Glen Dean and the Utes host Cal State Northridge on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 19, 2012
Date: Friday, December 18
Tipoff: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Pac-12 Networks (Regional)
Play-by-Play: Rich Cellini
Analyst: Joe Cravens
In Salt Lake City: Comcast Ch. 37 or 757 (HD);
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
For up-to-date information including live stats, game notes, media guides, ticketing and more, visit www.UtahUtes.com.
Utah vs. Cal State Northridge - Quick Hits
• A big part of Utah’s success this season has been its team defense. The Utes (57.2 ppg) are allowing nine points less than the national average (66.3).
• Utah also ranks 15th nationally in opponents field goal percentage (36.5) and 13th in opponents two-point field goal percentage (39.3). Last season the Utes ranked 321st and 299th respectively in both categories.
• Offensively, Utah is shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 29th 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 defeated SMU behind the play of its reserves. Justin Seymour, Brandon Taylor and Jason Washburn combined for 31 points off the bench as Utah eclipsed last year’s win total with the victory.
• Cal State Northridge has dropped its last three contests against D1 foes after winning its first six.
• This game will be a battle of tempos as Utah averages 64.4 possessions per game (294th nationally) and Cal State Northridge averages 76.6 (11th)
The Utah athletic department will be honoring the 1944 team at halftime as part of the NCAA’s 75th Anniversary of March Madness. Artist Opie Otterstad will unveil a painting of Head Coach Vadal Peterson to the team after a video commemorating their accomplishments.
Last Time Out
Justin Seymour scored a team-high 11 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer, to lift Utah to a 62-53 win over SMU on Tuesday night.
The freshman teamed with classmate Brandon Taylor to pace the Utes. Taylor, who entered the game with eight points this entire season, scored 10 on 4-of-6 shooting.
The Runnin’ Utes have shot better than their opponent from the field in every game this season and SMU was the seventh opponent Utah has held to less than 40 percent field-goal shooting.
Utah’s six blocks were its most in a game this season against a D1 opponent and for the sixth time this season, Utah was a +9 or better on the glass against its opponent
The Utes set a season high for steals and its bench recorded more points (35) than the starters (27). Utah has a +17.6 average scoring margin against opponents at home this season
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 career-high, 25-point 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 13.8 ppg, 15th in the Pac-12. He also ranks seventh in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and 10th in total helpers (3.2 apg).
DuBois is also one of the conference’s league leaders in three-point shooting percentage (.419), free-throw percentage (82.2) and minutes played (32.4)
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, tops among the Utes. He also ranks among the top 10 in the league with an average of 2.6 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 first 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 in scoring with 11.7 per contest and collected a career-high 12 rebounds against Idaho State.
Washburn Looking to Become 35th Ute to Join 1,000-Point Club
Senior center Jason Washburn has scored 767 points in his 100 career games. With at least 21 games remaining, including the regular season and Pac-12 Tournament, Washburn must average 11.1 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 8.7 points per game after scoring at a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest last year. He has scored in double figures during Utah’s last three games.
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 67.9 percent from the floor and is also ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in blocked shots with an average of 1.8 per contest. He just tied Michael Doleac for fifth all-time at Utah in blocks with 124.
Dean scored double digits in four of Utah’s first five games this season, including 13 against Central Michigan, and recently had a 10-point effort at BYU. He is currently averaging 8.9 points per game, third on the team.
Dean ranks third in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.4% and also fifth in the Pac-12, making 2.0 3-pointers per game.
He is also currently sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.6 and leads Utah in total assists. Dean also ranks 12th in assists per game in the conference ledger (3.2).
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 7.1 rebounds per game, and also among the league leaders in blocks (1.2).
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 2.9 minutes Loveridge (4.1), Washburn (4.2) and junior forward Renan Lenz (4.7) are just off the pace.
Utah is 6-0 when it has been able to grab more rebounds that its opponent with Loveridge and Bachynski 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 6-2 this season in televised contests. The Utes will play a minimum of 21 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.