Thursday, March 24, 2011

BYU basketball: Cougars not content to settle for Sweet 16 berth

EW ORLEANS — For the BYU basketball program, the stage hasn't been bigger, its star hasn't shined brighter, and the stakes haven't been higher.

At least not for three decades.

The No. 3-seeded Cougars collide with No. 2 Florida tonight (5:27 p.m. MT, TBS) in the Southeast Region semifinals at the New Orleans Arena, with a coveted spot in the Elite Eight hanging in the balance.

BYU (32-4), relishing its first Sweet 16 appearance since 1981, is looking to equal the Elite Eight feat of the Danny Ainge-led team that knocked off Notre Dame with Ainge's dramatic, memorable, coast-to-coast dash in the waning seconds in '81.


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