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Utah Men's Basketball Notes - Game #2

Richard Chaney had eight points against Georgia State.

Richard Chaney had eight points against Georgia State.

Nov. 18, 2003

Game #2

Preseason NIT - Second Round

Utah Runnin' Utes (1-0) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-0)

Nov. 19 * 8:30 p.m. (MST) * Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000) * Salt Lake City

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The Game at a Glance

Utah Head Coach: Rick Majerus        Minnesota Head Coach: Dan Monson
Alma Mater: Marquette, 1970          Alma Mater: Idaho, 1985
Record at Utah: 309-90/15th Season   Record at UM: 68-57/5th Season
Overall Record: 408-142/20th Season  Overall Record: 120-74/7th Season

Television: ESPN2. Bob Carpenter (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst).

Radio: Utah Sports Network (KALL-700 AM in Salt Lake City and affiliate stations). On the Internet at www.UtahUtes.com and www.kall700.com. Bill Marcroft (play-by-play), Mark Rydalch (analyst) and Brad Stone (host).

Series Record: 1-1 Utah's Record Home/Away/Neutral: 0-0/0-0/1-1 Last Meeting: Utah won 104-59 on Dec. 29, 1959 in Raleigh, N.C.

After This

Utah plays against Stony Brook in New York on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Should the Runnin' Utes win their Preseason NIT second round game, they will play in the semifinals on Nov. 26 and the championship/consolation round on Nov. 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Quickly On Utah

Utah (1-0) hosts Minnesota (1-0) in the second round of the Preseason NIT on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m. (MST) in the Jon M. Huntsman Center on ESPN2. The Runnin' Utes defeated Georgia State 46-38 in the first round of the Preseason NIT on Monday night in Salt Lake City.

The Utes return three starters and three other lettermen from last season. Utah went 25-8 overall, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and claimed a share of the Mountain West Conference regular-season championship with an 11-3 mark.

Senior center Tim Frost (6-9, 244), who has not practiced or played this season due to a sore back, was placed on the all-MWC second team in his first year with the Runnin' Utes after transferring from Portland. Frost, a native of Klamath Falls, Ore., was second on the team in scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (4.9 rpg). He also shot 43.3 percent from three-point range (29-of-67) and had 26 blocked shots. Senior guard Nick Jacobson (6-4, 206) was named third team all-Mountain West and led Utah in scoring for the second straight year (13.3 ppg). The Fargo, N.D., native was the Utes' most prolific three-point shooter last season, hitting 80-of-189 (42.3 percent). Jacobson also shot 83.5 percent at the free throw line.

The Utes' other four returnees are sophomores. Guard Tim Drisdom (6-2, 212) from Artesia, Calif., led the Utes in assists last season (3.2 apg) while averaging 4.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Drisdom also displayed a deft shooting eye, hitting 42.4 percent of his three-pointers (25-of-59) and 81.0 of his free throws. Guard/forward Richard Chaney (6-4, 195), a native of Los Angeles, Calif., was Utah's third-best rebounder (3.5 rpg) and fifth-best scorer (5.4 ppg) last season. Forward Bryant Markson (6-6, 189), who hails from Monrovia, Calif., averaged 3.7 points and 2.2 boards. Center Chris Jackson (6-11, 247) averaged 2.0 points and 1.7 rebounds last season.

Freshman forward Andrew Bogut (6-10, 233) led the Utes with 15 points and 16 rebounds in Utah's win over Georgia State. Bogut was the MVP of the FIBA Junior World Championships last summer, leading Australia to the title.

From The Training Room

* Senior center Tim Frost has been sitting out since the start of practice with a sore back. Although he is making progress, no timetable has been set for his return to full activity. He is not expected to play against Minnesota.

* Sophomore forward Bryant Markson is still recovering from a right shoulder injury the he suffered in the final exhibition game. After tweeking it again against Georgia State, he is questionable for the Minnesota game.

In The Polls

* Utah received 29 votes to rank No. 29 in the ESPN/USA Today preseason poll.

* The Utes received 39 votes to rank 31st in Associated Press preseason poll.

Scouting Minnesota

The Golden Gophers (1-0) won their Preseason NIT first round game 78-67 over UMKC on Monday night in Minneapolis, Minn.

Minnesota returns two starters and four other lettermen from last year's team that went 19-14 and tied for sixth place in the Big Ten with an 8-8 record. The Gophers advanced to the postseason NIT semifinals before losing to Georgetown 88-74.

Senior forward Michael Bauer (6-8, 220) is Minnesota's leading returning rebounder (4.9 rpg) and second-best scorer (11.4 ppg). Junior guard/forward Maurice Hargrow (6-4, 193) is the best returning scorer (13.2 ppg), shooting 39 percent from three-point range in 2002-03, and the second-best rebounder (4.7 ppg). Also back from last year is senior guard Ben Johnson (6-3, 185), who averaged 6.5 points and 1.9 assists per game. A key newcomer is junior guard Adam Boone (6-2, 202), who averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 2001-02 at North Carolina.

Freshman forward Kris Humphries (6-5, 190) led the Golden Gophers in the win over UMKC with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Hargrow had 18 points while Bauer contributed 10 rebounds and nine points. Boone had eight assists, not turnovers and three steals. The Gophers outshot UMKC 46.9 to 36.4 percent from the field and hit 82.4 percent (14-of-17) from the free throw line. Minnesota also had a 47 to 36 edge in rebounding, nine steals and seven blocked shots.

Head Coach Dan Monson

Dan Monson is in his fifth season at Minnesota and has a 68-57 record during his tenure. His career mark is 120-74, which includes two seasons at Gonzaga.

