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BYU basketball earns at-large bid to NCAA Tournament, rematch with Oregon

The BYU Cougars are back in the NCAA Tournament after a one-year layoff, it was announced on Sunday, March 16.

BYU Cougars players stand during the national anthem.
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The 23-11 Cougars were given a No. 10 seed in the West Region and will face the Oregon Ducks later this week in the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

If the match-up sounds familiar, it is. This game with the No. 7 seed Ducks will be a rematch of the 100-96 overtime thriller earlier this season that BYU lost in Eugene, Ore.

In that game, forward Kyle Collinsworth had a nice outing, scoring 15 points -- but now he’s on the shelf with a torn ACL in his knee.

After Collinsworth went down and BYU lost in the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament to Gonzaga -- many believed the Cougars would be NIT-bound again.

It didn’t work out that way, much to the delight of Cougars fans.

BYU returns to the Big Dance after getting all the way to the NIT Semifinals in New York last year.

If the Cougars defeat the Ducks -- and get revenge after losing such a squeaker earlier this year -- they would face the winner of No. 2 seed Wisconsin and No. 15 American.

Taking on the No. 2 seed Badgers would essentially amount to a home game for Wisconsin (its campus is in nearby Madison) and would also increase the Cougars’ difficulty of returning to the Sweet 16 for the first time since Jimmer played.

First though, BYU must knock off Oregon, a team that had a nice run late in the season -- until UCLA steamrolled the Ducks 82-63 in the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament quarterfinal round in Las Vegas.

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