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Dec. 23, 1997

Utah Plays at Wisconsin-Milwaukee

QUICKLY: The 6th ranked Utes face Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Saturday, Dec. 27 at 7:05 p.m. in Milwaukee. The game will be televised on KJZZ and broadcast on radio on KALL. ... Utes are ranked 6th in the USA Today/ESPN poll and 6th in the Associated Press poll this week.

UTES GRAB WIN OVER BEAVERS: The Utes picked up their 10th straight win of the season with a 69-61 win over Oregon State, Saturday in Portland. Utah fell behind 18-4 early in the game but bounced back to take a 27-26 lead at halftime. The Utes outscored OSU 42-35 in the second period to seal the victory. MICHAEL DOLEAC, playing in front of his hometown fans, led the Ute attack with 21 points and 9 rebounds. ANDRE MILLER contributed 18 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and 6 steals in the victory. The Utes had their second-worst shooting percentage from the field for the season hitting just .364, but overcame that by going 33-38 (.868) from the free throw line and out rebounding OSU 40-22.

MAJERUS' MARK: Ute coach RICK MAJERUS went into the season as the 14th winningest active coach in the country ...

UTES ON THE INFO CONNECTION Utah Basketball is available via your fax machine by dialing the Info Connection from the handset of your fax machine at (770) 399-3066. The WAC passcode is 922#. Ute Basketball release information is at 2205 and the last game box score is available at 2207.

RADIO: The Wisconsin-Milwaukee 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). Tipoff time in Salt Lake is 6:05 p.m.

TV: The Wisconsin-Milwaukee game will be broadcast live on KJZZ-TV. STEVE BROWN will call the play-by-play with Utah Jazz president FRANK LAYDEN providing color commentary. Tipoff time in Salt Lake is 6:05 p.m. was the Utes' top scorer with 21 points in their 69-61 win over OSU in the Rose Garden. The 6-11, senior also hit his first three-point shots of the year going 2-2 from that range against the Beavers. Doleac is leading the Utes in scoring and rebounding for the season averaging 15.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He is leading the Western Athletic Conference in free throw percentage hitting .909 (40-44) from the stripe. He is also shooting .525 from the floor on the year. Doleac is in 20th place on the Ute career scoring chart with 1,129 career points. He needs two points to move into 19th place on the list.

MILLER TIME: ANDRE MILLER continues to play well from the point guard position. Miller is second on the team in scoring averaging 14.9 points per game. He also leads in assists averaging 4.2 per game and steals with 19 on the year. Perhaps his biggest improvement this season has come at the free throw line where he is shooting .787 on the season compared to the .582 he shot last season. Andre went 12-12 from the line against OSU which ties him for the fourth best single game free throw percentage in Ute history. He also had a career-high 11 rebounds vs. the Beavers.

SERIES RECORD VS. WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE: Utah leads in the series 4-0 ... first meeting took place in 1991 in Milwaukee with the Utes taking an 80-78 victory ... last year Utah won 77-63 in Salt Lake ... MICHAEL DOLEAC had 16 points and 10 rebounds in that game. DAVID JACKSON scored 7 points.

