No. 3 seed BYU will host No. 7 seed Mercer in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament on Monday at 7 p.m. MDT. Monday's game will be televised on ESPNEWS and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.
No. 3 seed BYU Cougars (22-11, 10-6 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Division I Career Record: 207-65 (8th)
- Record at BYU: Same
No. 7 seed Mercer (24-11, 14-4 Atlantic Sun)
Head Coach: Bob Hoffman
Alma Mater: Oklahoma Baptist, 1979
Career Record: 499-242 (22nd)
Record at Mercer: 99-72(5th)
BYU in the NIT
This is BYU’s 11th appearance in the NIT. The Cougars have a 13-8 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 is 7-1 all-time in NIT games played in the Marriott Center with the only loss coming to Washington in 1982.
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.
- TV: ESPNEWS
- TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst)
- 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
Tyler Haws has scored 20-plus points 22 times this season, tied for fifth all-time at BYU with Jimmer Fredette (2009-10) and Michael Smith (1987-88). The record for 20-point games in a season is 33, set by Jimmer Fredette in 2010-11. His 22 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 have a chance to break team records in steals in a season and steals per game for a season. BYU has 280 steals in 33 games, good for 8.5 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.
BYU men's basketball has released its full 2021-22 men's basketball schedule on Tuesday.
BYU men’s basketball will hold walk-on tryouts on Sept. 18 from 8-10 a.m. MDT in the Marriott Center.
The West Coast Conference released its 2021-22 men's basketball conference schedule on Wednesday.
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