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Nov. 26, 1997

Utah Takes on UC Irvine

UTAH (4-0) vs. UC IRVINE (1-2) Sat., Nov. 29-7:35 p.m. Huntsman Center (15,000) Salt Lake City

QUICKLY: The 14th ranked Utes face UC Irvine, Saturday at 7:35 p.m. in the Huntsman Center ... it's the third November home game for the Utes, the most regular season games they have ever played at home during that month.

UTES BLAST LIONS: The Utes picked up their fourth win of the season with an 89-50 win over Loyola Marymount Tuesday night in Los Angeles ... Utah jumped out to a 15-0 lead to open the game and was never headed after that ... HANNO MOTTOLA led the way by scoring 25 points to tie his career high. Mottola also set a school record for field goal percentage going 10-10 from the field in the game. ANDRE MILLER, playing in front of a lot of friends and family, hit for 16 points on 7-8 shooting from the field. ALEX JENSEN was the other Ute in double figures with 10 points while JORDIE MCTAVISH and DAVID JACKSON both added 9 points ... Utah shot .717 from the field, the second-highest single game field goal percentage in school history. They held the Lions to just .288 shooting from the floor, a season low for Ute opponents this season ... Utah also out rebounded the Lions 39-16 in the game ... MICHAEL DOLEAC started the game and played 19 minutes after missing the previous two games with a sprained ankle. Doleac had 7 points and 6 rebounds.

UTE INJURIES: Freshman BRITTON JOHNSEN has been out of action for the last three weeks with patella tendinitis in his left knee. He is expected to be out until around the end of December.

SERIES RECORD VS. UC IRVINE:

The Utes lead in the series 6-0. Last meeting was last year at Irvine with Utah taking a 77-50 win. HANNO MOTTOLA was the leading scorer for Utah in that game with 19 points while MICHAEL DOLEAC added 12 points. The Utes shot 61

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RADIO:

The UC Irvine game will be broadcast live on KALL RADIO (910) AM. BILL MARCROFT will call the play-by-play with JEFF JONAS doing color. BRAD STONE handles pre and post-game show duties. Stations on the network are KOAL (Price), KSGI AM (St. George), KZEZ FM (St. George) and KVEL (Vernal).

TV:

None

RICKS' REMARKS:

ON UC IRVINE: "I think they will definitely look to run clock on us and take the shot clock down to five or six seconds each possession. I think they will be very judicious in their shot selection. I know they will play great defense, play very hard and they are very well coached. They are in the early stages of trying to develop a program." ON THE UTES: "We are playing well right now. We need to get Doleac back to full strength and we need to get Britton Johnsen back to help us take another step forward. More importantly, our sophomores, Jordie (McTavish), Dave (Jackson) and Hanno (Mottola), have to play much better. Hanno is starting to play better now but he still has to play with more consistency. Dave has to play with more defensive purpose and Jordie has to play with more leadership. An important factor in which way we go as a team is going to be the play of our three sophomores because our freshmen our playing very well right now and our upperclassmen are playing excellent."

SCOUTING UC IRVINE:
The Anteaters are 1-2 on the season with losses to San Francisco (59-75) and Pepperdine (46-50) and a win over Chico State (76-66). All three games were at home ... top scorers for UCI are 6-7 forward ADAM STETSON (13.7 ppg) and 6-4 guard JUMA JACKSON (10.0 ppg). Stetson is also the top rebounder at 6.3 boards per game ... UCI is shooting 42.3 percent from the field and averaging 59.7 points per game. Their opponents are shooting 44.0 percent from the floor and averaging 63.7 points per outing ... UCI Coach PAT DOUGLAS is in his first year as head coach of the Anteaters after moving over from Cal State Bakersfield.

