2013 NIT Tournament: BYU Advances to Semifinals For First Time Since 1966

Kevin Jairaj-USA Today Sports

Oh sure, the excitement surrounding March Madness circles around the NCAA Tournament and with the Sweet 16 ready to kick off on Thursday night, let’s not forget about that “other” postseason tournament.

On Wednesday night, three of the final four spots were locked up as the stage is set for the semifinal round of the 2013 NIT Tournament in New York City next week.

One of the teams that advanced forward was BYU. The Cougars took care of business in pretty convincing fashion on the road at Southern Miss. With the win, BYU advances to play Baylor in the semifinal round next Tuesday.

Oh sure, the teams that participate in the NIT usually just missed qualifying for the NCAA Tournament, but for those that do make up the 32-team field, their is still the opportunity to gear up and make a postseason run. The Cougars are doing just that and with it comes a little bit of history.

With their win over Southern Miss, BYU has advanced to their third NIT semifinal in school history and their first since 1966. Take that as you wish considering it is the NIT, but it’s still a pretty good feat for the Cougars and their program.

BYU guard Tyler Haws has been on an absolute tear in this NIT Tournament, averaging 28.7 points per game. Baylor needs to figure out a way to slow down Haws in New York City, but there’s no doubt that you’re going to want to keep your eyes peeled on Haws and Bears’ senior guard, Pierre Jackson.

 

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