Utah's NCAA title dreams have been spoiled by Kentucky four times since Rick Majerus took over as coach of the Utes -- in 1993, '96, '97 and '98, coincidentally the last four years in which the Wildcats have gone to the Final Four.
But the Utes' loss to Kentucky in the 1998 championship game, after Utah had led most of the way, endures as the most painful memory, Majerus said as his team prepared for today's second-round NCAA tournament meeting with the Wildcats.
That game also was the only postseason loss to Kentucky, the coach added, that also has a fond memory attached: a close encounter with Hollywood starlet and Kentucky graduate Ashley Judd.
"I was such a pathetic figure in '98 that Ashley Judd came over and gave me a hug," Majerus recalled. "And that was the story of my sex life for the next two or three years. That was my favorite memory."
Point Man on the Spot
With point guards Steve Blake and John Gilchrist in foul trouble in the second half of Friday's 75-73 victory over North Carolina Wilmington, Maryland Coach Gary Williams was forced to use sophomore Andre Collins at the point for the first time this season.
Collins matched a career-high by playing 11 minutes.
"It's a natural thing," said Collins, who made a three-pointer in the first half and finished with no assists and no turnovers. "The team needed me to run the point at the time. I've always said it doesn't matter what position I play, I just want to be out on the floor."
For Williams, Time Is Right
Tim Folan did not let his subpar play for most of the NCAA Division III national championship weekend shake his confidence. And when Williams (Mass.) College needed him most, he made the Ephs champions.
Folan made two free throws with 2.6 seconds to play in Salem, Va., to cap a big comeback and give Williams (31-1) a 67-65 victory against Gustavus Adolphus and its first national championship in 102 years of basketball. . . .
Rob Sanders scored a career-high 20 points and Ryan Gomes added 19 to lead Providence past visiting College of Charleston, 69-64, in a second-round NIT game.
Tony Mitchell scored 13 points to lead Charleston (25-8).
The Friars (18-13) will host Georgetown (16-14) on Monday night.