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March 17, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Jeff Johnsen's unlikely "butter" shot toasted Saint Louis. Johnsen's off-balance three-pointer - barely beating the shot clock - with 1:43 left carried Utah to a 48-45 victory over Saint Louis last night in the Midwest Regional at Cleveland State University. "I saw the shot clock at the very last second," Johnsen said. "We yell 'butter!' when it goes inside 10 seconds. I heard 'butter!' and I just let it fly. And I was lucky. " Johnsen's shot from his hip gave the Utes (23-8)
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March 18, 1991 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
Only three teams in Division I basketball have won as many as 30 games this season. Two you know about. No. 1-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas, top seed in the West Regional, is 32-0 and No. 2 Arkansas, top seed in the Southeast Regional, is 33-3. Utah, the No. 4 seed in the West, lives more on the edge. Heading into yesterday's West Regional second-round meeting with fifth-seeded Michigan State, the Utes had been involved in 10 games decided by six points or less, three of which had gone into overtime.
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March 17, 1997 | by John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
Sweet 16 . . . For many teams, just getting that far makes a season successful. Certainly, for such heavy underdog teams as Coppin State or the College of Charleston, just pulling off one major NCAA Tournament upset is enough to solidify this as a dream season. Sure, fans of No. 1 Kansas, defending national champion Kentucky or UCLA won't be satisfied with anything less than a national championship. But for most everyone, the Sweet 16 is usually good enough. Utah is one of those exceptions.
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March 20, 1998 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Overrated? Just because Utah plays in the Western Athletic Conference? Just because it fattened up on such non-conference featherweights as Cal State-Fullerton, Southern Utah, UC Irvine, Azusa Pacific and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to name but a few? Azusa Pacific? Just because most people can't name three-fifths of its starting lineup? Just because there are six freshmen and four sophomores on the roster? The Utes, after losing Keith Van Horn in last year's NBA draft, won 25 regular-season games and finished fifth in the polls, behind this year's Mount Rushmore of North Carolina, Duke, Kansas and Arizona.
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March 20, 1995 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Long before his Bulldogs hit the floor for their game against Utah, Mississippi State coach Richard Williams had an inkling it was going to be a good day. "This morning, (6-11 sophomore center) Erick Dampier showed up early for the pregame meal," said Williams, after his fifth-seeded team advanced into the third round of the NCAA West Regional with a 78-64 win at the BSU Pavilion. "That's a very good sign. He's usually not early for anything. "I figured he was either ready to play basketball or awful hungry.
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March 23, 2009 | By Acacia O'Connor FOR THE INQUIRER
As Laura Kurz goes, so go the Wildcats. Unfortunately for Villanova, it was an off day for the Germantown Academy graduate as the Wildcats lost to Utah, 60-30, yesterday in a first-round NCAA women's basketball game at the Comcast Center. Kurz, who had been averaging 17.6 points per game heading into the contest, managed 11 points and five rebounds against the Utes and went 0 for 7 from behind the arc. The Utes' Kalee Whipple guarded Kurz and also contributed 15 points and eight rebounds.
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December 4, 2012 | Daily News staff and wire reports
UNIVERSITY OF Utah officials will honor the legacy of Rick Majerus by hanging a replica of his trademark white sweater from the rafters at the basketball arena where he coached from 1989 to 2004 and regularly led the Utes to the NCAA Tournament. A moment of silence will be held at Utah's next game Wednesday and players will wear black patches in honor of a man Utah athletic director Chris Hill remembered as a "basketball savant. " Majerus died Saturday in Los Angeles while awaiting a heart transplant.
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June 13, 1998 | by Edward G. Robinson, III, Daily News Sports Writer
Michael Doleac has no idea where he might go in the NBA's June 24 draft. "I have no idea what's going on," he said. "I wish I did, so it wasn't such a guessing game, but I really don't know. " Doleac, a 6-11, 265-pound center from the University of Utah, has roamed from city to city recently, displaying his arsenal of post-up moves and jump shots for potential suitors. He stopped by the Healthplex in Springfield, Delaware County, yesterday for a closed workout with the 76ers, who hold the No. 8 pick.
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March 29, 1998 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
These No. 1 seeds all look alike to Utah. The Utes sank the hopes of Arizona to repeat as national champion a week ago, and last night they ended the season of North Carolina, the final top seed remaining in the NCAA tournament. The Utes, a No. 3 seed when this 64-team dance started, took their spot as one of the last two survivors with a 65-59 upset of the Tar Heels in the second semifinal game at the Alamodome in front of a crowd of 40,509. Once again, as they were in last Saturday's shocking 76-51 romp past defending champion Arizona, the Utes (30-3)
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March 30, 1998 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
The tortoise beat the hare again as Utah downed North Carolina, 65-59, in the second game of Saturday's Final Four doubleheader at the Alamodome. The fable was a life lesson. North Carolina must not have paid attention. Utah led 16-2 at the Alamodome and was playing brilliantly before Carolina realized the game had started. The Utes' lead was so substantial and their style so deliberate that the Tar Heels had a nearly impossible task. Deja vu Carolina came to last year's Final Four on a roll similar to this year's.
