Senior foward Bryant Markson (left) has scored in double figures in all seven games this season.
Dec. 14, 2005
Television: ESPN. Brad Nessler (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst).
Radio: Utah Sports Network (Hot Ticket 700/KALL-AM in Salt Lake City and affiliate stations). On the Internet at www.UtahUtes.com. Get Utah All-Access Here Matt Thomas (play-by-play), Mark Rydalch (analyst) and Bill Riley (host).
Rankings: Arizona - No. 24 by the Associated Press, not ranked by ESPN/USA Today.
Utah Head Coach: Ray Giacoletti Arizona Head Coach: Lute Olson Alma Mater: Minot State, 1985 Alma Mater: Augsburg, 1956 Record at Utah: 34-8 (2nd Season) Record at Arizona: 553-167 (23rd Season) Overall Record: 151-91 (9th Season) Overall Record: 745-259 (33rd Season)
Series Record: Utah leads 28-19 Utah's Record Home/Away/Neutral: 19-5/8-13/1-1 Current Streak: Arizona has won 1. Last Meeting: Arizona won 67-62 on Dec. 11, 2004 in Tucson, Ariz.
Utah Probable Starters No. Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Statistics 20 F Bryant Markson 6-7 198 Sr. 16.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg 21 F Shaun Green 6-8 208 Fr. 8.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg 30 C Chris Jackson 6-11 245 Sr. 9.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg 1 G Johnnie Bryant 6-0 190 So. 13.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg 2 G Lawrence Borha 6-3 205 Fr. 3.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Arizona Probable Starters No. Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Statistics 55 F Ivan Radenovic 6-10 244 Jr. 10.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg 54 C Kirk Walters 6-10 241 Jr. 7.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg 13 G Chris Rodgers 6-4 205 Sr. 10.3 ppg, 2.1 apg 15 G Mustafa Shakur 6-3 190 Jr. 9.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg 21 G Hassan Adams 6-4 220 Sr. 18.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg
The Runnin' Utes host Adams State on Monday, Dec. 19 at 7:05 p.m. (MST) in the Huntsman Center, then head to Seattle to face Washington State on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7:35 p.m. (PST).
Quickly On Utah
The Runnin' Utes (5-2) continue a three-game homestand against Arizona (4-3) on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. (MST) in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN and broadcast on Hot Ticket 700 (KALL-AM) and the Utah Sports Network.
Utah rebounded from back-to-back road losses with a 69-53 home win over Southern Utah last Saturday night. The Utes fell to Rice 96-94 in triple overtime on Dec. 3 in Houston, Texas, and lost to Colorado 76-52 on Dec. 7 in Boulder, Colo.
Senior forward Bryant Markson (6-7, 198), a preseason all-Mountain West Conference pick, leads the Utes in scoring (16.6 ppg), rebounds (6.0 rpg) and assists (3.3 apg). Markson is also shooting 76.2 percent at the free throw line. Sophomore guard Johnnie Bryant (6-0, 190), a junior college transfer in his first season with the Utes, is second on the team in scoring (13.6 ppg) and is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game. Bryant is also shooting 45.7 percent (16-of-35) from three-point range and 86.7 percent from the free throw line. Freshman center Luke Nevill (7-1, 250) is second on the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and is fourth in scoring (9.1 ppg). Senior center Chris Jackson (6-11, 245) is third in both scoring (9.9 ppg) and rebounding (4.3 rpg). Jackson is also shooting a team-best 73.8 percent from the field.
Utah is playing one redshirt freshman and four other newcomers. Through seven games, 53.0 percent of the Utes' points, 49.1 percent of their rebounds and 55.7 percent of their minutes played have come from the first-year players.
The Utes are 5-0 when holding their opponents to 69 points or less this season and 0-2 when allowing 70 points or more.
Utah's 24-point loss to Colorado (76-52) on Dec. 7 was its worst since falling to Utah State by 26 points (71-45) last season on Dec. 4 in Logan, Utah.
The Utes have a -3.9 turnover margin, averaging 16.3 turnovers per game compared to 12.4 for their opponents. Utah also has a 0.9 assist/turnover ratio (98 assists/114 turnovers).
Utah Against Ranked Teams
Utah is 5-1 against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 the last 10 seasons in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Alabama is the highest-ranked team to ever play the Utes in the Huntsman Center on Dec. 30, 2002. The Crimson Tide was ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press when they were defeated by Utah 51-49. The next highest-ranked team to face the Utes in the JMHC was No. 2 Wake Forrest on Dec. 31, 1996. In a game featuring the Demon Deacons' Tim Duncan and the Utes' Keith Van Horn, who would later go first and second, respectively, in the 1997 NBA Draft, Wake Forrest prevailed 70-59.
