Feb. 10, 2012
Date: Saturday, Feb. 11
Tipoff: 12 p.m. MT
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Arena: McKale Center
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Fox Sports Net
Play-by-Play: Barry Tompkins
Analyst: Reggie Theus
In SLC: ROOT Sports - Comcast Ch. 52, DirecTV Ch. 683, Dish Network Ch. 414
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Utah at Arizona - Quick Hits
Saturday's game will mark the 51st meeting between Utah and Arizona. The Utes hold a 28-22 edge in the series but are just 8-13 on the Wildcats' home court. Arizona has won the last three consecutive meetings in the series, including a 77-51 win in Salt Lake City on Jan. 19.
Junior center Jason Washburn had a game-high 14 points and team-high six rebounds for the Utes in that game. The `Cats were led by Kyle Fogg and Kevin Parrom with 12 points apiece, while Jesse Perry had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Utah is trying to snap a five-game losing streak, while Arizona has won three straight, including back-to-back road wins at California and Stanford, and a home victory over Colorado on Thursday, 71-57.
The Utes have yet to win away from home this season, going 0-12 outside of the Huntsman Center, including 0-9 in true road games and 0-3 in neutral-site contests. Arizona is 11-3 at home this year, including 4-2 in Pac-12 Conference games.
Washburn is Utah's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 10.2 points and 6.2 boards per game. Kareem Storey leads the Utes in assists with 3.0 per game.
The Wildcats' leading scorer is Fogg at 12.6 points per game. Solomon Hill is their leading rebounder at 8.2 boards per contest, second-leading scorer with 12.4 points per game and tops the team in assists with 2.7 per outing.
Team and Individual Notes
Hines Leading the Utes in Pac-12 Games
Including Pac-12 games only, Chris Hines is second in the league in 3-pointers made per game with 2.4, including a pair of long-range makes at Arizona State on Thursday.
Hines is Utah's top average scorer in Pac-12 games at 10.8 points per contest. He has hit double figures six times in league play, including five of the last six games, and reached the 20-point mark twice.
Of Hines' 43 made field goals in Pac-12 games, 26 have come from 3-point range. Of his 67 made field goals for the season, 68.7% of them (46-of-67) have come from beyond the arc.
A Stellar Storey
Storey recorded his first career double-double against Oregon on Feb. 2, posting 10 points and 11 assists, while committing only one turnover. He became the first Ute to register a double-double with points and assists since Mark Jackson scored 11 points and dished 10 assists against Air Force on Feb. 24, 2005. Storey's 10 assists were the most by a Ute since Jackson's 11 helpers against BYU that season.
Storey, a true freshman, has put up solid numbers in his eight starts at the point guard position. He has scored double digits in five of those starts, averaging 8.4 points and 5.1 assists, while posting a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is also averaging 2.1 rebounds per game in those starts.
His numbers in games started are significantly better than his season averages of 4.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
Washburn Leading Utes in Scoring and Rebounding
Washburn will look to continue his bounce-back trend this season after scoring just six points Thursday at Arizona State. On seven occaisions this season, Washburn has followed up a single-digit game with a double-digit output in the next contest.
Washburn is averaging a team-high 10.2 points per game (including all games) and is second on the team with 9.2 points per game in league contests.
He is also the Utes' top rebounder at 6.2 boards per contest, which ranks ninth in the Pac-12.
Washburn is shooting a very efficient 55.3% from the floor for this season (99-of-179), which is highest on the team and sixth in the Pac-12. He is also knocking down 75.8% of his free throws (47-of-62), second-best on the squad.
Utah's Road Woes Continue
The Utes are 0-12 away from the Huntsman Center this season, including an 0-9 mark in true road games. At home, the Utes are 5-7 this season, 2-4 in league contests.
Utah's road struggles can be shown statistically through several categories, including scoring average, shooting percentage and rebounding average.
Utah is averaging 59.4 points per game at home, while scoring 50.1 on the road.
In the Huntsman Center, the Utes are shooting 42.2% from the field and 32.0% from 3-point range, while knocking down just 36.4% from the field and 26.2% of 3-pointers on the road.
Utah's home rebounding average of 30.7 boards per contest dips to 25.2 rebounds in road games.
Utah vs. the Pac-12
Utah now holds an all-time record against the Pac-12 of 148-124 (.544), including a 2-10 mark as a member of the league.
Wilkinson Awarded a Scholarship
Freshman forward Blake Wilkinson, a former walk-on, was awarded a scholarship by the Utah coaching staff which began with the Spring 2012 semester.
The Utah men's basketball team posted a 3.129 team GPA for the 2011 fall semester, the second-highest team semester GPA in the last 20 years. The only semester better than this for Utah men's basketball was a 3.288 in the fall of 2008.
Five Runnin' Utes were named to the Dean's List, led by Kyle Perkins who registered a 4.0, while 10 Utes were named to the Athletics Academic Honor Roll with GPA's of 3.0 or better.
The Utes at the Huntsman Center
Utah owns an all-time record of 531-132 (.801) in its current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 5-6 mark this season.
The Utes have posted a winning record at home in 38 consecutive seasons, beginning in 1973-74. In conference home games over the last 18 years, Utah is 106-26 (.803), including a 2-4 mark as a member of the Pac-12.
With 15,000 seats, the Huntsman Center is the largest arena in the Pac-12 (excluding temporary and tournament sites).
Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak
With the win against Arizona State on Jan. 21, Larry Krystkowiak picked up his fifth win as the Utes' head coach and his second as a head coach in the Pac-12. For his NCAA coaching career, Krystkowiak is now 47-39 (.547) in his third year. Krystkowiak (pronounced krist-KOH-vee-ak), who has prior head coaching experience in the NCAA, CBA and NBA, left a position as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets to become the 15th head coach in Utah men's basketball history.
In his previous collegiate head coaching post, Krystkowiak led his alma mater, the University of Montana, to a 42-20 record and two NCAA appearances as the Grizzlies' from 2004-06 before joining the NBA coaching ranks.