Shaun Green and the Runnin' Utes host Santa Clara Monday
Nov. 16, 2007
Game Date: Nov. 19, 2007
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. MST
Location: Salt Lake City
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000)
Radio: Utah Sports Radio Network
(Mike Lageschulte, play-by-play; Joe Cravens, color)
Internet: www.UtahUtes.com (live audio, live stats)
Series History: Series tied 5-5
Last Meeting: Santa Clara 83, Utah 72 (Nov. 18, 2006 - Santa Clara, Calif.)
Following its loss to Washington Wednesday in the NIT Season Tip-Off, the University of Utah men's basketball team will play just one game this week. The Runnin' Utes host Santa Clara University Monday at 7 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Utah comes into Monday's contest with a 2-1 record, after dropping an 83-77 decision to Washington Wednesday. The Utes held a lead with less than two minutes to go, but couldn't hang on. The Huskies outscored Utah 10-2 over the final 2:03 of the game to pull out the six-point win.
Santa Clara is 2-0 heading into the weekend. The Broncos have wins over Cal State-Monterey Bay (NCAA Division II) and Simpson University (NAIA) coming into their Saturday game at Nevada. The Broncos are paced by John Bryant, who is averaging 27.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest.
The Utah-Santa Clara series is tied 5-5, with the Broncos taking an 83-72 win in Santa Clara last season.
Runnin' Ute Fast Breaks
Four Utah players are averaging double-digit points per game, while two more average 6.7 or more.
Utah has allowed its last four opponents (including exhibition games) to score with less than five seconds remaining in the first half.
Utah held South Carolina Upstate to 52 points in the season-opener. The Runnin' Utes did not hold a single 2006-07 opponent to less than 55 points.
Utah is 53-17 all-time versus current members of the West Coast Conferece. The Utes have played seven of the eight WCC teams in the past and have winning records against six of them. Only San Francisco has a winning record (7-3) against the Utes.
Utah has converted a clip of .550 from the field in the first three games, making more than half their attempts in each game. The Utes currently rank No. 1 in the MWC in field-goal percentage.
Utah opponents shot .500 from the field last season (9th MWC). This year, that mark is .396 (5th MWC).
Utah was one of the top three-point shooting teams in the nation last season. The Utes ranked No. 6 in the nation and No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field-goal percentage, converting at a rate of 41.4 percent from beyond the arc in 2006-07. Unfortunately, Utah was also one of the worst teams in the nation at defending the three-pointer, allowing opponents to convert at a .463 clip from downtown.
The Utes have picked up right where they left off -- at least on the offensive end -- this year. Utah is shooting .471 (24-of-51) from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Utah's opponents are hitting at a .345 (20-of-58) clip.
Sophomore forward/guard Stephen Weigh has taken to his role in Utah's new system. As the starter at the small forward spot, the Australian led the Runnin' Utes in scoring through the two exhibition games, hitting for an average of 19.0 points per game. Weigh converted at a .667 (14-of-21) clip from the field in exhibition play. He finally got some of that going in the regular season in Game #3 against Washington Wednesday. Weigh was one point short of his career-high with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, with three assists and three steals vs the Huskies.