Glen Dean and the Utes take on their first top-five opponent since 2008.
Jan. 3, 2013
Utah (8-5) at Arizona (12-0)
Date: Saturday, January 5
Tipoff: 3 p.m.
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Arena: McKale Center
Play-by-Play: Kevin Calabro
Analyst: Matt Muehlebach
In Salt Lake City: Comcast Ch. 37 or 757 (HD)
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
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Utah at Arizona - Quick Hits
• A big part of Utah’s success this season has been its team defense. The Utes (57.0 ppg) are allowing nine points less than the national average (66.3).
• Utah also ranks 25th nationally in opponents field goal percentage (38.0%) and 26th in opponents two-point field goal percentage (41.4). Last season the Utes ranked 321st and 299th respectively in both categories.
• Offensively, Utah is second in the Pac-12 with an average of 1.13 points per shot. The Utes also rank seventh nationally, tops in the Pac-12, in assisted basket percentage (65.0%) and in the top nationally at the stripe (76.4%)
• Utah dropped its Pac-12 opener at Arizona State on Wednesday in overtime, 55-54. Jason Washburn finished with season-highs in points (19) and blocks (4) while also grabbing a career-best 18 rebounds.
• Arizona is undefeated this year and ranked No. 3 nationally. The ‘Cats have earned wins over No. 17 San Diego State and No. 5 Florida. UA is one of the top 10 teams in the nation in points per shot (1.2) and true shooting percentage (60.1).
• Utah has not won a road/neutral conference game since joining the Pac-12. It’s last victory came on Feb. 19, 2011 in a 62-60 win at New Mexico as a member of the Mountain West Conference.
Last Time Out
Jason Washburn finished with season-highs of 19 points and four blocks while also corralling a career-high 18 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Utah dropped its Pac-12 opener at Arizona State in overtime, 55-54.
Jordan Loveridge added nine points, grabbed 11 rebounds and swiped three passes for the Utes. Jarred DuBois was the only other player in double figures with 12. The senior tied for the team lead in assists with Cedric Martin, who was back in the rotation following an injury.
Utah struggled offensively, setting season lows for assists (10), field goal percentage (34.5), three-pointers (3-for-11), three-point field goal percentage (27.2) and total points (54).
The Utes did have their best free-throw shooting performance of the season, going 11-for-12 (91.7%) but their attempt total was the lowest this year. Also, the 10 turnovers committed by the Utes were a season-low and Utah won the rebounding battle for a fourth game in a row.
Loveridge Bounding up Pac-12 Leaderboard
Loveridge is currently one of the Pac-12’s league leaders in rebounding at an average of 7.6 per contest, tops among the Utes. He also ranks among the top five in the league with an average of 3.0 offensive rebounds per game
The freshman poured in a career-best 24 points in his last contest vs. Cal State Northridge. Prior to that performance his previous best was 22, which he combined with nine rebounds in the Utes’ win over Wright State.
In the first meeting with SMU, this year Loveridge notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. He followed that outing by scoring 17 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out a career-best five assists in the victory at Texas State.
Over the last three games, Loveridge is averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds per contest for the Utes.
DuBois Getting it Done for Utes
DuBois, a senior transfer from Loyola Marymount, is currently the leading scorer for the Utes after scoring 20 or more in three games this season.
After his career-high, 25-point performance at SMU, he followed that up with a 21-point performance in a win at Texas State. He also led the Utes with 18 points in the win over Boise State.
DuBois has impressed in his first year with the club, averaging 13.5 ppg, 16th in the Pac-12. He also ranks fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and fourth in total helpers (4.0 apg).
DuBois is also one of the conference’s league leaders in three-point shooting percentage (.447), free-throw percentage (79.6) and minutes played (32.4)
Washburn Working Way Up Charts
Washburn has scored 809 points in his 103 career games. With at least 18 games remaining, including the regular season and Pac-12 Tournament, Washburn must average 10.6 points per game for the remainder of the season to become the 35th Ute to hit the 1,000-point plateau.
He is currently averaging 9.9 points per game after scoring at a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest last year. He has scored in double figures during Utah’s last three games.
Washburn is coing off his best performance of the season but prior to that, it was an 18-point outing in a win at Texas State. He followed that by going a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and scoring 13 points in a win at Boise State. He has now scored in double figures six of the last seven games.
The senior big man leads the league by shooting 64.4 percent from the floor and is also ranked sixth in the Pac-12 in blocked shots with an average of 1.7 per contest. He just passed Keith Van Horn for fourth all-time at Utah in blocks with 130.
Junior Glen Dean scored double digits in four of Utah’s first five games this season, including 13 against Central Michigan, and recently had a 10-point effort at BYU. He is currently averaging 8.5 points per game.
Dean ranks seventh in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.3% and also 10th in the Pac-12, making 1.8 three-pointers per game.
He also ranks second on Utah’s team in total assists, averaging almost three per contest.
Bachynski Beats Up Bengals
Sophomore Dallin Bachynski racked up 22 points and 16 rebounds against Idaho State for his second double-double in his first three games as a Ute. He also had one assist, one block and one steal while playing 32 minutes.
Bachynski became the first Utah player this year to score 20 or more points and is the first Ute to grab 15 or more rebounds in a game since Luke Nevill had 15 against San Diego State in the MWC Tournament championship game on Mar. 14, 2009.
Bachynski’s 20-and-15 double-double was Utah’s first since Nevill had 23 points and 15 boards against Wyoming in the semifinals of the same tournament.
Bachynski led the squad or tied for the team-high rebound honors in three of the first five games. He is currently averaging 6.3 rebounds per game, and also among the league leaders in blocks (1.1).
Bigs on the Boards
Head coach Larry Krystkowiak would like Utah’s big men to maintain a pace of approximately one rebound every four minutes. This space will be devoted to tracking that stat throughout the season.
Bachynski is currently averaging one rebound every 3.0 minutes, Washburn is averaging one every 3.5 minutes and Loveridge one every 3.9. Renan Lenz (4.9) is just off the pace and Jeremy Olson has now grabbed 11 rebounds in 15 total minutes this year.
Utah is 7-1 when it grabs more rebounds than its opponent, losing only to Cal State Northridge despite being +11 on the glass.
Utah is one of 15 schools among the six BCS Conferences to play at least three true road games during non-conference play this season. The others are Alabama, Clemson, Colorado, DePaul, Iowa State, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Rutgers, USC, Villanova, Virginia Tech. LSU was the only school to play three straight road non-conference games.
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin’ Utes are 539-135 (.799) all-time in their current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 7-2 mark this season. Utah has posted a winning record at the Huntsman Center in 41 of the 43 years of its existence.
Utah’s benchmark 500th win in the 43-year old facility came on Dec. 6, 2008, as the Utes posted a 91-61 blowout of eventual Southeastern Conference champion LSU.
In conference home games over the last 17 years, Utah is 110-29 (.791). Utah got its first Pac-12 Conference victory in school history at home against Washington State, 62-60, in overtime.
Utes on TV
Utah is 7-3 this season in televised contests. The Utes will play a minimum of 18 more live televised games this year, including every conference contest and each game played in the Pac-12 Tournament.
The Runnin’ Utes will appear on the Pac-12 Network a total of 25 times in the regular season. Utah will also play on ESPNU twice and make one appearance on FSN.