Luke Nevill and the Runnin' Utes play at New Mexico Tuesday
Jan. 21, 2008
Game No. 16 Tuesday, Jan. 22 7 p.m.
Bob King Court/The Pit Albuquerque, N.M.
Television: The Mtn.
Radio: Utah Sports Radio Network
Mike Lageschulte (play by play), Joe Cravens (color analyst)
UtahUtes.com: Audio/live stats
Utah Looks To Rebound Tuesday At The Pit
The University of Utah men's basketball team will play its third game in seven days Tuesday at New Mexico. The Runnin' Utes will be on the road, looking to rebound from back-to-back tough losses. Tuesday's contest between Utah and the Lobos will be aired on The Mtn.
Utah enters Saturday's game with a 10-6 overall record and a 1-2 Mountain West Conference mark. The Utes dropped a 64-56 overtime decision at San Diego State Wednesday night. Utah led 30-20 at the break, but the Aztecs opened the second half with a 14-0 run. The Runnin' Utes then dropped a home contest 55-52 to arch-rival BYU Saturday afternoon.
New Mexico is 15-4 (2-2 MWC) coming into the contest. The Lobos' last outing was a 59-44 home win over Air Force Saturday. Prior to the win over the Falcons, New Mexico had lost back-to-back games, falling at TCU and dropping a home contest to San Diego State. The Lobos opened league play with a 99-92, double-overtime win at Wyoming.
Runnin' Ute Fast Breaks
Two Utah players are averaging double-digit points per game, while four more average 5.7 or more.
Last Wednesday's loss to San Diego State was the first time Utah fell this season when leading at halftime. The Utes are now 10-1 with a lead at halftime and 0-5 when trailing at intermission.
Utah has held five different opponents to 54 points or less this season. The Runnin' Utes did not hold a single 2006-07 opponent to less than 55 points.
Utah holds a 506-323 (.611) record against current members of the Mountain West Conference. The Utes are .500-or-better against all eight other MWC teams.
The Utes currently rank No. 1 in the MWC in field-goal percentage. Utah is currently converting at a .495 clip. New Mexico ranks No. 2 in the league at .474.
Utah has slipped to No. 2 in the MWC in free-throw percentage, converting at a rate of .742. The Utes are just 9-of-17 (.529) over their last two outings.
Utah is still the top field-goal shooting team in the Mountain West Conference with a .495 percentage. However, the Runnin' Utes have struggled shooting the ball since conference play began. Utah shot .511 during the non-conference portion of the season. However, the Utes are hitting at a rate of just .426 in league play. Utah made 50 percent or more of its shots in 7 of 13 non-conference games. However, in three MWC contests, the Utes' best percentage was .463 in an overtime loss at San Diego State. Utah is also the No. 2 team in the MWC in free-throw percentage (.742) and 3-point percentage (.403).
Get That Shot Outta Here!
Luke Nevill is the Mountain West Conference leader in blocked shots. He has swatted 27 opponent field-goal attempts for an average of 1.69 blocks per game. Nevill is already approaching his total of 33 blocks from last season. As a team, Utah is blocking an average of 3.6 shots per game, which is No. 3 in the MWC. That marks a vast improvement from last year's average of 2.2, which ranked 8th in the league.