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
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington 3 4 0 0.429 14 5 0 0.737
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Washington at
Utah
1/25 56-77
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
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