Jan. 20, 1998
QUICKLY: The 4th ranked Utes (15-0, 3-0) continue Western Athletic Conference play on the road with a Thursday game at Air Force (7:35 p.m.) and a Saturday game at UNLV (11:00 a.m.) ... The Air Force game will be televised on KJZZ-TV while CBS will televise the UNLV game ... Both games will be broadcast live on KALL radio and the Utah Sports Network .... the Utes are ranked 4th this week in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and 4th in the Associated Press poll.
UTES WHIP COWBOYS: The Utes continued their unbeaten string with a 75-58 victory over Wyoming Saturday night in the Huntsman Center. The Utes jumped on the Cowboys early taking a 21-4 lead mid-way through the first half. Utah hurt Wyoming with a balanced scoring attack with three players in double figures. HANNO MOTTOLA led the way with 14 points and 6 rebounds while ALEX JENSEN added 13 points and MICHAEL DOLEAC picked up 10 points and 7 boards. ANDRE MILLER, DREW HANSEN and DAVID JACKSON all added 8 points each. The Utes shot .480 percent from the floor and held the Cowboys to .395 percent shooting from the field and just .167 percent from three-point range. Utah also outrebounded the Pokes 39-23. A crowd of 15,410, the 13th largest crowd ever in the Huntsman Center, was on hand to witness the victory.
MICHAEL DOLEAC is currently in 17th place on the Ute career scoring list with 1, 204 points. He needs 9 points to pass GREG DEAN (1975-79, 1212 points) to move into the 16th spot on the list.
UTAH (15-0, WAC:3-0) VS. AIR FORCE (7-6, WAC: 0-3) Thursday, Jan. 22-7:35 p.m. Clune Arena (6,002) Colorado Springs, Colorado VS. UNLV (8-7, WAC: 1-2) Saturday, Jan. 24-11:05 a.m. (pst) Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) Las Vegas, NevadaPROBABLE UTE STARTERS
F-50 Alex Jensen (6-7, 225, So.) 7.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg F-13 Hanno Mottola (6-10, 230, So.) 13.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg C-51 Michael Doleac (6-11, 265, Sr.) 15.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg G-34 Drew Hansen (6-5, 195, Sr.) 5.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg G-24 Andre Miller (6-2, 200, Jr.) 14.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.8 apgOFF THE BENCH
G-3 David Jackson (6-3, 205, So.) 4.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg G-11 Jordie McTavish (6-0, 169, So.) 3.5 ppg, 1.1 apg G-21 Trace Caton (6-4, 215, Fr.) 4.7 ppg, 1.1 apg F-31 Britton Johnsen (6-9, 200, Fr.) 1.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg F-40 Jon Carlisle (6-9, 223, Fr.) 2.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg F-45 Greg Barratt (6-8, 223, Fr.) 2.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg C-52 Nate Althoff (6-11, 245, Fr.) 2.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg
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 207-67 record during that time for a .755 winning percentage.
|Junior guard Andre Miller|
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 1,361 games and have lost just 728. That works out to a .651 winning percentage. Utah first started playing basketball in 1908.Utah's Rankings in This Week's WAC Team Stats:
SCORING: 7TH (73.7) SCORING DEFENSE: 1ST (56.3) F. G. PERCENTAGE: 4TH (.484) DEF. F. G. PERCENTAGE 1ST (.369) 3PT. F. G. PER. DEFENSE:2ND (.292) 3PT. F. G. PERCENTAGE 4TH (.392) FREE THROW PER. 2ND (.734) STEALS 12TH (6.1) TURNOVER MARGIN: 15TH (1.9) REBOUND MARGIN: 1ST (15.3) SCORING MARGIN: 2ND (17.4) 3PT F.G. PER GAME: 9TH (5. 8) OPP. REBOUNDS 1ST (25.3) REBOUNDS 4TH (40.5)
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: REBOUNDING MARGIN 1ST, SCORING DEFENSE, 5th, SCORING MARGIN, 10th, WON-LOST PERCENTAGE, T-1st, FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE, 4th, FREE THROW PERCENTAGE, 15th.
