Brandon Taylor and the Utes head to Seattle this week for a contest against UW
Jan. 6, 2014
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Utah Runnin’ Utes vs.
Date: Wednesday, January 8
Tipoff: 9 p.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Play-by-Play: Ted Robinson
Analyst: Ernie Kent
Utah Sports Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah Men’s Basketball
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Utah vs. Washington - Quick Hits
• Utah has won 16 of its last 19 games dating back to last season
• The Utes have won 11 of their 12 games this season by double figures and lead the nation in scoring margin (+24.3)
• This is Utah’s best start to a season since it began the 1997-98 campaign 18-0. That year the Utes went on to play for the NCAA Championship
• Utah defeated Washington on the road in their only meeting last season, 74-65. The Utes shot 60 percent from the field - their best performance since joining the Pac-12.
• Brandon Taylor had 19 points and six assists while Jordan Loveridge added 17 points, five rebounds and four assists as Utah won its second game in its last three trips to UW
Loveridge Leading the Way
Utah’s Jordan Loveridge was named Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for play from Dec. 2-8.
The sophomore averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game over the course of the week as the Utes recorded wins over Idaho State and BYU, improving to 9-1 in the process.
Loveridge posted a .531 field-goal percentage (17-of-32) and a .438 three-point field-goal percentage (7-of-16) in both contests, as well as hitting 7-of-9 free throws for a .778 percentage from the charity stripe.
In the 74-66 victory over Idaho State, the West Jordan native scored a career-high 27 points and added seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
Loveridge followed that performance with 21 points and a career-high five assists in the 81-64 win over in-state rival BYU, which marked Utah’s first win over the Cougars in eight games.
Loveridge currently ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in rebounding (8.7), ninth in scoring (17.0), and 13th in free-throw percentage (81.4).
It marked the first Player of the Week selection for Utah since joining the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.
Utah in the National Rankings
The Utes currently lead the nation in field-goal percentage on two-pointers at 59.3 percent and in overall field-goal percentage at 53.2 percent.
Despite placing 102nd in three-point field goal percentage offensively, the Utes lead the Pac-12 and sit eighth nationally by limiting foes to 26.7 percent shooting on the defensive end.
Using possession statistics, Utah ranks sixth in the nation in floor percentage, scoring 46.1 percent of the time they have the basketball. That is tempered a little by the Utes ranking 260th in tempo, averaging 67.4 possessions per 40 minutes.
Other areas where the Utes are excelling nationally are assists per game (18.8 - 3rd), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.79 - 3rd), and fouls per game (14.6 - 9th).
Wright Having Quite a Debut
The junior transfer has burst on the scene during his first season with the Utes. Delon Wright has scored in double figures in all but one contest, and notched a career-high 23 against Fresno State
A few weeks ago, the junior nearly averaged a triple-double against Boise State and Fresno State (19.0 ppg, 9.5 apg, 8.5 rpg and 3.0 spg). He also shot 73.6 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Wright ranks second nationally and tops the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (68.1). He also ranks 15th nationally with 2.5 steals per contest.
In the Pac-12, Wright ranks fifth in assists (5.6), seventh in blocks (1.5) and 15th in rebounds (7.1)
According to KenPom stats, Wright is second in the nation in efficiency at 24.2 and is third in assist percentage (86.0)
Last Time Out
Brandon Taylor scored a career-high 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting and also had a personal best eight assists to lead Utah to an 80-69 victory over Oregon State on Saturday afternoon.
Delon Wright added 14 points and six assists while Jeremy Olsen also chipped in 14 points for the Utes. Utah shot a blistering 58 percent (29 of 50) from the field and 54.5 percent (12 of 22) from distance.
The 12 3-pointers were a season-high for the Utes and the 80 points were the most in a conference game since joining the Pac-12 three years ago.
History vs. Washington
The Utes trail the all-time series with Washington, 7-6, but have won two of the last three contests in Seattle.
After losing three straight to the Huskies, Utah earned its first road victory as a member of the Pac-12 with a 74-65 win last year.
The last five meetings between these two teams have all been decided by single digits.
Utah is looking for wins in consecutive seasons against the Huskies for the first time in program history.
Utes Rewrite Huntsman Records
Utah demolished Evergreen State in their season opener, 128-44 as the team broke the century mark for the first time since last year’s opener against Willamette (104-47) and in the process captured their fourth-straight season opener.
Utah set a number of records on the evening including most points ever in the Huntsman Center and largest margin of victory against an opposing college. The 128 points were four shy of the all-time single-game mark of 132 scored against Evansville back in 1960.
Utah Adds Three for 2014-15
Utah men’s basketball head coach Larry Krystkowiak announced the addition of three players, Brekkott Chapman, Kyle Kuzma and Isaiah Wright, for the 2014-15 season.
Kyle Kuzma is originally from Burton, Michigan. Scout.com currently lists Kuzma as the 25th best power forward in the nation for his class and ESPN recently featured him as a four-star commit that could potentially be a centerpiece to a team.
Brekkott Chapman is a local product having attended Roy High School in Roy, Utah. The 6-8 forward is ranked No. 12 in the class of 2014 by ESPN and also plays for the Utah Prospects AAU team.
Isaiah Wright, a 6-2 point guard, attends Borah High School in Boise, Idaho. The 2013 Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year was also named the 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year and MVP of the 5A Idaho State Tournament while leading his squad to a state title.
New Utah Basketball Facility
After years of talk about a new basketball facility at the University of Utah, official fundraising efforts for the new $36 million Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Center kicked off Nov. 25.
The project will include a new basketball practice and training facility for the men’s and women’s teams, as well as renovations to the main arena and strength and conditioning rooms for several other U. sports.
Construction on the new 80,000-square-foot facility, which will be located immediately northwest of the Huntsman Center arena, will get underway in the spring of 2014. Work is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2015-16 basketball season.
While the whole project will cost $36 million, the basketball center price is $26 million. Like the new Utah football center, Hill said half the money will come from private fundraising and the other half from Pac-12 revenue.
Besides the new basketball practice center, which will include two gymnasiums, a sports medicine center, film rooms, locker rooms and a strength and conditioning center, some $6 million will be used for arena improvements for lighting, sound and draping for other sports, as well as two grand entrances for a hall of fame and legacy hall.
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin’ Utes are 553-146 (.792) all-time in their current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Utah’s benchmark 500th win in the 42-year old facility came on Dec. 6, 2008, as the Utes posted a 91-61 blowout of eventual Southeastern Conference champion LSU.
Utah finished 11-7 at home last season and has finished with a winning record in 28 of the 29 seasons played at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, the largest arena in the Pac-12. This season, the Utes are a perfect 9-0 at home
In conference home games over the last 18 years, Utah is 140-35 (.805). Utah got its first Pac-12 victory in school history at home against Washington State, 62-60, in overtime on Jan. 5, 2012.
Utes to Play 29 Live Televised Regular-Season Games
Utah will play 29 live televised games this year, including every conference contest and each game played in the Pac-12 Tournament.
The Runnin’ Utes will appear on the Pac-12 Network 23 times in the regular season. Utah will also play on Fox Sports 1 three times, ESPNU twice and make one appearance on CBS Sports Network.