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Jan. 13, 1998

Utes Set to Ram into Colorado State, Wyoming

QUICKLY: The 4th ranked Utes (13-0, 1-0) continue Western Athletic Conference play with home games against Colorado State on Thursday and Wyoming on Saturday ... both games will be broadcast on KALL radio and the Utah Sports Network .... there is no television broadcast of either game ... the Utes are ranked 4th this week in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and in the Associated Press poll.

SCOUTING COLORADO STATE: The Rams are 12-2 on the season and 1-1 in WAC play after losing 78-64 to New Mexico Monday in Fort Collins ... their other WAC win is an 80-67 win over UTEP in Fort Collins last Saturday ... Senior BRYAN CHRISTIANSEN is a big gun for the Rams off the bench averaging 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game ... Ram coach STEW MORRILL is in his 7th year at CSU and has a record of 113-79 at the school.

SCOUTING THE POKES: Wyoming is 12-2 on the season and 2-0 in WAC play after opening weekend wins at home over UTEP (65-46) and New Mexico (58-55) ... new Cowboy coach is LARRY SHYATT who is in his first year as a major college head coach. He comes to Wyoming from Clemson. He has also served as an assistant coach at New Mexico and at Utah during the 1975-76 season ... Wyoming is leading the conference in scoring defense giving up 56.4 points per game,just ahead of the second place Utes at 56.6 points per game.

PROBABLE UTE STARTERS
F-50 Alex Jensen (6-7, 225, So.) 7.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg
F-13 Hanno Mottola (6-10, 230, So.) 13.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg
C-51 Michael Doleac (6-11, 265, Sr.) 16.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg
G-34 Drew Hansen (6-5, 195, Sr.) 4.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G-24 Andre Miller (6-2, 200, Jr.) 14.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.5 apg

OFF THE BENCH
G-3 David Jackson (6-3, 205, So.) 4.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg
G-11 Jordie McTavish (6-0, 169, So.) 3.8 ppg, 0.9 apg
G-21 Trace Caton (6-4, 215, Fr.) 4.9 ppg, 1.0 apg
F-31 Britton Johnsen (6-9, 200, Fr.) 1.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
F-40 Jon Carlisle (6-9, 223, Fr.) 2.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg
F-45 Greg Barratt (6-8, 223, Fr.) 2.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg
C-52 Nate Althoff (6-11, 245, Fr.) 2.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg

PROBABLE RAM STARTERS:
F-44 Matt Barnett (6-8, 235, Sr.) 10.1, 7.8
F-12 James Smith (6-5, 190, Sr.) 12.2, 4.6
C- 3 Ryan Chilton (7-0, 230, Sr.) 9.3, 4.3
G-5MiltPalacio(6-3,195,Jr.)10.6,5.4
G-21Jameel Mahmud(5-1,170,Sr.)14.5,3.1

PROBABLE COWBOYS STARTERS:
F-35JeronRoberts(6-3,214,Sr.)19.4,5.9
F-40JustinFrench(6-6,210,So.)6.9,3.8
C-44JeffAllen(6-10,245,Sr.)3.5,4.4
G-3AndyYoung(6-0,165,So.)4.2,2.3
G-15GreggSawyer(6-2,177,Sr.)13.9,2.4

SERIES RECORD VS. WYOMING: Utah leads in the series with Wyoming 81-62 ... the teams last played during the 1996 season with Wyoming taking an 80-76 win in Laramie. The Utes won (88-65) earlier that season in Salt Lake ... last Poke win in the Huntsman Center was an 70-57 win in 1992 ... first meeting took place in 1914 with Utah winning 41-25 in Laramie ... RICK MAJERUS is 9-4 vs. the Cowboys since he has been at Utah.

THE LAST SIX GAMES
1996-Wyoming 80, Utah 76 (A)
Utah 88, Wyoming 65 (H)
1995-Utah 89, Wyoming 80 (OT) (H)
Wyoming 63, Utah 56 (A)
1994-Wyoming 60, Utah 55 (A)
Utah 66, Wyoming 60 (H)

RADIO: Both the Colorado State and Wyoming games 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 for either game.

11 UTES MAKE HONOR ROLL: Not only are the Utes having an outstanding year on the basketball court, they are also having an excellent year in the classroom. 11 Ute players were named to the honor roll for their performance in the classroom fall quarter. Five of those players also made the Dean's List. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required to make the honor roll while a 3.5 GPA or better is required for Dean's List honors. Named to the Dean's List were GREG BARRATT, DREW HANSEN and walk-ons BRETT ALLEN, DOUG GOOCH and BRANDON SLUGA. Joining them on the honor roll were TRACE CATON, JON CARLISLE, MICHAEL DOLEAC, ALEX JENSEN, JORDIE MCTAVISH and ADAM SHARP.

UTES IN NCAA STATS: NCAA Basketball stats are released every Wednesday. In the latest national stats the Utes are ranked in the following categories: SCORING DEFENSE, 4th, SCORING MARGIN, 11th, WON-LOST PERCENTAGE, T-1st, FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE, 4th, FREE THROW PERCENTAGE, 11th, FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE, 18th.

SERIES RECORD VS. COLORADO STATE: The Utes lead in the series with the Rams 86-39 ... last year Utah won both games against CSU, beating them 84-63 in Salt Lake and then taking an 82-67 victory in Fort Collins ... Utes have won last seven games in a row ... last Ram victory was a 74-69 win in Fort Collins in 1994. The Rams also beat the Utes in Salt Lake that season by hitting a last-second shot to take a 71-70 victory ... first meeting between the Rams and Utes took place in 1925 with CSU winning 30-27 in Fort Collins ... RICK MAJERUS is 10-5 against CSU since he has been at Utah.

THE LAST FIVE GAMES
1997-Utah 82, CSU 67 (A)
Utah 84, CSU 63 (H)
1996-Utah 71, CSU 69 (WT)
Utah 78, CSU 73 (A)
Utah 86, CSU 82 (2OT) (H)

UTES IN THE HUNTSMAN CENTER: Utah basketball teams have compiled a 347-83 (.806) record in the JON M. HUNTSMAN CENTER since the building opened for the 1969-70 season. RICK MAJERUS has posted a 107-10 (.914) record in the building since he has been the Ute coach ... the Utes have won 14 games in a row in the JMHC MICHAEL DOLEAC is currently in 17th place on the Ute career scoring list with 1,181 points. He needs 32 points to pass GREG DEAN (1975-79, 1212 points) to move into the 16th 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 205-67 record during that time for a .754 winning percentage.

UTES BEAT COUGARS: Utah got off to a good start in Western Athletic Conference play with a 71-61 win over BYU in Provo Saturday night. The Utes led throughout the game although BYU cut the margin to three points at halftime. Utah got double-figure scoring from MICHAEL DOLEAC with 18 points, ANDRE MILLER with 11 points and HANNO MOTTOLA and TRACE CATON with 10 points each. Miller also had 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. The Utes did not shoot well from the field (40 percent) or the free throw line (69.2 percent) but did outrebound the Cougars 41-27 and hold them to 37.3 percent shooting from the field and 16.7 percent from three-point range.

BEST START IN 54 YEARS: The Utes 13-0 record to open the season is the best start for a Utah Basketball team in 54 years. The 1943-44 team got off to a 13-0 start as did the 1939-40 squad. The 1943-44 bunch lost to Ft. Warren, 61-59 in the 14th game of the season while the 1939-40 team fell to Colorado 42-38 in game number 14. The 1943-44 team finished the season 21-4 while winning the NCAA Championship. The 1939-40 squad finished 18-4. The school record for consecutive games won is 17 set by the 1990-91 team. That streak went from Dec. 4 1990 when they beat Utah State 84-76 to Jan. 3, 1991 when they won at UTEP 78-68 to push their season record to 20-1. The streak was broken two days later in a 68-62 loss at New Mexico.

BEST UTE STARTS:
GAMES WON        YEAR       FINAL RECORD
16               1912-13    21-3
13               1939-40    18-4
13               1943-44    21-4

UTES ON A ROLL: The Utes have been on a roll the last couple of years.

They are off to a 13-0 start in the current season but dating back to last year Utah has won 27 of it's last 28 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 is playing well for the Utes. The 6-11 senior is leading the Utes in scoring and rebounding for the season averaging 16.2 points (15th in WAC) and 7.9 rebounds (11th in WAC) per game. He is second in the WAC in free throw shooting hitting .870 (60-69) of his shots. He is also shooting .518 from the floor on the year and leads the team in blocks with 14. Doleac is in 17th place on the Ute career scoring chart with 1,181 career points. He needs 32 points to move into 16th 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 14.7 points per game. He also leads in assists averaging 4.5 per game (8th in WAC) and steals with 23 on the year. Andre has an excellent assist to turnover ratio of 4.5 assists to 2.5 turnovers per game. He is also shooting .555 percent from the floor this season, an improvement over the .486 he shot from the field last year. Against BYU he had 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. This is the second time this season he has had 6 steals. He also had 6 thefts against Oregon State.

VAN HORN'S #44 TO BE RETIRED: Ute All-American KEITH VAN HORN will receive the ultimate honor from the University of Utah when his number "44"jer1. North Caroina (17-0) 2. Duke (14-1) 3. Kansas (19-2) 4. UTAH (13-0) 5. Arizona (13-3) 6. Kentucky (14-2) 7. Stanford (14-0) 8. UCLA (12-2) 9. Purdue (14-3) 10. Connecticut (14-2) 11. Mississippi (12-1) 12. Princeton (13-1) 13. Iowa (13-2) 14. South Carolina (10-2) 15. New Mexico (11-2) 15. (tie) Syracuse (14-1) 17. Florida State (12-4) 18. Xavier (10-3) 19. Michigan (13-4) 20. Rhode Island (10-2) 21. West Virginia (14-2) 22. Arkansas (13-2) 23. Marquette (10-2) 24. Hawaii (11-2) 25. Oklahoma State (12-1)

USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25 (week of 1-12)

1. North Carolina   (17-0)
2. Duke             (14-1)
3. Kansas           (19-2)
4. UTAH             (13-0)
5. Arizona          (13-3)
6. Kentucky         (14-2)
7. Stanford         (14-0)
8. Purdue           (14-3)
9. UCLA             (12-2)
10. Connecticut     (14-2)
11. Mississippi     (12-1)
12. Princeton       (13-1)
13. New Mexico      (11-2)
14. Iowa            (13-2)
15. Syracuse        (14-1)
16. Florida State   (12-4)
17. South Carolina  (10-2)
18. Michigan        (13-4)
19. Xavier          (10-3)
20. West Virginia   (14-2)
21. Marquette       (10-1)
22. Arkansas        (13-2)
23. Rhode Island    (10-2)
24. (tie) Clemson   (10-5)
24. (tie) Hawaii    (11-2)

RICK'S REMARKS: ON THE UTES: "We are defending fairly well and rebounding. We are not shooting the ball well on the foul line and we have to play a lot smarter. I'm very disappointed in how heady a game we played against BYU." ON COLORADO STATE: "They return all five starters and I thought they were very formidable last year. When you play Colorado State you can expect terrific offensive execution, they do a nice job defensively and I think Stew Morrill has a very well coached team all the time. I like their firepower and they have quickness and size. They have good outside shooting and (Bryan) Christiansen is coming back. The best scenario is that he plays well and they lose because I have a lot of respect and admiration for him. I know it will be a very difficult game." ON WYOMING: "They have a young coach, Larry Shyatt, whom I'm very familiar with. I like their aggressive defense and his attention to detail. I think they are especially well coached. Jeron Roberts is a fantastic talent. I know they will play terrific defense and I think Roberts gives them a premier all-league player."

UTE NOTES: TRACE CATON did an excellent job for the Utes in the BYU game. The 6-4 freshman from Alamosa, Colorado stepped up and made some big plays when the game was on the line. He went 4-4 from the free throw line in the last 36 seconds of the game and also played some outstanding defense. For the game he had 10 points and 3 rebounds. 10 points is his second time in double figure scoring this year. His career-high is 12 points against Weber State ... this will be the first week since the second week of December (when they played Utah State and Azusa Pacific) the Utes will play more than one game in a week ... the University of Utah is the only Division I school in the country whose men's and women's basketball teams are unbeaten. The Ute men are 13-0 while the Ute women post a perfect 12-0 mark.

UTE PLAYER UPDATES

#51 MICHAEL DOLEAC, C (6-11, 265, SR. PORTLAND, ORE.)-Top 30 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 (16.2) and rebounding (7.9) #... 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 ... 20 points, 8 boards, 3 blocks, 3 #steals against Rice ... 18 points vs. BYU in Provo ... is in 17th #place on the Ute career scoring chart with 1,181 points ... second in #WAC in free throw shooting at .870 (60-69) ... named to honor roll #fall quarter.

#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 13-26 (.500) 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 ... 4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 rebounds against #Wisconsin-Milwaukee ... 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists against Rice #... 7 points, 4 assists vs. BYU in Provo ... named to honor roll and #Dean's List fall quarter with perfect 4.0 GPA.

#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 #14.7 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 4.5 assists to 2.5 turnovers per game ... 18 #points and career-high 11 rebounds vs. Oregon State ... went 12-12 #from free throw line (fourth best in school history) and had 6 steals #in that game ... named WAC Player of the Week for his game against #Oregon State ... 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals vs. #Wisconsin-Milwaukee ... 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists vs. Rice ... #11 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals vs. BYU in Provo.

#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 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 ... 9 points, 5 boards against BYU in Provo ... second on team #in rebounding at 6.5 boards per game ... named to honor roll fall #quarter.

#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 14.7 #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 .539 from field ... #17 points, 9 rebounds against Providence ... third double-double of #the season against Wake Forest with 16 points and 10 rebounds ... 14 #points, 7 rebounds vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee ... 15 points vs. Rice.

#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 ... 5 #points vs. Rice on 2-2 shooting from the field ... averaging 3.8 #points per game ... named to honor roll fall quarter.

#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 ... passed for 4 assists vs. Rice ... 5 #points, 4 rebounds vs. BYU in Provo ... shooting .522 (12-23) from #three-point range ... averaging 4.3 points per game.

#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 ... shooting .714 (10-14) from field.

#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 ... named to honor roll and Dean's List #fall quarter.

#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 .538 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 ... 6 points vs. #Wisconsin-Milwaukee ... 10 points, 3 rebounds vs. BYU in Provo. Also #went 4-4 in that game in last 35 seconds and played great defense ... # averaging 4.9 points per game ... named to honor roll fall quarter.

#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 #... has played in four games since his return.

Coach Majerus
Stais Boseman scored a team-high 23 points in the win over Stanford.

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 (193-55) (.778), has led the Utes to unprecedented success.

In the 89-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        13-0
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          193-55 (.778), 9th year 
Career Total        292-107 (.731)

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

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