Utes Bulletin: Things Happening In Utah Athletics (Week Of 2/20/23)
SALT LAKE CITY – With football on a bit of a hiatus till spring ball kicks off and several of the smaller sports in full-swing and having success, we thought a one-stop-shop for little tidbits of Utah Athletics information might be helpful for you, the fan, with the Utes Bulletin.
If you missed any of the highlights from the previous week, you can review that here.
Without further ado, here is this week’s Utes Bulletin that includes ranking updates, upcoming events for the week, and important dates to keep track of among other things of interest concerning Utah Athletics for the week of 2/20/23.
𝗨𝘁𝗮𝗵 𝗔𝘁𝗵𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸
🎟️ https://t.co/pL7bwJAt8N#GoUtes pic.twitter.com/9PPMU9pnJN
— Utah Athletics (@utahathletics) February 20, 2023
Utah Utes Basketball Double-Headers
After a rough outing last week for the Runnin’ Utes (0-2) and women’s basketball (1-2) in Arizona, both teams will be back home at the Huntsman playing host to the SoCal (men) and NorCal (women) teams in double-headers to close up the regular season.
Ute Nation… We are 𝐁𝐀𝐂𝐊 this week to take on the California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal
Make sure to purchase $4 tickets to be a part of the fun! pic.twitter.com/ADo0oeuJjo
— Utah Women’s Basketball (@UTAHWBB) February 21, 2023
The Utah’s basketball teams first suit up on Thursday, February 23 with the women hosting Cal at 5:00 pm MT. The men will follow hosting No. 4 UCLA with a 9:00 pm MT tip-off immediately following. You can watch the women on Pac-12 Network and the men on FS1.
Following a day of rest on Friday, both teams will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, February 25. The Utah women’s finale comes against No. 3 Stanford that tips off at 12:00 pm MT and can be viewed on Pac-12 Networks while the men round off the day against USC with a 6:00 pm MT tip-off aired on ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Utah Women In The Polls
The AP Poll voters were not so kind to the Utah women this week after splitting their trip to Arizona with a loss Friday night to the No. 18 (at the time) Wildcats and a win over the Sun Devils. The Utes dropped four spots from No. 4 to No. 8 in the latest AP Top 25 this week.
𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐄 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐒𝐄𝐂𝐔𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐖𝐄𝐄𝐊𝐒 𝐈𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐓𝐎𝐏 𝐓𝐄𝐍 𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆𝐒🚨‼️
This streak is the longest in program history 🙌#GoUtes pic.twitter.com/lBgECsdRnI
— Utah Women’s Basketball (@UTAHWBB) February 20, 2023
Utah Utes In The NBA
While the Utah men and women were away, the NBA played on the University of Utah campus for NBA All-Star Weekend.
As part of the All-Star festivities, one familiar face made his way back to his old stomping grounds to host a mental health panel at the Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Facility last Friday evening.
Our very own @holisticcoach__ led a very important conversation about mental health with some amazing speakers in conjunction with the @uofu_hmhi this past weekend as part of the #NBAAllStar activities here in SLC. 🙌#MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthAwareness #GoUtes #ProUtes pic.twitter.com/Ot5tbWRoYn
— Utah Basketball (@UtahMBB) February 20, 2023
Former Runnin’ Ute Jarred DuBois has not only been making an impact in the NBA as an assistant coach on the rise with L.A. Lakers, but also off the court holding important conversations surrounding mental health with his foundation, Everyone has a Story.
It’s been a sore subject for fans over the past few seasons, but Utah Athletics announced last week that the remaining two home games for Utah basketball will feature a curtainless Huntsman Center.
Curtains Lifted ✅
Upper Bowl Open ✅
$5 GA Tickets ✅
BUY TICKETS NOW ➡️https://t.co/jRmXTPcqf1 pic.twitter.com/mSJImG2fOK
— Utah Basketball (@UtahMBB) February 13, 2023
The men and women’s basketball teams weren’t the only ones having a bit of a tough time on the road in Arizona. Utah gymnastics also hit a road bump competing against ASU during Monday’s President’s Day showdown.
