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Utah played 11-on-11 for much of Thursday’s no-pads practice in order to give its quarterbacks every opportunity to separate themselves, Kyle Whittingham said. Opportunity for quarterbacks also meant opportunity for wide receivers. More so than at quarterback — where Travis …

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  • UTAH SPORTS
    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The University of Utah's Delon Wright signs autographs after practice at the NRG Stadium court prior to the Utes' 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game against Duke in Houston, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Utah basketball: Dorell Wright keeping an eye on Delon, Runnin' Utes
    The strategy has worked so far, so Dorell Wright is going to stick to it: He's going to stay the heck away from his little brother.  In the games he's...
    Updated Mar 26 2015 06:24 pm   |     |   Share
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The University of Utah Utes practice on the NRG Stadium court prior to their 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game against Duke in Houston, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Utah basketball: How the Utes match up with Duke
    POWER FORWARD: Chris Reyes, Utah vs. Justise Winslow, Duke. On paper, this is the most lopsided matchup, but it will be a platoon of Utes trying to co...
    Updated Mar 26 2015 08:52 pm   |     |   Share
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The University of Utah Utes practice on the NRG Stadium court prior to their 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game against Duke in Houston, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Utah basketball: Utes need their best to topple Duke
    Houston • If college basketball fans are surprised by Utah’s success in the NCAA Tournament, Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak suggested earlier this week,...
    Updated Mar 26 2015 11:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski signs autographs during a practice session for a college basketball regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Houston. Duke plays Utah on Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Utah basketball: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski full of praise for Utes
    Houston • Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski praised the work of Utah's Larry Krystkowiak and the rest of the Utes during a news conference Thursday, but he c...
    Updated Mar 26 2015 04:48 pm   |     |   Share


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Utah assistant coach Tommy Connor and head coach Larry Krystkowiak watch as Utah pulls away to defeat Lamar 84-57 Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at the Huntsman Center. Utah basketball: Tommy and Jake Connor come full circle at Sweet 16
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Utah senior Kaelin Clay runs the 40-yard dash during Pro Day at the Spence Eccles Field House, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Utah pro day: Clay, Ianu are among standouts in high-pressure workout (with video)
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Utah Utes forward Jakob Poeltl (42) dunks over Georgetown Hoyas forward Paul White (13) during second half play. Utah defeated Georgetown 75-64 to advance to the Kragthorpe: Big game vs. Duke could send Utes’ Poeltl to NBA
    Houston So the Utah Utes have arrived at the Final Four venue, a year in advance. The rebuilding of Utah’s program is ahead of schedule, by anyone’...
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  • CBS Sports Commentator Jim Nantz, right, shakes hands with retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus after speaking at a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, where Nicklaus received the Congressional Gold Medal . (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Pierce: CBS’ Jim Nantz says Utah can upset Duke
    The man who will be calling the Utah-Duke game for CBS on Friday night — Jim Nantz — won’t be surprised if there’s an upset. And not just because he’s...
    Updated Mar 26 2015 06:46 pm   |     |   Share
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Duke Blue Devils forward Justise Winslow (12) throws a Duke shirt to the fans following Duke's practice on the NRG Stadium court prior to their 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game against Utah in Houston, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The Houston native is playing before a hometown crowd. Monson: A win for Utah over Duke is a win for America
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  • Utah forward Brekkott Chapman (0) and Arizona forward Brandon Ashley (21) battle under the basket in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah basketball: First-year Utes soaking up NCAA experience, building for future
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    Updated Mar 25 2015 07:08 pm   |     |   Share
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Utah assistant coach Tommy Connor and head coach Larry Krystkowiak watch as Utah pulls away to defeat Lamar 84-57 Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at the Huntsman Center. Utah State basketball: Tommy Connor a leading candidate for USU job, but no offer yet
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    Updated Mar 25 2015 07:52 pm   |     |   Share
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Members of the Utah gymnastics team (l-r) Tory Wilson, Becky Tutka, Corrie Lothrop, Georgia Dabritz, Kailah Delaney and Tiffani Lewis are introduced before the gymnastics meet against Michigan at the Jon M. Huntsman Center Friday March 6, 2015. Utah defeated Michigan 198.250 to 197.675. Utah gymnastics: Kailah Delaney ready for bigger role with Utes
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  • Duke's Chris Burgess tries to keep the ball from going out of bounds as Connecticut's Edmund Saunders (51) watches in the first half of the championship game of the NCAA Final Four, Monday, March 29,  1999, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. UConn won 77-74. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Utah basketball notes: Chris Burgess has dual loyalties, unique insight into Utah-Duke matchup
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Brutus the Ohio State mascot during the loss to Arizona, Saturday, March 21, 2015. 
