8 seed BYU to face 9 seed Xavier in NCAA Tournament

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Brigham Young's regular-season conference title and an appearance in the league championship game were good enough to get the Cougars back to the NCAA tournament.

BYU received an at-large berth Sunday and was seeded No. 8 in the South region. The Cougars (25-8) face Xavier (24-8) in the opening round in Lexington, Ky.

BYU needed an at-large bid to make the tournament. The Cougars won the Mountain West Conference regular season championship outright, but lost in the league tournament title game to UNLV 78-70 Saturday.

It's the 22nd time the Cougars have made the tournament and the first since 2004.

Weber State was guaranteed a spot by winning the Big Sky tournament. The Wildcats (20-11), who were also the Big Sky regular-season champions, are seeded 15th in the West and play UCLA (26-5) on Thursday in Sacramento.

Weber State is in the tournament for the 14th time and making its first appearance since 2003.

Utah State did not make the tournament despite going 23-11. The Aggies lost in the Western Athletic Conference championship to New Mexico State 72-70 on Saturday. New Mexico State received the WAC's automatic berth and 10th-ranked Nevada, the WAC regular-season winner, got an at-large bid.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-03-11-07 1730MDT

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