RICK MAJERUS VS. UWM
1991-Utah 80, UWM 78 (A)
1992-Utah 70, UWM 54 (H) 
1993-Utah 96, UWM 62 (H)
1997-Utah 77, UWM 63 (H)
NOVEMBER
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-UTAH 83, UC IRVINE 45 (H)
DECEMBER
Dec. 2-Utah 64, Providence 58 (Great 8) (N)
Dec. 6-Utah 62, Wake Forest 53 (A)
DEC. 10-UTAH 71,UTAH STATE 55 (H)
DEC. 12-UTAH 78, AZUSA PACIFIC 58 (H)
Dec. 20-Utah 69, Oregon State 61 (N)
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
Saturday, Dec. 27-7:05 p.m. (cst) KJZZ
Wisconsin Center (11,052)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
PROBABLE UTE STARTERS
F-50 Alex Jensen (6-7, 225, So.) 7.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg
F-13 Hanno Mottola (6-10, 230, So.) 14.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg
C-51 Michael Doleac (6-11, 265, Sr.) 15.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg
G-34 Drew Hansen (6-5, 195, Sr.) 4.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G-24 Andre Miller (6-2, 200, Jr.) 14.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.2 apg
OFF THE BENCH
G-3 David Jackson (6-3, 205, So.) 4.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg
G-11 Jordie McTavish (6-0, 169, So.) 4.0 ppg, 1.2 apg
G-21 Trace Caton (6-4, 215, Fr.) 4.5 ppg, 1.2 apg
F-31 Britton Johnsen (6-9, 200, Fr.) 7.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
F-40 Jon Carlisle (6-9, 223, Fr.) 3.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg
F-45 Greg Barratt (6-8, 223, Fr.) 2.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg
C-52 Nate Althoff (6-11, 245, Fr.) 2.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg 
PROBABLE PANTHER STARTERS:
F-15 Larry Treadwell (6-4, 190, Jr.) 4.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg
F-33 Keith Seigel (6-7, 215, Jr.) 6.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg
C-42 Chad Angeli (6-9, 230, Fr.) 7.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg
G-10 Cyrus Caldwell (6-1, 170, Jr.) 5.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg
G-30 Pat McCabe (6-4, 190, Sr.) 11.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
 1. North Caroina (12-0)
 2. Kansas (13-1)
 3. Duke (10-1)
 4. Kentucky (9-1)
 5. Arizona (7-2)
 6. UTAH (10-0)
 7. Purdue (9-2)
 8. Stanford (7-0)
 9. UCLA (6-1)
10. South Carolina (6-1)
11. Connecticut (9-1)
12. Arkansas (8-0)
13. Xavier (6-2)
14. New Mexico (7-1)
15. Iowa (8-1)
16. Mississippi (7-1)
17. Florida State (8-2)
18. Princeton (8-1)
19. Syracuse (9-0)
20. Maryland (5-3)
21. Clemson (7-3)
22. Rhode Island (5-1)
23. West Virginia (9-1)
24. Temple (6-3)
25. TCU (9-1)
USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25 (week of 12-22)
 1. North Carolina (12-0)
 2. Duke (10-1)
 3. Kansas (13-1)
 4. Kentucky (9-1)
 5. Arizona (7-2)
 6. UTAH (10-0)
 7. Purdue (9-2)
 8. Stanford (7-0)
 9. UCLA (6-1)
10. South Carolina (6-1)
11. Connecticut (9-1)
12. New Mexico (7-1)
13. Xavier (6-2)
14. Arkansas (8-0)
15. Iowa (8-1)
16. Mississippi (7-1)
17. Princeton (8-1)
18. Florida State (8-2)
19. Syracuse (9-0)
20. Maryland (5-3)
21. Temple (6-3)
22. Clemson (7-3)
23. Georgia Tech (7-2)
24. Marquette (6-0)
25. TCU (9-1)

MAJERUS GOING HOME: The game against UWM will be a homecoming for Ute coach RICK MAJERUS. Majerus grew up in Milwaukee and attended and coached at Marquette University. His mother still lives in Milwaukee. This game gives Majerus' friends and family a chance to see his team play.

NOTE: COACH MAJERUS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS ALL WEEK IN MILWAUKEE. HE CAN BE REACHED AT THE MILWAUKEE WYNDOM HOTEL (414) 276-8686. HE WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE UTE PRACTICE ON FRIDAY FROM APPX. 3:30-6:30 P.M. AT THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS PRACTICE FACILITY. THE PRACTICE WILL BE OPEN.

BEST START IN 33 YEARS: The Utes 10-0 record to open the season is the best start for a Utah Basketball team in 33 years. The 1964-65 team went 10-0 to open that season before losing a 102-74 decision at UCLA in the 11th game.

