Go Utes!
Go Utes!

Feb. 3, 1998

Utah Hosts BYU

Utes then Travel to Rice

Michael Doleac.

VS. BRIGHAM YOUNG (6-15, WAC: 1-6)
Thursday, Feb. 5-7:35 p.m.
Huntsman Center (15,000)
Salt Lake City
VS. RICE (5-15, WAC: 2-5)
Saturday, Feb. 7-5:00 p.m. (CST)
Autry Court (5,000)
Houston, Texas

F-50 Alex Jensen (6-7, 225, So.) 7.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg
F-13 Hanno Mottola (6-10, 230, So.) 13.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg
C-51 Michael Doleac (6-11, 265, Sr.) 15.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg
G-34 Drew Hansen (6-5, 195, Sr.) 5.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G-24 Andre Miller (6-2, 200, Jr.) 14.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.8 apg
G-3 David Jackson (6-3, 205, So.) 3.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg
G-11 Jordie McTavish (6-0, 169, So.) 2.9 ppg, 1.1 apg
G-21 Trace Caton (6-4, 215, Fr.) 5.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
F-31 Britton Johnsen (6-9, 200, Fr.) 1.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg
F-40 Jon Carlisle (6-9, 223, Fr.) 2.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg
F-45 Greg Barratt (6-8, 223, Fr.) 2.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg
C-52 Nate Althoff (6-11, 245, Fr.) 2.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg

QUICKLY: The 5th ranked Utes (18-1, WAC: 6-1) continue Western Athletic Conference play by hosting BYU on Thursday (Feb. 5) and then traveling to Rice for a Saturday, Feb. 7 game ... both games will be broadcast live on KJZZ-TV ... both games will also be broadcast live on KALL radio and the Utah Sports Network ... the game with Rice is Utah's crossover game and does not count in the conference standings ... the Utes are ranked 5th this week in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and 5th in the Associated Press poll.

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. Eight of the 13 scholarship players made the coveted list. During RICK MAJERUS' tenure as head coach at Utah 68 players have made the honor roll. As a team the Utes posted a combined GPA of 3.04 for fall quarter.

SERIES RECORD VS. BYU: BYU leads 114-107 in the series with the Utes ... Utah has won the last six games in a row including a 71-61 victory in the first meeting this year in Provo ... BYU's last win was a 64-57 victory in Provo during the 1995 season ... the Cougars last win in the Huntsman Center was a 64-62 victory during the 1994 season ... first meeting between the two teams took place in 1909 with BYU winning 32-9. Utah first win was a 49-31 victory in Provo during the 1913 season ... RICK MAJERUS is 10-8 against BYU since he has been at Utah.

FIRST MEETING: The Utes won the first meeting this year 71-61 in Provo ... top Ute scorers were MICHAEL DOLEAC with 18 points, ANDRE MILLER with 11 points and HANNO MOTTOLA and TRACE CATON with 10 points each ... Miller also had 7 assists and 6 steals ... top Cougar scorers were RON SELLEAZE with 26 points and JUSTIN WEIDAUER with 14 points ... Utah shot 40.8 percent from the floor in the game while BYU shot 37.3 percent ... Utah outrebounded BYU 41-27.

F-15 Mekeli Wesley (6-9, 243, Fr.) 11.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg
F-44 Ron Selleaze (6-6, 210, Jr.) 15.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg
C-55 Bret Jepsen (6-11, 245, So.) 3.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg
G-14 Danny Bower (6-4, 180, Jr.) 12.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg
G-12 Brian Dignan (6-3, 185, Jr.) 4.2 ppg, 21. rpg

SERIES RECORD VS. RICE: Utah leads 4-0 in the series with the Owls ... Utes won first meeting this year in Salt Lake 73-65 ... last season the Utes won in Houston 75-66 ... first meeting took place during the 1964 season in Salt Lake with Utah taking a 79-72 victory ... both games this season do not count as WAC games because they are the crossover games ... RICK MAJERUS is 3-0 against the Owls.

FIRST MEETING: In the first meeting this year on Jan. 3 in the Huntsman Center Utah won 73-65 ... top Ute scorers were MICHAEL DOLEAC with 20 points, ANDRE MILLER with 17 points and HANNO MOTTOLA with 15 points ... Doleac led the Utes with 8 rebounds while Miller had 7 boards and 4 assists ... BOBBY CRAWFORD led Rice with 25 points while T.J. ARMSTRONG added 16 points ... Utah shot .634 from the field while Rice shot .455 ... Utah outrebounded the Owls 30-21.

