Utah Utes Can Thank UCLA’s Poor Shooting in Win

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Aside from Kyle Anderson, the UCLA Bruins did not have much going in Salt Lake City when they face the Utah Utes. As a team, they shot 42 percent, well below their season average that ranks fourth in the country at 51 percent.

The Utes thank the Bruins for shooting poorly, giving them their first marquee Pac-12 win of the season. I said earlier in the year that the Utes will be the biggest surprise team in the conference, and did they show it today. They beat the Bruins 74-69.

Having lost to the WSU Cougars has to be a blow, but they gained a huge win to put them at 3-3 in conference play against the Bruins.

Jordan Loveridge led the Utes in scoring — real surprise there — with 17 and also grabbed nine rebounds; his performance alone helped the Utes score. He was one of four Utes in double figures which included Brandon Taylor (12 points), Delon Wright (12 points) and Kenneth Ogbe (12 points).

Nothing stood out in the Utes win over UCLA except for the fact that if you take away Anderson’s stats, UCLA was just 17-of-47 from the floor — the defense made Anderson do everything. That obviously was coach Larry Krystkowiak’s plan, to force Anderson to do all the scoring and a lot open three-point jumpers happen.

The state of Utah is jumping for joy as they beat the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins in back-to-back games. They do need to steal a game from the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe on Thursday before they head to Tuscon to play the Arizona Wildcats.

Utah has one of the best team field goal percentages in the country, ranking third at 51.2 percent, which gives them a chance against any team.

John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII.

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