I thought Majerus and Miller got the Utes to the finale, and Majerus lost it by
deviating from his substitution pattern. He rode his horses into the ground,
when a rest would have prepared them to finish the game. So close, and yet so
far.Andre owned the NCAA's that year.
ANDRE IS ONE OF THE NICEST GUYS TO EVER PLAY FOR THE UTES.HE USE TO ALWAYS COME
OUT AND SUPPORT SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN UTAH,EVEN WHEN HE WAS PLAYING PROFESSIONALLY
IN DENVER.A REAL CLASS ACT!!
I remember that year. I'm a UNLV fan. I remember we beat Utah and New Mexico
to win the WAC tournament. then Utah went on that incredible. I was screaming
for them like they were the Rebels. It's a real shame they didn't quite get
there, but it was fun ride never the less.Here's hoping a MTN WEST team
wins a national championship and soon! Maybe even this year, good luck Utah and
BYU!!P.S. Why would any player want to go directly to the pros or
only play one year in college when the NCAA experience eclipses the NBA finals
by a long, long way. There should be a rule to make kids stay in the college
for three years instead of one, just like football.
I was there with my family. It was truly one of the highlights of my life. After
the UNC game, there wasn't a Ute Fan walking out of that stadium that was
touching the ground. It was truly unbelievable. A moment all of us will never
I believe that, in terms of accomplishing things on the court or on the field,
the Utah run in the 1998 NCAA Basketball Tournament is the single greatest
sporting achievement of any Utah university. Winning three games to
get to the Elite Eight was a stunning accomplishment. To get to the Final four
that year the Utes took apart an Arizona team that was the defending national
champion, with all starters and sixth-man back. The Vince Carter North Carolina
team was the favorite to win the national championship. To take on and beat
such competition was nothing short of amazing.Thanks Andre! John Stockton never won an NBA championship. He's still one of the
all-time NBA greats!
Andre Miller is a hero. What a great guy.
Utah lost to Kentucky that year simply because of depth. The starting 5 for
each team was pretty evenly matched, if not advantage Utes. But the bench for
Kentucky out ran the Utes and really ran them into the ground. That was one of
the few years I actually cheered for Utah in any sport...won't happen again.
There are not enough words to describe Andre Miller. Such a great role model
(although I'm sure he doesn't look at himself that way). We have enjoyed
watching him throughout his years with the Utes and have watched him in the past
11 years in the NBA. He is what an NBA player should be - no frills, no
problems, no excuses - the guy just gets out there and plays basketball like it
should be played. It is unfortunate that he has never been selected as an
All-Star because he surely is one! You are the man, Andre - always have been
and always will be!
I agree..depth was the biggest issue. Kentucky wore us down. Think about if we
would have had Robbie Reid, teamed up alongside Miller that year. He would have
given us the last push we needed. I would have so loved to have seen that!!Was a very real possibility, as Reid strongly considered Utah before
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. 1998 was an exciting run. Andre was one
of the classiest and most talented players to don a Ute's jersey. It's been
great watching him succeed at the next level.Let's go Utes! I'm
ready for another run deep into the brackets.
Get real. He single handedly has more NCAA tourney wins than byU does during
their sad and pathetic bball history. Speaking of the cougars, he never once
lost to them either. You all cheered the day he left.
I agree, Andre Miller is totally overrated. He is nowhere near as good as BYU's
point guard who led his team to the finals and has had a long NBA career.
I mean he had so many NCAA tournament wins.He is one of the greatest NBA
stars of alltime.
I could've played point on those Celtics teams and they still would've won title
I had just gotten home from my mission in 1998. This was a special year in the
state of Utah for basketball. The Jazz had been in the Finals the year prior
and were doing really well at the time the Utes picked up steam on their way to
the National Championsip game. I highly recommend reading Rick Majerus'
autobiography about the kids who started on this team and read their stories.
It truly is amazing how these guys were assembled. NOBODY on that staff could
possibly have imagined they would be playing in that game. Doleac became a
commodity in the NBA as this was the year the zone was going to be allowed in
the NBA. His soft touch could stretch a defense as low-post player. Andre made
a name for himself in this tournament. Name the only other two players to have
a Triple-Double in the tourney: Magic Johnson and Dwayne Wade. Pretty elite
company in my book.
There's always baseball season to look forward to.
Andre Miller is a class act. I will always remember that magical season with
fondness. He was our floor general. We were so close, but the steam ran out!
Thanks to that entire team for their tireless preparation and effort. And don't
forget the big guy, Coach Majerus. He may have been a little rough around the
edges, but he is a heckuva coach and he got the most out of his players.
IF...you'd been a Wooden Award winner, I'm sure that's true. Unfortunately, being able to score a layup in a junior high PE class
doesn't quite measure up to playing in the NBA.I seriously doubt
that you'd be able to handle the ball well enough to be a ball boy for the
to Kentucky!even the best team in Utah history (please don't even
mention 1944), couldn't beat Kentucky
Simply the best!