BYU’s Streak of Six Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances Likely Coming to an End

Kyle Terada-USA Today Sports

On Friday night as part of the quarterfinal round of the West Coast Conference Tournament, the BYU Cougars saw their NCAA Tournament hopes likely come to a close as they fell late to San Diego.

The Toreros, who are the sixth seed within the WCC Tournament field, stunned BYU behind 25 points from their leading scorer, Johnny Dee.

BYU ended the regular season by losing three of their last four games and five of their last eight overall. The free fall towards the end of the season puts a cap on the Cougars’ resume as it appears unlikely that they will dance this season.

That disappointment comes on the heels of a season in which both Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies starred on the offensive end. Head coachDave Rose had a talented roster in 2012-13, but the late season struggles have proven costly when all is said and done.

With their departure in the WCC quarterfinal round, BYU’s streak of six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is set to come to a close. The Cougars had qualified for the Big Dance each year since 2007, but they will now have to likely gear back up for a tournament run in 2013-14. BYU however, should be considered for an appearance within the NIT in the coming weeks.

The Cougars did have the opportunity to take on Saint Mary’s in the tournament semifinals and that could’ve represented a game in which their could have bolstered their resume, but the fact that they didn’t even make it past San Diego is what puts the final dagger into their resume.

 

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