Justin Seymour and the Utes are at Texas State on Friday night
Nov. 29, 2012
Match-up: Utah Runnin' Utes (4-2) at Texas State Bobcats (3-3)
Date: Friday, Nov. 30
Tipoff: 6 p.m.
Location: San Marcos, Texas
Arena: Strahan Coliseum
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah at Texas State - Quick Hits
Utah owns a 1-0 lead in the all-time series, which began on Nov. 18, 2005. Friday will be the first time Utah has ever played Texas State in San Marcos.
Utah went 3-0 last week while hosting its Thanksgiving Tournament. The Utes were one of two Pac-12 schools to finish the week with a 3-0 record and are off to their best start to a season since 2008-09. That year's team won 24 games.
Jarred DuBois finished with a career-high 25 points and four assists as Utah dropped its first road game of the season on Wednesday, 62-55 at SMU. DuBois led all scorers in the contest, going 9-for-13 from the field and connecting on 5-of-6 three-point tries.
Freshman Jordan Loveridge, one of the Pac-12's leading rebounders finished with his second double-double of the season (10 points, 11 rebounds)
Utah limited the Mustangs to 24 percent shooting from the field in the second half and after allowing six three-pointers in the first period, clamped down and held SMU scoreless from beyond the arc over the final 20 minutes.
Texas State enters Friday's contest with a 3-3 record. The Bobcats most recently played in the Great Alaska Shootout, where they finished, 1-2. Junior transfer Joel Wright leads the team with an average of 15.2 points per game.
Fellow big man Matt Staff has a team-high five double figure scoring games and seven blocked shots. Sophomore Wesley Davis is ranked 21st in the nation in steals per game (2.83), while the Bobcats are averaging 75.8 points per game.
The Utes currently have the top scoring defense of any team in the Pac-12, limiting opponents to 54.4 points per game on 33 percent field goal shooting and 28 percent three-point shooting.
These statistics, along with a league-best 49.4 field goal percentage, have helped them attain the highest scoring margin in the league at +18.6.
Utah Notes Brief
DuBois Getting it Done for Utes
Jarred DuBois finished with a career-high 25 points and four assists as Utah dropped its first road game of the season this evening, 62-55 at SMU. He led all scorers in the contest, going 9-for-13 from the field and connecting on 5-of-6 three-point tries.
The graduate student transfer 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 in last week's Thanksgiving Tournament. DuBois was also perfect from long range, making both of his 3-point attempts.
Against Wright State, he scored 12 points while setting career-highs for assists (7) and rebounds (6). After this past weekend, he ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with an average of 4.0 assists per contest and also assist-to-turnover ratio (3.2)
Bachynski's Massive Night Leads Utes Against Idaho Stae
Dallin 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 team-high rebound honors in three of the first six games. He is currently averaging 9.0 rebounds per game, which ranks fifth in the Pac-12 Conference. He is also among the top 10 in the league in blocks at 1.4 per game.
Offensively, he leads the Utes with 13.2 points per game and is ranked among the top 15 scorers in the Pac-12. The sophomore is also eighth in field goal percentage at .585.
Loveridge Bounding up PAC-12 Leaderboard
Jordan Loveridge is among the top 10 in the Pac-12 in rebounding at an average of 8.2 per contest. He also ranks fourth with an average of 3.0 offensive rebounds per game
The freshman poured in a career-best 22 points to go along with nine rebounds in the Utes' win over Wright State on Saturday. He ranks third on the team in scoring with 11.8 per contest.
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.
It was the second time this season that Loveridge and Bachynski both pulled down double-digit rebounds in the same game.
Glen Dean has scored double digits in four of Utah's six games this season, including 13 on Friday against Central Michigan. Dean is averaging 11.4 points per game, fourth on the team.
Dean leads the league with 2.4 3-pointers made per game, while ranking sixth in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 48.0% (12-of-25).
He is also currently fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.0 while ranking sixth in the Pac-12 in minutes played (170, leads Utah).