SERIES RECORD VS. AIR FORCE: Utah leads 29-6 in the series with Air Force ... Utah has won last six games in a row and 11 of the last 12 with the Falcons ... last win was a 74-50 victory in Colorado Springs during the 1996 season ... last Falcon win was an 91-89 overtime victory in 1994 in Colorado Springs ... RICK MAJERUS is 11-1 vs. the Falcons since he has been at Utah.THE LAST SIX GAMES
1996-Utah 74, AFA 50 (A) Utah 69, AFA 45 (H) 1995-Utah 86, AFA 63 (H) Utah 78, AFA 66 (A) 1994-AFA 91, Utah 89 (OT) (A) Utah 66, AFA 57 (H)PROBABLE FALCON STARTERS:
F-34 John Schuck (6-7, 200, Fr.) 5.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg F-15 Louis Stewart (6-6, 212, Jr.) 8.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg C-42 Mike Freeman (6-9, 220, Sr.) 13.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg G-14 Jarmica Reese (6-3, 195, Sr.) 23.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg G-4 Miguel Garcia (6-6, 212, So.) 4.5 ppg, 3.2 apg
A LOOK AT THE FALCONS: Air Force is 7-6 on the season and 0-3 in WAC play ... all three conference games have been on the road. They lost 69-58 at UTEP, 88-77 at UNLV and 92-59 at New Mexico ... REGGIE MINTON is in his 14th year as coach at Air Force and has posted a 129-150 career record.
SERIES RECORD VS. UNLV: UNLV leads in the series with the Utes 8-4 ... last meeting was in 1991 in the NCAA "Sweet 16" in Seattle with UNLV taking an 83-66 win ... last regular season meeting was in 1983 in Las Vegas with the Rebels winning 71-68 ... last Ute win was a 95-83 victory in 1981 in Salt Lake ... RICK MAJERUS is 0-1 vs. UNLV since he has been at Utah.
#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 3.5 #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 ... went 2-2 from three-point #range against Colorado State ... shooting .552 (16-29) from #three-point range ... averaging 4.7 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 ... 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block vs. #Wyoming ... shooting .688 (11-16) 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 .552 (16-29) 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 4.7 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 #... 3 points, 3 rebounds vs. Wyoming ... has played in 6 games since #his return.MOUNTAIN DIVISION
TEAM WAC ALL GAMES W L W L UTAH 3 0 15 0 UNM 3 1 13 3 CSU 2 2 13 3 WYO 2 2 12 4 UTEP 2 2 11 4 UNLV 1 2 8 7 BYU 1 2 6 11 AFA 0 3 7 6PACIFIC DIVISION
TEAM WAC ALL GAMES W L W L TCU 4 0 15 4 FSU 3 1 9 7 Rice 2 1 5 11 Hawai'i 1 2 12 3 SMU 2 2 12 3 Tulsa 2 2 10 8 SDSU 1 3 7 8 SJSU 0 4 2 13THE LAST FIVE GAMES
1991-UNLV 83, Utah 66 (NCAA) 1983-UNLV 71, Utah 68 (A) 1982-UNLV 76, Utah 67 (H) 1981-Utah 95, UNLV 83 (H) Utah 76, UNLV 75 (A)PROBABLE REBEL STARTERS:
F-33 Tyrone Nesby (6-6, 225, Sr.) 17.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg F-34 Kaspars Kambala (6-9, 250, Fr.) 15.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg C-15 Keon Clark (6-11, 220, Sr.) 18.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg G- 0 Corky Ausborne (6-2, 190, Sr.) 8.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg G-24 Greedy Daniels (6-0, 175, Fr. ) 7.5 ppg, 3.7 apg
A LOOK AT THE REBELS: This will be the first meeting between the Utes and the Rebels since the 1991 NCAA Tournament in Seattle. The two schools have never hooked up since UNLV has been in the WAC ... UNLV is 8-7 on the season with a Thursday game against BYU in Las Vegas ... the Rebels are 1-2 in WAC play with a win over Air Force (88-77) and losses at New Mexico (79-61) and at UTEP (62-50) ... UNLV is coached by BILL BAYNO who is in his third season at the helm. He has a record of 40-33 at UNLV and in his career.
