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Utah basketball: Runnin' Utes set to see a show in Vegas

Published: Monday, March 10 2014 11:30 p.m. MDT

Utah's Delon Wright lays up a shot against California in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Ben Margot, AP

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak had big plans for the Utes on their first night in Las Vegas. They were going to a show at The Mirage, checking out “The Beatles: Love” by Cirque du Soleil. It’s where they planned to be Monday night.

“I saw that over the summer with my wife and a couple of my kids and it was one of those lifetime memories. It’s not going to be running forever,” Krystkowiak said. “I know a lot of our guys aren’t going to be real familiar with Beatles music, but there was something about that '60s vibe and there’s plenty of great Beatles songs.”

Besides the tunes, Krytskowiak also praised the visual aspects of the show. After soaking it up, the Utes return to the basketball floor with a morning practice at Clark High School on Tuesday.

Wednesday’s tournament opener against Washington tips off at 1 p.m. MDT.

WRIGHT’S FUTURE: Will he stay? Or will he go? Utah junior Delon Wright, who became the first player from the program to ever earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors, declined to shed much light on his future Monday morning in the Huntsman Center.

“I really don’t know. I’ll think about it after the season — talk with the people I need to talk with and make a decision from there,” Wright said. “But I’m really just focused on Washington and trying to get some wins to keep furthering our season.”

VIVA, LAS VEGAS: Utah guard Brandon Taylor is eager to return to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Utes won two games there in last year’s Pac-12 tournament — knocking off USC 69-66 and California 79-69. They were then eliminated by Oregon in the semifinals.

“I can’t wait,” said Taylor, who called it a beautiful arena. “I’m excited ... to get down there and just play.”

FAMILIAR FOE: When asked about the challenges that the Utes will face in the first round against Washington, Utah forward Jordan Loveridge noted that it begins with former Pleasant Grove star C.J. Wilcox. He leads the Huskies with 18.5 points per game.

“It starts with C.J. Wilcox and then pretty much all their guards,” Loveridge said. “They have great guards. So it’s going to be tough for whoever has to chase C.J. around. That’s going to be tough. I feel like if we can get back in transition and contain C.J., I think we’ll be fine.”

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