West Regional semifinal

March 19, 1998|By Jamison Hensley

At Anaheim, Calif.

No. 3 seed Utah (27-3) vs. No. 10 West Virginia (24-8)

Time: 8: 05 p.m. today

TV: Updates on chs. 13, 9

Line: Utah by 5

Conference records: Utah (12-3) was first in WAC Mountain Division. West Virginia (11-8) was third in the Big East 6.

Coaches: Rick Majerus is 207-58 in nine seasons at Utah, 315-110 in 14 seasons overall. Gale Catlett is 390-215 in 20 seasons at West Virginia, 516-259 in 25 seasons overall.

Starting lineups: Utah -- PG Andre Miller (14.0 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.1 steals), G Drew Hansen (5.8 ppg, 38 three-pointers), F Hanno Mottola (12.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg), F Alex Jensen (6.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg), C Michael Doleac (15.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg). West Virginia -- PG Jarrod West (10.6 ppg, 4.1 apg), G Greg Jones (12.0 ppg, 2.6 apg), F Damian Owens (16.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.9 steals), F Brent Solheim (8.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg), C Brian Lewin (7.6 ppg, 7.8 prg).

Bench strength: Utah -- G-F Trace Caton (4.3 ppg), G David Jackson (3.3 ppg). West Virginia -- G Adrian Pledger (12.1 ppg), F Marcus Goree (8.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

Key matchup: Miller vs. West -- it's a showdown between two of the hottest point guards in the tournament. Miller is one of the most sure-handed guards in the nation and might look to utilize his excellent post-up skills and height advantage. West, who lifted the Mountaineers to the Sweet 16 by banking in a 22-foot three-pointer, must try to disrupt Miller.

What Utah needs to do to win: The Utes had surprising success against Arkansas' full-court pressure and will likely see the same against West Virginia. Under the direction of Miller, Utah must maintain tempo and dictate a half-court game.

What West Virginia needs to do to win: Attempt to get the ball out of the hands of Utah's Miller, who turned the ball over just three times in 39 minutes vs. Arkansas. The Mountaineers should look to Owens, who causes matchup problems with his quickness.

Bottom line: Utah appears to be a tough match for West Virginia as it takes better shots and converts more free throws than the Mountaineers. West Virginia thrives off of scoring points from steals and should have a hard time holding its own vs. the Utes' efficiency in a half-court game.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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