Dakarai Tucker is one of three Utes returning home this weekend
Feb. 10, 2014
Play-by-Play: JB Long
Analyst: Don MacLean
Utah Sports Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah Quick Hits
• The Utes have won 13 of their 17 games this season by double figures and are sixth in the nation in scoring margin (+15.7)
• Utah's seven losses have been by a total of 26 points and all but one has come on the road
• Utah is third in the nation shooting 50.2 percent from the field and defensively, the Utes lead the Pac-12 and rank 17th nationally in defending the 3-pointer, limiting opponents to 29.5 percent
The three players have played in every game with Taylor and Wright starting all 23 for the Utes. Tucker has started 19 games and is averaging almost 22 minutes per contest.
The trio averages 36.0 points, 11,6 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 4.6 steals per contest for Utah in Pac-12 play. They are also shooting 45 percent from the field and 82.4 percent from the line.
Other famous Utes from the L.A. area include Bill McGill (Jefferson High School), Keith Van Horn (Diamond Bar High School) and Andre Miller (Verbum Dei High School)
Utah Basketball Earns 1,700th Win
The Utes are 15th all-time in NCAA history with 1,702 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 earlier this year, 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 steals with 3.1 per contest and also ranks among the top 15 in minutes played (1st), assists (3rd), assist/turnover ratio (3rd), field goal percentage (4th), scoring (7th), blocks (7th) free throw percentage (12th) and rebounds (13th).
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. UCLA
The Utes trail the all-time series with UCLA, 6-5 as these two teams both rank among the top-20 all-time for wins (UCLA - 8th, 1,787 and Utah - 15th, 1,701)
Utah had lost both games against the Bruins since joining the Pac-12 prior to this year's meeting. In fact, the Utes had not topped UCLA since 1983 and still have not won in L.A. since 1961.
The victory in 1983 occurred on a neutral court as the No. 10-seeded Utes coached by Jerry Pimm upset the No. 2-seeded, Pac-10 champion Bruins in Boise, 67-61 to reach the Sweet 16. Pace Mannion led three Ute players in double figures with 18 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Utah Upends No. 25 UCLA
Jordan Loveridge scored 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 earlier this year.
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.
Last Time Out
Delon Wright scored 20 points and hot-shooting Utah earned its first road win of the season withstanding a late run Thursday night for a 79-71 victory at USC.
The win, Utah’s third straight, moves the Runnin’ Utes to 17-7 and marked their first win at USC since 1994. It was also a successful homecoming for the three starters who hail from the City of Angels.
Wright, playing in his hometown, also led Utah with nine rebounds and added five assists, Dakarai Tucker missed one shot and scored 13 points and Brandon Taylor scored nine points while finishing with a team-high six assists.
Utah broke the game open to start the second half for a 56-39 lead on 8-of-11 shooting, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. The Utes never trailed in the second, although USC cut its deficit to 71-67 with 3:15 left.
Taylor Named CoSIDA Academic All-District
Utah sophomore Brandon Taylor was selected to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District Men's Basketball Team for Region 8.
He currently owns a 3.70 GPA and is majoring in psychology while leading the Utes in 3-pointers made. Taylor also ranks third in free-throw percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio while placing 11th in assists per game.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
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 ninth in the Pac-12 in rebounding (7.8), 11th in scoring (16.0), and ninth in free-throw percentage (84.8) while racking up six double-doubles.