Jordan Loveridge and the Utes are at Washington State on Wednesday night.
Jan. 14, 2013
Utah Runnin' Utes (8-8, 0-4) at Washington State Cougars (9-7, 0-3)
Date: Wednesday, January 16
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Pullman, Wash.
Arena: Beasley Coliseum
Play-by-Play: JB Long
Analyst: Lamar Hurd
In Salt Lake City: Comcast Ch. 37 or 757 (HD); DISH Ch. 413
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah vs. WSU - Quick Hits
• A big part of Utah’s success this season has been its team defense. The Utes (58.4 ppg) are allowing eight points less than the national average (66.3).
• Utah also ranks ninth nationally in opponents field goal percentage (36.5%) and second among Pac-12 teams in opponents two-point field goal percentage (38.8%). Last season the Utes ranked 321st and 299th respectively in both categories.
• Offensively, the Utes rank 12th nationally, tops in the Pac-12, in assisted basket percentage (64.0%) and 20th nationally at the stripe (75.2%).
• Since league play has started, Utah is tops in the league averaging only 9.2 turnovers per game.
• Utah has dropped its first four Pac-12 contests this season and is looking for its first league win since joining the conference last year.
• Utah’s first seven losses were by a combined 26 points (3.7 per game margin) before Saturday’s 17-point setback to USC.
• Washington State is also winless in Pac-12 play but features Brock Motum is second in the league and 18th in the nation in scoring at 19.8 points per game.
Last Time Out
Utah suffered a loss at home to USC 76-59. Jarred DuBois led the team in scoring for a fifth time this season, tallying 18 points. It was the first team he has led the Utes in points since 12/5/12 vs. Boise State.
Jason Washburn scored in double figures for the seventh-straight game (13 points) and ninth time in 10 contests. Since 11/30/12, he is averaging 13.3 points per game and prior to that he had only averaged 6.2 points per game.
Freshman Jordan Loveridge led the team in rebounding for the first time in a Pac-12 contest, finishing with seven boards. The freshman has led the Utes in rebounds a team-high nine times this year.
Utah struggled again from beyond the arc, going 4-of-15. In three of Utah’s four Pac-12 games, the Utes have shot less than 27 percent from three-point range (18-62, 29%). Utah has failed to crack 25 points during the first half of any of their four Pac-12 games.
The Utes did commit a season-low six turnovers, the fifth-straight game they have handed out more assists than turnovers, but were beaten on the boards for the second time in three games (-9).
Washburn Working Way Up Charts
Washburn has notched double-doubles in three of the four conference games so far, averaging 15.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field.
He currently leads the league in rebounding and ranks eighth in scoring and third in blocks during conference play. He has also scored in double figures during nine of the last 10 contests.
Washburn has scored 850 points in his 106 career games. With at least 15 games remaining, including the regular season and Pac-12 Tournament, Washburn must average 10.0 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 10.6 points per game after scoring at a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest last year.
Loveridge Bounding up Pac-12 Leaderboard
Loveridge is currently one of the Pac-12’s league leaders in rebounding at an average of 7.4 per contest, tops among the Utes. He also ranks seventh in the league with an average of 2.7 offensive rebounds per game
Over the last six games, Loveridge is averaging 14.7 points and 7.8 rebounds last six games for the Utes. He was one point shy of a double-double at ASU and then led the Utes in scoring with 17 at No. 3 Arizona.
The freshman poured in a career-best 24 points 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.
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 and this past weekend paced the Utes against USC.
DuBois has impressed in his first year with the club, averaging 12.9 ppg, 18th in the Pac-12. He also ranks fourth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and sixth in total helpers (3.8 apg).
DuBois is also one of the conference’s league leaders in three-point shooting percentage (.420), free-throw percentage (83.1) and minutes played (33.1)
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 is one of the league leaders in three-point field goal percentage at 37.9 percent and ranks ninth in the Pac-12, making 1.7 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.
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.
Utes on TV
Utah is 7-5 this season in televised contests. The Utes will play a minimum of 16 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.