Utes Run Willamette Out Of the Building

The Runnin Utes open the season with a lopsided victory over an overmatched Willamette squad

They came out looking like a new team, both literally and figuratively. These Runnin Utes aren't the same as we've seen over the last couple of years. There is fun, excitement, athleticism, and a new attitude at the Huntsman Center.

In front of 6,242 on a snowy night outside, Jordan Loveridge led all scorers in his first collegiate game with 18 points and 10 rebounds as Utah hammered Division III Willamette 104-47.

While Willamette was overmatched in both size and athleticism, the Utes never gave them a chance, racing out to an early 13-2 lead and never looking back, going over 100 points for the first time since the 1996-1997 season against Cal-State Fullerton.

Six players finished in double figures, with the three leading scorers all freshmen in Loveridge, Justin Seymour (16), and Dakarai Tucker (15). Utah freshmen accounted for 55 of the 104 total points, making it known that the recruiting class Coach K brought in is ready to play now, and will be a force to be reckoned with over the next couple of years.

The future looks like it's here already, with Utah hoops putting on an impressive performance. The comfortability of the team, and cohesiveness was apparent early, something we can probably attribute to their summer trip to Brazil. The bad seeds are gone. Coach K's guys are here. Utah basketball fans should be excited.

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