Jason Washburn and the Utes will look to block USC's passage in the Pac-12 Tournament.
March 11, 2013
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
Arena: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Play-by-Play: Ted Robinson
Analyst: Bill Walton
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Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
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Utah vs. USC - Quick Hits
Utah finished the season strong by winning four of five games at home including double-digit wins over Oregon State and No. 19 Oregon last weekend.
The Runnin' Utes are looking for their first win in the Pac-12 Tournament. Utah moved to the conference last season and dropped a first-round contest to Colorado.
Utah is 12th all-time in NCAA history with 1,682 wins (.643 winning percentage). The Utes also rank sixth all-time with 29 regular-season conference championships and 19th with 27 NCAA Tournament bids.
The Runnin' Utes have captured five conference tournament championships, all since 1995. Utah won Western Athletic Conference titles in `95 and `97 before capturing Mountain West Conference titles in `99, `04, and `09.
Utah has captured three tournament championships in Sin City. The Utes won the 1997 WAC title, as well as the `99 and `09 MWC titles at the Thomas & Mack Center. They are 13-9 all-time in 12 visits to Vegas.
The Utes led the league in scoring defense, allowing opponents only 62.9 points per game. They also ranked second in field goal percentage defense (39.7%).
Last Time Out
Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor chipped in 14 points apiece for the Utes who won consecutive Pac-12 games for the first time since joining the league. It also marked the first time Utah beat a ranked opponent since toppling No. 20 Illinois, 60-58, in Las Vegas during the 2009-10 season.
Utah dominated inside and held a 31-28 edge on the boards after being out-rebound by 22, a season-high, in the first meeting. The Utes also tallied 34 points in the paint and forced the Ducks to commit 15 turnovers, scoring 21 points off those miscues.
Utah Offensive Attributes
Offensively, Utah finished as one of the top teams in the league by connecting on 35.7 percent of their three-point tries.
The Utes also ranked as the best team in the league when it came to assisted-basket percentage. On 61 percent of their baskets so far this season, a Utah player has notched an assist.
Teams also have to be wary of fouling the Utes as they were the best squad at the charity stripe in the Pac-12, shooting 74.7 percent.
Well-Rounded Runnin' Utes
Utah is the only team in the Pac-12 to have three scorers among the top 21 in the league. DuBois (12.2 ppg, 17th), Loveridge (11.9 ppg, 20th) and Washburn (11.8 ppg, 21st) provide Utah with some balance on the offensive end.
The Utes also have two players ranking among the top 13 in rebounding with Washburn and Loveridge. Only two other squads, Washington (N'Diaye/Simmons) and Stanford (Huestis/Powell) can match the Utah duo.
Utah suffered a loss to USC, 76-59. DuBois led Utah with 18 points and grabbed three rebounds. Washburn finished in double figures with 13 points, but only snared four rebounds despite blocking three shots. Loveridge also added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Utes.
USC shot extremely well in the second half while working with a lead, connecting on 61 of its tries. The Trojans also converted on 7-of-15 attempts from three-point range. The Utes committed a season-low six turnovers but were beaten on the boards (-9).
Dewayne Dedmon finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the Trojans as all five starters scored in double figures. J.T. Terrell scored 14 points an grabbed four rebounds, while Jio Fontan and Byron Wesley scored 13 points each.
Washburn Working Way Up Charts
Washburn nothced five double-doubles in league play after tabulating four during his first three seasons in Salt Lake City. The senior averaged team-highs of 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field. The senior has also connected on 3-of-4 three-point tries while shooting 80 percent from the free-throw line.
While ranking among the league leaders in scoring for the Utes, Washburn also sits ninth in the league in rebounding, fifth in field-goal percentage and sixth in blocks.
Washburn is closing his Utah career with a flourish, scoring in double figures during 18 of the last 21 contests and becoming the 35th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier.
Loveridge Leaving Mark
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 (11.9) 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 fifth all-time for a Utah freshman, behind such greats as Keith Van Horn and Andrew Bogut.
His versatility has also paid dividends as he is one of the league leaders in three-point field goal percentage (38.9%), steals (1.2) and free-throw percentage (75.6%) despite playing at the power forward position
Taylor Turning it Up
Taylor came 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 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 second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.420) 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 12.2 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 17 times and has been one of the league's top sharpshooters, ranking sixth in the Pac-12 in three-point shooting percentage (.404). He also leads the conference in free-throw percentage (90.1).
DuBois has been a steadying influence for the Ute backcourt as well, ranking seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio and ninth in total assists (3.1).
Glen Dean scored double digits in Utah's first four games this season, and scored 10 points 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.
Bachynski Beats Up Bengals
Sophomore Dallin Bachynski racked up 22 points and 16 rebounds against Idaho State for his second double-double in his first three games as a Ute.
He became the first Utah player to score 20 or more points and grab 15 or more rebounds in a game since Luke Nevill had 23 points and 15 boards against Wyoming in the semifinals of the 2009 MWC tournament.