PROBABLE UTE STARTERS
F-50 Alex Jensen (6-7, 225, So.) 9.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg 
F-13 Hanno Mottola (6-10, 230, So.) 18.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg 
C-51 Michael Doleac (6-11, 265, Sr.) 9.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg 
G-34 Drew Hansen (6-5, 195, Sr.) 5.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg 
G-24 Andre Miller (6-2, 200, Jr.) 15.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apg 
OFF THE BENCH
G-3 David Jackson (6-3, 205, So.) 4.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg 
G-11 Jordie McTavish (6-0, 169, So.) 6.8 ppg, 1.8 apg 
G-21 Trace Caton (6-4, 215, Fr.) 5.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg 
F-40 Jon Carlisle (6-9, 223, Fr.) 5.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg 
F-45 Greg Barratt (6-8, 223, Fr.) 4.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg 
C-52 Nate Althoff (6-11, 245, Fr.) 2.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg 

MAJERUS' MARK: Ute coach RICK MAJERUS went into the season as the 14th winningest active coach in the country ... has posted a 184-55 (.770) record in his ninth season at Utah ... is in his 14th year as a major college head coach and has a career record of 283-107 (.726) ... is the winningest Utah basketball coach in modern times. (For a complete Majerus bio see later in the release).

UTES IN THE HUNTSMAN CENTER:
Utah basketball teams have compiled a 343-83 (.805) record in the JON M. HUNTSMAN CENTER since the building opened for the 1969-70 season. RICK MAJERUS has posted a 103-10 (.911) record in the building since he has been the Ute coach.

HANSEN A RHODES SCHOLAR CANDIDATE:
Senior DREW HANSEN is a 1997 Rhodes Scholar nominee from the University of Utah . Hansen is majoring in political science and economics. He carries close to a 4.0 GPA. He has received one grade lower than "A" in his college career, and that was an "A-". He is also the recipient of the 1997 Playboy Magazine Anson Mount Scholar Athlete Award for basketball.

UP NEXT:
The Utes leave Sunday for their longest road trip of the season that a includes a Tuesday stop in Chicago to play Providence in the Great Eight Tournament and then continues on to North Carolina for a Saturday afternoon game at Wake Forest ... both games will be televised nationally on ESPN.

UTE NOTES: The Utes are averaging 82.3 points per game to their opponents 57.3 points per outing. They are also outshooting their opponents from the field .514 percent to .329 percent and beating them on the boards 42.8 to 27.0 rebounds per game ... the Utes continue to be ranked 14th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and 16th in the AP media poll this week.

