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Giacoletti Is the Choice of Utah

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Ray Giacoletti, who led Eastern Washington to its first NCAA tournament, was hired Tuesday by Utah to replace Rick Majerus, who took the Utes to 10 NCAA tournaments and the 1998 national title game but resigned in January because of poor health.

Giacoletti, 41, was 69-50 with Eastern Washington, taking the Eagles to the Big Sky Conference tournament title game in each of his four seasons.

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The John R. Wooden Award All-American team was announced, with the winner of the Wooden Award to be selected from the list.

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The players: Josh Childress (Stanford); Chris Duhon (Duke); Andre Emmett (Texas Tech); Ryan Gomes (Providence); Devin Harris (Wisconsin); John Lucas (Oklahoma State); Jameer Nelson (Saint Joseph’s); Emeka Okafor (Connecticut); Lawrence Roberts (Mississippi State); and Blake Stepp (Gonzaga).

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Nevada Coach Trent Johnson agreed to a new five-year deal that nearly doubles his annual pay to $450,000.

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Loyola Marymount Coach Steve Aggers received a two-year contract extension that will run through the 2006-07 season. The Lions were 15-14 this season.

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Michigan (22-11) roared into the National Invitation Tournament final at New York with a 78-63 victory over Oregon (18-13). The Wolverines will play Rutgers in Thursday night’s championship game.

The Scarlet Knights (20-12) held off Iowa State, 84-81, in overtime. The Cyclones are 20-13.

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