Utah coach Rick Majerus diagrams a play during a Utes timeout in the first half of their NCAA West Regional semifinal game against Stanford Thursday, March 20, 1997, in San Jose, Calif. Utah won 82-77 in overtime and will face defending champions Kentucky in the West Regional championship on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jay L. Clendenin)
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Utah had never been to the Elite Eight, but it earned a trip after beating Stanford 82-77 in overtime after Keith Van Horn fouled out in the first minute of the extra period.
Unfortunately it meant a rematch with tourney nemesis Kentucky, who had beaten the Utes 101-70 the year before in the Sweet 16 and 83-62 in the second round in 1993. The Wildcats won by double digits a third straight time, 72-59, to end one of the Utes most successful seasons.
Andre Miller hurt his wrist against Stanford and re-injured his hand in the regional final and had to leave the game. Van Horn scored 15 points in his finale to finish with 2,542 points, the most in school and WAC history.
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