SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Brigham Young coach Dave Rose said his Cougars deserved to be in the NCAA tournament, even after last week's 19-point loss to Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference tournament semifinals.
The selection committee agreed, and the Cougars (25-8) will face Iona (25-7) as No. 14 seeds in a game Tuesday in Dayton as part of the First Four.
The winner of the BYU-Iona contest will face No. 3 Marquette on Thursday in Louisville in the East Region.
BYU advanced to the round of 16 last year with point guard Jimmer Fredette, the national player of the year.
The Cougars don't have Fredette anymore but back is 6-9 junior forward Brandon Davies, who missed March Madness last year after being booted from the team for an honor code violation.