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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

January 24, 2015 at 10:39 PM

Scouting report: No. 12 Utah

Utah senior guard Delon Wright is arguably the leading candidate to win the Pac-12 Player of the Year award. (Photo credit: AP)

Utah senior guard Delon Wright is arguably the leading candidate to win the Pac-12 Player of the Year award. (Photo credit: AP)

Scouting report: No. 12 Utah.
Game info: 5:30 p.m. PT Sunday at Huntsman Center (15,000).

TV: ESPNU (Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 15-3, 5-1 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Utah and Washington.

Coach: Larry Krystkowiak is 57-58 (.496) in his fourth season with the Utes and 99-78 (.566) in six years as a head coach. Prior to joining Utah in 2011, he spent two years at Montana where he amassed a 42-20 (.677) record. Krystowiak played at Montana (1982-86). Taken in the second round of the 1986 draft, he had a nine-year NBA career.

Prediction: The Utes were picked second in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.

Series: A series that began Nov. 30, 1951 is tied 8-8. The Utes have won the past two games and three of the last four contests. Since joining the Pac-12, Utah is 3-2 against Washington. Lorenzo Romar is 4-3 against Colorado. Krystkowiak is 3-2 against UW.
Last meeting: Utah beat Washington 67-61 in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament on March 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Darin Johnson scored a personal-best 16 points, Nigel Williams-Goss tallied 13 of his 15 points in the second half and C.J. Wilcox finished with 14.

Previous game: Utah clobbered Washington State 86-64 on Wednesday at Huntsman Center. It was the most points for the Utes since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

— Senior guard Delon Wright scored a career-high 27 points last year against the Huskies in a 59-57 UW win at Alaska Airlines Arena. He’s averaging 20.3 points in three games against Washington.

Wright is arguably the leading candidate to win the Pac-12 MVP award. He’s also on the midseason list for the Wooden and Oscar Robertson awards. Wright is averaging a team-best 15.1 points, which ranks ninth in the conference. He’s second in the league averaging 5.9 assists and first in assists-to-turnover ratio (3.42). Wright also averages 4.4 rebounds. per game. According to basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy, Wright ranks 20th among Division I players in offensive efficiency.

Wright, a junior-college transfer who starred at City College of San Francisco, has made a big impact at Utah. Last season he was voted first team all-conference and all-defensive team by the Pac-12 coaches. Wright considered Washington, Gonzaga, Washington State before picking Utah shortly after the Huskies signed Mike Anderson, a junior-college transfer from Mobley Area CC.

Jordan Loveridge, right, goes up for a rebound. (Photo credit: AP)

Jordan Loveridge, right, goes up for a rebound. (Photo credit: AP)

— Junior forward Jordan Loveridge  needs three points to become the 37th player in school history to amass 1,000 career points. After missing seven games due to knee injury, he’s scored in double figures in six of seven games. Loveridge is second among the Utes averaging 11.4 points. He averaged 14 points in four games against Washington.

— In conference play, Brandon Taylor is averaging 12.3 points and shooting 55 percent from the field, 61 percent on three-pointers and 92 percent at the line. The 5-10 junior guard is outstanding at the free throw line where he’s converted 31 of 35 (88.6 percent). He’s been streaky against Washington. Last season, he tallied four, 20 and 9 points in three games. As a freshman, he had 19 points against UW.

OVERVIEW:

— Freshman center Jakob Poeltl practiced Friday after missing Wednesday’s game due to an unspecified injury. His status for Sunday is unclear.

— With the exception of a 69-51 loss at Arizona, Utah has crushed every Pac-12 teams its faced. The Utes hammered USC 79-55, UCLA 71-39, Colorado 74-49, Arizona State 76-59 and Washington State 86-64.

— The Utes are out-scoring teams 82.5 to 55.6 and out-rebounding teams 36.3 to 30.0.

— The Utes rank among the top 20 teams nationally in scoring defense (56.6 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (37.7%). They’re sixth in the nation at defending 2-point shots (39.0%) and are one of seven teams nationally to have not allowed an opponent to score more than 72 points this season.

— Backup guard Kenneth Ogbe, who has missed the last five games with a groin injury, has been cleared to play.

— The Utes are 12-0 at home and dating back to last season, they’re riding a 14-game winning streak at home.

— In his fourth year, Krystkowiak has turned Utah in a Pac-12 title contender. The Utes won six games his first year, 15 in his second year and 21 last season.

— Utah averages 13, 414 fans at Hunstman Center, which ranks second in the Pac-12.

— The Hunstman Center underwent a $6 million renovation. Here’s a sneak peek.

— Utah has used four lineups this season. The lineup (below) is 1-0.

STARTING LINEUP:

Pos Name Ht./Wt. Yr. PPG. RPG. APG MPG. FG% FT% 3FG%
C Dallin Bachynski 7-0/265 Sr. 3.9 2.4 0.2 12.1 56.8 73.7 0.00
F Chris Reyes 6-7/230 So. 4.6 4.3 0.4 16.1 50.8 54.5 50.0
F Jordan Loveridge 6-6/222 Jr. 11.4 3.9 1.0 24.5 42.4 85.3 48.0
G Delon Wright 6-5/190 Sr. 15.1 4.4 5.9 31.8 55.2 78.9 30.6
G Brandon Taylor 5-10/167 Jr. 10.5 2.6 3.3 28.1 47.3 88.6 45.0

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