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Kragthorpe: NCAA title-game memories stick with Utahns


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Utahns’ Final Four connections

Highlights of NCAA Final Fours involving the University of Utah and the Utah Jazz:

1944 » Herb Wilkinson’s basket gives Utah a 42-40 win over Dartmouth for the NCAA championship in New York. Freshman Arnie Ferrin is named the Most Outstanding Player.

1961 » Utah loses 82-67 to eventual champion Cincinnati in the semifinals, then falls to St. Joseph’s 127-120 in four overtimes in the third-place game at Kansas City, Mo. (St. Joseph’s later vacates the win).

1966 » Utah loses 85-78 to Texas Western in the semifinals and falls 79-77 to Duke in the third-place game at College Park, Md., but Jerry Chambers is named the MOP with 70 total points.

1980 » Darrell Griffith, about to become the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Jazz, leads Louisville past UCLA for the title and is named the MOP.

1983 » Thurl Bailey, about to become the No. 7 overall pick by the Jazz, helps North Carolina State upset Houston in the title game.

1987 » Brian Sloan, a son of then-Jazz assistant coach Jerry Sloan, is a senior reserve on the Indiana team that beats Syracuse via Keith Smart’s last-second shot.

1998 » Utah, led by Andre Miller and Michael Doleac, takes a 10-point halftime lead over Kentucky but loses 78-69 in the title game at San Antonio.

2005 » Marvin Williams, now a Jazz forward, delivers a go-ahead tip-in and North Carolina goes on to a 75-70 victory over Illinois, led by Deron Williams, who would become the No. 3 overall pick by the Jazz.

2010 » Gordon Hayward, who would become the No. 9 overall pick by the Jazz, misses two shots in the last five seconds of Butler’s 61-59 loss to Duke.

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