Justin Seymour and the Utes play at Colorado on Thursday
Feb. 18, 2013
Utah Runnin' Utes (11-14, 3-10) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (17-8, 7-6)
Date: Thursday, February 21
Tipoff: 8 p.m.
Location: Boulder, Colo.
Arena: Coors Event Center
Play-by-Play: JB Long
Analyst: Ernie Kent
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 at Colorado - Quick Hits
• Utah erased a 13-point second-half deficit but could not come away with a victory, falling 68-64 to No. 9 Arizona on Sunday. Prior to that, the Utes knocked off Arizona State behind a career-high 26 points from Jason Washburn.
• Over the last four games, Utah has held its opponents to 27.8 percent shooting from three-point range (22-of-79), but is a minus-35 on the glass (28.5-37.2).
• Utah leads the Pac-12 and ranks 28th nationally by limiting its opponents to 38.9 percent shooting from the field. The Utes are also tops in the league by holding their opponents to only 62.2 points per game.
• Offensively, the Utes rank 16th nationally, tops in the Pac-12, in assisted basket percentage (63.0%). Utah is also second in three-point field goal percentage (36.0%), tops in free throw percentage (74.9%) and second in points per shot (1.09)
• Colorado had won three in a row before losing at the buzzer in overtime to Arizona State on Saturday. CU leads the Pac-12 in field goal defense, allowing opponents to shoot only 41 percent in league games.
• Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 23 points per game over the last three contests for the Buffaloes. Andre Roberson currently leads the nation in rebounding with an average of 11.8 per contest.
Last Time Out
Utah came up just short in its try at winning a third-straight at home, falling 68-64 to No. 9 Arizona. After falling behind by as many as 13, the Utes responded to tie the score before eventually succumbing.
Jarred DuBois led Utah with 16 points, while Jason Washburn added 15 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Jeremy Olsen matched his career-highs in points (12) and rebounds (6), playing only 15 minutes off the bench. Freshman Dakarai Tucker also had his best outing in league play, knocking down two crucial three-pointers.
The Utes, who were coming off a win over Arizona State, used a 12-2 run to erase a double-digit deficit and tie things coming down the stretch. Utah came in as the conference's leader in defensive field goal percentage, but the Wildcats shot an efficient 50 percent (11-of-22) from the field in the first half, then made their first four shots after the break to build a 41-28 advantage, their largest of the game.
Brandon Taylor drew a charge with 9.7 seconds left and Glen Dean hit a pair of free throws on the other end to help Utah survive a late rally and upset Colorado 58-55. Washburn scored 13 points and collected 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double in conference play while Olsen added a career-high 12 points off the bench on 6-of-8 shooting.
Cedric Martin tallied 11 points and Jarred DuBois scored 10 points to help the Utes snap a two-game losing slide. Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 points while Andre Roberson chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Buffaloes. Utah opened up a 49-27 lead with 12:28 remaining in the game but Colorado went on a 22-3 to trim the gap to a single point, 54-53 with 1:45 to play.
Washburn Working Way Up Charts
Washburn has notched double-doubles in four conference games and is averaging 14.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field. He currently ranks eighth in the league in rebounding, fifth in field-goal percentage and blocks.
Washburn is closing his Utah career with a flourish, scoring in double figures during 14 of the last 16 contests. He has now scored 974 points in his 115 career games. He is currently averaging 12.1 points per game after scoring at a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest last year.
The Michigan native is ranked 15th in the nation when it comes to field goal percentage. Washburn is connecting on 57.6 percent of his attempts for the season after 60 percent shooting the last two weeks.
Loveridge Making Impact
Jordan Loveridge has emerged as one of the top freshmen in the Pac-12 Conference. Despite this being his first year, Loveridge is currently one of the league leaders in scoring (11.7) and rebounding (6.6).
The local product is fourth among conference newcomers in scoring and second in rebounding. 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
Taylor has come on strong for Utah during the conference season, scoring a career-high 21 points at Oregon State. Prior to that, the freshman had scored in double figures during three-straight games (Washington, Stanford and Cal), averaging 14.0 ppg during that span.
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 as one of the league leaders in three-point field goal percentage (.359) and is also averaging 3.4 assists the last five games.
DuBois Getting it Done for Utes
DuBois has scored 20 or more in four games this season and leads the Utes in scoring at 12.2 per contest. The senior transfer from Loyola Marymount has impressed in his first year with the club and finished with a team-high 16 points against Arizona.
He has scored in double figures four of the last five games and Sunday marked the first time DuBois led the team in scoring since notching 18 vs. USC (1/12/13).
DuBois has been one of the league's top sharpshooters, ranking fourth in the Pac-12 in three-point shooting percentage (.417). He also ranks second in the conference in free-throw percentage (92.9).
DuBois has been a steadying influence for the Ute backcourt as well, ranking fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio. He also rates as one of the league leaders in total helpers (3.1 apg), tops among the Utes.
Dean scored double digits in Utah’s first four games this season, and is currently averaging 6.2 points per game after scoring 10 in a contest vs. Cal. It was his sixth double-digit outing of the season and first since Dec. 8 at BYU.
Dean is also second on the Utes with 60 assists and has notched five or more assists four times, including the last time out vs. No. 9 Arizona. He is also one of the league leaders in three-point percentage (36.5).
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.
Utes on TV
Utah is 10-12 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.