Feb. 3, 2012
Match-up: Oregon State (14-8, 4-6 Pac-12) at Utah (5-17, 2-8 Pac-12) Date: Saturday, Feb. 4
Tipoff: 3 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
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Oregon State at Utah - Quick Hits
Saturday's game will mark the Salute America Game where Utah Athletics will be thanking all of the First Responders -- Police, Fire and Armed Forces -- for their service. First Responders can receive a special ticket price for their familes by calling the Utah ticket office at 801-581-UTIX or visit www.UtahUtes.com.
This will be the 20th meeting between the Utes and Beavers but the first since 1999. Utah leads the all-time series, 12-7, including an unbeaten 9-0 mark at home.
Utah has won two straight in the series. The Utes captured the last meeting with the Beavers by an 87-77 score on Dec. 28, 1999.
Utah's leading scorer and rebounder is junior center Jason Washburn, who averages 10.2 points and 6.3 boards per game. Junior guard Chris Hines is climbing steadily toward double digits for the season with 9.3 points per game, while freshman guard Kareem Storey leads the Utes in assists with 3.0 per game.
The Utes are 5-6 at home this season, including a 2-3 mark in Pac-12 Conference games. In its last home outing, Utah fell to Oregon, 79-68.
Oregon State is coming off an 82-60 loss at Colorado. The Beavers are 3-5 on the road this year, including a 1-5 mark in Pac-12 road games.
The Beavers have three players averaging double digits, led by Jared Cunningham with 17.9 points per game. The Beavers' top rebounder is Eric Moreland at 6.8 boards per game and Joe Burton leads them with 3.0 assists per contest.
Team and Individual Notes
Hines Leading the Pac-12 from Beyond the Arc
Including Pac-12 games only, Hines is now leading the league in 3-pointers made per game with 2.7 after knocking down four long-range attempts against Oregon. Including all games, he ranks fourth in the conference with 2.2 per contest.
Hines is Utah's top average scorer in Pac-12 games at 12.0 points per contest. He has hit double figures five times in league play, including the last four games, and reached the 20-point mark twice.
Of Hines' 40 made field goals in Pac-12 games, 24 have come from 3-point range. Of Hines' 64 made field goals for the season, 68.8% of them (44-of-64) have come from beyond the arc.
A Stellar Storey
Storey recorded his first career double-double against Oregon, posting 10 points and 11 assists. He became the first Ute to register a double-double with points and assists since Mark Jackson scored 11 points and dished 10 assists against Air Force on Feb. 24, 2005. Storey's 10 assists were the most by a Ute since Jackson's 11 helpers against BYU that season.
Storey, a true freshman, has put up solid numbers in his six starts at the point guard position. He has scored double digits in four of those starts, averaging 8.5 points and 5.5 assists, while posting a 2.8-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 4.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
Washburn Leading Utes in Scoring and Rebounding
Washburn was held to only five points against Oregon Thursday but corralled a game-high nine boards. Statistically, Washburn should bounce back with a double-digit game against Oregon State on Saturday. On six occaisions this season Washburn has followed up a single-digit game with a double-digit output in the next contest.
Washburn is averaging a team-high 10.2 points per game (including all games) and is second on the team with 8.9 points per game in league contests.
He is also the Utes' top rebounder at 6.3 boards per contest, which ranks ninth in the Pac-12.
Washburn is shooting a very efficient 54.8% from the floor for this season (92-of-168), which is highest on the team and ninth in the Pac-12. He is also knocking down 72.7% of his free throws (40-of-55), best on the squad.
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 5-6 this season, 2-3 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 59.5 points per game at home, while scoring 49.9 on the road.
In the Huntsman Center, the Utes are shooting 42.4% from the field and 32.6% 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 30.7 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 148-122 (.548), including a 2-8 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 531-131 (.803) in its current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 5-6 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 106-25 (.809), including a 2-3 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, Larry 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 47-37 (.560) 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.