Nickname: Cougars Coach: Dave Rose Location: Provo, Utah Record at BYU: 45-17 Conference: Mountain West Career record: 45-17 Overall Record: 25-8 Conference Record and Finish: 13-3, 1st Seed, Region and Bid: 8, South, At-large Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 22 NCAA Tournament Record: 11-24 (.324) Final Four Appearances: 0 NCAA Tournament Championships: 0 Best NCAA Tournament Finish: REGIONAL FINALIST (1981) Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR Final Associated Press ranking: NR Final Ratings Percentage Index: 18 Record vs. teams in the field: 3-4 Starters: F -- Keena Young (6-6, 215, Sr. -- 17.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg) C -- Trent Plaisted (6-11, 245, So. -- 12.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg) G -- Austin Ainge (6-2, 180, Sr. -- 7.8 ppg, 4.5 apg) G -- Jimmy Balderson (6-6, 205, Sr. -- 8.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg) G -- Lee Cummard (6-6, 180, So. -- 9.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg) Key Reserves: F -- Jonathan Tavernari (6-6, 215, Fr. -- 6.7 ppg) G -- Mike Rose (6-3, 185, Sr. -- 6.5 ppg) (statistics before NCAA Tournament) OUTLOOK: The Cougars won 10 of their last 11 regular-season games to win the Mountain West title and had a good chance to pull off a daily double before falling to Nevada-Las Vegas in the conference tourney championship game - on the Rebels' home court. BYU will face a similar scenario in playing Xavier not far from Cincinnati. Young was immense against UNLV with a career-high 34 points and Plaisted has six 20-plus point games this season, forming a solid complement to the 3-point prowess of Ainge, Rose and Cummard, who all shoot 44 percent or higher from the arc. That helps to offset the team's free-throw shooting percentage (66.2), which is better than just seven teams in the tournament. NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. (9) Xavier at Lexington, Kentucky
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Updated Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007