Very nice victory, Utes. That's how you finish the game! Good overall
team effort. Now do the same against Washington State.
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.
@RBN--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 stlvs. UCLA -- 17/9/4/1vs. ASU -- 22/6/1vs.
ua -- 13/5/1/1vs. CU -- 4/4/5/1Keep 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.
AZUTE1,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.
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!
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.
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.
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