Utah Rumors & News

  • Jakob Poeltl believes he can play like Pau Gasol

    L.A. Daily News "With the Lakers hoping to accelerate their rebuilding process, they spoke with one college prospect who believes he can emulate a certain player that once delivered them NBA championships. “I can be a lot like Pau Gasol,” said University of Utah sophomore center Jakob Poeltl, who interviewed..." May 15

  • Utah forward Brekkott Chapman to transfer

    Salt Lake Tribune "Brekkott Chapman — who was to be a key piece to the University of Utah's men's basketball rotation going forward — has received a release from his scholarship and will transfer from the school, The Tribune has learned. Chapman originally asked for his release last week, sources tell The..." May 08

  • Gonzaga rolls past Utah and into Sweet 16

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Gonzaga was in danger of not making the NCAA Tournament a week before Selection Sunday. Now the Bulldogs are one win from reaching the Elite Eight for the second straight year. Domantas Sabonis had 19 points and 10 rebounds and 11th-seeded Gonzaga routed third-seeded Utah..." March 20

  • Poeltl's rebounding carries Utah past Fresno State

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Fresno State knew dealing with Utah forward Jakob Poeltl was going to be difficult. The Bulldogs were right. Poeltl had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Lorenzo Bonam scored 17, and third-seeded Utah beat 14th-seeded Fresno State 80-69 in the first round of the NCAA..." March 17

  • No. 8 Oregon manhandles No. 12 Utah in Pac-12

    The Sports Xchange "LAS VEGAS -- Oregon coach Dana Altman, whose eighth-ranked team routed No. 12 Utah 88-57 in the Pac-12 title game, said the Utes are a worthy opponent that simply ran into his hot team on Saturday night. Make that three run-ins this season. None of them were pretty for the Utes, who entered..." March 13

  • No. 12 Utah pulls out OT win over No. 24 California

    The Sports Xchange "LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Utah has finally reached its first Pac-12 tournament championship game in the program's five years in the conference by virtue of the 12th-ranked Utes' 82-78 overtime win over No. 24 California in a semifinal game Friday night. The Utes (26-7) will face regular-season..." March 12

  • Utah tops USC for eighth straight victory

    The Sports Xchange "LAS VEGAS -- The shot may now be described as "The One Heard All Around Salt Lake City." Guard Brandon Taylor shot it and it all but secured Utah an 80-72 victory over USC on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament. The Utes have won eight straight games. "The last month..." March 11

  • No. 13 Utah holds off Colorado

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- Few teams can match the sort of positive momentum that Utah is enjoying right now. Even when nothing is going right on offense, the Utes seem to find a way to pull out wins. Colorado learned that firsthand on Saturday night after Utah's defense smothered the Buffaloes..." March 06

  • Taylor leads No. 22 Utah past No. 9 Arizona

    The Sports Xchange "To have a chance to win its first Pac-12 title, Utah had to do something it had never done in the conference: Beat Arizona. Point guard Brandon Taylor scored 19 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute, as the 22nd-ranked Utes stayed in the hunt for the league title with a 70-64..." February 27

  • No. 22 Utah rolls over Arizona State

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- Teams facing Utah are finding out that focusing defensive efforts exclusively on stopping center Jakob Poeltl isn't always the best strategy. The Utes can just as easily burn a team from the perimeter. Arizona State learned that lesson the hard way. No. 22 Utah made 16..." February 25

  • Utah 80, USC 69

    The Sports Xchange "The hot shooting of sophomore forward Jakob Poeltl helped visiting Utah beat USC 80-69 on Sunday afternoon at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Poeltl scored 29 points on 11-of-13 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds for Utah (21-7, 10-5 Pac-12 Conference), which has won four in a row and..." February 21

  • Utah 75, UCLA 73

    The Sports Xchange "Senior forward Jordan Loveridge scored 17 points to help Utah escape with a 75-73 victory over UCLA on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Sophomore forward Jakob Poeltl had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Utah (20-7, 9-5 Pac-12 Conference). Sophomore forward Kyle Kuzma had 13..." February 19

  • Utah 88, Washington State 47

    The Sports Xchange "Center Jakob Poeltl scored 25 points and collected 10 rebounds to lead Utah to a 88-47 victory over Washington State on Sunday in Salt Lake City. Forward Jordan Loveridge added 14 points and forward Brekkott Chapman chipped in 12 points to pace the Utes. Utah (19-7, 8-5 Pac-12) won its..." February 14

