TUCSON, Ariz. How focused has Utah coach Ray
Giacoletti been on this week's NCAA games? So much that he had no idea really
who the Utes would face in the next round.
"I don't even know who's in the other bracket or what's going on," he said. "At this point, it's March 19th and we're still alive for another week."
A lot of coaches act like they have no idea about anything beyond the game they just played, but Giacoletti was sincere.
When told the Utes would play the winner of the Kentucky-Cincinnati game later that night, Giacoletti shrugged: "Is that who it is? Great."
Giacoletti said the team will enjoy the victory for the rest of Saturday, and then he and the coaches will get to work on the Wildcats, as it turns out, Sunday morning.
HISTORY LESSON: Maybe Giacoletti doesn't even know about
the Utah's ugly history against Kentucky.
Here it is:
The Utes have lost to Kentucky five times in NCAA tournaments since 1993.
In 1993, Kentucky defeated the Utes in the second round at Nashville, Tenn. In 1996, it was in a third-round game in Minneapolis. In 1997, the Wildcats beat the Utes in a fourth-round game in San Jose, and in 1998, of course, Kentucky beat Utah in the NCAA finals in San Antonio.
The fifth time was two years ago at Nashville, where the Wildcats beat the Utes 74-54 in a second-round game.
Friday's game time in Austin hasn't been determined but will be in the late afternoon or early evening.