Justin Seymour and the Runnin' Utes host SMU tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Dec. 17, 2012
Date: Tuesday, December 18
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Play-by-Play: Jim Watson
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
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Utah vs. SMU - Quick Hits
• A big part of Utah’s success this season has been its team defense. The Utes (57.7 ppg) are allowing almost nine points less than the national average (66.3).
• Utah also ranks 10th nationally in opponents field goal percentage (36.1) and 12th in opponents two-point field goal percentage (38.9). Last season the Utes ranked 321st and 299th respectively in both catgeories.
• Offensively, Utah is shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 18th nationally. This is a drastic improvement from its 306 ranking last season. The Utes also rank 12th nationally, tops in the Pac-12, in assisted basket percentage (65.0).
• Last time out, the Utes were knocked off by rival BYU in Provo, 61-58. Utah shot a season-low 36.5 percent from the field and only had 12 assists while committing a season-high 21 fouls and allowing a season-high 36 rebounds
• SMU enters the contest with a record of 8-2 but this will only be its second game in the last 17 days after losing on Saturday at Rhode Island, 72-50. Hall of Famer Larry Brown is in his first year at the helm of the Mustangs.
Last Time Out
Utah led by as many as 12, but could not put away BYU on the road, falling 61-58. The Utes held the Cougars to 31 percent shooting, their worst offensive performance of the season.
Jordan Loveridge scored 14 points and Glen Dean had 10 for the Utes, who could not score a field goal over the final 7:05. Utah shot only 25 percent from the floor in the second half and has been held under 60 points in two of its three losses.
Second Crack at SMU
Jarred DuBois finished with a career-high 25 points and four assists as Utah dropped its first road game of the season on Nov. 28, 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. 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 but it was not enough to erase a double-digit deficit. Jalen Jones scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Mustangs.
DuBois Getting it Done for Utes
DuBois, a senior transfer from Loyola Marymount, is currently the leading scorer for the Utes after scoring 20 or more in three games this season.
After his performance at SMU, he followed that up with a 21-point performance in a win at Texas State. He also led the Utes with 18 points in the win over Boise State.
DuBois has impressed in his first year with the club, averaging 14.5 ppg, 11th in the Pac-12. He also ranks seventh in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and eighth in total helpers (3.5 apg).
DuBois is also one of the conference’s league leaders in three-point shooting percentage (.419) and free-throw percentage (79.5) while ranking eighth in minutes played (33.6)
Loveridge Bounding up Pac-12 Leaderboard
Loveridge is currently one of the Pac-12’s league leaders in rebounding at an average of 7.2 per contest, second among the Utes. He also ranks among the top 10 in the league with an average of 2.7 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. In the last meeting with SMU, he notched his second double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
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 second on the team (21st - Pac-12) in scoring with 12.3 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 757 points in his 99 career games. With at least 22 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 8.6 points per game after scoring at a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest last year.
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. He followed that outing by going a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, scoring 13 points in a win at Boise State
The senior big man leads the league by shooting 77.3 percent from the floor and is also ranked sixth in the Pac-12 in blocked shots with an average of 1.7 per contest.
Bachynski Beats Up Bengals
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 7.8 rebounds per game, which ranks among the top 10 in the Pac-12 Conference.
He is also among the league leaders in blocks (1.3).
Dean scored double digits in four of Utah’s first five games this season, including 13 against Central Michigan, and is coming off a 10-point effort at BYU. He is currently averaging 9.2 points per game, third on the team.
Dean ranks second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.9% and are also fifth in the Pac-12, making 2.0 3-pointers per game.
He is also currently fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.8 and leads Utah in total assists. Dean also ranks 10th in assists per game in the conference ledger (3.3).
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 2.7 minutes Loveridge (4.2), Washburn (4.2) and junior forward Renan Lenz (4.7) are just off the pace.
Utah is 5-0 when it has been able to grab more rebounds that its opponent with Loveridge and Bachyn corralling almost 60 percent of the team’s offensive rebounds
Utah is one of seven schools among the six BCS Conferences to play three of four true road games during non-conference play this season. The others are Alabama, Colorado, DePaul, LSU, Miami and Villanova. LSU is the only school playing three straight road non-conference games.
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.
Utes on TV
Utah is 5-2 this season in televised contests. The Utes will play a minimum of 22 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.