BYU hoops season is historic on many levels

by | Mar. 30, 2010

Saints & Sports

Even though BYU didn't win a fourth-straight Mountain West Conference men's basketball championship or win the league's tournament, it was still a historic year of hoops for the Cougars in many other ways.

The Cougars won 30 games for the first time in school history, their 83.3 winning percentage is also the best ever, and they were nationally ranked for 11 straight weeks.

When they knocked off Florida in double overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, it was also the Cougars' first tournament victory in 17 years and ended a streak of eight straight NCAA defeats.

"These guys gave us everything they had, and I'm just really proud of them," coach Dave Rose said. "These guys performed at a great and consistent level all year long. We feel really good about how they met the challenge that was out there for them."

Considering the talent BYU had returning from the previous season (four starters) the expectations were high from the very first day. What wasn't expected, however, were the illnesses, injuries and lineup changes the Cougars would have to adjust to as the season progressed. Teams normally settle into a rotation and philosophy early on, and then ride it out. But the Cougars were dealing with new wrinkles every week.

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