Shaun Green, the nation's leading 3-point shooter, had a career-high 18 points against Rhode Island.
Dec. 12, 2006
UTAH RUNNIN' UTES VS. CAL POLY MUSTANGS
Saturday, December 16, 2006 1:05 p.m. (MST)
Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000) Salt Lake City
UTAH (3-5) Head Coach: Ray Giacoletti Alma Mater: Minot State, 1985 At Utah: 46-26 (3rd Season) Career: 163-109 (10th Season)
CAL POLY (4-3) Head Coach: Kevin Bromley Alma Mater: Colorado St., 1983 At Cal Poly: 55-79 (7th Season) Career: 55-79 (7th Season)
MEDIA COVERAGE Television: None Radio: Sports Radio 700 The Zone Bill Riley (play-by-play), Mark Rydalch (analyst), Scott Gerrard (host) Internet Audio/Live Stats: www.UtahUtes.com Get Utah All-Access Here
THE SERIES Overall: Utah leads 1-0 Utah Home/Away/Neutral: 0-0/1-0/0-0 Current Streak: Utah has won 1 Last Meeting: Utah won 92-76 on Dec. 22, 2004 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The Runnin' Utes head to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout next Tuesday through Thursday. Utah opens its tournament schedule against Central Florida on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (AST)/Noon (MST).
QUICKLY ON UTAH
The Runnin' Utes (3-5) take a week off for semester exams before hosting the Cal Poly Mustangs (4-3) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. (MST) at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Utah is 3-2 at home this season. The game will be broadcast on Sports Radio 700 The Zone.
Utah has followed up its three-game winning streak with back-to-back losses on the road. The Utes lost 60-57 at Utah State last Wednesday night and fell 85-84 in overtime at Rhode Island last Saturday.
Sophomore center Luke Nevill (7-1, 265) is the Utes' leading scorer (18.6 ppg) and rebounder (9.1 rpg). He is shooting 70.2 percent from the field, and has 15 assists and a team-best seven blocked shots. Junior guard Johnnie Bryant (6-0, 180) is second on the team in scoring (16.1 ppg) and has connected on 44.6 percent (25-for-56) of his 3-point attempts. Bryant also leads the Utes in assists (2.8 apg). Sophomore forward Shaun Green (6-8, 208) is third on the team in scoring (13.6 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.3 rpg). He is shooting 64.4 percent from the field and 64.9 percent (24-for-37) from 3-point range. Green also leads the Utes in steals (12) and is second in blocked shots (5).
In the NCAA statistical rankings released on Dec. 11, Utah ranked fourth in 3-point percentage (45.6), 11th in field goal percentage (51.5), 63rd in 3-pointers made per game (7.75) and 82nd in free throw percentage (71.6). Green ranked first in the nation in three-point percentage (64.9) and Nevill was fourth in field goal percentage (70.2).
RUNNIN' UTE NOTABLES
Four of Utah's five losses have come by a combined eight points.
The Utes have shot at least 50 percent from 3-point range five times and at least 50 percent from the field five times in eight games this season.
Utah is 0-3 this season when opponents shoot at least 50 percent from the field and 1-5 when they shoot at least 40 percent from 3-point range.
SCOUTING CAL POLY
The Mustangs are 4-3 overall and 0-2 on the road this season. Cal Poly hasn't played since losing at San Jose State, 80-63, on Dec. 4. Before then the Mustangs won three in a row at home. They defeated Cal State Stanislaus, 91-72, on Nov. 20, Saint Mary's College, 72-59, on Nov. 26 and Occidental, 81-62, on Nov. 29.
Junior guard Dawin Whiten (6-3, 205) leads Cal Poly in scoring (13.1 ppg) and assists 3.2 apg). Whiten is shooting 38.1 percent (16-for-42) from 3-point range and 83.3 percent from the free throw line, both team-best marks. Senior guard/forward Derek Stockapler (6-5, 220) is second in scoring (11.4 ppg). Junior forward Dreshawn Vance (6-8, 200) is third in scoring (9.1 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.1 rpg). Sophomore forward Titus Shelton (6-7, 240) leads the Mustangs in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and blocked shots (10).
COMPARING THE NUMBERS
Utah Cal Poly Record 3-5 4-3 Scoring 70.1 71.0 Scoring Defense 67.2 68.6 FG% .515 .446 FG% Defense .493 .431 3-Pt. FG% .456 .325 3-Pt. FG% Defense .462 .338 FT% .716 .605 Rebound Margin +3.3 -0.4 Assists 14.9 13.0 Turnovers 13.9 14.7 Opp. Turnovers 12.8 16.1 Steals 5.0 6.8 Blocked Shots 1.9 3.1
MUSTANG HEAD COACH KEVIN BROMLEY
Kevin Bromley is in his seventh season as head coach of the Mustangs with a 55-79 record. Bromley served six years as the associate head coach and half of the 2000-01 season as the interim head coach before taking over as the head coach of the Mustangs on a full-time basis for the 2001-02 season.
Bromley posted the school's first back-to-back winning seasons at the Division I level in 2001-02 and `02-03. After the Mustangs went 15-12 in 2001-02, he guided Cal Poly to a 16-14 mark and a fourth-place finish (10-8) in the Big West in 2002-03. Bromley also led the Mustangs to the 2003 Big West Conference Tournament Championship game, falling short of a NCAA Tournament appearance by three points. Cal Poly went 10-19 overall and 7-7 to place fourth in the Big West Conference last season.
UTAH VS. CAL POLY SERIES NOTES
Utah and Cal Poly meet for the second time on Saturday afternoon. The Runnin' Utes took the first meeting between the two schools 92-76 on Dec. 22, in San Louis Obispo, Calif.
Ray Giacoletti is 1-2 all-time against Cal Poly, including a 1-0 while at Utah.
Utah is 33-3 (.917) all-time against the Big West Conference and 23-2 (.920) at home.
TAKE NOTICE OF NEVILL
Sophomore center Luke Nevill (7-1, 265) is the Utes' leading scorer (18.6 ppg) and rebounder (9.1 rpg). He is shooting 70.2 percent from the field, and has 15 assists and a team-best seven blocked shots.
Nevill has led the Utes five times in scoring and five times in rebounding this season. He has scored in double figures all eight games.
As of Dec. 11, Nevill ranked 66th in the NCAA in scoring (18.6 ppg), fourth in field goal percentage (70.2) and 36th in rebounds per game (9.1 rpg).
The Perth, Australia, native has had double-doubles in four of the last six games to bring his career total to eight.
Against Rhode Island on Dec. 9, Nevill had a season-high 25 points (10-14 FG, 5-8 FT) and a career-high 16 rebounds (nine offensive) in 38 minutes. It was his third 20-point game of the season and the fifth of his career.
IT'S EASY BEING GREEN
Sophomore forward Shaun Green (6-8, 208) is third on the team in scoring (13.6 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.3 rpg). He is shooting 64.4 percent from the field and 64.9 percent (24-for-37) from 3-point range. Green also leads the Utes in steals (12) and is second in blocked shots (5).
As of Dec. 11, Green led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (64.9) and ranked 44th in 3-point field goals per game (3.00).
Green has scored in double figures in all eight games this season to give him 17 double-figure scoring games in his career.
He had a career-high 18 points (6-9 FG, 5-9 3FG, 1-3 FT), eight rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes against Rhode Island on Dec. 9.
Green tied his career-high with nine rebounds against Utah State on Dec. 6.