BYU BASKETBALL

BYU Basketball, like football, if filled with tradition and great moments. Through the years, the Cougars have won the 11th most games out of any team in the nation and have the 27th highest winning percentage of all time. The Cougars have played in the Rocky Mountain Conference, Skyline Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Mountain West and currently play in the West Coast Conference. In that time, BYU Basketball has won 29 Conference Championships and has played in the NCAA Tournament 29 times and the National Invitational Tournament twice including two championships in 1951 and 1966. 38 players have been named All-Americans and two players, Jimmer Fredette and Danny Ainge have been named the Naismith National Player of Year. 

The Marriott Center has been named one of the most hostile and difficult venues for opposing teams with a 80.1% overall winning percentage at home that included a 53 game winning streak from 2005 to 2008. In 2017-18 the Cougars had the best free throw defense, which can be blamed primarily on the crowd noise and the ROC (Roar of Cougars student section) getting into the shooters head.

 

BYU Basketball is filled with great moments including the game winning drive by Danny Ainge, the entire career of Jimmer Fredette, the tip in by Kaufusi to beat No. 1 Gonzaga in the Kennel in the last regular season of the game, coming back 25 points down against Iona in the NCAA Tournament and winning two NIT Championships. 

The Cougars are currently coached by Mark Pope who was hired in 2019 after Dave Rose retired after a 348-135 overall record over 14 seasons. 

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