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1997–98 Utah Utes men's basketball team

The 1997–98 Utah Utes men's basketball team represented the University of Utah as a member of the Western Athletic Conference during the 1997–98 men's basketball season. Led by head coach Rick Majerus, the Utes made a run through the NCAA Tournament all the way to the National Championship Game and finished with an overall record of 30–4 (12–2 WAC).

1997–98 Utah Utes men's basketball
WAC Season Champions
NCAA Tournament, National Final
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 7
1997–98 record30–4 (12–2 WAC)
Head coachRick Majerus (9th season)
CaptainMichael Doleac
Drew Hansen
Home arenaJon M. Huntsman Center
Seasons
1997–98 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Mountain
#7 Utah 12 2   .857     30 4   .882
#18 New Mexico 11 3   .786     24 8   .750
Wyoming 9 5   .643     19 9   .679
Colorado State 8 6   .571     20 9   .690
UNLV 7 7   .500     20 13   .606
BYU 4 10   .286     9 21   .300
UTEP 3 11   .214     12 14   .462
Air Force 2 12   .143     10 16   .385
Pacific
#15 TCU 14 0   1.000     27 6   .818
Fresno State 10 4   .714     21 13   .618
Tulsa 9 5   .643     19 12   .613
Hawaii 8 6   .571     21 9   .700
SMU 6 8   .429     18 10   .643
San Diego State 5 9   .357     13 15   .464
Rice 3 11   .214     6 22   .214
San Jose State 1 13   .071     3 23   .115
1998 WAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

RosterEdit

1997–98 Utah Utes men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F/C 13 Hanno Möttölä 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) So Helsinki, Finland
PG 24 Andre Miller 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Los Angeles, California
F 31 Britton Johnsen 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Murray, Utah
G 34 Drew Hansen
Sr
F 50 Alex Jensen 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Bountiful, Utah
C 51 Michael Doleac 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Sr Portland, Oregon
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Non-Conference Regular Season
November 15*
No. 16 Cal-State Fullerton W 87–59  1-0
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
November 19*
No. 16 at Weber State W 87–72  2-0
 
Ogden, UT
November 22*
No. 16 Southern Utah W 66–48  3-0
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
November 25*
No. 16 at Loyola Marymount W 89–50  4-0
 
Los Angeles, CA
November 29*
No. 16 California-Irvine W 83–45  5-0
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
December 2*
No. 11 vs. Providence
Great Eight Tournament
W 64–58  6-0
 
Chicago, IL
December 6*
No. 11 at Wake Forest W 62–53  7-0
LJVM Coliseum 
Winston-Salem, NC
December 10*
No. 9 Utah State W 71–55  8-0
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
December 12*
No. 9 Azusa Pacific W 78–58  9-0
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
December 20*
No. 7 at Oregon State W 69–61  10-0
 
Portland, OR
December 27*
No. 6 at Wisconsin-Milwaukee W 65–51  11-0
 
Milwaukee, WI
January 3
No. 4 Rice W 73–65  12-0
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
January 10
No. 3 at BYU W 71–61  13-0
 
Provo, UT
WAC Regular Season
January 15
No. 4 Colorado State W 65–51  14-0 (1-0)
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
January 17
No. 4 Wyoming W 75–58  15-0 (2-0)
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
January 22
No. 4 at Air Force W 57–46  16-0 (3-0)
 
Colorado Springs, CO
January 24
No. 4 at UNLV W 67–54  17-0 (4-0)
 
Las Vegas, NV
January 29
No. 3 UTEP W 62–56  18-0 (5-0)
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
February 1
No. 3 at New Mexico L 74–77  18-1 (5-1)
 
Albuquerque, NM
February 5
No. 5 BYU W 83–68  19-1 (6-1)
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
February 7
No. 5 at Rice W 60–49  20-1 (7-1)
 
Houston, TX
February 12
No. 5 at Wyoming L 56–62  20-2 (7-2)
 
Laramie, WY
February 14
No. 5 at Colorado State W 60–48  21-2 (8-2)
 
Fort Collins, CO
February 21
No. 6 Air Force W 55–41  22-2 (9-2)
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
February 23
No. 6 UNLV W 79–68  23-2 (10-2)
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
February 26
No. 5 at UTEP W 87–70  24-2 (11-2)
 
El Paso, TX
February 28
No. 5 New Mexico W 65–55  25-2 (12-2)
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
WAC Tournament
March 5*
No. 5 vs. UNLV
WAC Tournament Quarterfinal
L 51–54  25-3
 
Las Vegas, NV
NCAA Tournament
March 12*
(3) No. 7 vs. (14) San Francisco
NCAA Tournament First Round
W 85–68  26-3
BSU Pavilion 
Boise, ID
March 14*
(3) No. 7 vs. (6) No. 17 Arkansas
NCAA Tournament Second Round
W 75–69  27-3
BSU Pavilion 
Boise, ID
March 19*
(3) No. 7 vs. (10) West Virginia
West Regional Semifinal
W 65–62  28-3
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim 
Anaheim, CA
March 21*
(3) No. 7 vs. (1) No. 4 Arizona
West Regional Final
W 76–51[2]  29-3
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim 
Anaheim, CA
March 28*
(3) No. 7 vs. (1) No. 1 North Carolina
Final Four
W 65–59[3]  30-3
Alamodome 
San Antonio, TX
March 30*
 CBS
(3) No. 7 vs. (2) No. 5 Kentucky
NCAA Championship Game
L 69–78  30-4
Alamodome 
San Antonio, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West.

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RankingsEdit

Team players in the 1998 NBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 12 Michael Doleac Orlando Magic

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ sports-reference.com 1997-98 Western Athletic Conference Season Summary
  2. ^ "Ute Movement Buries Arizona". Los Angeles Times. March 22, 1998. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Utes Hold off Tar Heels, 65-59". Washington Post. March 29, 1998. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  4. ^ 2014-15 Utah Utes men's basketball media guide. Retrieved 2015-Jul-30.
  5. ^ "1998 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 10, 2019.

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