Nov. 18, 2011
Date: Saturday, Nov. 19
Tipoff: 1 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Utah Sports Radio Network
Note: The game will be broadcast on 99.1 FM due to the Utah football game on the flagship station, ESPN 700 AM.
Play-by-Play: Steve Klauke
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Ute fans can watch Saturday's game via live streaming at www.utahutes.com/allaccess.
For up-to-date information including live stats, game notes, media guides, ticketing and more, visit www.UtahUtes.com.
Montana State at Utah - Quick Hits
Saturday's game will mark the 73rd meeting between Utah and Montana State, but the first since 1984. Utah leads the series 46-26, including a 31-10 record at home. The Utes have won 17 consecutive contests against the Bobcats, including 15 straight at home.
Utah has not lost to the Bobcats since dropping a neutral-site meeting in 1937 by a score of 56-37.
Josh "Jiggy" Watkins has led Utah in scoring in both of the first two games, averaging 21 points per contest. He also leads the Utes in assists at 5.0 per game. Jason Washburn is Utah's top rebounder at 8.5 boards per contest.
Montana State dropped its season opener at Arizona State, 78-72, then bounced back at home with a 111-61 drubbing of Northern New Mexico.
Five Bobcats are averaging double figures, led by Shawn Reid at 16.0 points per game. MSU's top rebounder is Tre Johnson at 8.0 board per contest, while Rod Singleton leads the team in assists at 5.0 per game.
Montana State is averaging 12.5 steals per game.
MSU head coach Brad Huse served as an assistant coach on Larry Krystkowiak's staff during his stint as the head coach at the University of Montana (2004-06).
Team and Individual Notes
"Jiggy" Leading Utes in Scoring, Assists
Watkins has led the Utes in scoring in each of the first two games and is averaging more than 21 points per contest. He scored 23 against San Diego Christian in the season-opener, just one away from tying his career high, then posted 19 points on the road at Boise State.
Watkins has been efficient in his scoring this year, shooting better than 50% from the floor through two games, going 13-of-25 overall. He is at 40% from 3-point range (2of-5) and 14-of-17 (.824) at the free throw line.
Watkins has scored 20-plus points six times and hit double figures 26 times in 33 career games. He has hit double digits in eight consecutive games dating back to last year, besting his previous streak of seven straight, accomplished twice last year.
Odunsi Goes for 14 at Boise State
Freshman guard Anthony Odunsi posted 14 points at Boise State on 4-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. He also went 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Odunsi seemed to find his shooting rhythm, after going 0-for-3 from the floor in the season opener, when his only points came at the free throw line (3-of-4).
Storey Posts Seven Assists at Boise State
Kareem Storey posted a game-high seven assists at Boise State Wednesday night after not recording any in the season opener against San Diego Christian.
Storey has also been terrific at the free throw line, shooting a team-best 85.7% (12-of-14), including 10-of-12 against SDCC.
Farr Finding Offense
Junior forward Dijon Farr posted 12 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor against Boise State, registering a 10-point improvement over his output against SDCC. He also added five rebounds, improving on his four-board effort against SDCC.
Washburn Leading the Utes in Rebounding
Junior center Jason Washburn is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game through two contests this year.
In the season opener against San Diego State, Washburn posted 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. He also tied his career-high of four offensive rebounds in the contest.
Head coach Larry Krystkowiak has previously stated that he would like Utah's big men to maintain a rebounding pace around one every four minutes. With 16 boards in 58 minutes, Washburn is right on schedule at one rebound every 3.6 minutes.
Washburn is shooting an efficient 57.1% from the floor (8-of-14) on the season, second best on the squad. 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.
Eight Players Score First Points as Utes
In Monday's season opener against San Diego Christian, seven players tallied the first points of their Utah basketball careers: Storey (10), junior wing Cedric Martin (4), Odunsi (3), Farr (2), freshman wing George Matthews (2), redshirt sophomore forward Javon Dawson (1) and freshman forward Blake Wilkinson (1).
Junior guard Kyle Perkins tallied his first points as a Ute at Boise State, scoring on a layup.
Monday marked the first NCAA Division I regular-season basketball action for all eight players. 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) Returns vs. Boise State
Junior guard Chris Hines returned from a rib injury to play his first action of the 2011-12 season at Boise State. Hines gave the Utes 11 minutes off the bench, knocking down a three pointer and grabbed two rebounds.
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).
Krystkowiak Gets First Utah Victory
With the win against San Diego Christian, Krystkowiak grabbed his first victory as the Utes' head coach. For his NCAA coaching career, Krystkowiak is in his third year and owns a 43-21 overall record (.672).
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.