Utah sets NCAA record for scoring margin with 94-point win

Jack Baer
Ninety-four points might be excessive. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
Ninety-four points might be excessive. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

Many Division I basketball teams will go their entire season without scoring 94 points in a game. One team managed to win a game by 94 points.

That team was Utah, who took down the not-so-mighty Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils by a score of 143-49 on Friday. Yes, really.

That final score sets a record for margin of victory between Division I opponents. It also sets a scoring record for Utah, as you might have guessed.

Such a night is a low point for a Mississippi Valley State program that hasn’t won double-digit games in a season since 2012. Thanks to a season-opening 36-point loss to Iowa State, it now holds a minus-130 scoring margin through two games, which is also probably a record. Fortunately for the Delta Devils, they are not scheduled to face a Power 5 team for the rest of the season.

Somehow, the game was just as lopsided as the score indicates.

Utah was up 70-20 at halftime. It had nine players score in double-digits. It had two players record triple-doubles. It made 17 of 34 3-point attempts, with 41 assists against just 11 turnovers. It won the rebounding battle 68-28. It beat a spread of -29.5 by more than five dozen points.

In conclusion, when you have 353 Division I teams and one of the worst teams plays a Power 5 opponent, prepare for the ridiculous.

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