Jan. 23, 2012
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Utah at UCLA - Quick Hits
The all-time series between Utah and UCLA is tied at 4-4. Utah holds a 1-2 record on the Bruins' home floor. With Pauley Pavilion being renovated, the game will be played at the L.A. Sports Arena.
Thursday's game will mark the first meeting between the Utes and Bruins since Utah captured a 67-61 neutral-site victory in the second round of the 1983 NCAA Tournament in Boise, Idaho.
The Utes snapped a four-game losing streak in their last outing with a 64-43 home win over Arizona State. UCLA carries a two-game losing streak into this week, following road losses to the Oregon schools.
The Bruins are led offensively by Lazeric Jones, who averages 13.5 points and 4.3 assists per game. Their top rebounder is David Wear at 6.4 boards per contest.
Utah connection: UCLA head coach Ben Howland was a standout player at Weber State University from 1978-80.
Team and Individual Notes
Utes Post Strongest Defensive Game of the Year vs. ASU In Utah's 64-43 victory over Arizona State, the Utes posted several season bests on defense. Utah held the Sun Devils to the fewest points by any opponent this season, fewest field goals made and attempted (17-of-44), fewest 3-pointers made (3), fewest rebounds (24), fewest assists (8) and lowest 3-point percentage (20.0%).
Martin Posts Big Game vs. Sun Devils
Junior guard Cedric Martin scored a game-high 17 points in Utah's win over Arizona State on Saturday, his second-highest output of the season, due in large part to his career-high tying five 3-pointers, all coming in the first half. He also posted four assists and grabbed three rebounds.
Martin is now leading the Utes in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.0% for the season (30-of-75), which ranks 11th in the Pac-12 (including all games). In league games only he is shooting 43.8% from beyond the arc (14-of-32), tied for 11th best. He also ranks 11th in 3-pointers made in Pac-12 contests with 2.0 per game.
Martin is now averaging 7.1 points per game, third-most on the team, to go with 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He has also showed the versatility to play the point guard, shooting guard and small forward positions this season while assuming more ball-handling duties in recent games.
Washburn Gets Double Digits Again
Washburn poured in 10 points against Arizona State, hitting double figures for the fourth time in Pac-12 play and the 12th time this season. He is averaging a team-high 10.7 points per game.
Washburn is also the Utes' top rebounder at 6.5 boards per contest, which ranks sixth in the Pac-12 Conference. However, he is looking to get back to the 7.0 rebound per game mark and thus back onto the pace that head coach Larry Krystkowiak would like his big men to acheive: one rebound every four minutes. Washburn is slightly behind that pace at one every 4.5 minutes (123 rebounds in 550 minutes.)
Washburn is shooting a very efficient 56.6% from the floor for this season (82-of-145), which is highest on the team and tied for sixth-best in the Pac-12. He is also knocking down 72.2% of his free throws (39-of-54), best on the squad.
Storey Performing Well in Starts
Storey, a true freshman, has put up very solid numbers in his three starts at the point guard position. He has scored in double figures each time, averaging 10.7 points, and has posted six assists in each game with only six combined turnovers, an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3-to-1. He is also averaging 2.7 rebounds per game in those three starts.
His numbers in games started are significantly better than his season averages of 4.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Hines Brings Deep Threat
Junior guard Chris Hines has emerged as Utah's top average scorer in league play at 10.8 points per game, due in large part to his career-high 21 points at Stanford.
Of Hines' 25 made field goals in Pac-12 games, 15 have come from 3-point range, including four against Arizona State. Even more drastically, of Hines' 49 made field goals for the season, 71.4% of them (35-of-49) have come from beyond the arc.
Including Pac-12 games only, Hines is tied for third in the league with 2.5 made 3-pointers per game. Including all games, he ranks fourth with 2.1 per contest.
Farr Not Flashy But Continues Solid Contributions
Junior forward Dijon Farr has been a solid contributor for the Utes this year on both ends of the floor. For the season, Farr is shooting 50.0% from the field (51-of-102) and that number improves to 52.5% in league games (21-of-40). He is averaging 6.3 points per game, fourth best on the squad and 4.1 rebounds per contest, second on the team to Washburn.
Farr has also stepped up his defense and leads the Utes in steals with 17, averaging nearly a swipe per game. In Pac-12 games he is averaging almost a block per contest as well. Against Arizona, he posted a career-high three blocks, the most by any Ute in a single game this season, then followed up with a game-high three steals against Arizona State.
Utah vs. the Pac-12
Utah now holds an all-time record against the Pac-12 of 148-119 (.554), including a 2-5 mark as a member of the league.
The Utes at the Huntsman Center
Utah owns an all-time record of 531-130 (.803) in its current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 5-5 mark this season.
The Utes have posted a winning record at home in 38 consecutive seasons, beginning in 1973-74. In conference home games over the last 18 years, Utah is 106-24 (.815), including a 2-2 mark as a member of the Pac-12. With 15,000 seats, the Huntsman Center is the largest arena in the Pac-12 (excluding temporary and tournament sites).
Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak
With the win against Arizona State on Jan. 21, Krystkowiak picked up his fifth win as the Utes' head coach and his second as a head coach in the Pac-12. For his NCAA coaching career, Krystkowiak is now 47-34 (.580) in his third year.
Krystkowiak (pronounced krist-KOH-vee-ak), who has prior head coaching experience in the NCAA, CBA and NBA, left a position as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets to become the 15th head coach in Utah men's basketball history.
In his previous collegiate head coaching post, Krystkowiak led his alma mater, the University of Montana, to a 42-20 record and two NCAA appearances as the Grizzlies' from 2004-06 before joining the NBA coaching ranks.