Ute Briefs (4/8)

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Men’s basketball

Former Utah great Arnie Ferrin will be joining the most elite club in college basketball. It was recently revealed that he would be one of several people enshrined into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. The announcement was made Sunday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation.

Ferrin is joined by former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, former Mt. St. Mary College coach Jim Phelan, college basketball analysts Billy Packer and Dick Vitale and Kansas’ 1988 Consensus Player of the Year Danny Manning.

The only four-time All-American in the history of Utah basketball, Ferrin won the most outstanding player award in the 1944 NCAA championship. The Utes tipped Dartmouth in the title game that year, giving Utah its sole national championship. Ferrin went on to lead Utah to the 1947 National Invitation Tournament championship and is one of only seven Utes to have his jersey retired.

Ferrin went on to play for the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA and coach John Kundla for three seasons, winning titles in 1949 and 1950. He went on to become general manager of the American Basketball Association’s Utah Stars and also served as director of athletics at the U.

Ferrin and his fellow inductees will be enshrined Sun., Nov. 23, at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City, Mo. The CBE is home to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

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The Utah softball team postponed Monday’s game against Utah Valley State College because of inclement weather. The game was scheduled to be played at Ute Field and, because of morning snow showers, was unable to be played. A makeup date has not yet been announced.

The postponement Monday was the third such between the Wolverines and the Utes this season.

Utah hits the road at the end of the week for a double-header against San Diego State on April 10. The Utes will then travel to Las Vegas and play UNLV on Friday and Saturday.

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The Puttin’ Utes were in action Monday, playing 36 holes, but their scores were not available before The Chronicle’s print deadline.

Utah is in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the sixth annual Cowboy Classic, a tournament hosted by the University of Wyoming. This will mark the first tournament for Utah without Dustin Pimm, who turned professional in March.

The Utah team will feature Nic Larson, Nick Carter, Steve Broker, Chance Cota and Chris Gresh. Utah finished in second place in 2007 after a solid three rounds by Chris Gresh, who took fifth place overall. Gresh shot a 72, 69 and 68, pitting him at one-under-par for the tournament.

This year’s field includes Arizona, Boise State, Cal-Riverside, College of Charlseston, Grand Canyon, Idaho, Kennesaw State, New Mexico, North Texas, Northern Colorado, Old Dominion, Oregon State, Southern Utah, UC Davis, UCLA, UCSB, Utah, UVSC, UTEP, UTPA, Weber State, Western Kentucky and Wyoming.

Play will resume Tuesday with 18 holes being played to decide a winner.

Tim Haslam