Kenneth Ogbe and the Utes welcome Colorado to town on Saturday
Feb. 25, 2014
Utah Runnin' Utes (18-9, 7-8) vs.
Colorado Buffaloes (20-8, 9-6)
Date: Saturday, March 1
Tipoff: 12 p.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Play-by-Play: Paul Sunderland
Analyst: Jarron Collins
Utah Sports Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah Men's Basketball
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Utah vs. Colorado - Quick Hits
• Utah has won 20 of its last 23 games at the Hunstman Center dating back to last season
• The Utes have won 17 of their 19 games this season at home and are beating teams by an average of 21.6 points per contest - they have not lost a home game in regulation
• Utah is sixth in the nation shooting 49.8 percent from the field and Delon Wright leads the Pac-12, and ranks 12th nationally, at 59.8 percent
• The Utes have won eight of the last 10 meetings between these two squads in Salt Lake City.
Crunching the Numbers
The Utes have nine losses this season, seven by four points or fewer (two of them in overtime).
According to RPI, the Utes played the second-easiest non-conference schedule in the country, going 11-1. In Utah's nine games against teams ranked outside the RPI top 200, it won by an average of 33.7 points.
The Utes are 5-8 against the RPI top 100 with the wins coming by a combined 65 points, and their losses are by a combined 41 points. They have the No. 18 RPI against top-100 teams.
Utah Basketball Earns 1,700th Win
The Utes are 15th all-time in NCAA history with 1,703 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
History vs. Colorado
The Utes trail the all-time series with Colorado, 25-16. 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. The Utes have won eight of the last 10 contests between the teams in Salt Lake City.
Utes Fall To Colorado In OT, 79-75
Xavier Talton scored five of his 14 points in overtime, including the go-ahead 3-pointer to start the extra period, and Colorado overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to beat Utah 79-75.
Josh Scott had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Colorado and Askia Booker added 18 points for the Buffaloes, who have beaten the Utes eight of the last nine times in Boulder.
Delon Wright scored 17 points and notched 11 assists. The junior also talied a personal-best seven steals
Last Time Out
Delon Wright scored 22 points, collected nine rebounds and had six assists and Utah blocked a season-high 12 shots to fuel an 86-63 victory over Arizona State on Sunday night.
The senior, playing in front of his parents who are making their first visit to the United States helped the Utes dominate around the basket from start to finish. The Utes outrebounded the Sun Devils 44-36 and had a 38-26 edge in points in the paint.
Utah's 86 points and 23-point margin of victory were both program highs in a conference game since joining the Pac-12.
Arizona State shot just 30.8 percent (20 of 65) from the field and 22.2 percent (6 of 27) from distance. Leading scorer Jahii Carson was held to just eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. Utah also exploited a defense that entered the game second in the Pac-12 in points per possession.
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), field goal percentage (3rd), assist/turnover ratio (5th), scoring (6th), blocks (6th) free throw percentage (8th) 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. The duo is scoring 44 percent of Utah's points this season and grabbing 39 percent of the 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 10th in the Pac-12 in rebounding (7.4) and 12th in scoring (15.3), while racking up six double-doubles.
Utah is 13-3 this season when Loveridge makes five field goals or more
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 fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio, 10th in assists per game, 12th in 3-point field goal percentage and 15th in steals
Utah in the National Rankings
The Utes have won 14 of their 18 games this season by double figures and rank seventh in the nation in scoring margin (+14.1).
The Utes have won every game this season (6-0) after recording 86 or more total points and are 10-0 when their field goal percentage has been 53 percent or better.
Utah is also sixth in the nation shooting 49.8 percent from the field.
They also rank in the top-20 nationally in assists per game (16th - 16.1) and fouls per game (20th - 16.5).
Success in Double Figures
The Utes are 17-4 this season when they place three players in double figures are 10-0 when they place four players in double figures this season.
Brandon Taylor in particular, has been key to the Utes. When the sophomore scores in double figures, the Utes are 9-2 this season. They are 8-1 when he hits three 3-pointers or more.
Utah is also 5-0 this season when Dakarai Tucker scores 13 points or more.
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin' Utes are 559-147 (.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 17-2 at home
In conference home games over the last 18 years, Utah is 146-36 (.803). Utah got its first Pac-12 victory in school history at home against Washington State, 62-60, in overtime on Jan. 5, 2012.
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 rated him as a four-star commit.
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.
McGill to be Inducted into Pac-12 Hall of Honor
The Pac-12 Conference will honor Utah legend Billy McGill along with 11 other former student-athletes by inducting them into the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor.
The induction will occur on Friday, March 14, during a ceremony prior to the semifinal games at the 2014 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Rumored to be the originator of the "jump hook", the 6'9" McGill became the 11th player in collegiate history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds during his career and was eventually drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1962 NBA Draft by the Chicago Zephyrs.
He still ranks No. 2 all-time at Utah in Utah career scoring (2,321 points) and No. 1 in career rebounding (1,106). McGill also owns the Utah single-season (1,009) and single-game (60) records for scoring, as well as the single-season (430) and single-game (24) records for rebounding.
He is one of seven Utes to have his jersey retired and was honored in 2008 as a member of the University of Utah All-Century team.
New Utah Basketball Facility
Official fundraising efforts for the new $36 million Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Center kicked off Nov. 25. Construction on the new 80,000-square-foot facility will get underway in the spring of 2014. Work is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2015-16 basketball season.
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.
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 Games on TV
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.