Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
College basketball: Utes gain confidence despite two losses in Arizona
Utah basketball » Team poised to be more competitive in Pac-12 this season.
First Published Jan 06 2013 07:55 pm • Last Updated Jan 07 2013 12:51 pm

Tucson, Ariz. • Officially, Utah is 0-2 in the Pac-12 Conference and in desperate need of a league win this week against either UCLA or USC.

That doesn’t mean the road trip through Arizona is completely lost for the Utes.

At a glance

UCLA at Utah

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

TV » Pac-12 Networks

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Coach Larry Krystkowiak’s crew returns to Salt Lake City as a confident bunch, and one that thinks they allowed the opportunity for two wins to get away from them against Arizona State and Arizona.

Utah forced the Sun Devils into overtime and had the ball with a chance to pull off a victory on the final possession. Against the No. 3 Wildcats, the Utes had a chance to take a lead in the final 15 seconds and a chance to tie at the buzzer.

They converted in neither game.

"We have to find a way to make a basket when it counts," Krystkowiak said. "It’s not hard to figure out. We have to execute down the stretch and if we can do that, some of these games will start going our way."

If nothing else, Utah proved something to itself this past week. The Utes were a conference punching bag last season, losing multiple time by horrific margins. The program may have sent a message that it will be competitive during the league schedule.

But can Utah win, and win consistently in the Pac-12?

That’s a question that has yet to be answered. Thursday night, the Utes will face a streaking, talented UCLA team that features the one roster in the league that can challenge Arizona. Utah has to prove that it can score in the final five minutes of close games, and that it can score from the perimeter — two big question marks.

"We have a lot of confidence as a team," freshman forward Jordan Loveridge said. "We have to get better on offense, but coach is really stressing defense. We have to come out and play better against UCLA; they have a very good team and it’s going to be a challenge for us."

story continues below
story continues below

tjones@sltrib.comon twitter: @tjonessltrib

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.