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Utah Basketball - Sometimes, less is more

Published December 18, 2013 9:05 pm
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In the three games before last week, Jordan Loveridge may have gone through one of the toughest stretches of his career. He wasn't scoring in the first halves of games. More importantly, his jumper wasn't accurate. It looked almost ugly.

But then last week happened. He scored a career-high 27 points against Idaho State. he followed that up with a wonderful game against BYU. The bounce in his step was back. His jumper looked fine.

The following could be a reason.

Loveridge constantly works on his game, and may have actually overdone it. In addition to practice each day, Loveridge consistently takes extra jumpers at 5:30 a.m. in the Huntsman Center before he goes to class. He and Delon Wright playing by far the most minutes on the team. Loveridge's legs may have been a little heavy.

"I think I may have gotten a little tired," Loveridge said. "It may have affected me a little."

Loveridge against BYU clearly had juice in his step. He got great lift on his jumper. He slashed to the hoop and he rebounded.

He's a player who likes his repititions and is always looking for a way to get better. Does he go back to the early morning in-season workouts? Or does he scale it back a little until the year concludes?

Tony Jones




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