Bring a non-perishable canned food item to each game of the Thanksgiving Tournament for free admission!
Nov. 19, 2012
Match-up: Idaho State Bengals (0-2) at Utah Runnin' Utes (1-1)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21
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
Play-by-Play: Ted Robinson
Analyst: Joe Cravens
In Salt Lake City: Comcast Ch. 37 or 757 (HD); DISH ch. 413
Idaho State at Utah - Quick Hits
Wednesday's game will mark the 28th all-time meeting between the two schools, with Utah leading the series, 23-4. The Utes are 9-1 at home against the Bengals.
In the last meeting between these two teams, Utah captured a 71-59 win on Dec. 16 of last year.
Idaho State is looking for its first victory of the season. The Bengals' top scorer is Melvin Morgan, averaging 14.0 points per game. Morgan and Andre Hatchett are tied for the team rebounding lead at 4.5 per contest, while Tomas Sanchez is dishing out 4.5 assists per game.
Utah is looking to bounce back from a 74-71 home loss to Sacramento State in its last game. Junior guard Glen Dean and senior guard Jarred DuBois are each averaging 13.0 points per game. Four other Utes are averaging double digits as well, while sophomore center Dallin Bachynski is the Utes' top rebounder at 8.5 per contest. Senior wing Cedric Martin leads the team in assists with 5.0 per game.
The Utes and Bengals will play in the second game of Utah's Thanksgiving Tournament. Central Michigan and Wright State will tip off the three-day event with a 4 p.m. game at the Huntsman Center. For a full tournament schedule, see page 3.
Utah News and Notes
Martin Posts Career Highs vs. Hornets
In Friday's game against Sacramento State, Martin handed out a career-high seven assists and made a career-best four steals. He also collected a season-high seven rebounds to tie for the game high.
Dean, DuBois in Double Digits
Dean and DuBois are each averaging a team-best 13.0 points per game to lead six Utah players in double figures. Joining them are freshman guard Justin Seymour (11.5), freshman forward Jordan Loveridge (11.0), Bachynski (10.0) and senior center Jason Washburn (10.0).
Bachynski has tied for team-high rebound honors in each of the first two games. He is currently averaging 8.5 rebounds per game, which ranks in a tie for 10th in the Pac-12 Conference.
Washburn Looking to Become 35th Ute to Join 1,000-Point Club
Washburn has scored 700 points in his 92 career games. With at least 29 games remaining, including the regular season and Pac-12 Tournament, Washburn must average 10.4 points per game this season to become the 35th Ute to hit the 1,000-point plateau. He is currently averaging 10.0 points per game after scoring at a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest last year.
Through the first two games, Utah's freshman class has accouted for 40% of the team's scoring with 70 of the team's 175 points. Leading the freshmen are Seymour (11.5 points per game) and Loveridge (11.0), ranked third and fourth on the squad, respectively. In Utah's win against Willamette, the Utes' top three scorers were freshmen: Loveridge (18), Seymour (16) and wing Dakarai Tucker (15).
Two other freshman made a significant impact against Willamette as well, with guard Brandon Taylor posting six points, two rebounds, one assist and a steal, while forward Jeremy Olsen had four points, six boards and a block in just seven minutes.
Utah's freshmen are crashing the boards as well, combining to collect 32 of Utah's 89 total rebounds (36%). Loveridge is the top rebounding freshman with 5.5 boards per game, while Seymour is grabbing 4.5 per contest.
Six Utes Score Double Figures for the First Time Since 2009
In Utah's Nov. 9 victory against Willamette, Utah had six players score double figures in the same game for the first time since Feb. 9, 2009, when six Utes hit double digits in an 80-70 win at Wyoming. The six Utes in double figures against Willamette were Loveridge (18), freshman guard Seymour (16), freshman wing Tucker (15), Washburn (12), Bachynski (11) and Dean (10).
Bigs on the Boards
Head coach Larry Krystkowiak would like Utah's big men to maintain a pace of approximately one rebound every four minutes. This space will be devoted to tracking that stat throughout the season for Utes standing 6-foot-6 or taller. Through two games, Olsen (one rebound every 1.7 minutes), Bachynski (2.3), sophomore forward Xan Ricketts (3.0) are within that range. Just off that pace are Loveridge (4.1), Washburn (4.2), and junior forward Renan Lenz (4.6) and.
Utah Hits 100-Point Mark for the First Time Since 1995
In the 104-47 victory against Willamette, the Utes hit the 100-point plateau for the first time since racking up 108 points in a victory over Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 27, 1995. That victory also came in the Huntsman Center. Utah holds an all-time record of 100-5 when scoring 100 points or more.
Loveridge and Bachynski Each Debut with Double-Doubles
Loveridge and Bachynski each posted double-doubles in their Utah debuts on Friday against Willamette. It was the first time that two Utes posted a double-double in the same game since March 19, 2005 against Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In that game, Andrew Bogut scored had 10 points and 11 rebounds while Justin Hawkins had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Loveridge poured in a game-high 18 points on 8-of-13 from the field including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, and tied for game-highs of 10 rebounds and four assists. It was the first time a freshman registered a double-double in his collegiate debut since Bogut posted 15 points and 16 rebounds against Georgia State on Nov. 17, 2003.
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin' Utes are 533-134 (.799) all-time in their current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 1-1 mark this season.
Utah's benchmark 500th win in the 43-year old facility came on Dec. 6, 2008, as the Utes posted a 91-61 blowout of eventual Southeastern Conference champion LSU.
Utah has posted a winning record at the Huntsman Center in 41 of the 43 years of its existence. Utah failed to post a winning record in 1972-73 (6-10) and 2011-12 (6-9).
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 Conference victory in school history at home against Washington State, 62-60, in overtime.
Utes on TV
Utah is 1-1 this season in televised contests. The Utes will play a minimum of 26 more 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 a total of 24 times in the regular season. Utah will also play on ESPNU twice and make one appearance on FSN.
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.
Runnin' Utes and Utah Food Bank Team Up for Food Drive
The Utah men's basketball team and Utah Food Bank are teaming up for a food drive in conjunction with Utah's Thanksgiving Tournament, Nov. 21, 23 and 24. Collection bins for non-perishable canned food items will be placed at the entrances to the Jon M. Huntsman Center during all three days of competition.
All fans who bring at least one canned food item will receive free admission to both games played on that day. Tournament tickets can also be purchased for $5 per game or $10 for all six games of the event by visiting www.UtahTickets.com or calling 801-581-UTIX.
Thanksgiving Tournament Schedule
Utah's Thanksgiving Tournament begins Wednesday as Central Michigan and Wright State face off at the Huntsman Center. The complete schedule for the tournament is as follows:
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Game 1 - Central Michigan vs. Wright State 4 p.m. Game 2 - Idaho State at Utah 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23
Game 3 - Central Michigan at Utah 5 p.m. Game 4 - Idaho State vs. Wright State 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24
Game 5 - Central Michigan vs. Idaho State 4:30 p.m. Game 6 - Wright State at Utah 7:30 p.m.