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March 18, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
CLICK HERE to download Dick Jerardi's 2015 NCAA tournament bracket in .pdf form. I THOUGHT last year's tournament was wide-open. I did not think it was so wide-open that Connecticut was going to win. I would have gone 15 deep before even considering the Huskies. I do not think this tournament is open at all. I do think there are a few teams that could beat Kentucky. I just don't think any will actually beat the Wildcats. I have seen 40-0 since about mid-January. I still see it. This tournament is really top-heavy.
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January 28, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Nick Johnson scored 22 points, helping top-ranked Arizona pull away from Utah, 65-56, Sunday night for its school-record 20th straight win. Arizona (20-0, 7-0 Pac-12) struggled early in both halves before a deciding second-half run. The Wildcats offset a 3-for-14 night from three-point range with 20 offensive rebounds that led to 19 second-chance points. Utah (14-6, 3-5) kept it close before wearing down in the closing minutes, unable to keep the Wildcats off the glass or from scoring inside to remain winless on the road.
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April 8, 2013 | BY KIMBERLY SLAVEN, Daily News Staff Writer slavenk@phillynews.com
FOR THE FIRST time since the Villanova men's team won the NIT in 1994, a Division I Philadelphia team ended its season with a national tournament championship. And the Drexel women's team got to cut down its own nets, to boot. The Dragons won the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Saturday with a 46-43 victory over visiting Utah before a packed house of 1,922 at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. All-CAA guard Hollie Mershon's go-ahead layup with 20.6 seconds remaining and one-and-one with 9.7 seconds left led to Utah's failed three-point attempt at the buzzer, which triggered the final court-storming episode of the season in a city that featured a number of them.
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December 4, 2012 | Daily News staff and wire reports
UNIVERSITY OF Utah officials will honor the legacy of Rick Majerus by hanging a replica of his trademark white sweater from the rafters at the basketball arena where he coached from 1989 to 2004 and regularly led the Utes to the NCAA Tournament. A moment of silence will be held at Utah's next game Wednesday and players will wear black patches in honor of a man Utah athletic director Chris Hill remembered as a "basketball savant. " Majerus died Saturday in Los Angeles while awaiting a heart transplant.
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December 2, 2012 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Rick Majerus, 64, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday. Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman, the coach's longtime friend, confirmed in a statement released through the Salt Lake Tribune that Mr. Majerus died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital. Mr. Majerus said Nov. 19 that he wouldn't return to St. Louis because of the heart condition. He ended the school's 12-year NCAA tournament drought last season with a 26-win team.
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June 17, 2010 | Staff and Wire Reports
Utah is poised to become the 12th member of the Pac-10 as the conference quickly pivoted yesterday to invite the Utes after being turned down by Texas and four other members of the Big 12. Utah officials did not immediately say whether the invitation would be accepted, but it would be shocking if the Utes didn't leave the Mountain West Conference for the Pac-10. Utah has been a member of the MWC since the league began in 1999 - and one of its most successful in football and basketball.
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March 23, 2009 | By RICH DUBROFF For the Daily News
Her stellar career at an end, Laura Kurz couldn't say any more. Asked to talk about her time with Villanova, tears began streaming down her face. Kurz and her teammates had lost a first-round NCAA Tournament game to Utah, 60-30, in the Raleigh Regional, and after she struggled for the second straight game, the crying began. The Wildcats ended the season 19-14, losing six of their last eight, and this one particularly hurt. Villanova allowed the Utes to score the game's first 10 points, worrying coach Harry Perretta.
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March 23, 2009 | By Acacia O'Connor FOR THE INQUIRER
As Laura Kurz goes, so go the Wildcats. Unfortunately for Villanova, it was an off day for the Germantown Academy graduate as the Wildcats lost to Utah, 60-30, yesterday in a first-round NCAA women's basketball game at the Comcast Center. Kurz, who had been averaging 17.6 points per game heading into the contest, managed 11 points and five rebounds against the Utes and went 0 for 7 from behind the arc. The Utes' Kalee Whipple guarded Kurz and also contributed 15 points and eight rebounds.
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January 10, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Florida is No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25. Utah is perfect at No. 2, though not perfectly happy. Texas and Southern California also claimed to be the best - but media voters didn't think so. The Gators received 48 first-place votes and 1,606 points in the poll released early yesterday, after they beat Oklahoma, 24-14, in the BCS national title game. Utah, the only team in major college football to go undefeated this season, got 16 first-place votes and 1,519 points. "I thought we had an outside chance," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a telephone interview with the AP. "There was enough national sentiment, I thought we might get the No. 1 slot.
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