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Kobe Bryant made an impact on Utah men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak

With a Kobe Bryant No. 24 jersey in tow, and with a pair of Bryant’s signature Nike sneakers on his feet, Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak spent much of his usual Tuesday press conference speaking about the global icon. After about 20 minutes, Utes Associate Director of Communications John Vu made a last call for questions. It was then that Krystkowiak really started talking. “Last time I felt like this was 9/11, where it really just hits you in the gut,” Krystkowiak said. “I know that at that same time, what happened was our country was kind of brought together. Politically,...
The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 27, 2020

Utah’s gymnasts are entering the toughest stretch of the season

When looking at Utah’s upcoming schedule, gymnastics coach Tom Farden laughs and notes the league took his advice when determining opponents.“My proposal was we should never have more than three weekends in a row on the road,” he said. “They followed that to a ’T.’”That the league administrators did, but they still saddled Utah with a difficult Pac-12 schedule since four of the next five meets are on the road.The Utes compete at No. 21 Arizona on Saturday, travel to No. 10 California next week, host No. 25 Oregon State on Feb. 15, and then compete at No. 3 UCLA on Feb. 23 before...
The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 27, 2020

Utes’ Rylan Jones named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

Rylan Jones got the University of Utah back on track last week.On Thursday against Washington, the Utes freshman point guard was the hero, going 9-for-10 from the foul line, finishing with 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in an improbable 67-66 win. Two days later, his game-high 24 points paced Utah to a 76-64 win over Washington State. For his efforts, Jones was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week by the league office Monday afternoon. He is the first Ute freshman to receive the honor this season. Sophomore guard Timmy Allen was named Player of the Week twice in the month of...
The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 26, 2020

Utah basketball got a pair of needed home victories before going on the road

Larry Krystkowiak has talked a lot about the ebbs and flows of a season.The University of Utah will win, it will lose. It’ll play well for stretches, it’ll play poorly for stretches. The Utes had a five-game winning streak, which included Quadrant 1 wins over BYU and Kentucky. They recently had a four-game losing streak, which included getting routed by some of the Pac-12’s elite.Take all of that into account, then consider the Utes are the third-youngest team in the country, per KenPom.com. Any rotation player with any experience has only been around for a season-and-a-half, and...
Block U Jan 26, 2020
Utes top Washington State to finish sweep of Washington schools at the Huntsman

Utes top Washington State to finish sweep of Washington schools at the Huntsman

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports The Utes put together one of their better performances in the last couple of weeks against the Cougars. The Utes were led by Rylan Jones’ 24 points, as the young Utah point guard took over in the second half. This game was also about some of the “unsung” guys on this roster, as Mikael Jantunen played a great game, with 16 points, while Brandon Carlson had his best game on both sides of the ball with 12 points and three blocks. Utah did come out of the gate a bit flat and slow after the win over UW on Thursday, but an intentional foul jump started...
The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 25, 2020

Jones scores 24 as Utah tops Washington State 76-64 at the Huntsman Center

The University of Utah men’s basketball team may have won a game on Thursday night, but even Larry Krystkowiak had to admit his team’s offense struggled against Washington.There were no struggles on Saturday with the Utes looking for the weekend sweep against Washington State.Utah shot 63 percent from the floor, Rylan Jones led four players in double figures with a game-high 24 points, and the Utes downed the Cougars, 76-64, at the Huntsman Center.Jones was the hero Wednesday night against the Huskies, going 9-for-10 from foul line in the second half, but shot just 2-for-11. Saturday’s...
Block U Jan 25, 2020
How to watch Utah play Washington State

How to watch Utah play Washington State

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports After a big comeback win against Washington on Thursday, the Utes are back at it against Washington State. The Utes had to rally from a double digit deficit against the Huskies, and was rather lucky to come away with a win, considering they didn’t hit a field goal for the last three minutes of the game. Regardless, it’s a confidence builder for the team, which had been struggling mightily. Now the Utes have another stiff test with Wazzu coming into the Huntsman Center. Wazzu, even after getting thumped by Colorado on Thursday, is fully capable of...
The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 24, 2020

Comeback against Washington marked Utah’s biggest basketball win of the season; the resurgent WSU Cougars are next

