Utah punctuates program role reversal by blowing out UCLA

Monday January 5th, 2015

Utah is not in the middle of a program resurgence. It’s at the apex.

Led by early frontrunner for national coach of the year Larry Krystkowiak, the Utes are out to a 12-2 start after defeating UCLA 71-39 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. Krystkowiak, in his fourth year at the helm, has led Utah to 33 wins in the last one and a half seasons. The program had 35 total wins in its previous three seasons.

The 10th-ranked Utes are led by All-American candidate Delon Wright, who paced Utah in scoring with 11 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists Sunday. With a supporting cast of Jakob Poeltl and Brandon Taylor, Utah has the most talent since the late 1990s when Andre Miller, Keith Van Horn and Michael Doleac were on campus.

This is a program that had just 14 wins during the 2009-10 campaign, the last season before Utah accepted an invitation to join the Pac-12 Conference, and was somehow expected to compete with the likes of perennial powers UCLA and Arizona. Four years later, though, Utah has turned the tables on its new conference.

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