The last time Utah made the Final Four, Rick Majerus was an 18-year-old senior at Marquette High School in Milwaukee. He remembers it very well.
"I remember being in a gym with a little black and white TV hooked up and being spellbound, watching Don Has-kins' (Texas Western) team beat Kentucky. I can still remember some of the substitutions with Willie Worsley and Nevil Shed."Majerus has since become a close friend of Haskins and says he hopes the UTEP coach will be able to come to San Antonio this week.
BEST POINT GUARD: Many people, including Utah's Majerus, have called Mike Bibby the finest guard in college basketball. After he was thoroughly dominated by Andre Miller in Saturday's regional final, some people disagreed.
"I think he (Miller) showed he's the best point guard, even though coach says he's second best," said Drew Hansen.
"I'm not going to say Mike Bibby isn't the best point guard," replied Majerus. "But I love Andre and wouldn't trade him for anyone in the world."
BAD MEMORIES: Saturday's big loss to Utah brought back bad memories for Arizona fans, who thought last year's national championship had erased those NCAA nightmares, when they were heavy favorites.
In 1995, the Wildcats were upset in the first round by Miami of Ohio; in 1993, the second-seeded `Cats lost to Santa Clara; and in 1992 they lost to East Tennessee State in the first round.
LARGE MARGIN: While it wasn't the biggest upset in Elite Eight history (as recently as 1996, No. 5 seed Mississippi State and No. 4 seed Syracuse advanced with wins over No. 2 seeds), Utah's win was one of the largest margins of victory ever.
The 25-point win was the largest margin of victory for a team over a No. 1 seed since Indiana upset No. 1 seed UCLA in the 1992 tournament.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Majerus choked up when talking about calling his mother in Milwaukee directly after the game. He did the same when he spoke of talking to former Ute star Keith Van Horn directly before the game.
"I got a call from Keith wishing me and the team good luck," he said. "I just wish I had gotten him there."
Majerus' sister was at the game, as were several friends, including Northern Arizona coach Ben Howland, whom he sat "long into the night with" on Friday discussing strategy.
As for this week in San Antonio, Majerus' biggest problem will be getting tickets for all of his friends and relatives.
"I have the nicest friends in the world," he said. "My sister is going, my mom is going . . . we're so fortunate to be going to the Final Four."
TRUE WESTERNERS: This is suppposed to be the West regional, but Saturday's game between Utah and Arizona was only the second in the past 22 years that featured two teams from the West. The other was in 1990 when UNLV met Loyola Marymount in the West Final.
Other West Finals have featured the likes of Kansas vs. Syracuse, Michigan vs. Temple, Auburn vs. Louisville and Georgetown vs. Dayton.
When Utah last advanced to the Final Four in 1966, it defeated another Western team - Oregon State, 70-64 - to advance.
MORE NOTES: The Pond's general manager Brad Mayne is a 1979 graduate of the University of Utah. After the game he was all smiles and said, "I booked this here just so I could see Utah win the West Regional."
- Utah's Miller set single-game career highs in rebounds with 14 and assists with 13.
- The 25-point victory ties Utah's second biggest NCAA tournament margin of victory ever (against Northeastern in 1981). In 1996, the Utes beat Canisius by 29 in a first-round game.
- This was Arizona's worst margin of defeat ever in an NCAA tournament game, surpassing the 22-point loss to Alabama in 1990.
- Senior Miles Simon ended his college career the same way he did his high school career, with a loss at The Pond. As a senior at Mater Dei High School, his team lost in the California state semifinals.