March 2, 2012
Match-up: Utah (6-23, 3-14 Pac-12) at Oregon (21-8, 12-5 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, March 3
Tipoff: 4 p.m. MT
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Arena: Matthew Knight Arena
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Comcast Sports Northwest
Play-by-Play: Andy McNamara
Analyst: Jordan Kent
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Utah at Oregon - Quick Hits
Thursday's game will mark the 17th meeting between the Utes and Ducks. The all-time series is tied at 8-8, but the Ducks hold a 3-2 advantage at home.
In their first meeting of the season, Oregon captured a 79-68 win in Salt Lake City. Utah's Chris Hines and Oregon's Devoe Joseph tied for game-high scoring honors with 20 points each, while Jason Washburn posted a game-high nine rebounds for the Utes. Utah guard Kareem Storey also recorded a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 assists.
Utah's leading scorer and rebounder is Washburn, who averages 10.9 points and 6.1 boards per game. Storey leads the Utes in assists with 3.2 per game.
Saturday will mark Utah's final opportunity to win a true road game this season as the Utes are 0-14 away from the Huntsman Center, going 0-11 on the road and 0-3 in neutral-site games.
Utah is coming off a 77-67 loss at Oregon State, while Oregon defeated Colorado, 90-81, in its last outing.
Oregon has three players averaging double digits, led by Joseph at 16.7 points per game. The Ducks' top rebounder is E.J. Singler with 5.4 per contest, while Johnathan Loyd tops the team in assists with 3.0 per game.
Team and Individual Notes
Hines Doubles Up Again, Continues to Lead Pac-12 from Beyond the Arc
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 11.8 points per contest. He has hit double figures 11 times in league play, including 10 of the last 11 games, and reached the 20-point mark twice.
Of Hines' 66 made field goals in Pac-12 games, 43 have come from 3-point range. Of his 90 made field goals for the season, 70.0% of them (63-of-90) have come from beyond the arc.
Storey Looks for Repeat Performance vs. Ducks
When Utah last faced Oregon on Feb. 2 in Salt Lake City, Storey recorded his first career double-double, 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 11 assists were the most by a Ute since Jackson's 11 helpers against BYU that season.
Storey, a true freshman, has put up solid numbers in his 13 starts at the point guard position. He has scored double digits in five of those starts and is averaging 6.7 points and 4.8 assists, while posting a 1.44 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is also averaging 2.5 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.
Martin Making an Impact All Over the Floor
Junior guard Cedric Martin has scored double digits in five of Utah's last eight games and only missed by one point in another. He is the Utes' third leading scorer at 7.7 points per game and 8.4 per contest in Pac-12 games.
Martin's impact has come in a variety of ways. Thursday at Oregon State he scored 10 points and dished out two assists. Despite scoring just two points against Stanford last week, Martin handed out four assists to only one turnover, grabbed four rebounds, made two steals and blocked a shot. Against California on Feb. 23, he posted 11 points and tied his career high with eight rebounds while adding two assists.
Martin has now led the Utes in assists in four of the last six 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 1.4 for the season.
Farr has Second Straight Big Game
Junior forward Dijon Farr had one of his best all-around games as a Ute Thursday at Oregon State. He tied his career high of 16 points , shooting 6-of-9 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and missed his first double-double by just one rebound, finishing with a team-high nine boards. Farr also tied his career high with two assists, made three steals and blocked a shot, all while playing a career-high 39 minutes.
Farr is the team's second-leading rebounder for the season at 4.9 boards per game. Including Pac-12 games only, Farr leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per contest.
Farr is also averaging 6.8 points per game on the season, 7.3 per contest in Pac-12 games.
Washburn Leads Utes in Scoring and Rebounding, Climbs Blocks Charts
With 14 points and three rebounds Thursday against Stanford, Washburn scored double figures for the fifth straight game.
Washburn is averaging a team-high 10.9 points per game (including all games) and is second on the team with 10.7 points per game in league contests.
He is also the Utes' top rebounder at 6.1 boards per contest, which ranks eighth in the Pac-12.
Washburn is shooting a very efficient 56.3% from the floor for this season (129-of-229), which is highest on the team and fourth in the Pac-12. He is also knocking down 77.3% of his free throws (58-of-75), which leads the squad.
Additionally, Washburn stands alone at No. 8 on Utah's all-time blocked shots list Saturday as his one block at Oregon State brought his career total to 99, surpassing Shaun Green (2005-09). With just one more swatted shot, 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 149-128 (.538), including a 3-14 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.