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Utah Utes guard Delon Wright (55) brings the ball up during second half play. Utah defeated Georgetown 75-64 to advance to the Kragthorpe: Delon Wright doesn’t need to score to be Utes’ MVP
    In the critical moments of the University of Utah’s biggest basketball game in 10 years, senior guard Delon Wright did what seemingly everyone who wat...
    Updated Mar 25 2015 07:20 pm   |     |   Share
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The offensive line runs charted plays as the University of Utah football team held their first spring practice, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Utah football notes: Whittingham spotlights battles at five positions
    Given that Utah returns seven offensive starters and nine defensive starters, Kyle Whittingham’s Day One list of position battles is surprisingly long...
    Updated Mar 24 2015 08:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The offensive line runs charted plays as the University of Utah football team held their first spring practice, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Utah football: QBs are excited for continuity as coaches try to ‘thin the herd’ behind Wilson
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    Updated Mar 24 2015 09:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - At left, in a Feb. 18, 2015, file photo, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski yells during the first half of his team's NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Durham, N.C. At right, in a March 8, 2014, file photo, Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak shouts from the bench during the second half of their NCAA college basketball game against Stanford in Stanford, Calif. Duke and Utah play on Friday, March 27, 2015, in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in Houston  (AP Photo/File) Utah basketball: Krystkowiak, Krzyzewski share much more than just ‘Coach K’
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Tory Wilson competes on the Beam for the Ute's  in the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships at the Huntsman Center, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Utah gymnastics: Dabritz, Wilson lead Utes’ Pac-12 honorees
    Utah's gymnastics team dominated the Pac-12 All-Conference awards announced on Tuesday. Seniors Tory Wilson and Georgia Dabritz were named to the all-...
    Updated Mar 24 2015 09:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak during second half play. Utah defeated Stephen F. Austin 57-50 at the Moda Center in Portland, Thursday, March 19, 2015. Utah basketball notes: Analytics place Utah’s title chances in middle of Sweet 16 field
    As far as the Runnin’ Utes are concerned, they have as much of a chance as anyone else to take home a title. In the NCAA Tournament field of 16 teams ...
    Updated Mar 24 2015 08:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak yells to his team during first half play. Utah defeated Georgetown 75-64 to advance to the Monson: Utah has a shot against Duke — no, really
    The Utes will attempt to knife the big blue beast on Friday night in Houston and move on to the Elite Eight on Sunday. They have a chance. Slap that ...
    Updated Mar 24 2015 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Duke's Jahlil Okafor (15) and San Diego State's Skylar Spencer (0) chase the ball during the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 32 in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) Utah basketball notes: Utes preparing for Duke’s Jahlil Okafor
    They took turns on scout team: Jakob Poeltl, Jeremy Olsen and Dallin Bachynski. But no matter how much the team tries to simulate going against 6-foot...
    Updated Mar 23 2015 11:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Becky Tutka competes on the floor for the Utes, in the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships at the Huntsman Center, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Utah gymnastics: Utes, Aggies and Cougars all headed to California for NCAA regional
    Cal’s gymnastics team technically is hosting an NCAA Gymnastics regional, but the affair will have a definite Utah flavor as the third-ranked Utes, Ut...
    Updated Mar 23 2015 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
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Utah quarterback Travis Wilson (7) celebrates what he thought was a touchdown in the Utes' 24-21 victory over the USC Trojans at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, October 25, 2014. The touchdown was overturned on review and Utah got the ball on the 1 yard line 5 burning questions about Utah football — answered
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