Dallin Bachynski and the Utes welcome USC to town on Thursday
Jan. 13, 2014
Utah Runnin’ Utes vs.
Date: Thursday, January 16
Tipoff: 8 p.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Utah Sports Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah Men’s Basketball
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Play-by-Play: JB Long
Analyst: Matt Muehlebach
Ute fans are encouraged to wear black to the game and will also have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive "Blackout" t-shirt at the Red Zone located at portal 18. Fans will also receive black roll-a-banners.
Utah vs. USC - Quick Hits
• Utah has won 16 of its last 18 games at the Hunstman Center 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 (+20.9)
• Last season, Utah ended USC’s season by topping the Trojans in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, 69-66. The Utes lost the regular-season contest here at home, 76-59.
• Jordan Loveridge averaged 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds against the Trojans in two games last season, but struggled from the field shooting only 37 percent
• Utah is fourth in the nation shooting 51.3 percent from the field. They also rank in the top-10 nationally in assist turnover ratio (1.62) and 3-point field goal defense percentage (27.2)
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
Loveridge currently ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in rebounding (8.4), ninth in scoring (16.4), and 13th in free-throw percentage (81.0).
It marked the first Player of the Week selection for Utah since joining the Pac-12 Conference in 2011. Loveridge has also recorded five double-doubles on the season and ranks 13th in free-throw percentage (81.0) and 19th in field-goal percentage (43.9).
Utah in the National Rankings
The Utes have won 11 of their 12 games this season by double figures and lead the nation in scoring margin (+20.9)
Utah is fourth in the nation shooting 51.3 percent from the field. They also rank in the top-10 nationally in fouls per game (2nd - 15.1) assist turnover ratio (9th - 1.62) and 3-point field goal defense percentage (9th - 27.2).
Utah also ranks in the top-20 nationally in a number of categories including assists per game (11th - 17.1), rebound margin (15th - +8.4), scoring defense (16th - 60.4)
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 27 last week vs. Washington
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 third nationally and tops the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (66.0). He also ranks 16th nationally with 2.5 steals per contest.
In the Pac-12, Wright ranks fifth in assists (5.2), seventh in blocks (1.4) and 14th in rebounds (7.3)
History vs. USC
The Utes trail the all-time series with USC, 17-15, after a split last season.
The Trojans’ win in Salt Lake City during the regular season snapped a four-game winning streak in the series for the Utes at the Huntsman Center.
Utah has not beaten the Trojans at home since 1995 but did defeat them in the Pac-12 Tournament last year. It was the first postseason win for the Utes since joining the conference.
The Utes served as the final game for former USC head coach Kevin O’Neill (1/12) and interim head coach Bob Cantu
Last Time Out
Utah suffered through its worst offensive performance of the season, making only 13 field goals and connecting on 29.5 percent of its shots in a 49-46 loss at Washington State.
The Utes let a 12-point deficit slip away and suffered their third Pac-12 loss and fourth of the season. All of those contests have come down to the final possession.
Washington State’s 49 points were the fewest for a team that beat the Utes since a 45-44 setback to New Mexico on 3/1/84.
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin’ Utes are 554-146 (.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 12-1 at home
In conference home games over the last 18 years, Utah is 141-35 (.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 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.
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.