  • Larry Krystkowiak: Utah-BYU series canceled due to 'toxic environment'

    The Score "Utah's Larry Krystkowiak made national headlines last week when he canceled the 2016-17 contest against in-state rival BYU amid safety concerns, and the Utes coach expanded on the reason for his decision Monday. "Within this matchup exists a highly venomous and toxic environment that fuels..." January 12

  • Utah cancels 2016-17 men's basketball contest vs. BYU

    The Score "The Holy War rivalry between BYU and Utah is one of the fiercest in college basketball, but will be absent from next season's calendar after Utah cancelled the scheduled game. "I disagree with the decision," Cougars coach Dave Rose said in a statement. "I know our students, our players, our..." January 07

  • David Collette will transfer to Utah, pay his own way for a year

    Yahoo! Sports "The two-month battle between David Collette and Utah State has reached an outcome that likely won't fully satisfy either side. Collette told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday that he will enroll at Utah next month and pay his own way for the next two semesters. The 6-foot-10 forward said he won't be..." December 24

  • Small ball revolution won't stop Utah prospect Jakob Poeltl from making an impact in the NBA

    Sporting News - NCAAB "The NBA’s small ball revolution is happening and there’s no stopping it. But there’s still a demand for traditional centers; even the undefeated Warriors utilize two rim-protecting, rim-running centers, Festus Ezeli and Andrew Bogut. They allow the Warriors to be chameleons and adapt to..." December 11

  • BYU Basketball Player Nick Emery Ejected for Punching Utah Player Brandon Taylor and Then Taunting Him

    Complex "Aren’t BYU athletes supposed to be, like, nice? Well, there was nothing nice about what BYU freshman basketball player Nick Emery did late in a game against Utah last night. With his team trailing by double digits and less than two minutes left on the clock, Emery was standing next to Utah..." December 03

  • 2016 SG Devon Daniels commits to Runnin' Utes

    Salt Lake Tribune "October has been a kind recruiting month for the Runnin' Utes, already producing two 2016 commitments. On Wednesday evening, they added a third 2016 commit after guard Devon Daniels announced he will accept Utah's scholarship offer. "It just felt like home," Daniels said in an interview with..." October 22

  • Utah State lands forward Daron Henson

    College Basketball Talk "Utah State landed its third verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 on Saturday, as 6-foot-8 combo forward Daron Henson announced that he’ll attend the Mountain West program next season. Henson joins guard Koby McEwen and forward Klay Stall in Utah State’s 2016 recruiting class to date. Henson,..." October 19

  • Four-star center Jayce Johnson will get early start with Runnin' Utes

    Salt Lake Tribune "Jayce Johnson's official visit to Utah went like many do: He saw the Huntsman Center. He saw the new facilities. Since he happened to be coming during Homecoming weekend, he got to meet the '98 Runnin' Utes. But he also spent a long time talking to Charles Stephenson and Ernie Rimer. For those..." October 13

  • Utah adds Class of 2016 junior college guard Jojo Zamora

    Salt Lake Tribune "The only thing Jojo Zamora ever sought in his basketball career is a firm, stable home in a Division I program. He transferred high schools to make it happen. He went to prep school to make it happen. After both those options failed, he went to Yuba College, where he finally got the help he..." October 13

  • Sweet 16 rematch next season: Duke-Utah happening at MSG

    CBS Sports "One of the most anticipated Sweet 16 games from last season's NCAA Tournament is getting a regular-season rematch. Duke and Utah announced they'll meet in New York City next season (Dec. 19) at Madison Square Garden. The game once more fulfills Mike Krzyzewski's annual self-imposed obligation..." June 06

  • Utah center Jeremy Olsen retires, while Utes add juco guard to roster

    Salt Lake Tribune "Jeremy Olsen's mind was ready for another season, his senior year with the Runnin' Utes. But his hips — which gave him pain, stiffness and discomfort throughout his college basketball career — were not. After consulting with his coaches, his doctor, his parents and his wife, the 24-year-old..." May 07

  • Four-star Class of 2016 guard Frank Jackson will take a mission trip before playing college basketball

