SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s 1966 Final Four team was reunited at Saturday’s 67-59 win over Stanford in the Huntsman Center. The group was presented with a pregame reception, framed jerseys and halftime recognition.
“It’s a great thing and so nice to see them all,” said former Utah coach Jerry Pimm, who was an assistant for that squad.
The honorees included Pimm, assistant coach Morris Buckwalter, Jerry Chambers, Lyndon MacKay, George Fisher, Steve Cattrell, Bill Ivey, Jeff Ockel, Leonard Black, the late Richard Tate and broadcaster Bill Marcroft.
Although Utah (23-8) finished fourth at that championship gathering in College Park, Maryland, Chambers was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
The 1966 Final Four is famous for Texas Western’s win over Kentucky in the finals. The Miners defeated Utah (85-68) in the semifinals.
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said he visited with the 1966 squad before the game. They visited the coaches’ office and were able to catch up with everyone.
“Pretty neat,” said Krystkowiak, who noted that it was a heck of a weekend for the Utes.
They interacted with the future (recruits), the present with a couple of wins and then the third component, the past.
“We got a good dose of all those parts of some Utah basketball tradition,” Krystkowiak said. “So it was pretty cool.”
COLLETTE INJURED: Utah center David Collette was helped off the floor with 7:17 remaining and the Utes trailing 23-14. He did not return.
“I don’t know much about it. I know he got cracked in the noggin’ pretty good,” Krystkowiak said. “When the referees looked at the play on video they were really confused because they didn’t see him get hit. I think he got hit prior.”
Krystkowiak noted that Collette has obviously dealt with some concussion issues earlier this season.
“We’ve got another day, which is going to be a bonus, but that stuff’s kind of scary and a little bit out of our hands when you get into the concussion realm of things,” Krystkowiak said. “So hopefully he’s able to recover and pass the protocol. He’s a big guy for us.”
STILL SIDELINED: The Devon Daniels saga continued. The freshman guard, who was suspended indefinitely last week for unspecified conduct detrimental to the team, missed his third consecutive game. He watched the game from the bench in street clothes.
Krystkowiak said there was no update as of Saturday afternoon.
“I’d just as soon keep it under wraps, to be honest with you. I can tell you that Devon’s handled it really well,” he explained. “We’ve talked a few times and it’s going to be a positive thing in the long run. He’s having some meetings with some people and getting some things lined up.
“But in my discussions with him, he’s handled it as a big boy would and wants to be with us,” Krystkowiak continued. “Certain things have to change and he knows that — so expectations within our program — I’ve been sleeping on it, praying on it and hopefully something comes clean to where we’re doing what’s right for our basketball program.”
Every decision that’s made, Krystkowiak added, is always based on that — as well as his well-being at the same time.”
EXTRA STUFF: Utah is now 54-54 in Pac-12 play since joining the conference in 2011-12. The Utes are 37-17 in conference games at home and 17-37 on the road. Former NBA center Luc Longley, who played on the 1994-95 Chicago Bulls team with Krystkowiak, attended his second consecutive game. The Utes only held a lead for 6:02. Stanford outrebounded Utah 33-32.
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