Dakarai Tucker and the Utes play ASU and No. 1 Arizona this week on the road
Weekly Game Information
Utah Runnin' Utes (14-4, 3-3) vs.
Arizona State Sun Devils (13-5,2-3)
Date: Thursday, January 23
Tipoff: 7 p.m. MT
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Arena: Wells Fargo Arena
Utah Runnin' Utes (14-4, 3-3) vs.
Arizona Wildcats (18-0, 5-0)
Date: Sunday, January 26
Tipoff: 6 p.m. MT
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Arena: McKale Center
Pac-12 Networks (Thursday)
Fox Sports 1 (Sunday)
Utah Sports Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah Men's Basketball
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Utah Quick Hits
• The Utes have won 12 of their 14 games this season by double figures and are third in the nation in scoring margin (+19.9)
• The Utes and Sun Devils split their meetings last season with each team winning on their home floor
• Utah has dropped seven in a row to Arizona and is looking for their first win against the Wildcats since the 1998 Tournament. That victory advanced the Utes to the Final Four and eliminated the defending national champions
• Utah is third in the nation shooting 51.0 percent from the field. The team's high efficiency has also elevated its assist turnover ratio (1.59), which ranks 10th nationally
Utah Basketball Searching for 1,700th Win
The Utes are 15th all-time in NCAA history with 1,699 wins and rank 19th all-time with 27 trips to the NCAA Tournament. Utah's 32 regular-season conference championships put it fifth among all Division I schools trailing Kansas, Kentucky, Penn and North Carolina
Wright Having Quite a Debut
Utah's Delon Wrightwas named Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week for play from Jan. 13-19.
In the win over USC, Wright led the way with 22 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists. He followed that performance with 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists against the nationally-ranked Bruins.
Wright leads the league in field-goal percentage at 63.5 percent and also ranks among the top 15 in scoring (6th), rebounds (12th), assists (5th), steals (1st) and blocks (4th).
Wright joins Jordan Loveridgeas Player of the Week selections this year for Utah, its first winners since joining the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.
The Utes are on the road this week with games at Arizona State on Thursday (7 p.m.) and No. 1 Arizona on Sunday (6 p.m.)
Bachynski Brothers Battle
Dallin Bachynskiand his brother Jordan, a senior at Arizona State, met twice last season on the hardwood and will play at least two more times during their collegiate careers.
After a year at Southern Utah in 2009-10, Dallin embarked on a two-year mission in Croatia that ended six months early when an undefined illness caused him to lose 20 pounds.
Upon his return to North America in the fall of 2011, Dallin got his release from Southern Utah and looked elsewhere for a roster spot. An SUU assistant provided a highlight tape, which Dallin's mothr, Yolanda posted on YouTube.
Soon after Dallin and his father John drove to Orem to visit Dallin's sister, Jessica, a 6-1 forward at Utah Valley State. Along the way, they stopped at Utah to visit with coaches. Three days later, Dallin had an offer from the Utes.
This season, Jordan leads the league in blocks, ranks second in the Pac-12 in rebounding and sixth in field goal percentage. Dallin is 12th in blocks and recently had a double-double against No. 10 Oregon with 11 points and 12 rebounds
History vs. ASU
The Utes lead the all-time series with Arizona State, 27-19 and have split their regular-season meetings the last two seasons with the home team winning each time.
In fact, the teams have split the last 10 meetings after Utah won seven in a row from 1976-1981. The Utes have not won in Tempe since 1992 and the last four meetings here have been decided by a total of 10 points.
The Utes will have to find someone to replace Jason Washburn who averaged 22.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in the two meetings last season. Jordan Loveridgeaveraged 11.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Utah
History vs. Arizona
The Utes lead the all-time series with Arizona, 28-25 but have dropped seven in a row and 10 of the last 11 to the Wildcats.
Utah has not beaten Arizona since the 1998 NCAA Tournament. That game is memorable for Ute fans as they topped the defending national champions and advanced to the Final Four.
The Utes have not won in Tucson since 1986 but played the No. 3 Wildcats tough last season at the McKale Center before eventually falling, 60-57. Jordan Loveridgeled the team in scoring with 17 points.
In the return trip to SLC, Jeremy Olsen, who did not play in the first contest, grabbed 12 points and six rebounds off the bench for Utah.
Last Time Out
Jordan Loveridgescored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead a balanced attack as Utah held off a late rally to surprise No. 25 UCLA 74-69 on Saturday.
Wright added eight rebounds and six assists, Taylor grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists and for Ogbe, a freshman from Germany, it was a career day.
The Utes held the Bruins to 31 percent shooting (9 of 29) from the field before halftime - nearly 20 percent below their season average. Utah forced UCLA into missing 15 of 18 shots over the final 11:07 of the first half.
Loveridge Leading the Way
Utah's Jordan Loveridgewas 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
It marked the first Player of the Week selection for Utah since joining the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.
Loveridge currently ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in rebounding (8.2), eighth in scoring (16.4), and 13th in free-throw percentage (80.9) while racking up five double-doubles.
Utah in the National Rankings
The Utes have won 12 of their 14 games this season by double figures and rank third in the nation in scoring margin (+19.9)
Utah is also third in the nation shooting 51.0 percent from the field. They also rank in the top-10 nationally in fouls per game (5th - 15.2) and assist turnover ratio (10th - 1.59).
Utah also ranks in the top-20 nationally in a number of categories including assists per game (13th - 17.0), three point field goal defense (17th - 28.7), scoring defense (19th - 61.1), free throw percentage (19th - 75.3).
Utah Adds Three for 2014-15
Utah men's basketball head coach Larry Krystkowiakannounced 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.