    College Basketball Talk "Class of 2016 guard Frank Jackson is emerging as one of the premier guards in the country, but he’s also dealing with a unique development in his recruitment. The native of Utah will be one of the more college-ready guards in his class when he arrives on campus. Except Jackson won’t enter college..." May 05

  • Utah basketball Jakob Poeltl to return for 2015-16 season

    Salt Lake Tribune "Projected as a possible lottery pick in June's NBA Draft, Jakob Poeltl has decided instead to return for his sophomore season at Utah. "I love my teammates, coaches and college in general," Poeltl said in a statement, calling it a "gut decision." The Austrian started all but one game for the..." April 20

  • Utah's Larry Krystkowiak earns $19 million contract through 2022-23

    CBS Sports "Larry Krystkowiak has turned Utah from a six-win team to a 26-win team in three years, and this past March got the Utes to a Sweet 16, where they lost to eventual national champion Duke. For his efforts -- and because he's become a commodity on the coaching market -- Utah announced on Wednesday..." April 08

  • Late Duke free throw causes huge Las Vegas swing

    ESPN "A foul that almost wasn't called resulted in a last-second free throw that caused millions of dollars to change hands in Las Vegas. And this time the sportsbooks took the worst of it. Duke guard Quinn Cook made one of two free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining, capping the Blue Devils' 63-57..." March 28

  • Delon Wright doesn’t need to score to be Utes’ MVP

    Salt Lake Tribune "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 watches the Utes has wanted him to do. He took over the game. Disclaimer: He did so in his usual, understated style. Wright's guiding the Utes..." March 25

  • Utah basketball: Krystkowiak changed Utes’ culture — and wins followed

    Salt Lake Tribune "In his hands, he clutched a rope. Beneath his feet, there was a cable stretching across an expanse that felt like a mile, and beneath the cable was 100 feet of sky. Larry Krystkowiak was harnessed in, so he knew if he slipped, if his hands or feet failed him, he wouldn't plummet to the ground...." March 19

  • Delon Wright dealing with sore knee, expects to start vs. Stanford

    Salt Lake Tribune "It was a heart-stopper for Utah fans at the time. Keep in mind, Delon Wright didn't know if he was going to be OK either. He went up for a rebound in warm-ups for the second half and felt some pain. He told coaches, who had been expecting to send him out for another 20 minutes against Colorado...." February 11

  • Noah Togiai, football and basketball standout, flips from Utah Utes to Oregon State Beavers

    Oregonian "In a battle Utah desperately didn't want to lose, Oregon State came out with the victory. Rivals three-star small forward/tight end Noah Togiai, who plays both basketball and football, announced via Twitter that he has switched his commitment from Utah to Oregon State on the eve of signing..." February 05

  • Utah forward Jordan Loveridge will miss time after knee surgery

    Salt Lake Tribune "Amid one of Utah's best moments of the year, there was a painful announcement. Jordan Loveridge will be out until at least the start of conference play after undergoing knee surgery this week. Called a game-time decision leading into Utah's eventual 69-68 win in overtime on Wednesday, Loveridge..." December 04

  • Utes receive commitment from JUCO wing Gabe Bealer

    Salt Lake Tribune "The Runnin’ Utes received a commitment Saturday from Gabe Bealer, a sophomore wing at City College of San Francisco, where Utah found standout senior point guard Delon Wright. Rams coach Justin Labagh told The Tribune on Saturday night that Bealer was "probably a little overlooked" in playing..." October 14

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Senior guard Delon Wright, Utah aim to end NCAA tournament drought

    College Basketball Talk "After reaching the Pac-12 tournament semifinals in 2012-13, Utah felt better about its chances of competing within the conference in 2013-14 for a variety of reasons. While the improved maturity of players such as Dallin Bachynski, Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor was certainly a factor, the..." July 13

  • Krystkowiak signs five-year deal to stay with Utes

    Salt Lake Tribune "It’s been in the works for weeks and maybe even months, but on Thursday, it became official: The Utah men’s basketball program has signed coach Larry Krystkowiak to a five-year deal worth $7 million total. The Tribune first reported Krystkowiak had agreed to a deal in principle on April 3, and..." April 25

