UA basketball: Utah not so bad; Cats need better defense

2013-02-16T20:31:00Z UA basketball: Utah not so bad; Cats need better defenseBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 16, 2013 8:31 pm  • 

SALT LAKE CITY — Like any smart player, 6-foot-6-inch Utah freshman Jordan Loveridge said he looked to take only “shots that were there” when he entered McKale Center on Jan. 5.

So he took them. A lot of them.

Loveridge scored 13 points in the first half with 3-of-4 three-point shooting, setting the stage for a second-half scare that nearly cost Arizona its three-point victory, and the trend was set into motion.

Loveridge is actually a power forward, a mostly inside player whom Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak sees as a guy “who can stretch the defense a little bit,” but the Wildcats also have had trouble with big point guards and typically sized small forwards during the Pac-12 season.

Read more in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Oregon
12/29 9:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
Carroll (Mont.) at
Utah
12/30 7:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon State
12/30 7:30 pm
Vermont at
USC
12/30 9:30 pm
Washington State at
Stanford
1/2 1:00 pm
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