BYU Receives NCAA Tournament Invite; Game Time Announced

BYU Receives NCAA Tournament Invite; Game Time Announced



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PROVO, Utah (March 11, 2007) - The No. 23 BYU men's basketball team has received an at-large invitation to the 2007 NCAA Tournament and will play Xavier of the Atlantic 10 Conference in first-round action on Thursday in Lexington, Ky., at Rupp Arena. Game time will be announced on Monday.

"We embrace the opportunity to continue playing basketball, especially in the NCAA Tournament," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "Our players deserve to be there. We need to make the most of our opportunity. The fact that it is single-elimination is significant. We'll need to play our best basketball to win. That's the nature of the tournament. We'll get our team focused and prepared to play."

The Cougars (25-8) are the No. 8 seed, their highest since 1995, in the San Antonio Regional while the Musketeers (24-8) received a No. 9 seed. The winner of the BYU-Xavier game will advance to the second round to face the winner of No. 1 Ohio State and No. 16 Central Connecticut State on Saturday.

Xavier finished the season 24-8 and was co-champion of the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 13-3 league record. The Musketeers have four players scoring in double figures led by senior forward Justin Doellman with 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. BYU has a 2-0 record all-time against Xavier, with both games being played on a neutral court, but has not faced the Musketeers since 1968.

BYU won the Mountain West Conference regular-season title this year with a 13-3 record, its first outright league crown since 1987-88. Second-year head coach Rose has led his team to back-to-back 20-win seasons and the program's first national ranking since 1993. The Cougars are led by NABC and USBWA All-District selection Keena Young, who averages 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

This will be BYU's 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth in the last seven years (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007). The Cougars last advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed in 2004, losing 80-75 in the first round to Syracuse at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. The Cougars have an 11-24 record in the NCAA Tournament and a 1-2 mark as a No. 8 seed (1984 and 1995).

TICKETS - COUGAR CLUB MEMBERS

Ticket requests will be taken from Cougar Club members until 10 a.m. MST on Monday. Tickets will be distributed based on membership level and time of purchase. Legacy Cougar Club members may purchase six tickets. All other current Cougar Club members can purchase up to four tickets. Those who wish to join the Cougar Club in order to purchase tickets can do so at a $500 minimum level by going to www.byutickets.com or www.cougarclub.com. New Cougar Club members will be able to purchase up to two tickets.

First-round tickets can only be used for the BYU vs. Xavier and the Ohio State vs. Central Connecticut State games. Should BYU advance to the second round, first-round ticket-holders will automatically receive and be charged for second-round tickets. If the Cougars lose, BYU fans will be unable to purchase second-round tickets. Tickets must be picked up on-site in Lexington, Ky.

Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Marriott Center Ticket Office, calling 801-422-BYU1 or 800-322-BYU1 or going to www.byutickets.com. Ticket prices are $51 plus fees.

TICKETS - STUDENTS

Student tickets will be distributed through a lottery system on Monday. Students must visit the Marriott Center Ticket Office before noon to fill out the necessary form. They will then be notified by 1 p.m. if they have been selected and must pay at the Marriott Center Ticket Office by 5 p.m. Each student selected will have the opportunity to purchase two tickets. If selected, students must pick-up their tickets in Lexington, Ky., at Rupp Arena with a valid BYU ID. Ticket prices are $51 plus fees.

For more information on tickets, visit www.byutickets.com.

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