Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah basketball notes: Loveridge’s pickiness pays off
Utah hoops notes » Soph’s numbers reflect a better shot selection.
First Published Feb 13 2014 10:30 pm • Last Updated Feb 13 2014 10:32 pm

Los Angeles • Of late, Jordan Loveridge has been less aggressive offensively. And that approach has led him to be more efficient on the floor.

The trend continued Thursday night as Utah’s star sophomore forward never looked to force anything in the first half against USC, never looked to hunt for his shot.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

As a result, the first 20 minutes produced one of his best stat lines of the season, nine points, five rebounds and three assists. When the Trojans went to a zone defense, Utah ran its offense through him in the high post. When he had open looks from the perimeter, he calmly knocked down a trio of 3-pointers.

This has been the new Jordan Loveridge. In the past, he’s tended to shoot early and often. Now, he’s let the game come to him much more and has played much better in tandem with Delon Wright.

He’s also gone a long way towards filling up the stat sheet. Last week in a win over Washington, Loveridge had 13 rebounds to go along with 16 points. Against the Trojans - with the opposition controlling the backboards - Loveridge stuck himself into the fray and pulled down tough caroms in traffic.

Finding depth

Larry Krystkowiak continues to go deep into his bench for guys who haven’t played meaningful minutes in awhile. Against USC, it was Marko Kovacevic, who hadn’t been in the rotation. But in order to keep up with USC’s tremendous size, Kovacevic played and provided a few good minutes, laying a body on Omar Oraby. He also went to the basket, got fouled and made a free-throw.

Not good

story continues below
story continues below

Utah had eight turnovers and just eight assists in the first half against the Trojans, three of those coming from Brandon Taylor. Many of those came in the first 10 minutes, when USC built a lead.


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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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.