Jeremy Olsen and the Utes welcome Idaho State tomorrow night
Dec. 9, 2013
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
Match-up: Utah Runnin' Utes vs. Idaho State Bengals
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Play-by-Play: Kevin Calabro
Analyst: Matt Muehlebach
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Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
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Utah has won nine in a row at home and 11 of its last 12 at the JHC.
Utah leads the nation in two-point field goal percentage, shooting 63.2 percent, and ninth in the nation in points per possession at 1.22 per offensive trip
Tuesday's game will mark the 29th all-time meeting between the two schools, with Utah leading the series, 24-4.
The Utes are 16-0 at home against the Bengals including a victory last season where Dallin Bachynski scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
Utah in the National Ranking
The Utes currently lead the nation in field-goal percentage on two-pointers at 63.2 percent. However, the squad ranks 129th in three-point field goal percentage. Utah ranks third in the nation in overall field-goal percentage at 54.8 percent.
Using possession statistics, Utah ranks second in the nation in floor percentage, scoring on 49.3 percent of the time they have the basketball. That is tempered a little by the Utes ranking 240th in tempo, averaging 68.5 possessions per 40 minutes.
Other areas where the Utes are excelling nationally are assists per game (19.7 - 5th), 3-point field goal defense (25.6 - 8th), rebounds per game (41.0 - 10th) and fouls per game (13.0 - 1st).
Wright Having Quite a Debut
The junior transfer has burst on the scene during his first season with the Utes. Delon Wright has scored in double figures during every contest, including a career-high 23 against Fresno State
This past week against Boise State and the Bulldogs, he averaged 19.0 points, 9.5 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals. He also shot 73.6 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Wright currently also ranks fourth nationally with 3.4 steals per contest and leads the nation in field-goal percentage, converting 74.3 percent of his attempts.
According to KenPom stats, Wright leads the nation in efficiency at 27.1 and also assist percentage (149.0)
Loveridge Leading the Way
Jordan Loveridge impressed in his first year with the Utes finishing in the top 10 in the league in rebounding and top 25 in scoring. He put the rest of college basketball on notice from the get-go as he grabbed a double-double in his first collegiate game The versatile forward also shot 39 percent from three-point land, good for seventh in the league.
This season, he continues to be one of the most well-rounded players in the Pac-12 ranking second in rebounding, 11th in scoring and 20th in assists. He also excels at the free-throw line shooting almost 80 percent to place him among the league leaders.
Last Time Ou
Delon Wright tallied career-highs of 23 points and 12 assists while also grabbing six rebounds to lead the Utah Runnin' Utes to a 90-77 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Huntsman Center on Saturday.
Jordan Loveridge also notched his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore scored all of his points in the second half. Renan Lenz poured in 15 points, while Brandon Taylor and Jeremy Olsen put up 12 points apiece.
Dakarai Tucker rounded out the balanced effort with 10 points, his second double-digit output of the season. For the contest, Utah's bench outscored Fresno State's 27-9.
Utah shot 56.7 percent in the first half and actually improved after the break to 63 percent from the field. The Utes scored the first seven points of the second half and extended its lead to as many 17 down the stretch.
The Utes turned the ball over just six times and scored 44 points in the paint while out-rebounding the Bulldogs.
Utes Make Huntsman History
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. The 6-9 wing averaged 22 points and seven rebounds to lead Rise Academy in his first year against national competition. Kuzma selected Utah over UConn, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Tennessee and Seton Hall
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. Chapman picked Utah over Arizona, ASU, BYU, Colorado, Gonzaga and UCLA after averaging averaged 19 points and 8.6 rebounds last season. He will join another local standout, Jordan Loveridge, who was widely regarded as the state's top prospect for 2012.
Isaiah Wright, a 6-2 point guard, attends Borah High School in Boise, Idaho. The 2013 Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year averaged 16.2 points, 6.9 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 steals as a junior as he chose the Utes over Boise State and Creighton. Wright's accolades also include being 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.
Utah added some talented new players to the roster that should be able to contribute immediately and have a profound impact on the team this season. Delon Wright, was named the his conference's player of the year after leading San Francisco City College to a 26-2 record and the California State Championship as a freshman.
Kenneth Ogbe hails from Germany where he played in one of the country's top leagues. He was a member of the German national squad that participated in the Nike Global Challenge and German High School National Championships.
Ahmad Fields and Parker Van Dyke are also backcourt additions for the Utes Fields averaged 17 points per game at Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia and then suited up for DC Assault, one of the most renowned AAU programs in the country. Van Dyke is a local product and was the 4A Player of the Year according to the Salt Lake Tribune after leading the state in scoring with 24.7 points per game.
In the post, Utah brought in two players, Marko Kovacevic and Princeton Onwas. Onwas earned a reputation as being one of the most explosive wings in the junior college ranks earning All-Region honors at Navarro College. Kovacevic was among the leading rebounders and most efficient shooters in NJCAA Region IX.
2012-13 was a Banner Year in the Classroom
Utah was one of 23 Division 1 schools to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award and one of only six "power conference" programs to receive the award joining Kentucky, Louisville, Stanford, Texas and Texas Tech. The Utes also had the highest NCAA Graduation Success Rate of any team in the Pac-12.
Four players, David Foster, Renan Lenz, Ryan Osterloh and Xan Ricketts were recognized for their hard work in the classroom and named to the NABC Honors Court. The men's basketball team also had more than 50 percent of its team make the honor roll and posted a team GPA of 3.235.
Huntsman Center Records
The Runnin' Utes are 548-145 (.791) 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 38 of the 29 seasons played at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, the largest arena in the Pac-12.
In conference home games over the last 18 years, Utah is 140-34 (.805). Utah got its first Pac-12 victory in school history at home against Washington State, 62-60, in overtime on Jan. 5, 2012.
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.