The tournament fails to get two of its No. 1 seeds to the second weekend; earlier in the day, Stanford falls to Alabama. The defining play is Ronell Taylor’s fast-break steal and instinctual/no-look over-the-head pass to his twin brother, Donell, whose dunk puts UAB up 10 midway by way of the second half. Utah, in its first full season underneath Rick Majerus, gets out with a win despite clanking 18 foul pictures. The game takes place at Arizona’s joint, the McKale Center, and sees Utah’s Josh Grant go for a game-excessive 29.
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Mo Finley’s 17-footer with 12.2 seconds to go pushes the Blazers previous the Wildcats; Gerald Fitch’s three-pointer with 2.2 to go, and Chuck Hayes’ put-again, rolls incorrect. It’s UAB’s first Sweet 16 look in 22 years and almost 23 years to the day since UAB beat Kentucky in the ’81 tourney.
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