MICHAEL DOLEAC is currently in 15th place on the Ute career scoring list with 1, 264 points. He needs 28 points to pass KEN GARDNER (1968-71, 1291 points) to move into the 14th 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 210-68 record during that time for a .755 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 1,364 games and have lost just 729. That works out to a .652 winning percentage. Utah first started playing basketball in 1908.

(71.9) SCORING DEFENSE: 1ST (56.7)
F. G. PERCENTAGE: 2ND (.490)
3PT. F. G. PER. DEFENSE: 2ND (.304)
3PT. F. G. PERCENTAGE 3RD (.397)
STEALS 13TH (5.9)
3PT F.G. PER GAME: 11TH (5. 5)

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 (14.2), WON-LOST PERCENTAGE, 1ST (1.000), FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE, 3RD (.376), SCORING DEFENSE, 4TH (55.6), SCORING MARGIN, 11TH (16.2), FREE THROW PERCENTAGE, 13TH (.740).

Utes in the Polls
AP Poll
1. Duke (20-1)
2. North Carolina (22-1)
3. Kansas (24-3)
4. Arizona (19-3)
5. UTAH (18-1)
6. UCLA (17-3)
7. Connecticut (19-3)
8. Kentucky (19-3)
9. Stanford (18-2)
10. Purdue (19-4)
11. Princeton (16-1)
12. New Mexico (16-3)
13. South Carolina (16-3)
14. Arkansas (18-3)
15. West Virginia (18-3)
16. Michigan State (15-4)
17. Mississippi (14-4)
18. Michigan (16-6)
19. Syracuse (17-4)
20. Cinncinnati (16-4)
21. Xavier (14-5)
22. George Washington (18-3)
23. Massachusetts (16-5)
24. Iowa (15-6)
25. Maryland (13-7)

USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25 (week of 2-2)
1. Duke (20-1)
2. North Carolina (22-1)
3. Kansas (24-3)
4. Arizona (19-3)
5. UTAH (18-1)
6. UCLA (17-3)
7. Connecticut (19-3)
8. Purdue (19-4)
9. Kentucky (19-3)
10. Stanford (18-2)
11. Princeton (16-1)
12. New Mexico (16-3)
13. South Carolina (16-3)
14. Arkansas (18-3)
15. West Virginia (18-3)
16. Mississippi (14-4)
17. Syracuse (17-4)
18. Michigan (16-6)
19. Michigan State (15-4)
20. Cincinnati (16-4)
21. Iowa (15-6)
22. Xavier (14-5)
23. Rhode Island (14-5)
24.  Massachusetts (16-5)
25.  George Washington (18-3)

UTES IN TOP 25: Utah continues to be ranked in the top 25 this week as they have all season. They are ranked fifth this week. Third has been their highest ranking of the season. Their highest ranking of all time is second where, they finished in last seasons final Associated Press poll.

UTES SUFFER FIRST LOSS: The Utes suffered their first loss of the season Sunday at New Mexico when the Lobos came from behind to take a 77-74 victory on a three-point shot with 4.7 seconds left in the game. ANDRE MILLER led the Ute attack with a career-high 24 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. HANNO MOTTOLA netted 14 points while MICHAEL DOLEAC picked up 12 points. Freshman TRACE CATON played well hitting for 9 points off the bench. The Utes shot 61.7 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three-point range but only 60 percent from the free throw line. They outrebounded New Mexico 27-24. Utah held the Lobos to 46 percent shooting from the floor but the Lobos hit 84 percent from the charity stripe.

MAJERUS' MARK: Ute coach RICK MAJERUS went into the season as the 14th winningest active coach in the country ... has posted a 198-56 (.779) record in his ninth season at Utah ... is in his 14th year as a major college head coach and has a career record of 297-108 (.733) ... is the winningest Utah basketball coach in modern times. With three more wins Majerus will become only the third coach in Ute history to win 300 games in his career. VADAL PETERSON (384-224) and JACK GARDNER (339-154) are the other two. (For a complete Majerus bio see later in the release).

