Senior guard Jarred DuBois scored a career-high 20 points in Utah's 67-51 victory over Central Michigan on Friday.
Nov. 24, 2012
Match-up: Wright State Raiders (4-1) at Utah Runnin' Utes (3-1)
Date: Friday, Nov. 24
Tipoff: 7:30 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: Rich Cellini
Analyst: Joe Cravens
In Salt Lake City: Comcast Ch. 37 or 757 (HD); DISH ch. 413
Wright State at Utah - Quick Hits
\ Saturday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between Utah and Wright State.
Utah is 2-0 at its Thanksgiving Tournament, while Wright State is 1-1. The Utes are coming off a 67-51 victory against Central Michigan on Friday, which followed a 57-46 win against Idaho State on Wednesday. The Raiders fell to CMU in the first game of the tournament, 59-55, then bounced back Friday with a 60-45 win against Idaho State.
Wright State enters the game at 4-1 on the year. The Raiders are led by JT Yoho, who is averaging 12.4 points per game, while AJ Pacher is the team's top rebounder at 5.2 boards per contest. Reggie Arceneaux leads the Raiders in assists with 2.8 per game.
In Utah's victory against Central Michigan on Friday, senior guard Jarred DuBois led all players with career highs of 20 points and five assists. Freshman forward Jordan Loveridge was the game's top rebounder with nine boards.
Junior guard Glen Dean and sophomore center Dallin Bachynski are each leading the team with 12.5 points per game, while DuBois is averaging 12.0 points per contest. Bachynski is the Utes' top rebounder at 9.8 per contest while Loveridge is pulling down 8.0 boards per game.
Utah Team and Individual Notes
DuBois Pours in 20 to Lead Utes Over Chippewas
DuBois racked up a career-high 20 points on 5-of-7 from the field and 8-of-9 at the free throw line as he led Utah to a 67-51 victory over Central Michigan on Day 2 of the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament. He was also perfect from long range, making both of his 3-point attempts. DuBois also pulled down a career-high five rebounds and dished out a career-high five assists, while not committing a single turnover.
Utah is the only team who is undefeated through two games of the Thanksgiving Tournament. Central Michigan and Wright State are both 1-1, while Idaho State is 0-2. The Utes lead the tournament field in nearly every relevant statistical category, including scoring offense (62.0), scoring defense (48.5), field goal percentage (43.1), field goal defense (30.2) and 3-point field goal defense (21.3).
Individually, Bachynski is the tournament's second-leading scorer at 15.0 points per game, while holding the tournament's best scoring night with 22 points against Idaho State. Wright State's Miles Dixon is leading the field at 16.0 points per contest. Bachynski and Loveridge are the tournament's top rebounders at 11.0 and 10.5 boards per game, respectively. Idaho State's Melvin Morgan is averaging 4.0 assists per game to lead the field, while DuBois is right behind him at 3.5 helpers per contest.
Bachynski's Massive Night Leads Utes Against Idaho State
Bachynski racked up 22 points and 16 rebounds against Idaho State for his second double-double in his first three games as a Ute. He also had one assist, one block and one steal while playing 32 minutes.
Bachynski became the first Utah player this year to score 20 or more points and is the first Ute to grab 15 or more rebounds in a game since Luke Nevill had 15 against San Diego State in the MWC Tournament championship game on Mar. 14, 2009. Bachynski's 20-and-15 double-double is Utah's first since Nevill had 23 points and 15 boards against Wyoming in the semifinals of the same tournament.
Bachynski has led the squad or tied for the for team-high rebound honors in each of the first three games. He is currently averaging 11.0 rebounds per game, which ranks second in the Pac-12 Conference.
Loveridge Pulls Down Career-High 12 Boards vs. Bengals
Loveridge collected a career-high 12 rebounds against Idaho State, including four on the offensive glass. He also tied his career high with four assists while coming just three points shy of his second double-double. Loveridge is tied for 11th in the Pac-12 with 7.7 rebounds per game.
It was the second time this season that Loveridge and Bachynski both pulled down double-digit rebounds in the same game.
Dean has scored double digits in all four of Utah's games this season, including 13 on Friday against Central Michigan. Dean is averaging 12.5 points per game, tied for the team-lead.
Dean is tied for second in the Pac-12 with 2.5 3-pointers made per game, while ranking seventh in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 47.6% (10-of-21).
Washburn Looking to Become 35th Ute to Join 1,000-Point Club
Senior center Jason Washburn has scored 713 points in his 94 career games. With at least 27 games remaining, including the regular season and Pac-12 Tournament, Washburn must average 10.6 points per game for the remainder of the season to become the 35th Ute to hit the 1,000-point plateau. He is currently averaging 8.3 points per game after scoring at a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest last year.
Through the first three games, Utah's freshman class has accouted for 32.1% of the team's scoring with 96 of the team's 299 points. Leading the freshmen are Loveridge (9.3 points per game) and Justin Seymour (7.5), ranking fourth and sixth on the squad, respectively. Dakarai Tucker is averaging 4.8 points per game as well.
Utah's freshmen are crashing the boards as well, combining to collect 63 of Utah's 171 total rebounds (37%). Loveridge is the top rebounding freshman with 8.0 boards per game, ranked 11th in the Pac-12, while Seymour is grabbing 3.8 per contest.
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. Bachynski is currently averaging one rebound every 2.3 minutes while Loveridge is at 3.4. Washburn (4.8) and junior forward Renan Lenz (4.9) are just off the pace.
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.
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin' Utes are 535-134 (.800) all-time in their current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 3-1 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 3-1 this season in televised contests. The Utes will play a minimum of 24 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 has missed the early part of the season with a foot injury of his own. He has recently been cleared to begin light workouts.
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 concludes Saturday at the Huntsman Center. The complete schedule for the tournament is as follows:
Wednesday, Nov. 21 Game 1 - Central Michigan 59, Wright State 55 Game 2 - Utah 57, Idaho State 46
Friday, Nov. 23 Game 3 - Utah 67, Central Michigan 51 Game 4 - Wright State 60, Idaho State 45
Saturday, Nov. 24 Game 5 - Central Michigan vs. Idaho State 4:30 p.m. Game 6 - Wright State at Utah 7:30 p.m.