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Top 10 tournament performances by local players

Published: Monday, March 12 2012 11:37 a.m. MDT

#1 - 1998 — ANDRE’S TRIPLE-DOUBLE Next List » 10 of 10 « Prev
Tom Smart, Deseret News
Not many folks gave Utah any chance of beating Arizona, the defending NCAA champs, the No. 1 seed featuring two all-Americans and three future NBA players, in the NCAA West Regional finals. But not only did the Utes beat the Wildcats, they pulverized them with a stunning 76-51 victory at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. While Michael Doleac and Alex Jensen both had double-doubles, Andre Miller was simply sensational, playing one of the greatest games in NCAA history, finishing with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists in leading Utah to the Final Four. Miller played the top of Utah’s triangle-and-two defense, which allowed him to get more rebounds than usual, while shutting down Arizona’s guards Mike Bibby, Miles Simon and Jason Terry. “This is the kind of line you hardly see out of anybody,” marveled Arizona coach Lute Olson. “I love Andre and wouldn’t trade him for anyone in the world,” said Utah coach Rick Majerus.
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gonefishn
Salt Lake City, UT

Ainge at #2 is a joke. It is the top ten best games, not shots. Ainge's final shot was truly exceptional, for the game he was mediocre.

In My Humble Opinion
South Jordan, UT

Miller was sensational the whole tournament, but ran out of gas in the final. I've always thought if Majereus had given him two minutes rest in the first 12 minutes of the second half he'd have led the Utes to the title.

'90Cougar
Hampstead, NC

Andre Miller's run in the 1998 tournament was inspiring. The other performances listed here (I can remember back to Ainge's heroics) were great, but they don't even come close to what Miller did.

18 points, 14 boards and 13 assists - are you kidding me?! Talk about playing big when it counts!

Zoramite
Ogden, UT

Tony Brown's performance in 2000 in USU's win over Ohio State certainly deserves a spot in the top 10.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Where's Andrew Bogut? Are you kidding me? He took Utah to the sweet 16 beating UTEP and Oklahoma along the way before losing to Kentucky and you put Shawn Bradley in because he was so tall he could swat away shots? Jerry Chambers is way too low on the list. He was named the MVP of the tournament which today would be national player of the year. He should have been your number 2.

PP
Eagle Mountain, UT

Sorenson is the voice for Utah sports in the Des News so there is little wonder that he would pick an entry worthy of the #5 spot as his number one performance. Considering that Ainge's shot is shown multiple times every year by CBS and ESPN during the tourney as one of the greatest moments ever in the NCAAs kind of discredits Sorenson.

PP
Eagle Mountain, UT

Actually gonefishin it is the "Top 10 Performances" not "games". CBS seems to think that Ainge is one of the top 5 ever. Strange that none of the others on this list are even mentioned during the tourney.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

gonefishn | 12:59 p.m.

If the criteria for being top-10 was being most memorable... Ainge's final play to snatch the unlikely win was VERY memorable.

Sometimes it's not the whole game that makes it memorable, it's also all the hype leading up to the moment... the angst of almost certain defeat... and the excitement of the unlikely moment.

There was a lot of hype for a BYU-vs-NOTRE DAME March Madness Matchup, and I think the winner advanced to the sweet-16 (which is a big deal), and then the shear drama of the ending... it had all the ingredients of a great and historical moment for Utah sports.

FinUte
Cedar Park, TX

Utah has 6 out of the 10, and I think an argument could be made that they should have 7 out of 10... Shawn Bradley? Are you serious? I'm sure that is just pandering to the BYU fans out there looking for any kind of tourney success.

I'm actually fine with Ainge at #2 (although I'd put Chambers and Ferrin above him, but it's arguable).

Jones67
Tooele, UT

Andre Miller's performance against Arizona is one of the few triple doubles ever in tournament history. As I was watching the game, I was amazed at how he dominated the defending champs. It would be very difficult for a Utah b-ball player to ever outperform him in a tournament game situation. Andre was simply the best.

SMS
Salt Lake City, UT

@PP

Performances in this sense refers to the overall performance of the individual's game. I think you are getting "performances" mixed up with "moments." If it was a list for top moments than Ainge's layup could arguably be first, but the list is not "moments" it's "performances." Additionally, as the list states Ainge only had 12 points that game (not a great overall performance just a great moment that won the game).

By far Andre Miller had the best performance: 18 points 14 rebounds and 13 assists is incredible to see in any basketball game on any level. Miller's #1 spot is well-deserved.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Nice feature. Great to remember some of these players.

PP
Eagle Mountain, UT

SMS - you are indulging in what is known as spin. You are implying what "performance" means when the writer indicated no such thing.

Again - Ainge's dash is considered one of the great moments in the history of the NCAA tournament. Miller's was a fantastic performance as well and I loved every minute of it. But who remembers it outside of Utah?

OU812
Layton, UT

Re PP: considering all the other top ten performances were achieved throughout a game, I think SMS makes a good point.

bgl
Santa Monica, CA

I'm also fine with Ainge's big shot (and what a game) being #2--but the game Josh Grant played against Michigan State in Tucson---the battle against Steve Smith--may have been the best college basketball game I've ever seen. It was followed by UNLV (Stacy Augman, Larry Johnson, Anderson Hunt and Greg Anthony taking on a great, young Georgetown team led by Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutumbo. This was also a classic, but even the UNLV fans I was sitting close to were still shaking their heads by what they had seen earlier.

Duckhunted
highland, utah

If Jimmer scores 40 in a first round lose will that be top 10!!!

Al Bundy
murray, ut

I remember the national announcers going crazy for Harold the Show!!!

KamUte
South Jordan, UT

Shawn Bradley? Where is Alex Jensen shutting down 5 future pro players? Tom Chambers? Bogut? Bradley not deserving of top 10 performances.

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