UTES 18-1 MARK BEST SINCE `90-'91: Utah's 18-1 mark is the best record at this point in the season since the 1990-91 squad posted a 20-1 record. That team won the first three games of the season, then lost 81-65 at Michigan before going on to win 17 games in a row. That team finished the year at 30-4 and won the conference championship with a 15-1 mark. Their one conference loss was to New Mexico (68-62) in "The Pit."

UTES ON A ROLL: The Utes have been on a roll the last couple of years. They are off to an 18-1 start in the current season but dating back to last year Utah has won 32 of it's last 34 games. The two setbacks were the Feb. 1 loss at New Mexico (77-74) and the 72-59 loss to Kentucky in last years NCAA Regional Finals in San Jose.

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 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He is also shooting .841 from the free throw line (second in the WAC). He leads the team in blocks with 21. Doleac is in 15th place on the Ute career scoring chart with 1,264 career points. He needs 28 points to pass KEN GARDNER (1968-71, 1291 points) to move into 14th place on the list. Doleac is also in 8th place on the career rebound chart with 774 rebounds. He needs 103 boards to pass TOM CHAMBERS (1978-81, 876 rebounds) to move into 7th place on the list.

MILLER TIME: ANDRE MILLER continues to play well from the point guard position. He is second on the team in scoring averaging 14.5 points per game. He also leads the team in assists averaging 4.8 per game and steals with 43 on the year. He is averaging 2.3 steals per game (fourth in the WAC). His assist to turnover ratio for the season is 4.8 assists to 2.1 turnovers per game. In WAC games he has a 5.7 assist to 1.6 turnover ratio per game. He is also leading the WAC in field goal percentage shooting .573 percent from the floor for the season. He is shooting .607 in WAC play. Andre is in 4th place on the Ute career assist list with 449 assists. He needs 88 more to pass PACE MANNION (1980-83, 535 assists) and move into 3rd place on the list. He is fourth in the conference in assists this week. Against New Mexico Andre was excellent, scoring a career-high 24 points on 10-12 shooting from the field. He also had 7 assists, 5 rebounds, a block and a steal.

TALL TIMBER: The Utes are one of the tallest college basketball teams in the country this season. As a team Utah averages a little over 6-5 per man. The Ute front line is even taller averaging 6-7 3/4 per front line player.

YOUNG GUNS: The Utes field a very young team this season. Seniors MICHAEL DOLEAC and DREW HANSEN and junior ANDRE MILLER are the only upperclassmen on the squad. Four players (DAVID JACKSON, ALEX JENSEN, JORDIE MCTAVISH and HANNO MOTTOLA) are sophomores while five players (NATE ALTHOFF, GREG BARRATT, JON CARLISLE, TRACE CATON and BRITTON JOHNSEN) are freshmen.

DEFENSIVE DARLINGS: The Utes continue to play outstanding defense. No team has shot 50 percent from the field on the Utes this season, The highest a team has shot against Utah this year is .490 by Oregon State. The Utes have held teams to under 30 percent shooting twice, under 40 percent shooting eight times and under 50 percent shooting nine times. They lead the WAC in scoring defense and are ranked fourth in the country giving up and average of 56.7 points per game. Only two teams (Weber State and New Mexico) have scored more than 70 points on the Utes this season.

#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 2.9 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 .516 (16-31) from three-point range and .800 percent (12-15) from free throw line ... averaging 3.8 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 .706 (12-17) 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 .548 (17-31) 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 ... 3 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block vs. UTEP.

#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 ... also had 9 points vs. New Mexico on 3-4 shooting ... 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 ... 4 points vs. Air Force ... 7 points vs. UNLV on 4-4 shooting from field ... 5 points vs. UTEP ... shooting .842 (16-19) from free throw line ... averaging 5.0 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 7 games since his return.

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 (198-56) (.779), 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.

1997-98   Utah         18-1
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:   198-56  (.779),
9th year Career Total:  297-108 (.733),
14th year-14th among active NCAA coaches
in winning  percentage going into the season.

RADIO: Both the BYU and Rice 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.

Utes on the Radio
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.

TV: Both the BYU and Rice games will be televised live by KJZZ-TV. STEVE BROWN will call the play-by-play with Utah Jazz President and former Jazz coach FRANK LAYDEN handling color commentary. Tipoff for the Rice game is 4 p.m. in Salt Lake.

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