The Golden Gophers have made three straight postseason NIT appearances and last year earned the program's first trip to the NIT semifinals since 1993. Monson led the Gophers to 18 wins in both 2000-01 and 2001-02, and a 19-4 mark in 2002-03.

In his two years at Gonzaga, the Bulldogs went 24-10 in 1997-98 and made the second round of the NIT. In 1998-99, Gonzaga went 28-7 and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. He spent 11 years in all at GU, beginning as an assistant coach in 1988.

Utah-Minnesota Series Notes

* Utah and Minnesota meet for the third time on Wednesday night with the all-time series tied 1-1.

* The Golden Gophers won the first game of the series 90-77 on Dec. 21, 1955 in Lexington, Ky.

* Utah took the second game 104-59 on Dec. 29, 1959 in Raleigh, N.C.

* Utah is 16-16 against teams from the Big Ten Conference, including an 8-1 record at home. The Big Ten team the Utes have faced most is Michigan, going 2-4 against the Wolverines. The most wins Utah has against a Big Ten memeber is Michigan State (4-1).

NIT History

The Preseason NIT began in 1985 and is one of the premiere preseason tournaments in college basketball. The tournament field is 16 teams with NCAA legislation allowing for only one team from a conference to participate in a given year. A team may participate once every four years. The first Preseason NIT was won by Duke. Last year's title was taken by North Carolina.

This year's tournament field includes three teams from last year's NCAA Tournament field: Utah, Connecticut and Vermont (which played in Salt Lake City). Five other teams were in the postseason NIT: Texas Tech (final four), Georgia Tech (final eight), Louisiana-Lafayette, Minnesota and Nevada. In addition to Rick Majerus (408 wins), this year's field also includes two other coaches with over 400 wins in Bobby Knight of Texas Tech (808 wins) and Jim Calhoun of Connecticut (645 wins).

Utes In Another Early Season Tournament Under Majerus

Utah is competing in the Preseason NIT for the second time in five years. This marks the fifth time in the last six years and the sixth time overall that Utah has competed in a certified early season tournament during the Rick Majerus era. The Utes have posted an 8-7 record those tournaments. Utah is 2-1 in the Preseason NIT, including a 1-1 record when it was last a part of the tournament field in 1999. Four years ago, Utah defeated Arkansas State 76-43 at home before losing at Kentucky 56-48 in the second round.

Experimental Rules In Use

The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee is experimenting with the extended three-point arc and trapeziod lane in exhibition, scrimmage and preseason games played before Jan. 1, 2004. Since the NIT is a certified event, the experimental rules will be used throughout the tournament. The three-point line will be moved back to 20-feet 6 1/4-inches. The lane will widen from 12-feet at the free throw line to 19-feet 8 1/4-inches on the baseline.

Game #1 Rewind

Freshman Andrew Bogut scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in his Utah debut as the Utes rallied to defeat Georgia State 46-38 Monday in the first round of the Preseason NIT.

Bogut, a 6-foot-10 forward from Australia, had eight points down the stretch as Utah held the Panthers to five points in the last 7:51 of the game. Richard Chaney had eight points and Justin Hawkins added seven for Utah, which played just one upperclassman. Led by Bogut in the low post, the Utes outscored the Panthers 36-22 in the paint.

Reo Logan led Georgia State with 11 points and Kevin Thomas scored eight as the Panthers shot 6 of 26 from the field in the second half. The game marked the first meeting between the two teams.

Georgia State led 31-26 on Logan's jumper before Chris Jackson's dunk sparked a 12-3 run. Bogut made two baskets in the run and his assist to Justin Hawkins with 2:24 remaining gave Utah a 38-34 lead.

Utah turned up the pressure with man-to-man defense and allowed only three field goals in the final 12:05 as the Panthers were unable to get close to their lowest output of last season of 57 points.

The Panthers' trapping press defense rattled the Utes, causing four turnovers before they scored a single point. Georgia State jumped to an 8-0 lead and never trailed in the first half. Utah had to overcome 21 turnovers and two offensive droughts. Utah scored just four points from the 14:43 mark to the 4:11 juncture in the first half. They also scored just one point in a seven-and-a-half-minute stretch in the second half.

Utah missed all eight 3-point attempts and the teams combined to shoot 3 of 21 from beyond the arc, which has been moved back to 20 feet 6-1/4 inches for the tournament.

The Utes improved to 14-1 under Rick Majerus in season openers. The only loss was to Kansas in Kansas City in the 1995 BCI Classic.

Ute Items

Forward Andrew Bogut became the first freshman since Keith Van Horn (1993-94) to have a double-double in his official debut. Bogut had 15 points, hitting 7-of-10 field goals and 1-of-4 free throws, and 16 rebounds against Georgia State. Van Horn, a two-time All-American, put up 15 points and 17 rebounds against Southern California College on Nov. 27, 1993. ... Utah's 21 turnovers against Georgia State matched its season-high from last year, set in the second game against Gonzaga on Nov. 25 in the first round of the Maui Invitational. ... Senior guard Nick Jacobson's four points against Georgia State was his lowest output since getting four points against Northern Iowa last season on Dec. 14. ... Jacobson ended the 2002-03 season with five consecutive double-figure scoring games. ... Sophomore point guard Tim Drisdom had five assists against Georgia State to hit that mark for the sixth time in his career. His career high is seven assists. ... Andrew Bogut led Utah statistically during the exhibition season. In two games, Bogut averaged 23.0 points and 13.0 rebounds while shooting 82.6 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the line. Nick Jacobson averaged 17.5 points while shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from beyond the arc in two exhibition games.



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