Renan Lenz and the Utes head to Provo this weekend for a test against their rival BYU
Dec. 6, 2012
Utah Runnin' Utes (6-2) at BYU Cougars (5-3)
Date: Saturday, December 8
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Location: Provo, Utah
Arena: Marriott Center
Play-by-Play: Dave McCann
Analyst: Steve Cleveland
Utah Sports Radio Network
ESPN 700 AM
Play-by-Play: Bill Riley
Analyst: Jimmy Soto
Utah vs. BYU - Quick Hits
• This will be the 253rd matchup all-time between the Utes and Cougars with Utah trailing in the all-time series 127-125.
• Jarred DuBois scored 18 points and Utah cruised to a 76-55 win over Boise State in a game where the home team honored former coach Rick Majerus
• Jason Washburn finished in double figures for a second game in a row, notching 13 points and grabbing six rebounds. Jordan Loveridge was in double figures for the fifth time this season, adding 11 points for the Utes and corralling five rebounds. The two players combined to make 11-of-14 shots.
• Junior guard Glen Dean scored eight points and dished out six assists but was even a larger factor on the defensive end, finishing with a career-high nine boards.
• The Utes' 68 percent accuracy from the field was the best since a 71 percent mark against Air Force in 2007.
• BYU is 5-3 after dropping its last contest on Dec. 1, an 82-63 loss at Iowa State. The Cougars are a perfect 4-0 on their home court this season and have a seven-game winning streak dating back to last season
Deseret First Duel
The winner of Saturday’s game between BYU and Utah earns three points in the Deseret First Duel rivalry series between the two schools.
Utah leads the Duel, 19-3, after five events, with wins in women’s soccer, football and men’s and women’s swimming. BYU has garnered points from volleyball.
The rivalry series awards points in the 12 sports the two universities compete in head-to-head during regular-season play. Points won by the individual sports will count toward each school’s overall total. The Utah vs. BYU rivalry is one of the oldest and strongest in the country. In November 2005, the Wall Street Journal rated the rivalry the fourth best in college athletics.
Utah Mourns Majerus Loss
The University of Utah mourns the loss of former head men's basketball coach Rick Majerus, who passed away Saturday, Dec. 1. The school will honor Majerus tonight and further recognition is being planned to commemorate his place in University of Utah men's basketball history.
Majerus coached the Runnin' Utes from 1989-2004, leading them to the NCAA Championship game in 1998. He was named the 1998 John Wooden National Coach of the Year after his Utes played Kentucky for the national championship. The No. 3 seeded-Utes defeated two No. 1 seeds (Arizona and North Carolina) during their run to the title game. In his 15 seasons, Utah earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament 11 times, making the Elite Eight in 1997 and the Sweet 16 in 1991 and 1996.
Despite missing most of three seasons due to health or personal reasons, Majerus averaged 21 wins a season on the hill, amassing a record of 323-95 and winning nearly 80-percent of his games. A five-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Majerus led the Utes to nine regular-season conference championships and four conference tournament crowns.
Majerus coached three All-Americans, including two-time winners Keith Van Horn (1996, `97) and Andre Miller (1998, `99), along with Michael Doleac (1998). Van Horn and Miller were Consensus All-Americans in 1997 and 1999, respectively. His six NBA draft picks from Utah included first-round picks Van Horn (1997), Doleac (1998) and Miller (1999).
DuBois Getting it Done for Utes
Jarred DuBois, a senior transfer from Loyola Marymount, currently the leading scorer for the Utes after scoring 20 or more in three games this season.
After finishing with a career-high 25 points and four assists in a close loss at SMU, he followed that up with a 21-point performance in a win at Texas State. He also led the Utes this past Wednesday with 18 points in the win over Boise State.
DuBois has impressed in his first year with the club, leading the squad with an average of 16.0 ppg, ninth in the Pac-12. He also currently leads the Utes in assists and ranks fourth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and fifth in total helpers (3.7 apg).
DuBois is also second in the Pac-12 in three-point shooting percentage (.520) and is one of the league leaders in free-throw percentage (82.9).
