Dallin Bachynski and the Utes play at ASU in the Pac-12 opener for both squads Wednesday.
Dec. 31, 2012
Utah (8-4) at Arizona State (11-2)
Date: Wednesday, January 2
Tipoff: 8 p.m.
Location: Tempe, Arizona
Arena: Wells Fargo Arena
Play-by-Play: Ted Robinson
Analyst: Don MacLean
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 at Arizona State - 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 26th nationally in opponents field goal percentage (38.1) and 25th 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 47.4 percent from the field, 28th nationally. This is a drastic improvement from its 306 ranking last season. The Utes also rank fourth nationally, tops in the Pac-12, in assisted basket percentage (67.0).
• Utah improved to 8-4, its best start since the 2007-08 season, with a win over the College of Idaho last Friday.
• Arizona State enters the game with a record of 11-2 having won seven of eight, six by double figures. The Sun Devils are leading the Pac-12 in two-point field goal percentage (55.2).
• This game features a battle of brothers in Utah’s Dallin Bachynski and ASU’s Jordan Bachynski. Their sister Jessica plays the sport as well and is a sophomore at Utah Valley University.
Last Time Out
10 different players found the scoring column as a well-balanced effort paced Utah to an easy 72-38 win over the College of Idaho.
Jordan Loveridge scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, while Brandon Taylor scored a personal-best 14 points and Jason Washburn scored in double figures upon his return to the starting lineup.
Jarred DuBois finished with seven points, but had career-highs in rebounds (6) and assists (8). Renan Lenz had a career-high four rebounds and freshman Jeremy Olsen grabbed five rebounds in five minutes at the end of the game.
Utah never trailed the Coyotes, a NAIA team from the Cascadia Conference, connecting on 49 percent of its shot attempts. The Utes’ held large advantages in second-chance points (11-0), bench points (35-8) and points in the paint (34-12).
The Utes stifled their opponents on defense, limiting them to 38 points on 23 percent shooting, 5-of-23 from beyond the arc. It was the lowest point total for a Utah opponent in almost four seasons (Air Force, 1/14/09).
Loveridge Bounding up Pac-12 Leaderboard
Loveridge is currently one of the Pac-12’s league leaders in rebounding at an average of 7.6 per contest, tops among the Utes. He also ranks among the top five in the league with an average of 3.0 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 a 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 13.0 per contest and collected a career-high 12 rebounds
against Idaho State.
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 13.5 ppg, 16th in the Pac-12. He also ranks fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and fourth in total helpers (4.0 apg).
DuBois is also one of the conference’s league leaders in three-point shooting percentage (.447), free-throw percentage (79.6) and minutes played (32.4)
Washburn Working Way Up Charts
Washburn has scored 790 points in his 102 career games. With at least 19 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 9.2 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 has now scored in double figures four of the last five games.
The senior big man leads the league by shooting 64.4 percent from the floor and is also ranked sixth 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 126.
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 seventh in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.3% and also 10th in the Pac-12, making 1.8 three-pointers per game.
He also ranks second on Utah’s team in total assists, averaging almost three per contest.
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 was 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 6.3 rebounds per game, and also among the league leaders in blocks (1.1).
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 3.0 minutes and Washburn is averaging one every 3.9 minutes along with Loveridge. Lenz (4.8) is just off the pace and Olson has now grabbed 11 rebounds in 13 total minutes this year.
Utah is 7-1 when it grabs more rebounds than its opponent, losing only to Cal State Northridge despite being +11 on the glass.
Utah is one of 15 schools among the six BCS Conferences to play at least three true road games during non-conference play this season. The others are Alabama, Clemson, Colorado, DePaul, Iowa State, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Rutgers, USC, Villanova, Virginia Tech. LSU was the only school to play three straight road non-conference games.
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin’ Utes are 539-135 (.799) all-time in their current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 7-2 mark this season. Utah has posted a winning record at the Huntsman Center in 41 of the 43 years of its existence.
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.
In conference home games over the last 17 years, Utah is 110-29 (.791). 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 7-2 this season in televised contests. The Utes will play a minimum of 19 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.