Nov. 7, 2011
Date: Monday, Nov. 14
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
The game will be webcast live and can be found at www.utahutes.com/allaccess.
Monday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between Utah and San Diego Christian College.
Utah lost its only other contest to date, an exhibition game against Adams State, 61-60. The Hawks were 1-2 in exhibition play before losing their regular-season opener at home to Carroll College on Saturday, 71-62.
Josh Watkins and Kareem Storey led Utah with 12 points against Adams State. Dijon Farr and Cedric Martin each hit double figures as well with 10 points. Blake Wilkinson had a game-high 11 rebounds, while Watkins had a game-best six assists.
Benji Arvizu led the Hawks against Carroll with team-highs of 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
The Hawks were outrebounded 34-25 and shot 43.4% (23-of-53) for the game, while allowing Carroll College to hit 48.1% from the field (25-of-52).
Foster and Hines Out for Tonight's Game
Senior center David Foster underwent surgery on his right foot last week and is out indefinitely. Junior guard Chris Hines is also out with a rib injury suffered against Adams State.
"Jiggy" is Utah's Top Returning Offensive Weapon
Josh "Jiggy" Watkins is the Utes' top returning scorer and assist-man. Last season, his first at Utah, he finished with 14.5 points per game to go with 3.5 assists, both good for a spot among the top 10 in the MWC.
In the exhibition loss to Adams State, Watkins tallied 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and a steal.
Last season, Watkins scored double figures in 24 of Utah's 31 games and hit the 20-point mark five times, including a career-high 24 points against San Diego State.
Farr, Martin and Storey Score Double Digits in Exhibition
Freshman guard Kareem Storey, junior forward Dijon Farr and junior wing Cedric Martin each scored in double figures for the Utes against Adams State. Storey tied for a team-high 12 points, while Farr and Martin logged 10 apiece. Farr also added five rebounds, while Martin and Storey each snagged four.
Wilkinson Tough on the Boards
Freshman forward Blake Wilkinson collected a game-high 11 rebounds against Adams State, including three on the offensive glass. He also added an assist, a steal and a block in 25 minutes of action.
Foster Takes Utah Blocks Record to the Pac-12 Conference
Senior center David Foster is Utah's career record holder in blocked shots with 219. He also holds the top two single-season marks with 115 in 2009-10 and 99 last season. Foster led the Mountain West Conference in blocks the last two years and finished among the top five in NCAA Div. I both years as well.
Foster scored two points against Adams State before leaving the game with a foot injury.
Standing at 7-foot-3, Foster is the tallest player in the Pac-12 and will look to put up similar numbers in his senior season.
Foster has re-written Utah's blocks record book in effectively less than two years. Seeing limited time as a true freshman in 2006-07, Foster blocked just five total shots. After returning from his LDS mission for the 2009-10 season, he shattered Utah's single-season record with 115 rejections, surpassing Luke Nevill's previous mark of 92 in 2008-09, en route to earning MWC Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was also named to the MWC All-Defensive team last season.
Foster also holds Utah's single-game record of 10 blocks, set at Weber State in 2009-10. That mark tied the previous school record for blocks in a game by the entire team.
Hines is Top Returning 3-Point Man
Junior guard Chris Hines is the Utes' top returning 3-point shooter, coming off a 36.8% mark last season (31-84). He holds a career mark of 38.1% (75-197) over two seasons.
Hines did not score against Adams State before leaving the game with a rib injury.
Hines hopes to improve on his shooting numbers and play a larger role in the Utes' offense this season after averaging 4.9 points per game in 30 appearances last year.
Washburn Hoping to Make Bigger Impact in 2011-12
Junior center Jason Washburn has been Utah's most efficient shooter in two consecutive years, including a 61.8% (76-123) effort from the floor last season.
In the Adams State game, Washburn went 3-of-6 from the floor for six points, while collecting four rebounds. He also registered an assist, a block and a steal.
Defensively, Washburn was among the top 10 in blocks in the MWC last season with 1.1 per game. With 63 career blocks, he needs just 13 more swats to crack the top-10 all-time at Utah.
Utes Add 13 New Faces, 10 Eligible to Play this Season
Utah has 13 new players on its roster this season after bringing back just four returners. The list includes seven transfers, five freshmen and a returned LDS missionary. Ten of the 13 players will be eligible this season, while three must sit out due to NCAA transfer rules.
The transfers eligible to play immediately include Farr (Indian Hills C.C.) and Martin (Lee College) as well as Dawson (Gulf Coast C.C.) and Corbin Green (Snow College). Juniors Glen Dean (Eastern Washington), Aaron Dotson (LSU) and Alexander Ricketts (Simon Fraser) will be eligible in 2012-13.
Redshirt junior guard Kyle Perkins returns to the squad after serving a two-year LDS mission at the California Ventura Mission. Perkins redshirted the 2008-09 season after transferring to Utah from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Larry Krystkowiak Selected to Lead Utes into Pac-12
Krystkowiak was introduced on April 4, 2011, as the new head men's basketball coach at the University of Utah and the man to lead the Runnin' Utes into the next phase of their storied history: the Pac-12 Conference.
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. Hired as an assistant coach by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2006-07, "Krysko" was elevated to head coach with 17 games remaining in the season. He was retained as the Bucks' head coach in 2007-08. Among the players he coached was former Ute All-American Andrew Bogut. Krystkowiak's other head coaching experience was in the CBA with the Idaho Stampede in 2003-04.
Utes Bring Historic Conference Success to the Pac-12
Utah owns 29 conference championships (shared and outright) in its history, the sixth-highest total of any team in NCAA Div. I.
The Utes now enter the "Conference of Champions", joining a league that holds more than 400 NCAA titles, including 16 in men's basketball. In 2010-11 alone, the conference captured nine NCAA crowns.
The Utes at the Huntsman Center
Utah owns an all-time record of 526-125 (.808) all-time in its current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 9-6 mark last season.
The Utes have posted a winning record at home in 38 consecutive seasons, beginning in 1973-74. In conference home games over the last 17 years, Utah is 104-22 (.825).
With 15,000 seats, the Huntsman Center is the largest arena in the Pac-12 (excluding temporary and tournament sites).