Jordan Loveridge and the Utes open Pac-12 Tournament play on Wednesday
March 10, 2014
Utah Runnin' Utes (20-10, 9-9) vs.
Washington Huskies (17-14, 9-9)
Date: Wednesday, March 12
Tipoff: 1 p.m. MT
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
Arena: MGM Grand Arena
Play-by-Play: Kevin Calabro
Analyst: Ernie Kent
Utah Sports Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah Men's Basketball
Utah vs. Washington - Quick Hits
• The Utes have won 15 of their 20 games this season by double figures and rank eighth in the nation in scoring margin (+13.2)
• Utah is fifth in the nation shooting 49.7 percent from the field and Delon Wright ranks 18th nationally at 58.4 percent
• Utah had won only one Pac-12 road game in its first two seasons, but has captured two of their last three this year
• In the two games against UW this season, Delon Wright is averaging 23 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists while shooting 65 percent from the floor
Crunching the Numbers
Utah currently ranks No. 34 in the ESPN BPI and No. 33 in the KenPom rankings, higher than fellow Pac-12 teams Arizona State, Stanford, Colorado and California.
Strength of Schedule
79 - Cincinnati, 88 - Louisville, 99 - UTAH, 100 - Gonzaga, 103 - Wichita State, 106 - San Diego State, 112 - SMU
The Utes have 10 losses this season, eight by four points or fewer (two of them in overtime).
Average RPI of Losses
47 - Michigan, 49 - Duke, 49 - San Diego State, 53- UTAH, 61 - North Carolina, 62 - UCLA, 85 - Syracuse
The Utes are 7-9 against the RPI top 100 with the wins coming by a combined 80 points, and the losses by a combined 42 points. This gives them the No. 18 RPI against top-100 teams.
Same amount of or more top-50 wins than: Virginia San Diego State BYU New Mexico Louisville Kentucky Wichita State
In Utah's nine games against teams ranked outside the RPI top 200, it won by an average of 33.7 points.
History vs. Washington
The Utes trail the all-time series with Washington, 8-7 but have won two of the last three against the Huskies.
The last seven meetings between these two teams have all been decided by single digits.
The two teams have split their neutral meetings, 1-1. The Huskies topped the Utes in the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout and Utah won a contest in 1957 at the Far West Classic in Corvallis, Ore.
Utes in the Pac-12 Tournament
The Runnin' Utes are 2-2 all-time at the Pac-12 Tournament.
Utah dropped a first-round contest to Colorado in 2012 and last season, trumped USC and Cal before falling to Oregon in the semifinals.
That means the Utes have lost to the eventual conference champions two years in a row.
Utah Success in Sin City
Utah has captured three tournament championships in Sin City. The Utes won the 1997 WAC title, as well as the `99 and `09 MWC titles at the Thomas & Mack Center. They are 15-10 all-time in 13 visits to Vegas.
The Runnin' Utes have captured five conference tournament championships, all since 1995. Utah won Western Athletic Conference titles in `95 and `97 before capturing Mountain West Conference titles in `99, `04, and `09.
Utes Take Down Washington, 78-69
Jordan Loveridge added 16 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. Despite committing 17 turnovers, Utah shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half as it pulled away from the Huskies.
C.J. Wilcox scored 20 points playing in his final game in his home state to lead the Huskies, while Nigel Williams-Goss added 19 points.
Huskies Hold Off Utah, 59-57
Washington held on in the final seconds for a 59-57 win over Utah in Seattle earlier this season. Delon Wright finished with a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Utes.
Utah made only 1 of 15 3-point attempts dished out a paltry three assists, both season lows. Jordan Loveridge added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Utes while Brandon Taylor was held to four points on 2-of-11 shooting.
Last Time Out
Dwight Powell made a go-ahead free throw with 36.1 seconds remaining after Stanford missed seven consecutive from the line late, and the Cardinal held on to beat Utah 61-60 on Saturday in the Pac-12 regular-season finale
Brandon Taylor scored 14 points and Delon Wright added 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Utah. Jeremy Olsen and Dallin Bachynski went a combined 10-for-10 from the field and finished with 22 points combined.
Chasson Randle delivered down the stretch on the way to 22 points and forced a turnover with 1.8 seconds left as Utah couldn't get a shot off in the waning seconds with a chance to win.
Wright Having Quite a Debut
Delon Wright was named First Team All-Pac-12 as well as earning a spot on the league's All-Defensive squad. He is the first Ute to receive first team honors or all-defensive accolades from the conference.
Wright leads the league in steals with 2.6 per contest and also ranks among the top 15 in minutes played (1st), assists (3rd), field goal percentage (3rd), assist/turnover ratio (4th), blocks (6th), scoring (7th), free throw percentage (9th) and rebounds (12th).
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 45 percent of Utah's points this season and grabbing 39 percent of the rebounds.
Wright has scored in double figures the last 18 games for the Utes and has scored 20 points or more in eight games. Utah is 7-1 this year when Wright scores seven field goals or more.
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 (7.2) and 12th in scoring (15.1), while racking up six double-doubles.
Utah is 14-3 this season when Loveridge makes five field goals or more and he has eclipsed the 20-point mark in 10 contests over two years.
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 sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio, eighth in 3-point field goal percentage, ninth in assists per game and 14th in steals.
The Utes have not lost this season when Taylor gets to the free-throw line four times or more (4-0).
Utah in the National Rankings
The Utes have won 16 of their 20 games this season by double figures and rank eighth in the nation in scoring margin (+13.2).
The Utes have won every game this season (6-0) after recording 86 or more total points and are 11-1 when their field goal percentage has been 53 percent or better. The lone loss being last time out at Stanford.
Utah is also fifth in the nation shooting 49.7 percent from the field.
Success in Double Figures
The Utes are 18-5 this season when they place three players in double figures are 10-1 when they place four players in double figures this season. The only loss occurred in the last game against Stanford.
Brandon Taylor in particular, has been key to the Utes. When the sophomore scores in double figures, the Utes are 10-3 this season. They are 9-2 when he hits three 3-pointers or more.
Utah is also 5-0 this season when Dakarai Tucker scores 13 points or more.
Utah Basketball Earns 1,700th Win
The Utes are 15th all-time in NCAA history with 1,705 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
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.