Jason Washburn and the Utes host No. 19 Oregon on Saturday
March 8, 2013
Utah Runnin’ Utes (12-17, 4-13) vs. No. 19 Oregon Ducks (23-7, 12-5)
Date: Saturday, March 9
Tipoff: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Play-by-Play: Ted Robinson
Analyst: Ernie Kent
In Salt Lake City: Comcast Ch. 37 or 757 (HD); DISH Ch. 413
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
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Utah vs. Oregon - Quick Hits
• Utah has won three of its last four at home following a win over Oregon State on Thursday night
• The Utes shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half against OSU and out-rebounded the Beavers, the first time they have done that against an opponent in 10 games.
• Utah leads the league by holding its opponents to only 62.9 points per game and ranks second in field goal percentage defense (39.6%).
• Offensively, the Utes rank 23rd nationally, tops in the Pac-12, in assisted basket percentage (62.0%) and is also the league leader in free throw percentage (74.6%), ranking 17th nationally.
• Oregon sits in a tie for the top spot in the Pac-12 despite losing 76-53 at Colorado earlier this week. Carlos Emory has averaged 16.0 ppg over the last four games for the Ducks
•UO has move to the top of the league due to its defense. The Ducks rank tops in the Pac-12 in points allowed per possession, opposition turnover rate, rebounds per game and rebound percentage.
Last Time Out
Utah men’s basketball earned a vital win in its attempt to gain momentum and improve its seeding in the Pac-12 Tournament with a 72-61 win over Oregon State
Jordan Loveridge led all scorers with 17. He also grabbed 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and first in Pac-12 play. The freshman also dished out three assists.
Jason Washburn scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots. He also became the 35th player in Utah history to surpass 1,000 points for his career and the first since 2009.
Brandon Taylor finished with 12 points, all on three-pointers, matching a career-high from distance. The freshman entered the contest eighth in the Pac-12, shooting over 40 percent from three-point range. Utah matched a season-high with nine three-pointers for the game.
Jarred DuBois had a splendid all-around game with 15 points, six assists and four rebounds. The last time Utah placed four players in double figures was over a month ago in a win over Colorado. That was also the last time a Ute registered a double-double.
Utah forced the Beavers to commit 15 turnovers and scored 21 points off those miscues. The Utes also shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half and out-rebounded the Beavers, the first time they have done that against an opponent in 10 games
Utah let a second-half lead slip away on the road at No. 19 Oregon, 73-64. Washburn had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Runnin’ Utes. DuBois finished with 15 points for Utah while Loveridge added 14, all in the first half.
The Utes shot 48 percent in the game, 57 percent in the first half en route to taking an eight-point lead. However, Utah was a staggering minus-22 on the glass staying in the game by forcing 17 turnovers, a season-high.
Arsalan Kazemi finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds, E.J. Singler had 21 points and eight rebounds while Damyean Dotson added 16 points for the Ducks.
Washburn Working Way Up Charts
Washburn has notched double-doubles in four conference games and is averaging team-highs of 13.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the field. The senior has also connected on 3-of-4 three-point tries while shooting 78 percent from the free-throw line.
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 17 of the last 20 contests. He is currently averaging 11.5 points per game, which is slightly better than last season when he averaged a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest.
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 (11.8) and rebounding (6.9).
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 one 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 12.1 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 16 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 a little under 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 66 assists and has notched five or more assists four times, including against No. 9 Arizona.
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin’ Utes are 542-140 (.795) all-time in their current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 10-7 mark this season. Utah has posted a winning record at the Huntsman Center in 42 of the 44 years of its existence.
In conference home games over the last 17 years, Utah is 113-34 (.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 plays 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.