Loveridge, Utes hit boards to top Huskies

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  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 7, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    Good to see them get on the boards.

    The first 16 minutes of the game were brutal from a turnover standpoint. Wow. They just couldn't protect the ball.

    Good win, let's get WSU now.

    Go Utes

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    I've been preaching about rebounding all year. It's simple math, get more shots on goal than the opponent and your odds of winning go way up. How do you get more shots? out-rebound your opponent and make sure your turnover minus steals number is smaller than your opponents. Utah lost the turnover/steals by a margin of 4 but won the rebounding battle by 6. The ultimate decider at that point came down to free throws and shooting percentage. But again, you're not even in a position to have those things matter if you haven't first given yourself at least as many shooting opportunities as your opponent. In the two previous games Utah completely shot themselves in the foot by getting their rear ends kicked on the boards.
    Anyway, it looks like the coaches may have gotten the message through to the players, I hope they can keep it up.

  • UU Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 12:56 p.m.

    Nice job JL. 13 boards and 6-7 shooting is terrific. Now play better defense and ensure that you don't have another game with 7 turnovers and your game will be complete.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 12:24 p.m.

    Coach K noticed that Jordan had been struggling and asked him to get more aggressive and to contribute in other ways, starting with a goal of 10 rebounds. He got 13. Go Utes!

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 12:05 p.m.


    I'm not so concerned about his points. I'm concerned about his defensive intensity, particularly defensive rebounding. He tends to disappear. He did that against AU and CU. Being a bit undersized, perhaps he was tired from banging against the big boys from both teams. I agree that he's been fairly consistent offensively. I would like to see a few more post-ups from both him and the centers. That said, it was nice to see a few more in the paint buckets from him last night.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 7, 2014 10:48 a.m.


    After you pointed this out regardng JL, I posted some numbers for you....His bipolar method in scoring his points over the course of any given game sends a skewed message about what he in fact is actually producing overall each game....It was then skewed even further just prior to our game yesterday when what's fresh in our fans' mind was his point-total for our most recent game against CU, being merely 4-PTS--

    vs. USC -- 16 pts/ 5 rebs/ 4 assts/ 1 stl
    vs. UCLA -- 17/9/4/1
    vs. ASU -- 22/6/1
    vs. ua -- 13/5/1/1
    vs. CU -- 4/4/5/1

    Keep in mind, ua is Top-5 defensively in the nation and CU is known for its D-prowess, as well, particularly at home, although they lost a key component to it when SD went down....Not to mention ASU is coached by a defensive-minded HC.

    I see merely 1 game in which his overall production deviated to any noticeable extent and that was at CU.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 6:40 a.m.

    Earlier in the week I was very critical of Loveridge's rebounding and defensive efforts, and expressed that until he started doing the dirty work the Utes would lose. Things changed last night, hopefully permanently.

    Feb. 7, 2014 12:16 a.m.

    Very nice victory, Utes. That's how you finish the game! Good overall team effort. Now do the same against Washington State.