Jan. 30, 2008
The year was 1998. Utah advanced to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. The Runnin' Utes faced another of the elite programs in college basketball history - North Carolina - for the right to go to the national championship game.
On Utah's first possession, Hanno Mottolo hit a 3-pointer and the Utes were off and runnin' to a 17-4 lead out of the gate over the Tar Heels. With Mike Doleac hitting three of his first four shots from outside, Utah led 28-12.
Point guard Andre Miller was 4-for-8 from the field and had 9 rebounds in the first half alone, as Utah was up 35-22 at the break.
North Carolina came back behind national Player of the Year Antawn Jamison and Vince Carter. The Tar Heels cut their deficit to just two points with two minutes to play.
Then Miller sliced through the entire Tar Heel press. When Miller got to the hoop, the 6-foot 9-inch Jamison had size on his side. But it was no contest, as Miller's quickness got him to the bucket. Miller finished with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Utes. Doleac had 16 points and Mottola added 9. Freshman Britton Johnson had 7 points. Alex Jensen scored 7 as well. Drew Hansen added 5, Jordie Mactauish's 3 and 2 from Trace Caton.
Utah beat North Carolina 65-59 and advanced to its first NCAA Championship game since 1944.