Nov. 15, 2011
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16
Tipoff: 6 p.m.
Location: Boise, Idaho
Arena: Taco Bell Arena
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Wednesday's game will be televised live on the Mtn.
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Wednesday's game will mark the fifth all-time meeting between the Utes and Broncos. Utah leads the series, 3-1.
All three of Utah's wins in the series have come at home, including an 86-84 victory last season at the Huntsman Center.
Utah's only other trip to play the Broncos on their home floor came in 1987, when Boise State squeezed out a 62-61 victory.
Josh "Jiggy" Watkins led the Utes in their season-opening win against SDCC with 23 points, one short of his career high. Junior center Jason Washburn was the game's top rebounder with 10 boards, part of his first career double-double (12 points). Watkins also tied for game-high honors with five assists. Freshman guard Kareem Storey also hit double-digits, scoring all 10 of his points from the free throw line (10-of-12).
In Boise State's season opener, the Broncos topped Colorado Christian, 95-44. Derrick Marks led BSU with 20 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor. He also made a game-high four steals and tied for game-high honors with five rebounds. Ryan Watkins (14 points) and Westly Perryman (11) also scored in double digits, while Perryman tied for a game-high six assists. All 11 Broncos to play in the game scored at least four points.
Team and Individual Notes
Krystkowiak Gets First Utah Victory
With the win against San Diego Christian, Larry Krystkowiak grabbed his first victory as the Utes' head coach. For his NCAA coaching career, Krystkowiak is in his third year and owns a 43-20 overall record (.683).
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.
"Jiggy" Gets Off to a Hot Start
Watkins got his final season off to a flying start Monday night against San Diego Christian, scoring 23 points, one shy of his career-high of 24, set last year against No. 6 San Diego State. Watkins was 8-of-14 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line.
Watkins scored the Utes' first nine points of the game, which included two "and-1's", on an old-fashioned three-point play and a four-point play as he made his only 3-pointer of the game while drawing the foul.
It was the sixth 20-point game for Watkins and the 25th time in 32 career games that he has scored in double figures.
Washburn Tallies First Career Double-Double
Junior center Jason Washburn racked up 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double on Monday night against San Diego Christian. He also tied his career-high of four offensive rebounds in the contest. Washburn accomplished this in a career-high 33 minutes played.
Coach Krystkowiak has previously stated that he would like Utah's big men to maintain a rebounding pace around one every four minutes. With 10 boards in 33 minutes Monday, Washburn was ahead of that schedule.
Washburn's previous career-high rebounding effort was an eight-board total in five different games last year.
Washburn scored his 12 points on a 6-of-10 effort from the floor for a shooting percentage of 60%, almost right at his career average. He came into the season as Utah's most efficient shooter for two year's running, including a 61.8% mark on 76-of-123 last season.
A Free Throw Line `Storey'
Storey scored 10 points in his collegiate debut Monday night, with all 10 coming at the free throw line. Storey was 10-of-12 at the charity stripe, including a 3-of-4 effort with less than two minutes to play and the game in th balance.
Seven Players Score First Career Points vs SDCC
In Monday's game, seven players tallied the first points of their Utah basketball careers: Storey (10), junior wing Cedric Martin (4), freshman guard Anthony Odunsi (3), junior wing Dijon Farr (2), freshman wing George Matthews (2), redshirt sophomore forward Javon Dawson (1) and freshman forward Blake Wilkinson (1).
For all seven of them, along with junior guard Kyle Perkins, Monday marked their first NCAA Division I regular-season basketball action. For Storey, Matthews, Odunsi and Wilkinson, it was their first-ever collegiate game.
The Utes at the Huntsman Center
Utah owns an all-time record of 527-125 (.808) all-time in its current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 1-0 mark this 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).
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.
Hines (Ribs) Questionable vs. Boise State
Junior guard Chris Hines (ribs) has been upgraded from `out' to `questionable' after responding well to practice this week. Hines suffered the injury in Utah's exhibition game against Adams State.
Hines came into the season as 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.
Utah's Blocks Leader Out Indefinitely
Senior center David Foster underwent foot surgery last week and is out indefinitely.
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.
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.
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).