Jason Washburn and the Utes get another crack at the Sun Devils on Wednesday
Feb. 11, 2013
Utah Runnin' Utes (10-13, 2-9) vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (18-6, 7-4)
Date: Wednesday, February 13
Tipoff: 6 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Play-by-Play: Roxy Bernstein
Analyst: Brevin Knight
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. Arizona State - Quick Hits
• Utah lost at No. 19 Oregon on Saturday despite leading by eight at halftime in Eugene. Jason Washburn finished with a season-high 20 points and also grabbed seven rebounds to pace the Utes.
• Utah held its opponents to 25.5 percent shooting from three-point range (9-of-35), but was out-rebounded by 29 over both games, including 38-17 by the Ducks.
• Utah leads the Pac-12 and ranks 24th nationally by limiting its opponents to 38.5 percent shooting from the field. The Utes also rank third in the league by holding their opponents to only 62.8 points per game.
• Offensively, the Utes rank 24th nationally, tops in the Pac-12, in assisted basket percentage (62.0%). Utah is also third in three-point field goal percentage (35.7%), second in free throw percentage (74.6%) and points per shot (1.09)
• Arizona State split its games last weekend, winning 66-62 against Cal and losing 62-59 to Stanford. Evan Gordon averaged 16.0 ppg for the Sun Devils who shot only 29 percent from three-point range
• Offensively, ASU leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 44.6 percent and defensively, they lead the league in blocks with Jordan Bachynski ranking fourth in the nation (3.8 per game).
Last Time Out
Utah let a second-half lead slip away on the road, falling at No. 19 Oregon, 73-64. Jason Washburn had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Runnin’ Utes.
Jarred DuBois continued his hot shooting, finishing with 15 points for Utah while Jordan Loveridge added 14, all in the first half.
The Utes shot 48 percent in the game, 57 percent in the first half en route to taking an eight-point lead. It was the team’s second-best performance in league play (60% at UW).
Utah was a staggering minus-22 on the glass but stayed in the game by limiting the Ducks to 30 percent shooting in the first half and forcing 17 turnovers, a season-high.
Washburn Working Way Up Charts
Washburn has notched double-doubles in four conference games so far. He was averaging 13.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the field prior to Wednesday night.
He currently ranks seventh in the league in rebounding, sixth in field-goal percentage and fifth in blocks. He has also scored in double figures during 14 of the last 17 contests.
Washburn has scored 933 points in his 113 career games. With at least eight games remaining, including the regular season and Pac-12 Tournament, Washburn must average 8.4 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 11.0 points per game after scoring at a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest last year.
Loveridge Making Impact
Loveridge is currently one of the Pac-12’s league leaders in rebounding at an average of 6.8 per contest, tops among the Utes. He also ranks 10th in the league with an average of 2.4 offensive rebounds per game
He currently ranks as one of the league leaders in scoring at 12.1 points per game. The freshman poured in a career-best 24 points vs. Cal State Northridge and his points per game average ranks him fifth all-time for a Utah freshman, behind such greats as Keith Van Horn and Andrew Bogut.
Taylor Turning it Up
Brandon Taylor is coming off a weekend that saw him score a career-high 21 at Oregon State. Prior to that, the freshman had scored in double figures three games in a row (Washington, Stanford and Cal), averaging 14.0 ppg during that span.
Taylor had 11 assists against Cal and Washington after notching only eight prior to that point all season. He tied his career-high with six against the Beavers.
Taylor led all scorers with a career-high 19 points and six assists in the win over the previously-unbeaten Huskies in Seattle. The freshman also led the team in steals as the Runnin’ Utes captured their first road win since joining the Pac-12.
He currently ranks second in the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage (.463) and has moved up among the league leaders in helpers with 2.9 per contest.
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 four games this season.
DuBois has impressed in his first year with the club, averaging 12.2 ppg. He also ranks third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and is one of the league leaders in total helpers (3.1 apg).
DuBois also ranks sixth in the league in three-point shooting percentage (.409) and leads the league in free-throw percentage (92.9).
Glen Dean scored double digits in Utah’s first four games this season, and is currently averaging 6.6 points per game after scoring 10 vs. Cal two weeks ago.
It was his sixth double-digit outing of the season and first since Dec. 8 at BYU. Dean is one of the league leaders in three-point percentage (37.3).
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.
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’s brother Jordan starts for the Sun Devils and ranks fourth in the nation in blocks (3.83 per game).
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin’ Utes are 540-139 (.795) all-time in their current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 8-6 mark this season. Utah has posted a winning record at the Huntsman Center in 41 of the 43 years of its existence.
In conference home games over the last 17 years, Utah is 111-33 (.771). 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 9-11 this season in televised contests and it will play all but three of their games on TV this season.
The Runnin’ Utes will appear on the Pac-12 Network a total of 23 times in the regular season. Utah will also play on ESPNU three times and make one appearance on FSN.