In the wake of the University of Utah’s fourth straight loss at Arizona State, Timmy Allen spoke with conviction.The sophomore guard noted the Utes are young, but he refused to pin their struggles on it. A lot of guys had a lot stuff to figure out, and if that meant players-only conversations turning more detailed and more serious, so be it.Larry Krystkowiak is not in the business of sharing the inner workings of his program, so what was said behind closed doors this week in the run-up to Washington’s arrival at the Huntsman Center on Thursday night is unknown. Whatever was said, it...
Block U Jan 24, 2020
Utah beats Washington to break losing streak

Utah beats Washington to break losing streak

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports It wasn’t exactly textbook when it comes to winning a game, but the Utes did enough to rally to beat Washington on Thursday night to break their four game losing streak. Utah was led by Riley Battin in scoring, with 17 points, many of which he got in the fist half to keep the Utes within striking distance. Timmy Allen and Rylan Jones each pitched in 13, with Jones getting most of this from the free throw line. The first half, like most of the game, was pretty ugly offensive basketball. It’s crazy to think the Utes won a game when shooting 34% from the...
The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 23, 2020

Utah snaps four-game slide, edges Washington 67-66 at Huntsman Center

As the second dropped, the percentages went up.Utah didn’t make a single field goal in the final four minutes of its game against Washington. And yet, somehow, the formerly dismal-shooting Utes managed to erase the gap the Huskies held over them and celebrate an unlikely 67-66 victory on Thursday night in Pac-12 play at the Huntsman Center.Shooting about 50 percent from the free-throw line for most of the game, the Utes, who ended a four-game losing streak, raised that statistic to 75 percent as sophomore Timmy Allen and freshmen Mikael Jantunen and Rylan Jones went a perfect 12 for 12 down...
The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 23, 2020

Kristina Baskett gained fame as a Ute gymnast, then found the spotlight again as a ‘Game of Thrones’ stunt double. Now she’s a Sun Devil.

One of the last times most Utah gymnastics fans saw Kristina Baskett in a public capacity it was in the widely popular Game of Thrones series as she starred as the stunt double for the character Arya, the heroine who kills the Night King in the show’s climax.Now Baskett is serving in a more traditional role for the former Utah gymnast, as an assistant coach for Arizona State.Baskett, who was a 12-time All-American for the Utes from 2006-09, will be back in the Huntsman Center on Friday when the Sun Devils take on the Utes at 7 p.m.Baskett has helped the Sun Devils the last two years in a...
The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 23, 2020

Red All Over: Having Utah and USC to meet on short rest next football season is a mistake by the Pac-12

Red All Over is a weekly newsletter covering Utah athletics. Subscribe here.When the Pac-12 released its 2020 football schedule last Thursday, a few things jumped out regarding Utah.The Utes open at Cal, which some project as a preseason top-25 team. They host USC on a Friday night (again), play UCLA at the Rose Bowl on a Thursday night and close with road games at Arizona State and Colorado.It wasn’t until the second or third time going through the schedule that something struck me as odd.Why are Utah and USC playing each other on short rest for a second consecutive season?You’ve got two...
Block U Jan 23, 2020
How to watch Utah take on Washington

How to watch Utah take on Washington

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports The Utes finally return home to the Huntsman Center in the midst of a four game losing steak, and they’ve been beat up pretty good the last three. Losing to three ranked teams, and another talented team on the road is nothing to be disappointed about, but losing in the fashion they have been has been disheartening. The Utes got a couple tough games at home now against the Washington schools. These are winnable games, but Utah needs to find themselves again, and fast, and hopefully the home court will help. Utah has to get more out of guys like Both...
The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 22, 2020

Washington’s Isaiah Stewart making first, and likely only trip to Huntsman Center to take on Utah Utes

Isaiah Stewart and the University of Washington will pay a visit to the Huntsman Center on Thursday evening to take on the University of Utah.Make sure you’re paying attention, because this is likely to be the 6-foot-9, five-star freshman forward’s only trip to Salt Lake City as a collegian.Stewart, the Naismith National Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American in 2019, is a projected top-20 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, according to authoritative ESPN NBA Draft expert Jonathan Givony. “I know he’s a stud, he’s certainly one of the best bigs in our conference,” Utes head...
The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 21, 2020

Utah Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak reprimanded by Pac-12 for criticizing officials

After getting ejected late in Saturday night’s loss at Arizona State, Larry Krystkowiak calmly made some negative comments about the officiating.

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