The Mountain West Conference wanted to earn some respect in the NCAA Tournament this year.
BYU got the league off to a good start.
The Cougars beat Florida, 99-92, in double overtime. The Gators had the final possession of regulation and the first overtime but could not hit a game-winner. BYU’s victory ended a seven-game losing streak in the first round of the tournament.
San Diego State, UNLV and New Mexico all still play today.