Sunday, March 14, 1999

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Hurt hand won't stop Utah star

BY JOHN FAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEW ORLEANS — Utah All-American Andre Miller injured his left (non-shooting) hand in the Utes' victory over Arkansas State Friday.

        Miller is expected to play.

        “He's fine,” Utah coach Rick Majerus said. “But if there's a one millionth of a chance that it would hamper any future opportunity, I won't play him.”

Wally duty
        Alex Jensen, Utah's top defender, will guard Wally Szczerbiak today.

        “He's one of those rare players who can do it all,” Jensen said.

        Jensen, a 6-foot-7, 215-pounder, will give up strength to Szczerbiak, who is 6-8, 243 pounds.

        Szczerbiak, of course, is coming off a career-high 43 points in the first round against Washington.

        “You hope he's got all that out of him,” Jensen said.

Picture perfect
        A big color picture of Szczerbiak celebrating the win over Washington with teammates John Estick and Mestas was on the front page of the New Orleans Times-Picayune Saturday.

Past matchups
       

        Miami and Utah have played once before. The Utes beat Miami in Salt Lake City 95-78 in 1959.

        Majerus and Miami coach Charlie Coles faced each other four times when Majerus was at Ball State and Coles was at Central Michigan. Majerus won three of the four games.

        “The guy can coach,” Coles said. “His record speaks for itself.”

        Majerus said similar things about Coles.

        “Because I'm familiar with him doesn't make it any easier,” Majerus said. “They play great man-to-man defense. He's done a good job.”

Grunkemeyer update
        Miami guard Jason Grunkemeyer, who played for the first time in two weeks Friday, felt no ill affects Saturday. Grunkemeyer had suffered back spasms.

        “It feels a little better each day,” he said.

        Grunkemeyer leads Miami in three-point shooting at 53.2 percent.

Not all that rare
        Gonzaga's upset of No.2 seeded Stanford made No.10 seeds' record against No.2s 8-13 since the 64-team field.

       



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