Dakarai Tucker and the Utes are at Cal on Thursday night
Feb. 25, 2013
Utah Runnin' Utes (11-15, 3-11) vs. California Golden Bears (18-9, 10-5)
Date: Thursday, February 28
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Location: Berkeley, Calif.
Arena: Haas Pavilion
Play-by-Play: Roxy Bernstein
Analyst: Miles Simon
In Salt Lake City: Comcast Ch. 400 or 755 (HD); DISH Ch. 141
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah at California - Quick Hits
• Last week, Utah dropped a contest at Colorado, 60-50. Jordan Loveridge, Jason Washburn and Brandon Taylor all finished with double figures as the Utes began a three-game road swing.
• Over the last five games, Utah has held its opponents to 27.2 percent shooting from three-point range (28-of 103), but is a minus-41 on the glass (28.6-36.8).
• Utah leads the Pac-12 and ranks 33rd nationally by limiting its opponents to 39.0 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 17th nationally, tops in the Pac-12, in assisted basket percentage (63.0%). Utah is also the league leader in three-point field goal percentage (36.2%) and free throw percentage (75.1%) while ranking third in points per shot (1.08).
• Cal is the hottest team in the Pac-12 with a five-game winning streak. Allen Crabbe is one of the leading scorers in the nation at 19.5 points per game and Justin Cobbs averaged 16 points and six assists last week in wins over No. 23 Oregon and Oregon State.
• The Golden Bears lead the league by limiting their opponents to 40.7 percent shooting in conference play. On the other side of the spectrum, their three-point shooting (30.9%) ranks last in the Pac-12.
Last Time Out
Utah started a three-game road swing with a tough loss at Colorado, 60-50. Jordan Loveridge had 12 points and seven rebounds to pace the Runnin’ Utes.
Classmate Brandon Taylor added 10 points, the first time he scored in double figures since scoring a career-high 21 at Oregon State. Jason Washburn inched closer to the 1,000-point plateau with 10 points, while also grabbing five rebounds.
Colorado scored the first five points but Utah took their largest lead at 26-21, on a jumper by Loveridge
Colorado rallied and closed on a 9-2 run to take a 30-28 lead to the lockers.
After taking a 31-30 lead in the early stages of the second half, Utah saw the Buffaloes go on an 11-0 run and hold the lead for the remainder of the game.
The Utes did eventually trim the lead to five, 55-50, on a layup by Washburn with 2:29 to play but missed a couple chances to get closer. Colorado connected on 5-of-6 attempts at the line for the final margin.
Utah dropped a close contest to Cal, 62-57 on January 24 at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Four Utah players scored in double figures with Washburn leading the way. The senior poured in 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Loveridge scored 12 points and corralled nine rebounds, Taylor had 10 points, five assists and four rebounds, while Glen Dean also scored 10.
Cal led by as many as 15 in the second half until a Washburn three-pointer cut Utah’s deficit to just three, 58-55, with under a minute remaining. Taylor missed a three-pointer with 11 seconds left for the Utes and Justin Cobbs grabbed the rebound and sank a pair of free throws to seal the win for Cal.
Utah out-shot the visitors for the contest, making 43 percent of its field goal tries. The Utes were also a plus-six on the glass and made 12-of-13 free throws, but the turnovers did them in. In total, the Utes committed 17 turnovers, 15 in the first 20 minutes.
Washburn Working Way Up Charts
Washburn has notched double-doubles in four conference games and is averaging 13.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field. He currently ranks ninth in the league in rebounding, fourth in field-goal percentage and sixth in blocks.
Washburn is closing his Utah career with a flourish, scoring in double figures during 15 of the last 17 contests. He has now scored 984 points in his 116 career games. He is currently averaging 11.7 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
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 third in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.415) and is also averaging 3.2 assists the last five games.
DuBois Getting it Done for Utes
Jarred DuBois has scored 20 or more in four games this season and leads the Utes in scoring at 11.8 per contest. The senior transfer from Loyola Marymount has impressed in his first year with the club and recently finished with a team-high 16 points against No. 9 Arizona.
He has scored in double figures four of the last six games and the game against the ‘Cats 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 fifth in the Pac-12 in three-point shooting percentage (.410). He also leads the conference in free-throw percentage (87.5).
DuBois has been a steadying influence for the Ute backcourt as well, ranking sixth 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 six 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 63 assists and has notched five or more assists four times, including against No. 9 Arizona.
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 10-13 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.