Utah Utes basketball: Andre Miller fondly remembers trip to '98 Final Four


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  • Andre Miller was
    March 18, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    Simply the best!

  • Utah always loses
    March 18, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    to Kentucky!

    even the best team in Utah history (please don't even mention 1944), couldn't beat Kentucky

  • re: Ainge
    March 18, 2009 4:01 p.m.


    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 Celtics.

  • DW
    March 18, 2009 7:54 a.m.

    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.

  • You know what they say in Provo
    March 17, 2009 6:26 p.m.

    There's always baseball season to look forward to.

    March 17, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    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.

  • Ainge
    March 17, 2009 2:28 p.m.

    I could've played point on those Celtics teams and they still would've won title after title.

  • Travis Hansen is so much better
    March 17, 2009 12:52 p.m.

    I mean he had so many NCAA tournament wins.
    He is one of the greatest NBA stars of alltime.

  • Re: Cougar Blue
    March 17, 2009 11:38 a.m.

    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.

  • Re: Cougar Blue
    March 17, 2009 9:48 a.m.

    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.

  • Andre!
    March 17, 2009 8:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Uteguy
    March 17, 2009 8:26 a.m.

    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 choosing Michigan.

  • Maang
    March 17, 2009 8:06 a.m.

    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!

  • nottyou
    March 17, 2009 7:32 a.m.

    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.

  • Hero
    March 17, 2009 7:32 a.m.

    Andre Miller is a hero. What a great guy.

  • Fantastic Run
    March 17, 2009 7:27 a.m.

    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!

  • Cliff
    March 17, 2009 5:52 a.m.

    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 forget!

  • Nothing like college
    March 17, 2009 4:38 a.m.

    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.

    March 17, 2009 1:57 a.m.


  • Won and Lost
    March 17, 2009 1:10 a.m.

    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.