Utah 1997-98 Schedule
NOV. 6-UTAH 60, HUNGARY 56 (H)
NOV. 12-UTAH 79, CAL. ALL-STARS 56 (H)
NOV. 15- UTAH 87, C.S. FULLERTON 59 (H)
Nov. 19-Utah 87, Weber State 72 (A)
NOV. 22-UTAH 66, SO. UTAH, 48 (H)
Nov. 25-Utah 89, Loyola Marymount 50 (A). NOV. 29-UC IRVINE, 7:35 P.M.
DECEMBER
Dec. 2-Great 8 vs Providence, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 6-at Wake Forest, 12 noon
DEC. 10-UTAH STATE, 7:35 P.M.
DEC. 12-AZUSA PACIFIC, 7:35 P.M.
Dec. 20-Oregon State (Portland), 8:00 p.m. 
Dec. 27-at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m. 
JAN. 3-RICE, 8:30 P.M.
Jan. 10-at Brigham Young, 7:05 p.m.
JAN.15-COLORADO STATE, 7:35 P.M.
JAN. 17-WYOMING, 7:35 P.M.
Jan. 22-at Air Force, 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 24-at UNLV, 11:00 a.m.
JAN. 29-UTEP, 7:35 P.M.
FEBRUARY
Feb. 1-at New Mexico, 1:30 p.m.
FEB. 5-BRIGHAM YOUNG, 7: 35 P.M.
Feb. 7-at Rice, 5:00 p.m.
Feb. 12-at Wyoming, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14-at Colorado State, 8:30 p.m.
FEB. 21-AIR FORCE, 7:35 P.M.
FEB. 23-UNLV, 10:00 P.M.
Feb. 26-at UTEP, 7:05 p.m.
FEB. 28-NEW MEXICO, 7:35 P.M.
MARCH
Mar. 3-7-at WAC Tournament, Las Vegas
HOME GAMES IN CAPS
Utes on the Radio and T.V.
11-25 at Loyola Marmount, KJZZ, 7:05 p.m. 
12-2 Providence (Great 8), ESPN, 6:30 p.m. 
12-6 at Wake Forest, ESPN, noon
12-10 UTAH STATE, KJZZ, 7:30 P.M.
12-20 Oregon State (Portland), KJZZ, 8:00 p.m. 
12-27 at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, KJZZ, 7:05 p.m. 
1-3 RICE, ESPN2 8:30 P.M.
1-22 at Air Force, KJZZ, 7:35 p.m.
1-24 at UNLV, CBS, 11 A.M.
1-29 UTEP, KJZZ, 7:35 p.m.
2-1 at New Mexico, ABC, 1:30 p.m.
2-5 BRIGHAM YOUNG, KJZZ, 7:35 P.M.
2-7 at Rice, KJZZ, 5:00 p.m.
2-12 at Wyoming, KJZZ, 7:30 p.m.
2-14 at Colorado State, ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. 
2-23 UNLV, ESPN (Big Monday), 10:00 p.m. 
2-26 at UTEP, KJZZ, 7:05 p.m.
2-28 NEW MEXICO, ESPN, 7:30 P.M.
AP poll
1. Arizona (2-0)
2. Kansas (4-0)
3. Duke (3-0)
4. North Carolina (3-0)
5. South Carolina (2-0)
6. Purdue (3-0)
7. UCLA (0-0)
8. Kentucky (2-0)
9. Xavier, Ohio (3-0)
10. New Mexico (4-0)
11. Connecticut (4-0)
12. Fresno State (2-0)
13. Clemson (3-1)
14. Iowa (2-0)
15. Stanford (1-0)
16. UTAH (4-0)
17. Mississippi (3-0)
18. Oklahoma (3-0)
19. Louisville (0-0)
20. Temple (2-1)
21. Indiana (1-1)
22. Georgia (3-1)
23. Rhode Island (1-1)
24. Maryland (2-1)
25. N.C. Charlotte (0-2)
USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25 (week of 11-24)
1. Arizona (2-0)
2. Kansas (4-0)
3. North Carolina (3-0)
4. Duke (2-0)
5. Purdue (3-0)
6. UCLA (0-0)
7. Kentucky (2-0)
8. South Carolina (2-0)
9. New Mexico (4-0)
10. Xavier, Ohio (2-0)
11. Connecticut (3-0)
12. Clemson (3-1)
13. Stanford (1-0)
14. UTAH (4-0)
15. Fresno State (2-0)
16. Iowa (2-0)
17. Oklahoma (3-0)
18. Mississippi (2-0)
19. Louisville (0-0)
20. Temple (2-1)
21. Indiana (1-1)
22. Princeton (3-0)
23. N.C. Charlotte (0-2)
24. Georgia (3-1)
25. Florida State (3-0) and
Wake Forest (3-0)

UTE PLAYER UPDATES

#51 MICHAEL DOLEAC, C (6-11, 265, SR. PORTLAND, ORE.)-Candidate for #Wooden Award and Naismith Award ... 12 points and 11 rebounds in #first game against Cal State Fullerton ... missed Weber State and #Southern Utah games with a sprained ankle ...played 19 minutes #against Loyola Marymount and had 7 points and 6 boards ... leads Utes #in rebounding at 8.5 boards per game.

#34 DREW HANSEN, G/F (6-5, 195, SR. TOOELE, UTAH)-1997 Playboy #Magazine Anson Mount Scholarship Award winner ... is also a Rhodes #Scholar nominee ... hit for season-high 12 points against Weber State #on 4-5 shooting from three-point range ... is 6-11 (.545) from #three-point range this season ... passed for 5 assists against #Loyola.