Loveridge Bounding up Pac-12 Leaderboard
Jordan Loveridge is currently fifth in the Pac-12 in rebounding at an average of 8.1 per contest, tops among the Utes. He also ranks fifth in the league with an average of 3.0 offensive rebounds per game
The freshman poured in a career-best 22 points to go along with nine rebounds in the Utes' win over Wright State. Last week, he notched his second double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in a loss at SMU.
He followed that outing by scoring 17 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out a career-best five assists in the victory at Texas State.
He ranks second on the team (20th - Pac-12) in scoring with 12.1 per contest and collected a career-high 12 rebounds against Idaho State, including four on the offensive glass.
10 Seasons Ago...
With the all-time series tied between the two programs, Utah topped BYU in Provo, 79-75.
BYU entered the game having extended their homecourt winning-streak to a nationally-best 44 games. Meanwhile, Utah entered Provo without coach Majerus, who was attending the funeral for the stepfather of former Ute star Andre Miller.
Both teams played extremely well and extremely close- where an 8-point Ute lead early in the game would be the largest lead for either team. Despite 21 points and 12 rebounds from Travis Hansen, it would not be enough to continue the streak.
Utah's backup guard Marc Jackson scored 17 points to lead the Utes, hitting all 13 of his free throws, including four crucial attempts in the final 15 seconds of the game to seal the win. The Utes also got double-digit points from Tim Frost (16), Nick Jacobson (13), and Britton Johnsen (12).
Washburn Looking to Become 35th Ute to Join 1,000-Point Club
Senior center Jason Washburn has scored 748 points in his 98 career games. With at least 23 games remaining, including the regular season and Pac-12 Tournament, Washburn must average 11.0 points per game for the remainder of the season to become the 35th Ute to hit the 1,000-point plateau.
He is currently averaging 8.5 points per game after scoring at a career-best clip of 11.4 points per contest last year.
This past weekend, Washburn had his best performance of the season, scoring 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbing six rebounds in a win at Texas State. On Wednesday, he was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, scoring 13 points.
The senior big man leads the league by shooting 76.9 percent from the floor and is also ranked among the top five in the Pac-12 in blocked shots with an average of 1.6 per contest.
Bachynski's Massive Night Leads Utes Against Idaho State
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. He also had one assist, one block and one steal while playing 32 minutes.
Bachynski became the first Utah player this year to score 20 or more points and is the first Ute to grab 15 or more rebounds in a game since Luke Nevill had 15 against San Diego State in the MWC Tournament championship game on Mar. 14, 2009.
Bachynski's 20-and-15 double-double is Utah's first since Nevill had 23 points and 15 boards against Wyoming in the semifinals of the same tournament.
Bachynski led the squad or tied for the team-high rebound honors in three of the first five games. He is currently averaging 7.6 rebounds per game, which ranks among the top 10 in the Pac-12 Conference. He is also among the top 10 in the league in blocks.
Glen Dean scored double digits in four of Utah's first five games this season, including 13 against Central Michigan. Dean is averaging 9.1 points per game, third on the team.
Dean is one of the league leaders making 1.9 3-pointers per game, while ranking ninth in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.9%.
He is also currently sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.9.
Bigs on the Boards
Head coach Larry Krystkowiak would like Utah's big men to maintain a pace of approximately one rebound every four minutes. This space will be devoted to tracking that stat throughout the season.
Bachynski is currently averaging one rebound every 2.8 minutes while Loveridge is at 3.7. Washburn (4.4) and junior forward Renan Lenz (4.5) are just off the pace.
Utah is one of seven schools among the six BCS Conferences to play three of four true road games during non-conference play this season. The others are Alabama, Colorado, DePaul, LSU, Miami and Villanova. LSU is the only school playing three straight road non-conference games.
Utah Hits 100-Point Mark for the First Time Since 1995
In the 104-47 victory against Willamette, the Utes hit the 100-point plateau for the first time since racking up 108 points in a victory over Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 27, 1995.
Utes on TV
Utah is 5-1 this season in televised contests. The Utes will play a minimum of 24 more live televised games this year, including every conference contest and each game played in the Pac-12 Tournament.
The Runnin' Utes will appear on the Pac-12 Network a total of 24 times in the regular season. Utah will also play on ESPNU twice and make one appearance on FSN.