Larry Krystkowiak and the Utes bring their longest road trip of the season to a close this weekend
Jan. 28, 2014
Utah Runnin' Utes (14-6, 3-5)
vs. Colorado Buffaloes (15-6, 4-4)
Date: Saturday, February 1
Tipoff: 12 p.m. MT
Location: Boulder, Colo.
Arena: Coors Events Center
Play-by-Play: Paul Sunderland
Analyst: Lamar Hurd
Utah Sports Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
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Utah vs. Colorado - Quick Hits
• The Utes have won 12 of their 14 games this season by double figures and are seventh in the nation in scoring margin (+17.3).
• Their six losses have been by a total of 22 points and have all come on the road - five in Pac-12 play
• Utah has dropped three in a row in Boulder, seven of the last eight and 15 of the 19 in the all-time series
• Utah is fifth in the nation shooting 50.4 percent from the field and Delon Wright is second in the Pac-12, 13th nationally, while connecting on 60.3 percent of his attempts
• Defensively, the Utes lead the Pac-12 and rank 18th nationally in defending the three-pointer, limiting opponents to 29 percent accuracy.
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 Wright was 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 is second in the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage at 60.3 percent and also ranks among the top 15 in scoring (10th), rebounds (12th), assists (5th), steals (2nd) and blocks (7th).
Wright joins Jordan Loveridge as Player of the Week selections this year for Utah, its first winners since joining the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.
History vs. Colorado
The Utes trail the all-time series with Colorado, 24-16. The teams split their encounters last season with each home side gaining a victory.
The win for the Utes at the Huntsman Center snapped a five-game losing streak in the series dating back to 2005.
Utah has struggled in Boulder, losing three in a row, even of eight and 15 of 19 overall to the Buffaloes. The Utes have only picked up one victory here since 1947, a 78-45 victory during the 2003-04 season.
Nick Jacobsen paced four Utes in double figures with 21 points and Andrew Bogut tallied 13 points and 13 rebounds for the visitors. The Buffs were led by future first-round draft pick David Harrison.
Last Time Out
Utah led by 10 in the first half Sunday night, but faded down the stretch in a 65-56 loss to No. 1 Arizona, which set a school record with its 20th-straight win.
The Utes limited Arizona to 3-of-14 from 3-point range and 40 percent shooting overall, but the `Cats grabbed 20 offensive rebounds that led to 19 second-chance points. The Wildcats had a 40-29 rebounding advantage overall and outscored Utah 38-24 in the paint.
Delon Wright led Utah with 19 points, six reobunds, four assists and three steals, Jordan Loveridge added 13 on 4-of-14 shooting and five rebounds. Dakarai Tucker also reached double figures with Dallin Bachynski notching 10 rebounds
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
It marked the first Player of the Week selection for Utah since joining the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.
Loveridge currently ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in rebounding (8.0), eighth in scoring (16.6), and eighth in free-throw percentage (81.4) 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 seventh in the nation in scoring margin (+17.2)
Utah is also fifth in the nation shooting 50.4 percent from the field. They also rank in the top-20 nationally in fouls per game (12th - 16.0), assist turnover ratio (16th - 1.48), free throw percentage (17th - 75.3), assists per game (18th - 16.2) and three point field goal defense (18th - 29.0).
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.