It's always a battle when Utah and BYU get together
Dec. 11, 2013
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
Utah Runnin’ Utes vs.
Date: Saturday, December 14
Tipoff: 8 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Play-by-Play: Rich Cellini
Analyst: Dan Dickau
Utah Sports Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah Men’s Basketball
For up-to-date information including live stats, game notes, media guides, ticketing and more, visit www.UtahUtes.com
Utah vs. BYU - Quick Hits
• Utah has won 10 in a row at home and 12 of its last 13 at the JHC dating back to last season
• The opening to the 2012-13 campaign marked the first time Utah won seven games in a row at home by double figures since 2005.
• This will be the 255th matchup all-time between the Utes and Cougars with Utah trailing in the all-time series 129-125.
• BYU has captured 11 of the last 12 overall meetings. The seven straight losses for Utah in the series is its longest drought since a stretch from 1964-67.
The Deseret First Credit Union Duel
The University of Utah and Brigham Young University have a longstanding athletic rivalry that encompasses several sports.
In 1895, Brigham Young Academy and the University of Utah met for the first sporting event between the two schools: a baseball game. The scoreless match ended with a bench-clearing brawl, and a rivalry was born
The schools have met continually since 1909 in men’s basketball and since 1922 have met once a year in football, with the exception of 1943–45 when BYU did not field a team due to World War II.
Both schools formerly competed in the Mountain West Conference, but both teams left the MWC in 2011—Utah joined the Pacific-12 Conference and BYU became a football independent while joining the West Coast Conference for other sports.
In 2007, the Deseret First Credit Union decided to sponsor the matches between the two schools, with the winning school being award a trophy at the end of each year. The event awards points for each head-to-head winner of the two schools across 12 sports.
The winner of each match is awarded 3 points as part of the Deseret First Duel scoring system, with the exception of football and men’s basketball, where the winner gets 10 points. Since its conception, BYU leads the overall series, 3-2. The Utes captured the Duel last year and leads again this season, 10-6
Utah in the National Rankings
The Utes currently lead the nation in field-goal percentage on two-pointers at 63.4 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 49.0 percent of the time they have the basketball. That is tempered a little by the Utes ranking 283rd in tempo, averaging 67.4 possessions per 40 minutes.
Other areas where the Utes are excelling nationally are assists per game (19.7 - 5th), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.71 - 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 ranks fifth nationally with 3.1 steals per contest and is third in field-goal percentage, converting 72.2 percent of his attempts.
According to KenPom stats, Wright leads the nation in efficiency at 26.1 and also assist percentage (130.9)
Last Time Out
Jordan Loveridge had a career-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting to help Utah hold off Idaho State for a 74-66 victory on Tuesday night.
Delon Wright added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists while Dakarai Tucker chipped in 12 points going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc as the Utes (8-1) improved to 17-0 all-time in their home arena versus the Bengals.
Trailing by 15, Utah roared back to life by clamping down on defense. The Utes allowed Idaho State to shoot just 34.5 percent (10-of-29) from the field after halftime. It was the largest deficit overcome by a Krystkowiak-coached team during his tenure at Utah.
Utah Drops Close One at BYU 61-58
A season ago in Provo, Utah led by as many as 12, but could not put away BYU, falling 61-58. The Utes held the Cougars to 31 percent shooting, their worst offensive performance of the season.
Jordan Loveridge scored 14 points and Glen Dean had 10 for the Utes. However, the team did not score any field goals over the final 7:05 and shot only 25 percent from the floor in the second half
Matt Carlino scored 19 points and Tyler Haws added 14 points and six rebounds to rally BYU to victory. Haws benefitted from 10-of-10 shooting at the line as Cedric Martin harassed him into 2-of-10 shooting from the field,
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, seventh in scoring and 18th in assists. He also excels at the free-throw line shooting almost 80 percent to place him among the league leaders.
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. 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.
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.
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 History
The Runnin’ Utes are 551-145 (.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 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.