Red Rocks come up short to ASU for the first time in 20 years after another rough day on vault. 197.550- 197.500 is the final in Tempe. #Utes
— Michelle Bodkin (@BodkinKSLsports) February 20, 2023
However, unlike women’s basketball, the Red Rocks’ loss in many ways helped them rather than hurt them by putting up a good score to drop a lower score for NQS.
Red Rocks In The Rankings
Utah gymnastics has stayed steady at No. 4 in the country as rankings have finally rolled over to the NQS system.
𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆 𝗮𝘁 #𝟰 𝗮𝘀 𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝘀𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗡𝗤𝗦.
Event Rankings ⤵️
Floor: 12th#trUSt pic.twitter.com/YorKNJZoN3
— Utah Gymnastics (@UtahGymnastics) February 21, 2023
They have also stayed steady as the No. 1 beam team in the country. However, they dropped a spot to No. 5 on vault, two spots to No. 8 on bars, and five spots to No. 12 on floor.
Who, What, When, Where
The Red Rocks will also enjoy a comforting trip back home to the Huntsman Center this weekend to host Cal on Friday night. Meet begins at 6:00 pm MT and will be aired on Pac-12 Networks.
While the Big Three in spring sports were sent to Arizona during NBA All-Star Weekend, Utah Lacrosse was also sent away, but closer by in Herriman at Zions Bank Stadium.
The Utes unfortunately couldn’t pull it off against Vermont, coming up a hair short, 14-13, in overtime.
Final: Vermont 14, Utah 13
Tough one in Herriman. #GoUtes pic.twitter.com/SoAGbnAkBs
— Utah Lacrosse (@UtahLacrosse) February 18, 2023
Utah will be on the road again the next two weeks starting with Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. Faceoff is set for 10:oo am MT on Saturday, February 25.
Lacrosse Camps With The Utes
Utah lacrosse sent out a Tweet with registration for their spring camps. If you have a young lacrosse player or know one, the Utes have opportunities to for them to receive some training from the coaching staff and players in March.
Want to fine-tune your skills as you head into your spring season 👀
Join the Utes to receive hands-on training from the Utah coaching staff and players! Registration ⤵️
🥍March 1⃣ (5-7 p.m.) – 5th & 6th Graders
🥍March 8⃣ (5-7 p.m.) – 7th & 8th Gradershttps://t.co/kwsR66KkVw pic.twitter.com/0ExhcwJM16
— Utah Lacrosse (@UtahLacrosse) February 20, 2023
Utah baseball pitched the first games of their season over the weekend traveling to San Francisco to take on USF.
The Utes started their series with Dons out with a win on Friday but dropped the last three of the series.
FINAL: San Francisco 3, Utah 0#GoUtes
— Utah Baseball (@utahbaseball) February 20, 2023
Utah sits at 1-3 on the season so far and will head to Corpus Christi, Texas for the Klegberg Bank College Classic against Houston. First pitch is set for Friday, February 24 at 1:00 pm MT.
While there isn’t a ton going on with football, the headlines were certainly interesting early last week as all eyes were on offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and what he would choose to do with Notre Dame.
Ultimately this one played out in Utah’s favor even with reports surfacing that the Irish made one last push for Ludwig along with offensive line coach Jim Harding. It was a big win for a program that is on a very upward trajectory through the college ranks.
Hear From Coach Whitt
Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham will be on hand Thursday, February 23 from 7-8 pm MT as part of the Union Scholarship Speaker Series.
Whittingham is the first-ever speaker at the event the A. Ray Olpin Student Union is putting on and has been asked to share his insights on leadership, teamwork, education and leading through adversity.
Score a touchdown with these one-of-a-kind signed items from Head Coach, Kyle Whittingham!
Bid on these items at our Speaker Series event happening on Feb 23rd from 7-8 PM in the Union Ballroom. UofU students are free public tickets are $20. Reserve at https://t.co/3FZBxHKpNO pic.twitter.com/CPmQV3jkKq
— Union UofU (@UnionUofU) February 12, 2023
The event will also feature a silent auction with signed Utah football memorabilia from coach Whittingham.
This is an event that must be registered for with tickets for the general public going for $10. University of Utah students get in free.
The purpose of this event is to raise money for Union Scholarships for University of Utah students to which all proceeds will go.
Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports