Final Four Appearences: 4 (1944, 1961, 1966, 1998)
All-Time Greats: Delon Wright, Jerry Chambers, Andrew Bogut
Utah Utes Basketball Tickets
In 1972, the University of Utah took the nickname of the "Utes" to pay respect to the Native American tribe indigenous to the region. The school received permission from the Ute Tribal Council to use the name. Since then, the program has steadily rebuilt its basketball team into a Pac-12 power. While the rivalry between the University of Utah and Brigham Young University has always existed, the two colleges notified fans that they were developing an official rivalry series. Known as the Deseret First Duel, the series was named for the Deseret First Credit Union, its sponsor. The rivalry between the two schools is one of the country’s oldest and strongest. In fact, The Wall Street Journal rated the rivalry as the fourth-best in the category of college athletics in 2005. The University of Utah’s Student Fan Club is fervent and vocal. With almost 6,000 members, the club is a force to be reckoned with. To show their support, fans participate in the "U of U Chop," which involves fans making a U using their hands and "chopping" when the band plays a certain percussion tune. Get your University of Utah basketball tickets at StubHub.
What conference do the Utes play in?
The Utah Utes' basketball team plays for the University of Utah. The team is in the NCAA Division I program, and it plays in the Pac-12 Conference.
How big is the Utes' arena?
The Utes host their home games at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. It has 15,000 chair seats that offer amazing views of the games. The Huntsman Center is the biggest venue available in the Pac-12 Conference. Recently, the center added a video display system that hangs from the ceiling in addition to four new corner boards that hang on the walls of the center’s lower bowl.
Have the Utes won a national title?
Throughout its history, the team has performed well. In 1944, Utah won the NCAA Tournament, and in 1998, the team was the runner-up. The Utes have made 16 appearances in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and is one of seven different programs that have made it to the regional semifinals at least once a decade since the ‘50s.
Who is the head coach for the Utah Utes?
Larry Krystkowiak is the head coach of the Utah Utes basketball team. This will be his ninth season, and he has led the Utes to postseason appearances for five of the last six seasons. He has also racked up 155 wins during his first eight seasons as the team’s coach. Krystkowiak has rebuilt the program to the successful one that it is today. Under his guidance, Utah became the only Pac-12 school to have a player chosen during the first round of the NBA Draft from 2015 to 2017.
Do the Utes have any historical rivalries?
While the Utah-BYU rivalry is now a bigger deal on the football field than it is on the basketball court, there was a time when it was the other way around. The rivalry cooled when BYU joined the West Coast Conference, and Utah went to the Pac-12 Conference, which means that they don’t compete as much as they used to. However, the battle memories show up when the two meet. For instance, in February 2002, BYU was down 47-26 while playing against the Utes at the Marriott Center. BYU made a comeback reaching 63-61 with Eric Nielsen hitting an 8-foot basket with only 25 seconds remaining. Greg Wrubell, the Voice of the Cougars, shouted, "This shall be known as the comeback!"Back to Top
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