UTES IN THE HUNTSMAN CENTER: Utah basketball teams have compiled a 349-83 (.809) record in the JON M. HUNTSMAN CENTER since the building opened for the 1969-70 season. RICK MAJERUS has posted a 109-10 (.916) record in the building since he has been the Ute coach ... the Utes have won 16 games in a row in the JMHC dating back to last season's Dec. 31 loss to Wake Forest.RICK'S REMARKS:
ON THE UTES: "Our team is playing good defense and we are rebounding and getting younger players minutes and they are starting to come into their own. I think some of the new freshmen are starting to understand what winning entails. I really like the spirit of the guys and I think we are sharing the ball. Andre Miller is playing heads up ball and (Michael) Doleac played through a severe case of the flu. Hanno is a little bit mercurial. He has to become more consistent. We have 10 guys who play every game and all 10 guys are contributing and have been a positive factor on both ends of the floor."...
ON AIR FORCE: "Air Force is always difficult to play. They run a lot of alignments and have many schemes. They are exactly the kind of guys you want flying those planes. They are tough, determined, gutty kids. They represent the best and the brightest in American education and they play that way on the court. They are the Princeton of the WAC. They are very well coached and disciplined in every aspect of play."...
ON UNLV: "UNLV is a tremendously talented team. I think they have a number of players destined for the NBA. All eyes in the NBA are on (Tyrone) Nesby and Keon Clark is projected to be a lotto pick. They are very athletic and have bulk and a wonderful combination of strength inside and tremendous perimeter quickness. They have an extremely deep bench and players who are older and very experienced and I like the enthusiasm and tenacity with which they play."
UTE NOTES: 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 15-0 while the Ute women post a perfect 14-0 mark ... the Utes have nine players who are averaging double figure minutes played per game ...UTE PLAYER UPDATES
#51 MICHAEL DOLEAC, C (6-11, 265, SR. PORTLAND, ORE.)-
#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 17-33 (.515) 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 ... 6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 #assists 1 steal against CSU ... 8 points vs. Wyoming ... 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 ... second on #team in scoring averaging 14.4 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 4.8 assists (seventh in #WAC) to 2.1 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 ... 17 points, 7 boards, 6 assists, 5 #steals against CSU ... 8 points, 8 assists, rebounds against Wyoming #... had no turnovers in CSU and Wyoming games.
#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 6.3 boards per game ... 9 points, 8 rebounds vs. Colorado State ... 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 13.4 #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 .531 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.RICK MAJERUS
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 (195-55) (.780), 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 15-0 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 ______________________________________________________________________ Utah Total 195-55 (.780), 9th year Career Total 294-107 (.733), 14th year-
14th among active NCAA coaches in winning percentage going into the season.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.
RADIO: Both the Air Force and UNLV 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). Pre-game show starts 90 minutes before tipoff.
TV: The Air Force game will be televised live on KJZZ-TV. STEVE BROWN will call the play-by-play with FRANK LAYDEN doing color commentary. The UNLV be game will be televised live by CBS. JIM NANTZ will call the action with BILLY PACKER handling color commentary. steals with 34 on the year. He is averaging 2.3 steals per game. Andre has an excellent assist to turnover ratio of 4.8 assists to 2.1 turnovers per game. He is also shooting .560 percent from the floor this season, an improvement over the .486 he shot from the field last year.
CATON COMING HOME: Ute freshman TRACE CATON will get a chance to play in front of the home folks when the Utes visit Air Force in Colorado Springs Thursday night. The 6-4, Caton is from Alamosa, Colorado. Caton has played in every game this season averaging 16 minutes per game playing time. He is averaging 4.7 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game this season. He has a high game this season of 12 points vs. Weber State. He also scored 10 points in the Ute win at BYU. NOTE: TRACE CATON WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS BEFORE OR AFTER THE UTES PRACTICE ON WEDNESDAY FROM 6:30-8:30 p.m. AT CLUNE ARENA. CONTACT BRUCE WOODBURY (801-581-3510) OR AT THE COLORADO SPRING MARRIOTT (719-260-1800, WEDNESDAY ON) TO SET UP INTERVIEWS WITH TRACE.
UTES ONE OF TWO UNBEATEN TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY: The Utes are one of just two unbeaten men's Division I basketball teams left in the country. The Utes are 15-0 on the season. The other unbeaten team is Stanford who has a perfect 16-0 mark going into this week.