#24 ANDRE MILLER, G (6-2, 200, JR. LOS ANGELES, CALIF.)-Led Utes in #scoring in Fullerton game with season-high 19 points ... also had 7 #rebounds ... had 16 points (7-8 shooting) and 4 assists against #Loyola Marymount ... 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists in Weber State #win ... averaging 15.0 points per game.

#50 ALEX JENSEN, F (6-7, 225, SO. CENTERVILLE, UTAH)-Opened season #against Cal State Fullerton with career-high 16 rebounds ... also #scored 12 points in first game ... had 8 offensive rebounds against #the Titans ... had 11 points and 7 boards against Southern Utah ... #10 points in Loyola win.

#13 HANNO MOTTOLA, F (6-10, 230, SO. HELSINKI, FINLAND) (pronounced #MET aa LA)-Career-high 11 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton ... #scored 12 points against Titans ... had career-high 25 points and 10 #boards in win at Weber State. Also had 25 points in Loyola win ... #two double-doubles in points and rebounds this season ...leading Ute #scorer averaging 18.5 points per game.

#11 JORDIE MCTAVISH, G (6-0, 169, SO. SALMON ARM, B.C., CANADA)-Scored #8 points in first game against Fullerton ... also passed for 3 #assists ... tied career-high with 9 points against Southern Utah and #Loyola.

#3 DAVID JACKSON, G (6-3, 205, SO. PORTLAND, ORE.)-5 points, 1 assists #1 steal in win at Weber State ... tied career-high with 6 assists #against Southern Utah ... 9 points on 3-4 shooting from three-point #range at Loyola.

#52 NATE ALTHOFF, C (6-11, 245, FR. DELANO, MINN.)-4 points in opening #game against Fullerton ... also had 5 rebounds against Titans and #Southern Utah ... 4 points against Loyola.

#45 GREG BARRATT, F (6-8, 223, FR. SALT LAKE CITY)-3 points in opening #game against Fullerton ...4 points and 3 rebounds in win at Weber #State ... 6 points in Southern Utah win ... 7 boards against Loyola.

#40 JON CARLISLE, F (6-9, 223, FR. SALT LAKE CITY)-6 points against #Fullerton and Southern Utah ... started against Weber State and #Southern Utah ... season high 8 points and 2 blocks against Wildcats #... 6 boards against Loyola ... top Ute field goal shooter (.643) on #the season.

#21 TRACE CATON, G/F (6-4, 215, FR. ALAMOSA, COL.)-8 points in first #game against Fullerton ... went 2-3 from three-point range ... #season-high 12 points against Weber State ...is 4-8 (.500) from #three-point range for the season .. shooting .615 from the field

RICK MAJERUS
HEAD COACH
9TH YEAR

Eight years under Head Coach Rick Majerus has entrenched the University of Utah in the nation's basketball power structure. Majerus, the winningest Utah basketball coach in modern times (184-55) (.770), has led the Utes to unprecedented success.

In the 88-year history of Utah basketball, the Utes have never enjoyed an eight-year stretch like the Majerus tenure. Despite the fact Majerus coached just six games in his first season, due to heart surgery his clubs have averaged 22 wins per year during that time.

His six postseason appearances (five NCAA) is a school coaching benchmark. Never before has a Ute team advanced to the Sweet 16 three times in a six-year span. Majerus' teams own five Western Athletic Conference championships in the decade of the 1990s, including the last three--a feat never before achieved at Utah.

His Utes captured both the Mountain Division crown last year, with a near-perfect 15-1 record, and the WAC Tournament title. Majerus' success goes beyond the conference level. The 1996-97 Utes were mainstays in the nation's Top-10, going into the NCAA Tournament with a best-ever No. 2 ranking and a No. 2 seed in the tourney.