BEST UTE STARTS: CONS. GAMES WON  YEAR      FINAL RECORD
                 16              1912-13    21-3
                 13              1939-40    18-4
                 13              1943-44    21-4
		         10              1964-65    17-9

UTES ON A ROLL: The Utes have been on a roll the last couple of years. They are off to a 10-0 start in the current season but dating back to last year Utah has won 24 of it's last 25 games. The only blemish was the 72-59 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Regional Finals in San Jose. The last regular season loss for the Utes was an 87-71 defeat at New Mexico on Feb. 1, 1997.

DOLEAC DOIN' IT: MICHAEL DOLEAC had his first chance to play before his hometown fans in Portland and made the best of it. Doleac

MICHAEL DOLEAC is currently in 20th place on the Ute career scoring list with 1,129 points. He needs 2 points to pass CHAS. MENATTI (1972-76, 1130 points) to move into the 19th spot on the list.

UTES AMONG TOP TEAMS IN THE 90s: Going into the season the Utes were ranked 10th in the country for most victories and highest winning percentage in the decade of the 1990s. Utah has posted a 202-67 record during that time for a .751 winning percentage.

UTES IN 1,000 VICTORY CLUB: The Utes are one of the teams in the country with over 1,000 basketball wins in their history. In the 89 years of Utah basketball, Utah hoop teams have won 1,356 games and have lost just 728. That works out to a .651 winning percentage. Utah first started playing basketball in 1908. '

SCOUTING UWM: The Panthers are 1-8 going into the game with the Utes ... the Panther win was at home over Western Illinois (62-57) on Nov. 22 ... the Utah game will be the fourth home game for UWM this season ... head coach is RIC COBB who has posted a 18-46 record in his third season at UWM ... former Ute assistant KIRK EARLYWINE is a member of the Panther coaching staff ... UWM is coming off a 91-77 loss at Fairleigh Dickinson, Monday night.

UTES IN THE HUNTSMAN CENTER: Utah basketball teams have compiled a 346-83 (.806) record in the JON M. HUNTSMAN CENTER since the building opened for the 1969-70 season. RICK MAJERUS has posted a 106-10 (.914) record in the building since he has been the Ute coach ... the Utes have won 13 games in a row in the JMHC dating back to last season's Dec. 31 loss to Wake Forest ... that is tied for the nation's 15th longest home winning streak.

RICK'S REMARKS: ON UWM: "The UWM game is a game that I'm appreciative of Ric Cobb and my friendship with him. It's a special game for me to be able to go home and for my mother and my sister and my friends to see my team play. It's a nice opportunity for me to go home for Christmas. It's the first Christmas I've been home in 15 or 16 years. It's nice for my Mom and nice for UWM to play us. I'm giving the players three days off for Christmas and we have to come out and play and get better, because we come out of the UWM game and start the conference. ON THE UTES: "We are playing very well defensively and are rebounding well. We have turnovers but some of those are just our lack of quickness. Some of those are the opposition and some of those are ourselves. Turnovers are a concern right now and our offensive firepower is always going to be a concern. Alex Jensen is shooting the ball but now he has to start making some. We are getting defensive production off our bench but we need to get more offensive production from our bench players in terms of points."

UTE NOTES: Following the UWM game the Utes have two more weeks with just one game a week. Jan 3rd they host Rice in an 8:30 p.m. game in the Huntsman Center and Jan. 10th Utah travels to BYU for the first of two meetings with the in-state rival Cougars ... because the games with Rice on Jan. 3rd and Feb. 7th are the Utes' crossover games they will not count as WAC games this year ... HANNO MOTTOLA became the first Ute to foul out of a game this season when he committed 5 fouls against OSU.

UTE PLAYER UPDATES

#51 MICHAEL DOLEAC, C (6-11, 265, SR. PORTLAND, ORE.)-Candidate for #Wooden Award and Naismith Award ... career-high 30 points against #Utah State ... 12 points and 11 rebounds in first game against Cal #State Fullerton ... missed Weber State and Southern Utah games with sprained ankle ... leads Utes in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (7.8) ... 19 points in UC Irvine win ... 13 points, 8 rebounds vs. Providence ... excellent game against Wake Forest with 14 points and 7 rebounds ... 21 points and 9 rebounds in OSU win ... went 2-2 from three-point range in that game ... is in 20th place on the Ute career scoring chart with 1,129 points ... leads WAC in free throw shooting at .909 (40-44).

