Dakarai Tucker and the Utes are back in action on Thursday
Dec. 16, 2013
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
Utah Runnin’ Utes vs.
Texas State Bobcats
Date: Thursday, December 19
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
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
For up-to-date information including live stats, game notes, media guides, ticketing and more, visit www.UtahUtes.com
Junior Jazz Night
Join us on Thursday for Junior Jazz Night at the Huntsman Center - The Utes will host Texas State at 7 p.m. All Junior Jazz players who wear their jerseys get in free, collect an autographed mini basketball and can be part of a meet-and-greet postgame with the team!
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 Utes have now won eight of their nine game this season by double figures after an 81-64 win over BYU this past Saturday
• Jordan Loveridge, Delon Wright and Dallin Bachynski all finished in double figures for the Utes who won their first game vs. the Cougars in eight tries
• Utah is 2-0 all-time against Texas State including a 74-69 win in San Marcos last season - the first road of win of head coach Larry Krystkowiak’s tenure with the Utes
• Loveridge finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Utes shot 53 percent from the floor
Loveridge Leading the Way
Utah’s Jordan Loveridge has been named Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for play from Dec. 2-8, the conference office announced today.
The sophomore averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game over the course of the week as the Utes recorded wins over Idaho State and BYU, improving to 9-1 in the process.
Loveridge posted a .531 field-goal percentage (17-of-32) and a .438 three-point field-goal percentage (7-of-16) in both contests, as well as hitting 7-of-9 free throws for a .778 percentage from the charity stripe.
In the 74-66 victory over Idaho State, the West Jordan native scored a career-high 27 points and added seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
Loveridge followed that performance with 21 points and a career-high five assists in the 81-64 win over in-state rival BYU, which marked Utah’s first win over the Cougars in eight games.
Loveridge currently ranks third in the Pac-12 in rebounding (9.5), eighth in scoring (17.6), 17th in assists (3.0) and 19th in free-throw percentage (78.6).
It marks the first Player of the Week selection for Utah since joining the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.
Utah in the National Rankings
The Utes currently lead the nation in field-goal percentage on two-pointers at 62.0 percent and ranks third in the nation in overall field-goal percentage at 54.8 percent.
Despite placing 129th in three-point field goal percentage offensively, the Utes lead the Pac-12 and sit 31st nationally by limiting foes to 28 percent shooting on the defensive end.
Using possession statistics, Utah ranks fifth in the nation in floor percentage, scoring 47.7 percent of the time they have the basketball. That is tempered a little by the Utes ranking 224th in tempo, averaging 68.7 possessions per 40 minutes.
Other areas where the Utes are excelling nationally are assists per game (19.7 - 5th), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.74 - 6th), 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
Two weeks ago, the junior nearly averaged a triple-double against Boise State and Fresno State (19.0 ppg, 9.5 apg, 8.5 rpg and 3.0 spg). He also shot 73.6 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Wright ranks 10th nationally with 2.9 steals per contest and is ninth in field-goal percentage, converting 69.7 percent of his attempts.
According to KenPom stats, Wright is second in the nation in efficiency at 25.6 and leads D1 in assist percentage (109.1)
Last Time Out
Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points and Delon Wright chipped in 16 on Saturday night to help Utah beat BYU 81-64, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Cougars. The Utes (9-1) had lost 11 of their last 12 games in the rivalry series dating to 2006.
The Cougars shot just 32.8 percent (21 of 64) from the field, 26.3 percent (5 of 19) from distance and 54.8 percent (17 of 31) from the free-throw line.
Loveridge hit 6-of-8 shots in the game’s first seven minutes and the Ute defense shut down the Cougar offense completely through the first half.
Dallin Bachynski finished with a season-high 11 points and eight rebounds while frustrating BYU big man Eric Mika who was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul on the Utah big man in the second half.
Utah Takes Out Texas State
Last season, Utah won its first road game under head coach Larry Krystkowiak, 74-69 at Texas State.
Jarred DuBois led all scorers with 21 points, Jason Washburn poured in 18 points to go along with six rebounds and Jordan Loveridge added 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
When the dust had settled, Utah had shot 53 percent while limiting the Bobcats to 37 percent shooting. Joel Wright came off the bench for TSU, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
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 552-145 (.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 28 of the 29 seasons played at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, the largest arena in the Pac-12. This season, the Utes are a perfect 9-0 at home
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.