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Runnin' Utes basketball: Utah will open practice to the public before Saturday's football game

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10 2013 7:36 p.m. MDT

Utah's Jordan Loveridge celebrates with his teammates after scoring 15 points to assist the Utes in a victory over USC at the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday. (Chad Zavala, Daily Utah Chronicle) Utah's Jordan Loveridge celebrates with his teammates after scoring 15 points to assist the Utes in a victory over USC at the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday. (Chad Zavala, Daily Utah Chronicle)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Utes fans can get a sneak peek at their men's basketball team Saturday morning.

From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m, the team's practice will be open at the Huntsman Center for the first time this season for fans who'd like to get a look at the squad before the Utah-Stanford football game. The football game starts at 4 p.m.

The Runnin' Utes are finishing up their second week of practice.

"It's going really good," said sophomore Jordan Loveridge.

Because of NCAA rule changes, the men's team is practicing several weeks earlier than in past seasons. Loveridge said he feels like it allows the players to ease into the season.

"I think it helps our bodies," said Loveridge. "You can have a day or two to recover, little things like that help. ... We have a lot more time to go through what coaches expect, what the program expects."

Utah forward Jordan Loveridge attempts a layup during the first half of Utah's semifinals game against the Ducks Friday night in Las Vegas. (Chad Zavala) Utah forward Jordan Loveridge attempts a layup during the first half of Utah's semifinals game against the Ducks Friday night in Las Vegas. (Chad Zavala)

Head coach Larry Krystkowiak said the Utes have had some small injuries that have been dealt with more carefully because of the new rules and schedule.

"I think a change in the format has kind of given us a chance to be wise, rest some of those guys," he said. "This might be a classic example of why the change in the rule helps us. ...When you only have three weeks to pound everything in, maybe those kids don't get to take a day or two off, and then it ends up being a worse injury."

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