31st time in program history, including the second time under fifth-year head coach Mark Pope, BYU men’s basketball will play in the NCAA Tournament.

Receiving at at-large bid, No. 20 BYU earned the No. 6 seed in the East region as announced on Sunday evening on the NCAA Selection Show broadcast live on CBS. The Cougars will open play Thursday in Omaha, Neb., against No. 11-seeded Duquesne in the Round of 64. The winner of that game will then play a second-round matchup on Saturday against the winner of No. 3 Illinois and No. 14 Morehead State.


The matchup between BYU and Duquesne will be the third all-time meeting between the two programs and first since Dec. 28, 1953. The Dukes won the A-10 tournament on Sunday earning its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 47 years.

BYU is 15-33 all-time in the NCAA Tournament including a 3-2 record as a sixth seed. The 2024 tournament marks the third time the Cougars are a six seed and second under Pope.

Game times and TV designations for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament will be announced later.