PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Despite having their six-year NCAA Tournament streaked snapped, BYU will still be playing in the postseason.Despite having their six-year NCAA Tournament streaked snapped, BYU will still be playing in the postseason.
The 3rd-seeded Cougars will host the University of Washington in the first round of the 32-team National Invitational Tournament Tuesday night at the Marriott Center in Provo.
BYU (21-11) has not played in the NIT since 2006 when it lost to Houston. The Cougars finished 3rd in the regular season of the West Coast Conference.
"We're very excited to be playing in the NIT," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "It's a great opportunity for our team to keep playing and finish the season strong. This will be so good for our younger players to gain postseason tournament experience but I'm especially excited that our seniors get to play another game in the Marriott Center."
Washington (18-15) finished tied for 6th in the Pac-12 Conference this season with a record of 9-9. The Huskies are led by former Pleasant Grove High School star C.J. Wilcox at 16.7 points per game. His father, Craig, played at BYU from 1993-1995.
"Washington has a great basketball tradition," Rose said. "They have a nationally respected coach in Lorenzo Romar and compete in one of the top leagues in the country. Our staff and players are really looking forward to Tuesday."
BYU and Washington have not played since 1997, when the Huskies beat the Cougars in Provo, 83-68.
The winner will play the winner of the Tennessee-Mercer game in the second round.
This is BYU's 11th appearance in the NIT, having won the championship in 1951 and 1966.