Feb. 27, 2012
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
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Utah at Oregon State - Quick Hits
Thursday's game will be the 21st meeting between the Utes and Beavers. Utah leads the all-time series, 12-8, but is only 1-9 on OSU's home court. It will be Utah's first on the Oregon State campus since Dec. 16, 1983, when the Utes fell by a 62-49 score. Utah's only road win in the series came on Dec. 17, 1949 by a 51-42 score.
Oregon State won the first matchup of the season by a 76-58 tally in Salt Lake City. Utah was led by junior guard Cedric Martin, who tied a career-high 19 points, while junior center Jason Washburn poured in 15 points and posted a career-high eight blocks. The Beavers were led by Jared Cunningham's game-high 20 points, while Joe Burton pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Washburn is Utah's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 boards per game. Junior guard Chris Hines is climbing steadily toward double digits for the season and is now at 9.7 points per game, while freshman guard Kareem Storey leads the Utes in assists with 3.2 per game.
The Utes head into the final weekend of the regular season still searching for their first win away from home. Utah is 0-10 in true road games and 0-3 in neutral-site contests.
Utah is coming off a thrilling 58-57 victory over Stanford on Saturday, which snapped an eight-game losing streak. Oregon State has lost five straight coming into this week, including a home loss to historic rival Oregon on Sunday, 74-73. The Beavers are 10-5 at home this year, including a 3-4 mark in Pac-12 home games.
The Beavers have three players averaging double digits, led by Cunningham with 18.4 points per game. The Beavers' top rebounder is Eric Moreland at 6.3 boards per contest and Joe Burton leads them with 2.9 assists per game.
Individual and Team Notes
Hines has the Cardinal's Number
In Saturday's home victory over Stanford, Hines scored 19 points, tying his career-high of five 3-pointers, and collected a career-high seven rebounds. In Utah's previous match-up against the Cardinal in Palo Alto, Hines went for a career high tying 21 points, including three 3-pointers. In total, Hines scored 40 points (20.0 ppg), grabbed seven rebounds (3.5 rpg) and hit eight 3-pointers (4.0 per game) in two games against Stanford.
Hines for Three!
In Pac-12 Conference games only, Hines leads the league in 3-pointers made per game with 2.7, while ranking third at 2.3 per game when including all contests.
Hines is Utah's top average scorer in Pac-12 games at 11.7 points per contest. He has hit double figures 10 times in league play, including nine of the last 10 games, and reached the 20-point mark twice.
Of Hines' 62 made field goals in Pac-12 games, 40 have come from 3-point range. Of his 86 made field goals for the season, 70.0% of them (60-of-86) have come from beyond the arc.
Stats on Storey's Starts
Storey, a true freshman, has put up solid numbers in his 12 starts at the point guard position. He has scored double digits in five of those starts and is averaging 6.8 points and 4.8 assists, while posting a 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is also averaging 2.4 rebounds per game in those starts.
His numbers in games started are significantly better than his season averages of 4.7 points, 1.9 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 Martin has scored double digits in four of Utah's last seven games and only missed by one point in another. He is the Utes' third leading scorer at 7.6 points per game and 8.4 per contest in Pac-12 games.
Despite scoring just two points against Stanford, he handed out four assists to only one turnover, grabbed four rebounds, made two steals and blocked a shot. In the previous game against California, he posted 11 points and tied a career-high eight rebounds while adding two assists.
Martin has now led the Utes in assists in four of the last five games. In Pac-12 play, he is averaging 2.4 assists per game, second on the team. For the season, he is averaging 2.0 helpers per contest. Martin also holds the Utes' best assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.5 for the season.
Farr Posts Big Game vs. Cardinal
Junior forward Dijon Farr made a big impact Saturday against Stanford as he scored 12 points, including a career-high five free throws, grabbed six rebounds, made two steals and blocked a shot. On Thursday against California he added seven rebounds, bested for the team lead only by a career high from Martin.
Farr is the team's second-leading rebounder for the season at 4.8 boards per game. Including Pac-12 games only, Farr is tied for the team lead at 5.6 rebounds per contest.
Farr is also averaging 6.4 points per game on the season, 6.8 per contest in Pac-12 games.
Washburn Leads Utes in Scoring and Rebounding, Climbs Blocks Charts
With 17 points and five rebounds Thursday against Stanford, Washburn scored double figures for the fourth straight game.
Washburn is averaging a team-high 10.8 points per game (including all games) and is second on the team with 10.5 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 56.1% from the floor for this season (125-of-223), which is highest on the team and fourth in the Pac-12. He is also knocking down 76.5% of his free throws (52-of-68), which ranks second on the squad.
Additionally, Washburn moved up to No. 8 on Utah's all-time blocked shots list Saturday as his six blocks against Stanford brought his career total to 98, tying Shaun Green (2005-09). With just two more swatted shots, Washburn will become just the seventh Ute ever to reach the century mark.
Utah vs. the Pac-12
Utah now holds an all-time record against the Pac-12 of 149-127 (.540), including a 3-13 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 6-9 mark this season.
Despite defeating Stanford in its final home game of the season, Utah will finish the year with a 6-9 home mark, their first losing record at home since 1972-73, snapping a 38-season streak of posting a winning record at home.
In conference home games over the last 18 years, Utah is 107-28 (.795), including a 3-6 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).
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.