Feb. 24, 2012
Match: Stanford (19-9, 9-7 Pac-12) at Utah (5-22, 2-13 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 25
Tipoff: 6:30 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
Comcast Bay Area
Play-by-play: Barry Tompkins
Analyst: Stan Morrison
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Stanford at Utah - Quick Hits
Saturday's game against Stanford will be the 23rd meeting between the two schools. Utah leads the all-time series, 14-8, including an 8-2 record at home.
During the first meeting between the Utes and Cardinal this season, Utah lost a thrilling 68-65 game in Palo Alto. Junior guard Chris Hines led all scorers with a career-high 21 points on a career-high nine field goals. Stanford was led by Josh Huestis, who recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Utah faced Stanford in the inaugural basketball game at the Huntsman Center, then known as the Special Events Center, on Dec. 1, 1969. Utah defeated the Cardinal, 96-94.
Junior center Jason Washburn is Utah's leading scorer and rebounder for the season, averaging 10.6 points and 6.3 rebounds. In Pac-12 Conference games, Hines leads the team with 11.2 points per game. Freshman guard Kareem Storey tops the team in assists with 3.2 per game.
The Utes are coming off a 60-46 home loss to California, while Stanford posted a 74-50 road victory at Colorado. Utah is 5-9 at home this season, while Stanford is 5-5 on the road.
Stanford's top scorer is Chasson Randle with 12.8 points per game, while Josh Owens is the team's best rebounder at 6.0 boards per game. Aaron Bright leads the Cardinal in assists with 3.7 helpers per game.
Team and Individual Notes
Hines Leading the Utes in Pac-12 Games
In Pac-12 games only, Hines leads the league in 3-pointers made per game with 2.5, including a pair of long-range makes against California on Thursday.
Hines is Utah's top average scorer in Pac-12 games at 11.2 points per contest. He has hit double figures nine times in league play, including eight of the last nine games, and reached the 20-point mark twice.
Of Hines' 56 made field goals in Pac-12 games, 35 have come from 3-point range. Of his 80 made field goals for the season, 68.8% of them (55-of-80) have come from beyond the arc.
Stats on Storey's Starts
Storey, a true freshman, has put up solid numbers in his 11 starts at the point guard position. He has scored double digits in five of those starts and is averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 assists, while posting a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is also averaging 2.3 rebounds per game in those starts.
His numbers in games started are significantly better than his season averages of 4.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Storey recorded his first career double-double against Oregon on Feb. 2, posting 10 points and 11 assists, while committing only one turnover. 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.
Martin Making an Impact All Over the Floor
Junior guard Cedric Martin has scored double digits in four of Utah's last six games and only missed by one point another. Over the last five games, he is the Utes' second-leading scorer at 11.8 points per contest.
In addition to his 11 points against California, Martin tied a career-high eight rebounds and added two assists. In the previous game, despite scoring just five points against Colorado last Saturday, Martin dished out a game-high five assists without committing a single turnover. That effort followed a career-high seven assists at Arizona, in which he only had one turnover.
Martin has now led the Utes in assists in three of the last four games. In Pac-12 play, he is averaging 2.3 assists per game, second on the team. For the season, he is averaging 1.9 helpers per contest. Martin also holds the Utes' best assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.4 for the season
Farr Going to the Glass
Junior forward Dijon Farr has been the Utes' leading rebounder in three of their last five games. On Thursday against California he added seven rebounds, bested for the team lead only by a career high from Martin. At Arizona on Feb. 11, Farr climbed the boards for a career-high 11 rebounds. Previously, he pulled down seven boards at Arizona State on Feb. 9 and tied his previous career high of eight rebounds on Feb. 4 against Oregon State.
Farr is the team's second-leading rebounder for the season at 4.7 boards per game. Including Pac-12 games only, Farr is also second on the squad at 5.6 rebounds per contest.
Farr is also averaging 6.2 points per game on the season, 6.4 per contest in Pac-12 games.
Washburn Leading Utes in Scoring and Rebounding
With 10 points and five rebounds Thursday against Cal, Washburn hit double figures for the third straight game. That effort followed a 16-point and 10-rebound effort against Colorado last Saturday as Washburn logged his third career double-double, and a 15-point output at Arizona on Feb. 11. He has now scored double figures in three straight games for the first time since the Dec. 10 - Dec. 19 stretch during non-conference play.
Washburn is averaging a team-high 10.6 points per game (including all games) and is second on the team with 10.1 points per game in league contests.
He is also the Utes' top rebounder at 6.3 boards per contest, which ranks eighth in the Pac-12.
Washburn is shooting a very efficient 55.6% from the floor for this season (119-of-214), which is highest on the team and fifth in the Pac-12. He is also knocking down 76.2% of his free throws (48-of-63), which leads the squad.
Utah vs. the Pac-12
Utah now holds an all-time record against the Pac-12 of 148-127 (.538), including a 2-13 mark as a member of the league.
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.
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 531-134 (.798) in its current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 5-9 mark this season.
Unfortunately with just two home games remaining, the Utes are mathematically assured to post their first losing record at home since 1972-73, snapping a 38-season streak of having a winning record at home.
In conference home games over the last 18 years, Utah is 106-28 (.791), including a 2-6 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
Krystkowiak is in his first year at the helm for the Utes and third of his career. He owns a career record of 47-42 (.528)
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.