Lawrence Borha had a season-high 11 points against Washington State on Saturday night.
Dec. 4, 2006
UTAH RUNNIN' UTES VS. UTAH STATE AGGIES
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 7:07 p.m. (MST)
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Logan, Utah
UTAH (3-3) Head Coach: Ray Giacoletti Alma Mater: Minot State, 1985 At Utah: 46-24 (3rd Season) Career: 163-107 (10th Season)
UTAH STATE (6-1) Head Coach: Stew Morrill Alma Mater: Gonzaga, 1974 At USU: 196-64 (9th Season) Career: 414-202 (21st Season)
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THE SERIES Overall: Utah leads 128-90 Utah Home/Away/Neutral: 78-33/50-57/0-0 Current Streak: Utah has won 1 Last Meeting: Utah won 67-66 on Nov. 20, 2005 in Salt Lake City
The Runnin' Utes play the second of back-to-back road games at Rhode Island on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. (EST) in Kingston, R.I. Utah then takes a week off for final exams before hosting Cal Poly on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1:00 p.m. (MST).
QUICKLY ON UTAH
The Runnin' Utes (3-3) begin at two-game road swing against the Utah State Aggies (6-1) on Wednesday at 7:07 p.m. (MST) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah. Utah is 0-1 on the road this season. The game will be televised on KJZZ-TV 14 and broadcast on Sports Radio 700 The Zone.
Utah has won three in a row with all of those wins coming at home. Last week, the Utes defeated Weber State, 67-55, on Wednesday night and previously unbeaten Washington State, 69-55, on Saturday night.
Sophomore center Luke Nevill (7-1, 265) is the Utes' leading scorer (18.3 ppg) and rebounder (8.2 rpg). He is shooting 68.9 percent from the field, and has 11 assists and a team-best seven blocked shots. Junior guard Johnnie Bryant (6-0, 180) is second on the team in scoring (16.2 ppg) and has connected on 51.4 percent (18-for-35) of his three-point attempts. Bryant also leads the Utes in assists (2.8 apg). Sophomore forward Shaun Green (6-8, 208) is third on the team in scoring (13.2 ppg) and second in rebounding (5.5 rpg). He is shooting 65.1 percent from the field and 68.0 percent from three-point range (17-for-25). Green also leads the Utes in steals (10) and is second in both assists (2.5 apg) and blocked shots (4).
In the NCAA statistical rankings released on Dec. 3, Utah ranked first in three-point percentage (49.5), 11th in field goal percentage (52.0), 57th in free throw percentage (73.4) and 82nd in three-pointers made per game. Green ranked first in the nation in three-point percentage (68.0).
RUNNIN' UTE NOTABLES
Utah has won three in a row for the first time it won its first four games of the 2005-06 season. That follows up Utah's first 0-3 start since 1970-71.
Utah has clamped down defensively in its last two and a half games. After allowing Rice to shoot 54.2 percent from the field and score 39 points in the first half on Nov. 25, Utah held the Owls to 34.8 percent shooting and 25 points in the second half. In its last two games, Utah held both Weber State and Washington State to 55 points each. The teams combined to shoot 41.6 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three-point range.
The Utes have shot at least 50 percent from three-point range in four of the six games this season.
SCOUTING UTAH STATE
The Aggies are 6-1 overall and 2-0 at home this season. Last week, Utah State won at South Dakota State, 56-50, on Wednesday night and defeated Idaho State, 83-46, at home on Saturday night.
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll (6-2, 175) leads the Aggies in scoring (22.7 ppg) and rebounding (5.6 rpg). Carroll is shooting 60.2 percent from the field, 46.3 percent (19-for-41) from three-point range and 91.9 percent from the free throw line. Senior guard/forward Durrall Peterson (6-3, 200) is second in scoring (10.3 ppg) and is shooting 40.6 percent (13-for-32) from beyond the arc. Junior forward Stephen DuCharme (6-8, 230) is the third Aggie averaging double figures in scoring (10.3 ppg) and is second in rebounding (5.0 rpg). Junior guard Mikel Watson (6-2, 180) leads USU in assists (3.4 apg).
COMPARING THE NUMBERS
Utah Utah St. Record 3-3 6-1 Scoring 70.0 74.9 Scoring Defense 65.5 64.6 FG% .520 .516 FG% Defense .491 .449 3-Pt. FG% .495 .367 3-Pt. FG% Defense .456 .360 FT% .734 .676 Rebound Margin +4.5 +4.1 Assists 15.2 14.4 Turnovers 14.0 16.3 Opp. Turnovers 13.7 16.3 Steals 5.5 7.1 Blocked Shots 2.3 2.4
AGGIE HEAD COACH STEW MORRILL
Stew Morrill is in his ninth season at the helm of the Utah State basketball program with a 196-64 record. Morrill is 414-202 in 20 years as a head coach.
Morrill directed the Aggies to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in seven years in 2006. He led the Aggies to their first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years in 2001 as USU defeated Ohio State 77-68 in the first round.
Morrill was the head coach at Colorado State for seven seasons before taking over at Utah State, recording a 121-86 record (1991-98). Prior to his stint at CSU, Morrill spent five seasons as the head coach at Montana (1987-91), where he went 97-52. He has been involved in postseason action eight times.
UTAH VS. UTAH STATE SERIES NOTES
Utah and Utah State meet for the 219th time on Wednesday night. The Aggies are the Utes' second-oldest rival behind BYU (242 meetings). Utah leads the all-time series 128-90.
Utah State has a 57-50 advantage over the Utes in Logan and has won four in a row. In their last match-up at the Spectrum, the Aggies won 71-45 on Dec. 4, 2004. The Utes' last win in Logan was 60-41 on Nov. 26, 1996.
Utah State has won four of the last six and five of the last eight games against the Utes. Before then, the Utes had won five in a row dating back to 1993-94.
Ray Giacoletti is 1-1 against Utah State.
Stew Morrill is 10-12 against Utah all-time, including a 5-3 record while at Utah State.
Utah has a 225-107 (.678) record against the WAC's current teams and is 82-68 (.547) in road games.
TAKE NOTICE OF NEVILL
Sophomore center Luke Nevill (7-1, 265) is the Utes' leading scorer (18.3 ppg) and rebounder (8.2 rpg). He is also shooting 68.9 percent from the field, and has 11 assists and a team-best seven blocked shots.
Nevill has led the Utes in scoring three times and in rebounding four times this season. He has scored in double figures all six games.
He ranked 81st in the NCAA in scoring (18.3 ppg), sixth in field goal percentage (68.9) and 89th in rebounds per game (8.2 rpg) as of Dec. 3.
The Perth, Australia, native has had double-doubles in three of the last four games to bring his career total to seven. Most recently against Washington State on Dec. 2, Nevill had 16 points (5-6 FG, 6-6 FT) and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes.
IT'S EASY BEING GREEN
Sophomore forward Shaun Green (6-8, 208) is third on the team in scoring (13.2 ppg) and second in rebounding (5.5 rpg). He is shooting 65.1 percent from the field and 68.0 percent from three-point range (17-for-25). Green also leads the Utes in steals (10) and is second in both assists (2.5 apg) and blocked shots (4).
As of Dec. 3, Green leads the nation in three-point field goal percentage (68.0) and ranks 72nd in three-point field goals per game (2.8).
Green has scored in double figures in all six games this season to give him 15 double-figure scoring games in his career.
The Salt Lake City native tied his career high with 17 points in 33 minutes against Washington State on Saturday night. He hit 5-of-5 three-pointers against the Cougars to tie the school single-game record for three-point percentage. Three other Utes have also gone 5-for-5 in a game.