Jordan Loveridge and the Runnin' Utes host No. 9 Arizona on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Feb. 14, 2013
Utah Runnin' Utes (11-13, 3-9) vs. No. 9 Arizona Wildcats (20-3, 8-3)
Date: Sunday, February 17
Tipoff: 1 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Play-by-Play: Paul Sunderland
Analyst: Brevin Knight
In Salt Lake City: Comcast Ch. 37 or 757 (HD); DISH Ch. 413
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
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Utah vs. Arizona - Quick Hits
• Utah matched its win total in league play from last season by erasing an eight-point deficit in the second half of a 60-55 win over Arizona State on Wednesday. Jason Washburn tied his career high with 26 points and also grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Utes.
• Over the last three games, Utah has held its opponents to 28.1 percent shooting from three-point range (16-of-57), but is a minus-32 on the glass.
• Utah leads the Pac-12 and ranks 24th nationally by limiting its opponents to 38.6 percent shooting from the field. The Utes also rank second in the league by holding their opponents to only 62.0 points per game.
• Offensively, the Utes rank 24th nationally, tops in the Pac-12, in assisted basket percentage (62.0%). Utah is also third in three-point field goal percentage (35.6%), second in free throw percentage (74.5%) and points per shot (1.09)
• Arizona suffered a 77-69 loss to Cal this past weekend and prior to that had won four in a row and six of seven. Mark Lyons leads the team in scoring (15.4 ppg - 7th P12), while Solomon Hill (14.0 ppg) and Nick Johnson (12.3 ppg) each average in double figures.
• The Wildcats are one of the most efficient teams offensively in the Pac-12 and are 18th in the nation in rebounding margin (+7.0)
Last Time Out
Utah earned its second-straight win at home by knocking off Arizona State on Wednesday, 60-55. Jason Washburn matched his career-high with 26 points and was one rebound shy of his fifth double-double in Pac-12 play.
Jordan Loveridge chipped in 13 points and six rebounds for the Utes who shot 52 percent in the first half and out-scored Arizona State 17-4 at the free-throw line. The Utes led by double figures very early in the game and then rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final seven minutes of regulation
This was the first time in 11 tries that the Utes overcame a deficit in the final five minutes to win the game this season. Utah also set season-highs for free throws made and attempted in a conference game (17-of-23). In contrast, the Utes made a season-low 19 field goals on 42 attempts
Washburn Working Way Up Charts
Washburn has notched double-doubles in four conference games so far. He was averaging 14.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the field prior to Wednesday night.
He currently ranks seventh in the league in rebounding, sixth in field-goal percentage and fifth in blocks. He has also scored in double figures during 14 of the last 17 contests.
Washburn has scored 959 points in his 114 career games. He is currently averaging 12.0 points per game after scoring at a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest last year.
Loveridge Making Impact
Loveridge is currently one of the Pac-12’s league leaders in rebounding at an average of 6.8 per contest, tops among the Utes. He also ranks 10th in the league with an average of 2.4 offensive rebounds per game
He also currently ranks as one of the league leaders in scoring at 12.0 points per game, tops among the Utes.
The freshman poured in a career-best 24 points vs. Cal State Northridge and his points per game average ranks him fifth all-time for a Utah freshman, behind such greats as Keith Van Horn and Andrew Bogut.
Taylor Turning it Up
Brandon Taylor is coming off a weekend that saw him score a career-high 21 at Oregon State. Prior to that, the freshman had scored in double figures three games in a row (Washington, Stanford and Cal), averaging 14.0 ppg during that span.
Taylor led all scorers with a career-high 19 points and six assists in the win over the previously-unbeaten Huskies in Seattle. The freshman also led the team in steals as the Runnin’ Utes captured their first road win since joining the Pac-12.
He currently ranks second in the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage (.463) and has moved up among the league leaders in helpers with 2.9 per contest.
DuBois Getting it Done for Utes
Jarred DuBois, a senior transfer from Loyola Marymount, has scored 20 or more in four games this season.
DuBois has impressed in his first year with the club, averaging 12.2 ppg. He also ranks third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and is one of the league leaders in total helpers (3.1 apg).
DuBois also ranks sixth in the league in three-point shooting percentage (.409) and leads the league in free-throw percentage (92.9).
Glen Dean scored double digits in Utah’s first four games this season, and is currently averaging 6.6 points per game after scoring 10 vs. Cal two weeks ago.
It was his sixth double-digit outing of the season and first since Dec. 8 at BYU. Dean is one of the league leaders in three-point percentage (37.3).
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.
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.
Huntsman Center History
The Runnin’ Utes are 541-139 (.795) all-time in their current home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including a 9-6 mark this season. Utah has posted a winning record at the Huntsman Center in 41 of the 43 years of its existence.
In conference home games over the last 17 years, Utah is 112-33 (.771). 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 10-11 this season in televised contests and it will play all but three of their games on TV this season.
The Runnin’ Utes will appear on the Pac-12 Network a total of 23 times in the regular season. Utah will also play on ESPNU three times and make one appearance on FSN.