Jan. 30, 2012
Match-up: Oregon (15-6, 6-3 Pac-12) at Utah (5-16, 2-7 Pac-12)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 2
Tipoff: 7 p.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
For up-to-date information including live stats, game notes, media guides, ticketing and more, visit www.UtahUtes.com.
Oregon at Utah - Quick Hits
Thursday's game will mark the 16th meeting between the Utes and Ducks. Utah leads the all-time series, 8-7, including a 4-1 mark at home.
The last time these two teams met, Utah won by a 95-81 margin at the Huntsman Center on Dec. 3, 2008.
The Utes are 5-5 at home this season, including a 2-2 mark in Pac-12 Conference games. In its last home outing, Utah defeated Arizona State, 64-43 on Jan. 21.
Oregon is coming off a 76-71 home loss to Oregon State which snapped the Ducks' four-game win streak.
Oregon has three players averaging double digits, led by Devoe Joseph at 15.4 points per game. The Ducks' top rebounder is E.J. Singler with 5.0 per contest, while Johnathan Loyd tops the team in assists with 3.2 per game.
Team and Individual Notes
Hines Brings Deep Threat
Junior guard Chris Hines has emerged as Utah's top average scorer in Pac-12 games at 11.0 points per contest. He has hit double figures four times in league play, including the last three games, in addition to his career-high 21 points on the road at Stanford.
Of Hines' 34 made field goals in Pac-12 games, 20 have come from 3-point range, including two at USC. Of Hines' 58 of made field goals for the season, 70.0% of them (40-of-58) have come from beyond the arc.
Including Pac-12 games only, Hines ranks second in the league with 2.5 made 3-pointers per game. Including all games, he ranks fourth with 2.1 per contest.
Washburn Leading Utes in Scoring and Rebounding
Washburn scored 10 points at USC on Saturday, bouncing back from his six point performance at UCLA. It was the sixth time this season that Washburn followed up a single-digit game with a bounce-back double-digit output in the next contest.
Washburn is averaging a team-high 10.4 points per game (including all games) and is second on the team with 9.3 points per game in league contests.
He is also the Utes' top rebounder at 6.1 boards per contest, which is tied for 11th in the Pac-12. He would like to get back to the 7.0 rebound average he held earlier this season, and thus back onto the pace that head coach Larry Krystkowiak would like his big men to achieve: one rebound every four minutes. Washburn is slightly behind that pace at one every 4.6 minutes (129 rebounds in 596 minutes.)
Washburn is shooting a very efficient 57.0% from the floor for this season (90-of-158), which is highest on the team and third in the Pac-12. He is also knocking down 72.2% of his free throws (39-of-54), best on the squad.
Stats from Storey's Starts
Despite a difficult weekend on the road, Storey, a true freshman, has put up solid numbers in his five starts at the point guard position. He has scored double digits in three of those starts, averaging 8.2 points and 4.4 assists, while posting a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is also averaging 2.2 rebounds per game in those starts.
His numbers in games started are significantly better than his season averages of 4.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
Walk-Ons Earn Playing Time in L.A.
In Utah's two losses in Los Angeles last weekend, walk-ons Kyle Perkins and Alex Mortensen saw extended playing time as they were rewarded for their hard work in practice. Perkins scored in both games, including his first career 3-pointer, while Mortensen set career highs for points with three at UCLA, then set career marks at USC in rebounds (2), steals (1) and minutes (18).
Wilkinson Awarded a Scholarship
Freshman forward Blake Wilkinson, a former walk-on, was awarded a scholarship by the Utah coaching staff which began with the Spring 2012 semester.
Utah's Road Woes
The Utes are 0-11 away from the Huntsman Center this season, including an 0-8 mark in true road games. At home, the Utes are 5-5 this season, 2-2 in league contests.
Utah's road struggles can be shown statistically through several categories, including scoring average, shooting percentage and rebounding average.
Utah is averaging 58.7 points per game at home, while scoring 49.9 on the road.
In the Huntsman Center, the Utes are shooting 42.5% from the field and 30.9% from 3-point range, while knocking down just 37.3% from the field and 26.8% of 3-pointers on the road.
Utah's home rebounding average of 30.9 boards per contest dips to 25.6 rebounds in road games.
Utah vs. the Pac-12
Utah now holds an all-time record against the Pac-12 of 148-121 (.550), including a 2-7 mark as a member of the league.
The Utah men's basketball team posted a 3.129 team GPA for the 2011 fall semester, the second-highest team semester GPA in the last 20 years. The only semester better than this for Utah men's basketball was a 3.288 in the fall of 2008.
Five Runnin' Utes were named to the Dean's List, led by Kyle Perkins who registered a 4.0, while 10 Utes were named to the Athletics Academic Honor Roll with GPA's of 3.0 or better.
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 47-36 (.566) 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.