NCAA Tournament: Opening round for dummies

Cougar fans let out a collective sigh of relief as the words “Ole Miss/BYU” flashed across the screen, signifying the team had made the NCAA tournament’s field of 68 in the final opening announced by CBS’ Selection Show on Sunday.


But a trip to the first round will have to be predicated by an extra play–in game win in Dayton, something Dave Rose’s squad had hoped to avoid if at all possible. Teams selected for play-in games are either champions of minor conferences or those whos…

BYU bubble watch - Selection Sunday

We’ve made it to Selection Sunday. All tournament questions will be answered in a matter of hours. The conference tournaments have been exciting to this point, and we’re just waiting for a few championships that will take place today.

BYU has benefited from quite a few early-tournament losses by bubble teams as well as few bid thieves. The Cougars have been on the right side of the bubble all week and seem to be safe, but you never know what will happen in the committee room.

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BYU Rugby comes back to beat No. 4 Saint Mary's

The BYU rugby team came back to beat Saint Mary’s 35-26 Saturday night at South Field Stadium after trailing by as much as 16 points.

“Tonight was such a hard game,” junior scrum-half Luck Mocke said. “It took a lot for us to come back from a 16 point deficit. I saw a side of the guys on the team that I hadn’t seen before. They reached deep and put their heart into the game.”

The Cougars came into Saturday night’s game ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation. The Gaels weren’t far behin…

BYU softball finishes with four wins in California tournament

Head coach Gordon Eakin hit 500 career wins as BYU softball went 4-1 at the San Diego Classic II tournament this weekend (2-1, 3-1, 1-4, 3-1, 4-1). The Cougars were victorious over Long Beach State University, San Diego State University, Western Carolina University and University of Connecticut, but lost to No. 15 ranked Baylor University.

The four wins set Eakin’s all-time division I coaching record to 500-230 after 13 years.

“To me, the 500 wins belong to the team,” Eakin said. “It’s…

BYU baseball: Nielsen's walk–off single beats Pepperdine in extras.

The bases were loaded in the bottom of the tenth when a walk off single with from Hayden Nielsen gave BYU baseball a winning series against Pepperdine, the team who was picked to finish second in the WCC.

“My hands are still shaking,” Nielsen said after Saturday’s game. “That was such a great win for our team, and to be able to step up and get a hit like that is awesome. We’re just going to keep battling and we don’t quit.”

Saturday’s games sealed the deal as BYU took a 6-5 win with 12…