Jordan Loveridge and the Utes look to end 2012 with a win
Dec. 26, 2012
Utah (7-4) vs. College of Idaho (7-8)
Date: Friday, December 28
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Play-by-Play: Rich Cellini
Analyst: Joe Cravens
In Salt Lake City: Comcast Ch. 37 or 757 (HD)
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Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
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Utah vs. College of Idaho - Quick Hits
• A big part of Utah’s success this season has been its team defense. The Utes (58.9 ppg) are allowing almost eight points less than the national average (66.3).
• Utah also ranks 30th nationally in opponents field goal percentage (38.1) and 28th in opponents two-point field goal percentage (41.2). Last season the Utes ranked 321st and 299th respectively in both categories.
• Offensively, Utah is shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 31st nationally. This is a drastic improvement from its 306 ranking last season. The Utes also rank fifth nationally, tops in the Pac-12, in assisted basket percentage (67.0).
• College of Idaho is a NAIA school that is 1-4 against NCAA D1 opponents since 2004 (87-66 vs. Boise State, 2004). The C of I ranks second in the NAIA in turnover margin and steals per game.
Last Time Out
Jordan Loveridge scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds but Utah let a 21-point lead dissolve and had its five-game home winning streak snapped by Cal State Northridge, 76-71.
In addition to Loveridge’s big night, Jarred DuBois scored 17 points and matched his career-high with seven assists. The senior also grabbed five rebounds, one shy of his personal best.
Jason Washburn finished in double figures for the fourth time in five games with 13 points and season-high eight rebounds off the bench.
The Utes set a season high for three-pointers with nine and won the assist battle for a sixth-straight game but finished with a lower field goal percentage than their opponent for the first time all season (42.1% - 56.6%).
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 14.1 ppg, 14th in the Pac-12. He also ranks seventh in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and eighth in total helpers (3.6 apg).
DuBois is also one of the conference’s league leaders in three-point shooting percentage (.444), free-throw percentage (83.7) and minutes played (32.8)
Loveridge Bounding up Pac-12 Leaderboard
Loveridge is currently one of the Pac-12’s league leaders in rebounding at an average of 7.4 per contest, tops 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 24 points in his last contest vs. Cal State Northridge. Prior to that performance his previous best was 22, which he combined with nine rebounds in the Utes’ win over Wright State.
In the first meeting with SMU, this year Loveridge 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 12.8 per contest and collected a career-high 12 rebounds against Idaho State.
Washburn Working Way Up Charts
Washburn has scored 780 points in his 101 career games. With at least 20 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 9.1 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 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. He added 13 points against the Matadors last week to give him three double-digit outings in the last four games.
The senior big man leads the league by shooting 65.2 percent from the floor and is also ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in blocked shots with an average of 1.7 per contest. He just passed Michael Doleac for fifth all-time at Utah in blocks with 125.
Junior Glen 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 8.5 points per game.
Dean ranks eighth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage at 42.0% and also 11th in the Pac-12, making 1.9 3-pointers per game.
He is also currently sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.7 and ranks second on Utah’s team in total assists. Dean also ranks 11th in assists per game in the conference ledger (3.2).
Bachynski Beats Up Bengals
Sophomore 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 and Washburn is averaging one every 3.9 minutes. Loveridge (4.1) and junior forward Renan Lenz (4.8) are just off the pace.
Utah was 6-0 when it grabbed more rebounds than its opponent, but lost to Cal State Northridge despite being +11 on the glass. Loveridge and Bachynski are currently 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 Eclipses Century Mark for 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 20 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 25 times in the regular season. Utah will also play on ESPNU twice and make one appearance on FSN.