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"jersey will be retired Jan. 29 when the Utes play UTEP in the Huntsman Center. Van Horn, who was a consensus All-America selection last year and is the all-time leading scorer in Utah and Western Athletic Conference history, is now playing for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA. His number is the fifth retired in school history. He will be at the game to receive the honor. RUNNIN' UTE RETIRED BASKETBALL NUMBERS #12 Billy McGill (1959-62) #22 Arnie Ferrin (1944-48) #23 Danny Vranes (1978-81) #33 Vern Gardner (1978-81)AP TOP 25 POLL (week of 1-19)
1. Duke (16-1) 2. North Carolina (18-1) 3. Kansas (21-2) 4. UTAH (15-0) 5. Stanford (16-0) 6. Arizona (15-3) 7. Kentucky (16-2) 8. Connecticut (16-2) 9. UCLA (13-3) 10. Iowa (15-2) 11. Princeton (13-1) 12. Purdue (19-4) 13. Mississippi (12-2) 14. South Carolina (11-3) 15. Syracuse (15-2) 15. Michigan (14-4) 17. New Mexico (13-3) 18. Arkansas (14-3) 19. Xavier (11-4) 20. Florida State (13-5) 21. Cincinnati (13-2) 22. Rhode Island (12-3) 23. West Virginia (15-3) 24. Hawaii (12-3) 25. Clemson (11-6)USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25 (week of 1-19)
1. Duke (16-1) 2. North Carolina (18-1) 3. Kansas (21-2) 4. UTAH (15-0) 5. Arizona (15-3) 6. Stanford (16-0) 7. Kentucky (16-2) 8. Connecticut (16-2) 9. Purdue (15-4) 10. UCLA (13-3) 11. Princeton (13-1) 12. Iowa (15-2) 13. New Mexico (13-3) 14. Mississippi (12-2) 15. Syracuse (15-2) 16. Michigan (14-4) 17. South Carolina (11-3) 18. Xavier (11-4) 19. Arkansas (14-3) 20. Florida State (13-5) 21. West Virginia (15-3) 22. Rhode Island (12-3) 23. Clemson (11-6) 24. Hawaii (12-2) 25. Cincinnati (13-2)
MAJERUS' MARK: Ute coach RICK MAJERUS went into the season as the 14th winningest active coach in the country ... has posted a 195-55 (.780) record in his ninth season at Utah ... is in his 14th year as a major college head coach and has a career record of 294-107 (.733) ... is the winningest Utah basketball coach in modern times. (For a complete Majerus bio see later in the release).
BEST START IN 85 YEARS: The Utes 15-0 record to open the season is the best start for a Utah Basketball team in 85 years and the second best start in history. The 1912-13 team won it's first 16 games of the season before losing to the Triple B club 42-30. That team, which was coached by FRED BENNION, ended the season with a 21-3 overall record. The school record for consecutive games won at any point in the season 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 15 1997-98
UTES ON A ROLL: The Utes have been on a roll the last couple of years. They are off to a 15-0 start in the current season but dating back to last year Utah has won 29 of it's last 30 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 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is the top Ute free throw shooter hitting .860 from the free throw line. He leads the team in blocks with 15. Doleac is in 17th place on the Ute career scoring chart with 1,204 career points. He needs 9 points to move into 16th place on the list.
MILLER TIME: ANDRE MILLER continues to play well from the point guard position. In the two wins over Colorado State and Wyoming Miller went 9-15 from the field, 3-4 from three-point range and 4-6 from the free throw line. He also grabbed 12 rebounds, passed for 14 assists, had 5 steals and scored 25 points. He also committed no turnovers in the two games. Miller is second on the team in scoring averaging 14.4 points per game. He also leads in assists averaging 4.8 per game and1997-98 Schedule
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-Utah 66, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 51 (A) JANUARY JAN. 3-UTAH 73, RICE 65 (H) Jan. 10-Utah 71, Brigham Young, 61 (A) JAN.15-UTAH 65, COLORADO ST, 51 (H) JAN. 17-UTAH 75, WYOMING, 58 (H) Jan. 22-at Air Force, 7:35 p.m. Jan. 24-at UNLV, 11:00 a.m. (pst) 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. 1997-98 SCHEDULE/RESULTS