The team advanced to the West Regional championship game (the Elite Eight), becoming the first Ute team to make it that far since the 1966 squad played in the "Final Four." Last Season was Utah's fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under Majerus, and its third trip to the Sweet 16.

The 1990-91 Utes produced a school-record 30-4 record and made it to the Sweet 16, where they lost to defending NCAA champion UNLV. The 1995-96 Utes also made the regional tourney--running into eventual NCAA champion Kentucky in the first game. All five of Majerus' Utah NCAA teams have won at least a first-round game, with the 1993 and 1995 teams falling in the second round.

Majerus also has one NIT "Final Four" to his credit while at Utah. His 1991-92 club made the trip to the Big Apple and the NIT finals, where the Utes took third. Majerus' feats have earned him national recognition and respect. The three-time WAC Coach of the Year (1991, '93, '95), was tapped for national honors in 1991 (Basketball Times' and UPI Coach of the Year) and 1992 (Playboy Coach of the Year).

He is also a four-time District Coach of the Year. In a previous two-year stint with Ball State, Majerus received The Hoop Scoop Coach of the Year honors in 1988-89. Most recently, the WAC media voted him Mountain Division Coach of the Year in 1996-97. Success has followed Majerus at all of his stops.

His head coaching career began at Marquette, where he compiled a 56-35 record from 1983-86 and took his teams to three NIT Tournaments. He preceded his Utah tenure with a successful two-year stint at Ball State, where he logged a 43-17 mark, including a 29-3 record and an NCAA second round berth in 1988-89.

He was an accomplished assistant coach before making the jump to the top seat. In 12 years as an assistant at Marquette (1972-83), Majerus was part of 11 NCAA Tournament teams. Marquette won the NCAA Championship in 1976-77. The veteran coach also spent a year in the National Basketball Association as an assistant to Don Nelson. The Milwaukee Bucks posted a 50-32 record and made the NBA playoffs during Majerus' year on the bench (1986-87).

Majerus has an international resume, as well. He served last summer as the head coach of the USA Basketball Men's 22 and under team that competed in the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. He spent the summer of 1994 as an assistant coach to Don Nelson for the USA "Dream Team 2," which featured the top NBA players in the Men's World Basketball Championships in Toronto.

Majerus' reach extends into the classroom. In his time at Utah, 57 players have made the honor roll, including 12 this past spring quarter. Michael Doleac and Drew Hansen were named to the GTE Academic All-America District Team. Hansen was also chosen as the winner of the 1997 Playboy Magazine Anson Mount Scholar/Athlete Award for basketball. The 1995-96 Ute hoop team's cumulative grade point average was an impressive 2.91, while 1996-97 bunch put together a team GPA of 3.08.

Born on Feb. 17, 1948, the 49-year-old Majerus is a Sheboygan, Wis., native. He graduated from Marquette in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in history. He received a master's, also from Marquette, in 1979 in guidance and counseling.

RICK'S RECORD
YEAR        TEAM        RECORD   FINISH POST SEASON
1997-98     Utah        4-0
1996-97     Utah        29-4    1st NCAA "Elite 8"
1995-96     Utah        27-7    1st NCAA "Sweet 16"
1994-95     Utah        28-6    1st NCAA 2nd Round
1993-94     Utah        14-14   5th (tie)
1992-93     Utah        24-7    1st NCAA 2nd Round
1991-92     Utah        24-11   4th NIT "Final Four"
1990-91     Utah        30-4    1st NCAA "Sweet 16"
1989-90     Utah        4-2     6th (tie)
1988-89     Ball State  29-3    --  NCAA 2nd Round 1987-88  Ball State  14-14   --
1985-86     Marquette   19-11   --  NIT
1984-85     Marquette   20-11   --  NIT
1983-84     Marquette   17-13   --  NIT
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Utah Total 184-55 (.770), 9th year Career Total 283-107 (.726),

14th year-14th among active NCAA coaches in winning percentage going into the season.

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