Following a six-year stretch where the BYU men's basketball team made the NCAA Tournament, the Cougars are back in the NIT this season.

It's a tournament with which the program enjoys a rich history.

BYU's highlights in NIT play include two championships, tied for the fifth-most in history, trailing St. John's (6), Bradley (4), Dayton (3) and Michigan (3).

The Cougars also own a near-perfect home record in NIT play, having not lost in the Marriott Center in the postseason tournament since 1982.

BYU also boasts an NIT MVP, Roland Minson in 1951, and has had other players, like Dick Nemelka and Fred Roberts, make big contributions during the postseason tourney.

Here's a look back at BYU's history with the NIT.

1951 and 1966 NIT championships

Among the Cougars' most successful postseason runs are their NIT championships in 1951 and 1966.

During the 1951 road to a title, BYU overcame St. Louis, Seton Hall and Dayton to claim the national crown, winning by an average of 15.3 points. Recently, the BYU athletic department honored Roland Minson and Mel Hutchins, retiring their jerseys.

Minson's point totals of 28 (vs. St. Louis), 26 (Seton Hall) and 26 (Dayton) stand as three of the top four single-game scoring performances in BYU NIT history. He was named the NIT MVP that season.

The Cougars' 1966 run was also impressive as BYU topped Temple, Army and NYU to take the title. BYU won all three contests by an average of 14 points and scored in the 90s in every game.

Dick Nemelka's 27 points in the opener against Temple stand as the second-best single-game performance in the NIT for a Cougar. Craig Raymond (18 vs. NYU) and Steve Kramer (16 vs. NYU, 14 vs. Army) hold the program's top three single-game rebounding performances in the postseason tournament.

BYU hosting Washington again

BYU's matchup Tuesday night against Washington is the second time the Cougars will host the Huskies in NIT play. BYU's game against Washington in 1982 was the first time the Cougars hosted an NIT game.

The Cougars lost 66-63 despite 22 points from Fred Roberts, who set the BYU mark for free throws attempted and made in an NIT game, hitting all 12 of his free throws that night.

Six straight home NIT wins

Since the loss to Washington in 1982, BYU has rattled off six straight wins in Provo in the NIT. In 1986 and 2000, the Cougars played a pair of home games.

In those six wins, BYU was victorious by double digits four times and won by an average of 11.5 points per game.

The Cougars have twice beaten UC Irvine in Provo in the postseason tournament. This includes BYU's most recent NIT game at the Marriott Center, when the Cougars beat the Anteaters 78-55 on March 14, 2002. In that game, Travis Hansen led BYU with 23 points and Matt Montague had 12 assists.

The Cougars are also 6-2 in neutral-site NIT games, all played in New York.

Winless on the road

Conversely, the Cougars have never won on the road during NIT play, going winless in five attempts.

The most recent defeat came at Houston in 2006 — during Dave Rose's first season as BYU's head coach — when BYU fell, 77-67.

The Cougars have also lost at Memphis, Notre Dame, Fresno State and Ohio State. Only one of the losses — against Fresno State — came by single digits.

Facts and figures

This will be BYU's 11th appearance in the NIT, with the Cougars owning a 12-8 record.

When BYU and Washington play Tuesday night, it will be on the 47th anniversary of the Cougars' 1966 title-game victory over NYU. That game is the only other time BYU has played in the postseason tournament on March 19.

The Cougars are 3-2 against teams from the West.