Justin Seymour and the Utes are ready for Boise State on Wednesday
Dec. 3, 2012
Utah Runnin' Utes (5-2) vs. Boise State Broncos (6-1)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28
Tipoff: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon. M Huntsman Center
Play-by-Play: JB Long
Analyst: Joe Cravens
In Salt Lake City: Comcast Ch. 37 or 757 (HD); DISH ch. 413
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah Mourns Majerus Loss
The University of Utah mourns the loss of former head men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus, who passed away Saturday, Dec. 1. The school will honor Majerus tonight and further recognition is being planned to commemorate his place in University of Utah men’s basketball history.
Majerus coached the Runnin’ Utes from 1989-2004, leading them to the NCAA Championship game in 1998. He was named the 1998 John Wooden National Coach of the Year after his Utes played Kentucky for the national championship. The No. 3 seeded-Utes defeated two No. 1 seeds (Arizona and North Carolina) during their run to the title game. In his 15 seasons, Utah earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament 11 times, making the Elite Eight in 1997 and the Sweet 16 in 1991 and 1996.
Despite missing most of three seasons due to health or personal reasons, Majerus averaged 21 wins a season on the hill, amassing a record of 323-95 and winning nearly 80-percent of his games. A five-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Majerus led the Utes to nine regular-season conference championships and four conference tournament crowns.
Majerus coached three All-Americans, including two-time winners Keith Van Horn (1996, ‘97) and Andre Miller (1998, ‘99), along with Michael Doleac (1998). Van Horn and Miller were Consensus All-Americans in 1997 and 1999, respectively. His six NBA draft picks from Utah included first-round picks Van Horn (1997), Doleac (1998) and Miller (1999). Van Horn was the No. 2 overall pick, while Miller went eighth and Doleac 12th.
Also known for his emphasis on academics, Majerus coached three Academic All-Americans and his players earned 41 academic all-conference awards. Majerus’ final season at Utah was in 2003-04, when he led Utah to a 15-5 record before retiring due to health concerns. He later returned to the bench, coaching at Saint Louis University from 2007-12.
Utah vs. Boise State - Quick Hits
• This will be the sixth matchup all-time between the Utes and Broncos with Utah holding a 3-2 advantage in the series.
• Utah went 1-1 this past week earning its first road win in the Larry Krystkowiak era with a 74-69 result at Texas State.
• The Utes have won three straight at home by double figures; 66-54 over Wright State, 67-51 against Central Michigan and 57-46 versus Idaho State. This is the first time this has occurred in the Huntsman Center since 2006-07 with wins over Rice, Weber State and Washington State.
• Boise State is 6-1 having sandwiched two three-game winning streaks around its one setback. Last week, the Broncos defeated No. 11 Creighton, 83-70.
• The Broncos are led by sophomore guard Derrick Marks who is fourth in the Mountain West in scoring (18.7 ppg) and tops in steals (2.6)
• The Utes currently have the top scoring defense of any team in the Pac-12, limiting opponents to 57.6 points per game on 34.0 percent field goal shooting.
• These statistics, along with a 48.2 field goal percentage, has helped them attain the second-highest scoring margin in the league at +13.0
Utah Notes Brief
DuBois Getting it Done for Utes
Jarred DuBois is currently the leading scorer for the Utes after eclipsing the 20-point mark in three games this season.
After finishing with a career-high 25 points and four assists in a close loss at SMU, he followed that up with a 21-point performance in a win at Texas State.
DuBois has impressed in his first year with the club, leading the squad with an average of 15.7 ppg, 10th in the Pac-12. He also currently leads the Utes in assists and ranks fourth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and fifth in total helpers (3.8 apg).
DuBois is also second in the Pac-12 in three-point shooting percentage (.500) and is one of the league leaders in free-throw percentage (79.3).
Loveridge Bounding up PAC-12 Leaderboard
Jordan Loveridge is currently sixth in the Pac-12 in rebounding at an average of 8.6 per contest, tops among the Utes. He also ranks fifth with an average of 3.1 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. This past week, he notched his second double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in a loss at SMU.
He followed that outing by scoring 17 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out a career-best five assists in the victory at Texas State.
He ranks third on the team in scoring with 11.8 per contest and collected a career-high 12 rebounds against Idaho State, including four on the offensive glass.
Washburn Looking to Become 35th Ute to Join 1,000-Point Club
Senior center Jason Washburn has scored 735 points in his 96 career games. With at least 24 games remaining, including the regular season and Pac-12 Tournament, Washburn must average 11.0 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 7.9 points per game after scoring at a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest last year.
This past weekend, Washburn had his best performance of the season, scoring 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbing six rebounds in a win at Texas State.
The senior big man leads the league by shooting 72.7 percent from the floor and is also ranked among the top five in the Pac-12 in blocked shots with an average of 1.7 per contest.
Bachynski’s Massive Night Leads Utes Against Idaho State
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 led the squad or tied for the team-high rebound honors in three of the first five games. He is currently averaging 8.4 rebounds per game, which ranks eighth in the Pac-12 Conference. He is also among the top 10 in the league in blocks at 1.4 per game.
Offensively, he is third on the team, averaging 9.9 points per game and is also eighth in the conference in field goal percentage at .571.
Glen Dean scored double digits in four of Utah’s first five games this season, including 13 against Central Michigan. Dean is averaging 9.3 points per game, fourth on the team.
Dean is one of the league leaders 2.0 3-pointers made per game, while ranking 13th in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.4% (14-of-33).
He is also currently eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.8 while leading the Utes in minutes played (233, 33.3 per game).
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 2.6 minutes while Loveridge is at 3.5. Junior forward Renan Lenz (4.5) and Washburn (4.5) 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 536-134 (.800) all-time in their current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 4-1 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 4-1 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.