Utah head coach Jim Boylen
Feb. 22, 2008
Game No. 25 Saturday, Feb. 23 Noon
Jon M. Huntsman Center Salt Lake City
Television: The Mtn.
Radio: Utah Sports Radio Network
Mike Lageschulte (play by play), Joe Cravens (color analyst)
UtahUtes.com: Audio/live stats
Runnin' Utes Host Red-Hot New Mexico Saturday
The University of Utah men's basketball team saw its four-game winning streak snapped in a 67-59 loss at BYU Wednesday night. The Utes will look to erase the disappointment of that loss when New Mexico, winner of its last five, visits the Huntsman Center Saturday at Noon. The game will air on The Mtn.
Utah enters Wednesday's game with a 15-9 overall record and a 6-5 MWC mark. With Wednesday's loss at BYU, Utah dropped to fifth in the Mountain West Conference standings. Johnnie Bryant scored 15 points vs. the Cougars to lead the team in scoring, while Lawrence Borha added 12 and Luke Nevill tossed in 11.
New Mexico comes into Saturday's matchup with a 21-6 overall record and an 8-4 mark in MWC play. The Lobos have won five straight, including a 68-51 win at Air Force Wednesday night. New Mexico was tied at 35-35 with the Falcons at halftime of that contest. But the Lobos outscored AFA 33-16 in the second half. New Mexico's last loss was back on Feb. 2, 79-60 at UNLV.
Runnin' Ute Fast Breaks
Two Utah players are averaging double-digit points per game, while three more average 7.5 or more.
Utah's bench scored 28 points for the second straight game Wednesday at BYU. The Runnin' Utes are averaging 24.8 points of bench production per game. Utah has had the edge in bench points 21 times this year.
Utah has held six 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 511-326 (.610) record against current members of the Mountain West Conference. The Utes have a winning record against every other member of the league.
The Utes currently rank No. 1 in the MWC in field-goal percentage. Utah is converting at a .482 clip from the field.
Utah is tied for No. 2 in the MWC in scoring defense, allowing 61.8 points per game. The Runnin' Utes also rank 34th in the nation in that category this week.
Utah has been solid at the free-throw line for nearly a month now. The Utes are shooting .791 from the charity stripe over their last six games, dating back to Jan. 30. They are 33-of-37 (.891) in their last two games. While the Utes have shot the ball well from the line, they were only awarded 10 free throws (compared to 32 for BYU) Wednesday night in Provo. Utah's .753 percentage No. 1 in the MWC and No. 19 in the nation.
Senior guard Johnnie Bryant has taken over the team lead in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game. Bryant currently ranks 3rd in the MWC and 10th in the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage, hitting at a .458 clip from behind the arc. He is the only non-starter ranked in the MWC's top 20 scorers. In fact, he ranks second in the nation in scoring among all non-starters (starting less than 25 percent of team's games). Bryant only trails Oral Roberts' Robert Jarvis, who is currently averaging 15.7 points per contest