Renan Lenz and the Utes host Oregon State on Thursday evening
March 4, 2013
Utah Runnin' Utes (11-17, 3-13) vs. Oregon State Beavers (13-16, 3-13)
Date: Thursday, March 7
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Play-by-Play: Tom Hart
Analyst: Darrin Horn
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 vs. Oregon State - Quick Hits
• Utah is coming off consecutive losses by double figures at Cal and Stanford last weekend
• However, the Runnin’ Utes have won two of their past three at the Huntsman Center heading into their final homestand of the season.
• Prior to the Stanford game, Utah had held its opponents to 27.6 percent shooting from three-point range over a six-game stretch.
• Rebounding has been a problem for the Utes who have been beaten on the glass the past nine games.
• Utah ranks second in the league by holding their opponents to only 63.0 points per game.
• Offensively, the Utes rank 23rd nationally, tops in the Pac-12, in assisted basket percentage (62.0%).
• Utah is also the league leader in free throw percentage (75.1%), ranking 17th nationally.
• Oregon State has dropped four games in a row but ranks second in the league in three-point percentage (36.2%).
• For the Beavers, Roberto Nelson is averaging 21.9 ppg the last nine games and Eric Moreland is ninth in the nation in rebounding (10.5 rpg).
Last Time Out
Last Time Out
Jarred DuBois scored 22 points, three shy of his career-high, but Utah was stung at Stanford on Sunday, 84-66. DuBois finished with his fifth 20-point game of the season as the senior transfer had his best offensive performance in league play.
Jason Washburn notched 10 points, all in the first half, and has hit double figures in all but three league games this season. He currently needs only two points to become the 35th player in Utah history to reach 1,000 for his career.
Jordan Loveridge scored 11 points, his fourth double-figure outing in the last six games, an also matched Washburn with a team-high six rebounds.
Stanford turned in the two best offensive performances against the Utes this season, scoring 87 and 84 points respectively. The Cardinal shot a combined 49 percent from the floor in both games and connected on 20-of-41 three-point tries.
DuBois scored the first seven points of the second half to trim the 13-point halftime deficit to single digits and Cedric Martin banked in a runner before connecting on a three-pointer to make the score, 49-45 at the first media timeout.
Brandon Taylor had a season-high 21 points and six assists, while DuBois scored 20 points in Utah’s 82-64 loss at Oregon State. Loveridge came off the bench and finished with seven points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Roberto Nelson led all scorers with 26 points and five rebounds, while Joe Burton added 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Eric Moreland came off the bench to grab 15 rebounds and finished one point shy of a double-double. Oregon State also out-scored the Utes by 18 in the paint.
Washburn Working Way Up Charts
Washburn has notched double-doubles in four conference games and is averaging 13.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the field. He currently ranks ninth in the league in rebounding, fifth in field-goal percentage and seventh in blocks.
Washburn is closing his Utah career with a flourish, scoring in double figures during 16 of the last 19 contests. He has now scored 998 points in his 118 career games. He is currently matching his points per game total of last season when he averaged a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest.
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 (11.6) and rebounding (6.7).
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 sixth 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 eighth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.403) and is also on of the league leaders in assists.
DuBois Getting it Done for Utes
DuBois has scored 20 or more in five games this season and leads the Utes in scoring at 12.0 per contest. The senior transfer from Loyola Marymount has impressed in his first year with the club and recently finished with 22 points at Stanford, his second-best performance of the season.
He has scored in double figures 15 times and the 22 points at Stanford were the second most he has tallied in a game this season (25 at SMU).
DuBois has been one of the league’s top sharpshooters, ranking sixth in the Pac-12 in three-point shooting percentage (.405). He also leads the conference in free-throw percentage (89.9).
DuBois has been a steadying influence for the Ute backcourt as well, ranking as one of the league leaders in assists (3.0 apg), tops among the Utes.
Glen 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 65 assists and has notched five or more assists four times, including against No. 9 Arizona.
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin’ Utes are 541-140 (.795) all-time in their current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 9-7 mark this season. Utah has posted a winning record at the Huntsman Center in 41 of the 43 years of its existence.
In conference home games over the last 17 years, Utah is 112-34 (.771). Utah got its first Pac-12 Conference victory in school history at home against Washington State, 62-60, in overtime.
Utes on TV
Utah is 10-15 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.