March 17, 2000 |
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)
March 18, 1991 |
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.
March 17, 1997 |
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.
March 20, 1998 |
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.
March 20, 1995 |
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.
March 23, 2009 |
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.
December 4, 2012 |
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.
June 13, 1998 |
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.
March 29, 1998 |
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)
March 30, 1998 |
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.