#34 DREW HANSEN, G/F (6-5, 195, SR. TOOELE, UTAH)-1997 Playboy #Magazine Anson Mount Scholarship Award winner ... was also a Rhodes #Scholar nominee ... hit for season-high 12 points against Weber State #on 4-5 shooting from three-point range ... is 11-21 (.524) from #three-point range this season ... missed UC Irvine game with sprained #right knee ... 5 points against Wake Forest and Oregon State ... 9 #points on 3-5 shooting from three-point range against Utah State ... #career-high 7 rebounds against Asuza Pacific ... also had 5 assists #in that game.

#24 ANDRE MILLER, G (6-2, 200, JR. LOS ANGELES, CALIF.)-Led Utes in #scoring in Fullerton game with 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 #14.9 points per game ... 10 points, 4 assists vs. UC Irvine ... 11 #points, season-high 7 assists and 6 rebounds vs. Providence ... 7 #assists was second-highest total in Great Eight history ... #season-high 20 points against Wake Forest, also had 3 steals ... 13 #points, 6 assists in Utah State win ... 17 points against Azusa #Pacific ... averaging 4.2 assists to 2.7 turnovers per game ... 18 #points and career-high 11 rebounds vs. Oregon State ... went 12-12 #from free throw line and had 6 steals in that game ... named WAC #Player of the Week for his game against Oregon State.

#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 .. 5 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists against UC Irvine ... 8 rebounds vs. Providence ... played great defense against Wake Forest. Had 7 rebounds against the Demon Deacons ... 8 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Utah State ... first double-double of season against Azusa Pacific with 15 points and 10 rebounds ... 11 points vs. Oregon State ... second on team in rebounding at 7.1 boards per game.

#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 ... #set single game field goal record when he went 10-10 against Loyola #... named WAC Player of the Week after Loyola game ... averaging 14.2 #points per game ... set school record for consecutive field goals #made with 13 straight in Loyola and UC Irvine games ... 16 points vs. #Irvine on 7-9 shooting from field ... shooting .545 from field ... #17 points, 9 rebounds against Providence ... third double-double of #the season against Wake Forest with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

#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 ... 8 points, 4 assists in UC Irvine win ... played well in #Oregon State game with 5 points, including big three-pointer ... #averaging 4.0 points per game.

#3 DAVID JACKSON, G (6-3, 205, SO. PORTLAND, ORE.)-5 points, 1 assist #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 ... started first game this season against UC Irvine #... 9 points, 4 assists against UCI ... went 3-4 from three-point #range in that game ... tied career-high with 10 points against #Providence ... also had 6 rebounds and 4 assists ... 6 points, 4 #assists in Utah State win.

#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 ... played well vs. Wake #Forest with 3 points and 2 rebounds in 5 minutes ... career-high 8 #points against Azusa Pacific.

#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 #... 4 points vs. UC Irvine.

#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 ... shooting .583 from the field for #season ... 4 points, 4 boards against UC Irvine ... 5 points, 4 #rebounds vs. Providence ... hit two big free throws in Wake Forest #win ... tied season high with 6 rebounds .. 3 steals against Azusa #Pacific.

#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 ... 5 points, 3 assists vs. #UC Irvine ... 3 points, 2 assists, 1 steal in Utah State win ... 9 #points on 3-4 shooting from three-point range vs. Azusa Pacific ... 5 #points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in Oregon State win.

#31 BRITTON JOHNSEN, F (6-9, 200, FR. MURRAY, UTAH)-Missed much of #pre-season drills and first eight games of the season with patella #tendinitis in his left knee ... saw first action against Azusa #Pacific ... had 7 points and 7 rebounds in 11 minutes in that game.

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