March 5, 2012
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Colorado vs. Utah - Quick Hits
Wednesday's game will mark the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Tournament game for either school as the league debutants face off in the opening round. This will be the 38th meeting between the two schools. Utah trails the all-time series with the Buffaloes, 22-15, but holds a 1-0 neutral court record against them.
Colorado has won the last four matchups in the series, including a 73-33 victory in Boulder and a 55-48 game in Salt Lake City this season. Utah's leading scorer and rebounder in both games was junior center Jason Washburn, who averaged 13 points and 8.5 rebounds in the two meetings, including a double-double in Boulder. Andre Roberson led the Buffaloes against Utah with double-doubles in each game as he averaged 14.5 points and 16.5 rebounds per contest.
Washburn is Utah's leading scorer and rebounder for the season, averaging 11.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, and is coming off a career-high 26 points at Oregon. Freshman guard Kareem Storey tops the team in assists with 3.2 per game.
Utah hopes to capture its first win away from the Huntsman Center this season as the Utes went 0-12 in true road games and 0-3 in neutral site contests. Colorado is 5-9 overall away from home this season, including a 4-7 record in true road games and a 1-2 mark at neutral sites.
Colorado has four players averaging double figures, led by Carlon Brown at 12.2 points per game. Roberson is averaging a double-double with 11.2 points and a league-leading 11.2 boards per contest, while Nate Tomlinson leads the team in assists with 3.2 per game.
Team and Individual Notes
Washburn Looks to Carry Momentum of Career-High Performance
Washburn posted a career-high 26 points on a career-best 11 field goals (11-of-19) and went 4-of-5 at the free throw line Saturday at Oregon. He also collected a team-high seven rebounds and blocked two shots. It was Washburn's sixth straight game scoring double figures.
Washburn is averaging a team-high 11.4 points per game (including all games) and leads the squad with 11.6 points per contest in Pac-12 games.
He is also the Utes' top rebounder at 6.2 boards per contest, which ranks eighth in the Pac-12.
Washburn is shooting a very efficient 56.5% from the floor for this season (140-of-248), which is highest on the team and fourth in the Pac-12. He is also knocking down 77.5% of his free throws (62-of-80), which leads the Utes.
Additionally, with two blocks against Oregon, Washburn brought his career total to 101 rejections, reaching No. 8 on Utah's all-time blocks list and becoming only the eighth Ute ever to reach the century mark.
Hines 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 2.6, while ranking third at 2.3 per game when including all contests.
Hines is Utah's second-leading scorer overall at 9.6 points per game and his average jumps to 11.4 points in Pac-12 contests. He has hit double figures 11 times in league play, including 10 of the last 12 games, and reached the 20-point mark twice.
Of Hines' 67 made field goals in Pac-12 games, 44 have come from 3-point range. Of his 91 made field goals for the season, 70.3% of them (64-of-91) have come from beyond the arc.
Martin Making an Impact All Over the Floor
Junior guard Cedric Martin has impacted the Utes in a variety of ways. He is the team's third-leading scorer (7.5 ppg), third-leading rebounder (3.2 rpg) and is second on the team in assists (2.0 apg), while posting the team's best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4). Martin is also one of the team's best defenders and is playing the most minutes of any Ute at 31.1 per game.
Martin's versatility has been showcased over the last few games. Despite scoring just two points at Oregon on Saturday, he grabbed his season average of two rebounds and had a team-high three assists. Thursday at Oregon State, he scored 10 points and dished out two assists. Against Stanford on Feb. 25, Martin handed out four assists to only one turnover, grabbed four rebounds, made two steals and blocked a shot. In the game against California on Feb. 23, Martin posted 11 points and tied his career high with eight rebounds while adding two assists.
Martin has now led the Utes in assists in five of the last seven games. In Pac-12 play, he is averaging 2.4 assists per game, second on the team.
Storey Hopes to Get Back in Groove
Storey, a true freshman, has put up solid numbers in his 14 starts at the point guard position despite a recent dip in his assist numbers. He will look to recapture the form that saw him record his first career double-double against Oregon on Feb. 2, as he posted 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.
Farr in Form
Junior forward Dijon Farr had one of his best all-around games last week 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 4.8 boards per game. Including Pac-12 games only, Farr is tied for the team lead with 5.8 rebounds per contest.
Farr is also averaging 6.7 points per game on the season, 7.2 per contest in Pac-12 games.
Utah vs. the Pac-12
Utah now holds an all-time record against the Pac-12 of 149-129 (.536), including a 3-15 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.
Utes Ink Five for 2012
Utah opened the early signing period by inking five players who will join the Utes for the 2012-13 season. The signing class includes high school seniors Josh Hearlihy (North Hollywood, Calif., Harvard-Westlake HS), Jordan Loveridge (West Jordan, Utah, West Jordan HS) and Justin Seymour (Marietta, Ga., Wheeler HS), along with Southern Utah transfer Dallin Bachynski (Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Sir Winston Churchill HS) and returning LDS missionary Jeremy Olsen (Lawrenceville, Ga., Collins Hill HS).