Ute sohomore center Andrew Bogut is a finalist for national player of the year honors.
March 13, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah (27-5), the No. 6 seed in the Austin Regional, will face 11th-seeded UTEP (27-7) in the first round of the NCAA 2005 Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 17 at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. Tip-off time is set for approximately 1:15 p.m. (MST). Should the Runnin' Utes win their first round game, they will face the winner of No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 14 Niagra on Saturday, March 19 at either 11:10 a.m. or 1:40 p.m. (MST).
First Round - Thursday (March 17) Austin Region Game 1 - No. 3 Oklahoma (24-6) vs. No. 14 Niagra (20-9) 10:45 a.m. Game 2 - No. 6 Utah (27-5) vs. No. 11 UTEP (27-7) 1:15 p.m.
Albuquerque Region Game 3 - No. 3 Gonzaga (25-4) vs. No. 14 Winthrop (27-5) 5:45 p.m. Game 4 - No. 6 Texas Tech (20-10) vs. No. 11 UCLA (18-10) 8:15 p.m.
Second Round - Saturday (March 19) Game 5 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner 11:10 a.m/1:40 p.m. Game 6 - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winneer 11:10 a.m/1:40 p.m.
(All Times Mountain Standard Time)
Fans can order tickets for Utah's NCAA games by calling the Crimson Club at (801) 585-8837 or the ticket office at (801) 581-8849. Orders will be taken for Crimson Club members on Monday morning. The U. will also take waiting list orders from University of Utah season ticket customers. Orders will be taken from other fans on Tuesday by calling (801) 581-8849.
CBS Sports has exclusive rights to televise the NCAA Tournament. Games not shown on local CBS affiliates (KUTV TV2 in Salt Lake City) can be seen on pay-per-view offered by DIRECTV. All of the Utes' games in the NCAA Tournament will be broadcast on Hot Ticket 700 (KALL-AM) in Salt Lake City the Utah Sports Network.
Head Coach Ray Giacoletti
"It's spring break and the team can concentrate on basketball, it's an ideal situation. We're going to take one game at a time and the first one is UTEP. We can't worry about anything else or look ahead. The tournament is one of those things where you lose and go home or win and advance."
"I haven't had a chance to watch any tape on UTEP this season, but the Utah Jazz are going to help us out. They have a great film room. You put so much work and effort into a season and this is a reward. It's hard to explain."
"I was talking to New Mexico head coach Ritchie McKay last night, and as a player, as an assistant coach and as a head coach, this is his first opportunity to be in the NCAA Tournament. That's puts the tournament into perspective. You don't know when the next one is going to come for you, so you want to make the most of this opportunity."
"We need to step back and get our legs refreshed. Tomorrow, we'll lift and get some shooting in. We'll try to get after it on Tuesday."
Senior Guard Marc Jackson
"This time of year is always fun. It's always excitement. It's always fun to get into those tournaments and play in those games. Every game you have to play the best that you can. Every time that you come out you gotta play like it's your last game."
Sophomore Center Andrew Bogut
"The energy on the team is great. We are going to take this as a week to week thing and day by day."
"March Madness is awesome. I think it's the biggest thing in basketball in the world."
"We're the favorites (against UTEP). We're the sixth seed. Hopefully we can get in there and perform, and get off to a good start.