Dallin Bachynski and the Runnin' Utes host Simon Fraser Friday at the Huntsman Center.
Oct. 29, 2012
Match-up: Utah Utes vs. Simon Fraser Clan
Date: Friday, Nov. 2
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Utah Sports Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Steve Klauke
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
The game will be webcast live at www.pac-12.com/live/utahutes.aspx.
For up-to-date information including live stats, game notes, media guides, ticketing and more, visit www.UtahUtes.com.
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Friday's exhibition will mark the first-ever meeting between Utah and Simon Fraser.
Simon Fraser is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
SFU went 8-18 last season with a 3-15 mark in the GNAC.
The Clan's top returning scorer is senior guard Matt Raivio. He was was their fourth-leading scorer last season with 11.6 points per game but was only available for 10 games. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest.
Utah's roster includes a former Simon Fraser player, Xan Ricketts. Ricketts, a native of Sandy, Utah and graduate of Brighton HS, played for SFU as a freshman in 2010-11 before transferring to the Utes and sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. Ricketts averaged 1.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 22 appearances as a freshman for the Clan. He shot better than 48% from the floor (15-of-31) and also blocked four shots.
Preseason News and Notes
Utah returns three active players from the 2011-12 squad, including two starters, seniors Jason Washburn and Cedric Martin. Washburn is the team's top returning scorer and rebounder, while Martin leads the returners in assists, steals and 3-point FG%. Additionally, guard Alex Mortensen, who gave the Utes depth at the guard position last season, is back as a sophomore.
The Utes will have 12 new faces eligible to play this season, including five true freshmen, three players coming off redshirt seasons due to transfer rules, two incoming transfers with immediate eligibility, one returning LDS missionary and a walk-on.
Foster, Dotson Sidelined with Foot Injuries
Redshirt senior David Foster will miss all of the 2012-13 season after suffering the exact same foot injury that held him out all of the 2011-12 season.
Junior Aaron Dotson will miss the early part of the season with a foot injury of his own.
The 2012-13 Schedule
Utah will host a Thanksgiving tournament called the BTI Classic, Nov. 21, 23 and 24. Joining the Utes will be Central Michigan, Idaho State and Wright State. Utah will be hosting its first non-conference tournament since the 1988 Utah Classic.
Utah begins its second season in the Pac-12 Conference on the road at Arizona (Jan. 3) and Arizona State (Jan. 5). The Utes then host UCLA in their conference home-opener on Jan. 10, followed by USC (Jan. 12).
Future scheduling note - after a brief hiatus, Utah and Utah State will resume their rivalry in 2014. USU will come to Salt Lake City in 2014, the Utes will go to Logan in 2015, the 2016 game will be played in Salt Lake City and 2017 will be back in Logan. The Utes and Aggies have not played since Nov. 24, 2010. Utah holds an all-time record of 130-92 (.586) against Utah State. 2011-12 was a Banner Year in the Classroom Foster was selected to the 2011-12 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court with a career GPA of 3.28.
Utah posted a 3.129 team GPA for the 2011 fall semester, the second-highest team semester GPA in the last 20 years. Five Utes were named to the Dean's List, while 10 players were named to the Athletics Academic Honor Roll for maintaining GPA's of 3.0 or better.
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin' Utes are 532-133 (.800) all-time in their current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Utah's benchmark 500th win in the 42-year old facility came on Dec. 6, 2008, as the Utes posted a 91-61 blowout of eventual Southeastern Conference champion LSU.
Utah finished 6-9 at home last season, snapping a run of 38 consecutive season with a winning record at home. Utah's previous losing season in the Huntsman Center was in 1972-73, when the team was 6-10.
In conference home games over the last 17 years, Utah is 110-29 (.791). The Utes went 3-6 in conference home games last season in their first year in the Pac-12. Utah got its first Pac-12 victory in school history at home against Washington State, 62-60, in overtime.
Utes to Play at Least 28 Live Televised Games
Utah will play a minimum of 28 live televised games this year, including every conference contest and each game played in the Pac-12 Tournament.
The Runnin' Utes will appear on the Pac-12 Network 24 times in the regular season. Utah will also play on ESPNU twice and make one appearance on FSN.
Three Players Score 17 Points in Intra-Squad Scrimmage
Utah basketball fans were treated to a "Night with the Runnin' Utes" Wednesday as the 2012-13 squad played a full-speed scrimmage with referees at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Nearly 1,200 people were in attendance as Martin, junior forward Renan Lenz and freshman forward Jordan Loveridge each poured in 17 points to lead all scorers.
Wearing white and black practice gear for what started as a 20-minute game, the Utes battled through four overtimes before the white team claimed a 65-62 victory.
"I thought for the first time playing in front of the public we would be more tired but it seemed like our conditioning was really solid," said head coach Larry Krystkowiak. "I thought we were clicking pretty well and executing. Dallin [Bachynski] and [Jordan] had a good night as bigs and [Glen] Dean ran the team I was coaching pretty well. I thought it was pretty solid out there and we enjoyed the evening."
Joining the three leading scorers in double digits were freshman guard Justin Seymour (16), junior guard Glen Dean (15), sophomore center Dallin Bachynski (14) and Washburn (13). Bachynski was also the game's top rebounder and shot-blocker with nine boards and three rejections. Dean led the game with six assists. Loveridge and freshman guard Brandon Taylor each added five rebounds, while junior guard Jarred DuBois dished out five assists.