  • Krystkowiak getting a new 5-year contract from Utah

    Salt Lake Tribune "Utah basketball will have its coach for the long haul. Larry Krystkowiak and athletic director Chris Hill have agreed to terms in principle on a new five-year contract, Hill told the Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday morning. The deal isn’t yet official, Hill said, because there are minor..." April 03

  • St. Mary's 70, Utah 58

    ProSportsDaily "James Walker III scored a game-high 21 points and the host Gaels rallied for the victory in the opening round of the NIT. Stephen Holt added 15 points for Saint Mary's, which will face top-seeded Minnesota in the second round. Kerry Carter had eight of his 10 points in a game-changing run late..." March 19

  • Arizona 71, Utah 39

    ProSportsDaily "Nick Johnson scored 14 points and T.J. McConnell added 13 as the Wildcats routed the Utes in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. Aaron Gordon had 11 points and seven rebounds and Kaleb Tarczewski collected nine points and five boards for top-seeded Arizona (29-3), which..." March 14

  • Utah 67, Washington 61

    ProSportsDaily "Delon Wright had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Utes withstood a second-half rally by the Huskies in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. Jordan Loveridge collected 13 points and nine rebounds for No. 8 seed Utah (21-10), which advances to face..." March 13

  • Utes need Wright, Loveridge to lead the way

    Salt Lake Tribune "Delon Wright sat quietly in a chair on the floor of the Huntsman Center. Utah’s point guard calmly waited for Monday’s film session to commence, his face telling the tale of someone seemingly in deep thought. About 50 feet away, Jordan Loveridge was all smiles, having an impromptu dunk contest..." March 11

  • Hoops have tied Utah star Jordan Loveridge and his dad together

    The Deseret News "In two seasons at the University of Utah, Jordan Loveridge has taken 702 shots. It’s a mere sample size when it comes to the volume of attempts the sophomore forward has made over the years. He’s done so with the help of his father, Bill, who chases down the balls and passes them back to the..." March 10

  • Stanford 61, Utah 60

    ProSportsDaily "Chasson Randle scored 22 points as the host Cardinal held off a late charge by the Utes to claim the victory in Pac-12 play. Stefan Nastic added 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting and Josh Huestis added 11 points, eight rebounds and three steals as Stanford (19-11, 10-8) halted a three-game losing..." March 09

  • Utes hold off Cal for crucial Pac-12 road win

    Salt Lake Tribune "Finally, Utah took advantage of a big opportunity away from the Huntsman Center. Because of this, the Utes find themselves in good position, heading into the final game of the regular season. And much of it was because of Brandon Taylor’s brilliance down the stretch. The sophomore point..." March 06

  • Utah 63, California 59

    ProSportsDaily "Brandon Taylor scored 13 points and Jordan Loveridge added 12 as the Utes held on for their second road win of the season. Delon Wright had 11 points and nine rebounds for Utah (20-9, 9-8 Pac-12), which won its third straight and moved over the .500 mark in league play for the first time since..." March 06

  • Utah 75, Colorado 64

    ProSportsDaily "Delon Wright and Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points apiece to lead the host Utes, who unleashed a decisive 17-0 run spanning halftime to defeat the Buffaloes and earn a split of the season series. Brandon Taylor recorded nine points and Dallin Bachynski contributed eight as the Utes (19-9, 8-8..." March 02

  • Arizona shows it’s still the big dog in men’s hoops

    Salt Lake Tribune "The whispers began with Brandon Ashley going down for the season with a foot injury. Those whispers turned to chatter as Arizona struggled with teams like Oregon and Oregon State — at the friendly confines of the McKale Center, no less. They turned into roars with an offensively challenged loss at..." February 25

  • Utah 86, Arizona St. 63

    ProSportsDaily "Delon Wright scored 22 points on 7-of-7 shooting and the host Utes built a 27-point first-half lead while routing the Sun Devils in the Pac-12 contest. Jordan Loveridge added 18 points, Renan Lenz scored 14 on 6-of-7 shooting and Princeton Onwas had 12 as Utah (18-9, 7-8) improved to 17-2 at..." February 24

  • Arizona survies Utah in OT

    Fox Sports Arizona "All the close games Arizona has been in this season -- seven within five points or less -- paid off against Utah on Wednesday night. At some point they had to. In fact, fourth-ranked Arizona had been in one-possession decisions in four of the last five games. Against the Utes, it was a..." February 20