Arizona will be the first AP Top 25 team the Utes have faced at home under second-year head coach Ray Giacoletti. Utah is 1-3 against AP Top 25 teams under Giacoletti. The Utes defeated No. 17 Oklahoma 67-58 last season on March 19 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.
Scouting The Wildcats
Arizona is 4-3 overall and 1-3 away from home. In their only game on an opponent's home court this season, the Wildcats fell 69-65 at Houston on Dec. 3. Since its loss at Houston, Arizona returned home to defeat Northern Arizona 75-66 on Dec. 8 and Saint Mary's 73-61 on Dec. 10. The U of A opened its season with a win over Kansas (61-49) and losses to Connecticut (79-70) and Michigan State (74-71 OT) in the Maui Invitational.
Senior guard Hassan Adams (6-4, 220) leads the Wildcats in scoring (18.3 ppg) and steals (20), and is second in rebounds (7.3 rpg). Senior guard Chris Rodgers (6-4, 205) is second in scoring (10.3 ppg) and is shooting 27.3 percent (12-for-44) from three-point range. Junior forward Ivan Radenovic (6-10, 244) is second on the team in scoring average (10.5 ppg) and first in rebounding average (7.8 rpg). Freshman guard J.P. Prince (6-6, 180) leads the Wildcats in assists (3.1 apg).
Comparing The Numbers
Utah Arizona Record 5-2 4-3 Streak Won 1 Won 2 Scoring 69.9 70.9 Scoring Defense 66.0 64.1 FG% .480 .400 FG% Defense .429 .427 3-Pt. FG% .353 .267 3-Pt. FG% Def .350 .308 FT% .654 .667 Rebound Margin +7.9 +0.7 Assists 14.0 14.6 Turnovers 16.3 13.7 Opp. Turnovers 12.4 22.0 Steals 6.1 11.4 Blocked Shots 1.7 3.7
Head Coach Lute Olson
Lute Olson is 553-167 in his 23rd season at Arizona, taking the program to the 1997 national championship, four NCAA Final Four appearances, 21 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 11 Pacific-10 Conference titles. Olson has also guided Arizona to 18 consecutive 20-win seasons (the longest active streak in the nation), and is one of only five coaches in NCAA history to record 26 or more 20-win seasons.
Olson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on June 5, 2002. In his 33rd season as a head coach on the NCAA Division I level with time spent at Arizona, Iowa and Long Beach State, Olson is one of just 24 head coaches in NCAA history to win 700 or more games (all divisions). He owns a career record 745-259, which adds up to a winning percentage of .742.
Utah vs. Arizona Series Notes
Utah and Arizona meet for the 48th time on Saturday. The Utes lead the all-time series 28-19 and have won six of the last 10 meetings.
The Utes have a 19-5 record against Arizona in Salt Lake City. The last time they played in the Huntsman Center, the Wildcats won 88-81 on Dec. 9, 1993.
The teams met last season on Dec. 11 in Tucson, Ariz., with the Wildcats winning 67-62.
Before last season's game, the teams hadn't played since March 21, 1998 in the NCAA West Regional finals in Anaheim, Calif. The Utes defeated the No. 1-seeded Wildcats 76-51 to advance to the Final Four. Before that Utah win, Arizona had won three in a row in the series.
The two teams met 32 times as members of the WAC with Utah winning 17 of those games. They last met as conference foes during the 1977-78 season.
Ray Giacoletti is 0-1 Arizona.
Lute Olson is 3-4 all-time against Utah.
Utah is 128-88 (.593) all-time against teams in the Pac-10 Conference, including an 81-22 (.786) record in home games.
Channing Frye scored 19 points and Hassan Adams slammed home a rebound with 40 seconds to play, allowing 15th-ranked Arizona to escape with a 67-62 victory over Utah last season on Dec. 11 at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz.
Chris Rodgers had six points and a crucial assist in the final 3:39, including four free throws in the last 25.2 seconds. His two from the line with 2.7 seconds to go sealed the victory. Adams and Ivan Radenovic scored 14 apiece for Arizona.
Arizona's Salim Stoudamire, the team's leading scorer at 16 points per game, was hounded by Utah's Marc Jackson throughout the game. Stoudamire took just one shot and was scoreless in 30 minutes.
Utah led by as many as nine points in the first half and was up 32-29 at the break. The Wildcats caught the Utes at 35-35 on Adams' stuff, then took their first lead since the opening minutes, 37-36, on Frye's tip-in with 17:08 to play. Chaney scored the last four points in a 6-0 surge that had Utah up 53-48 with 7:53 left.
After Bogut's rebound basket put the Utes up 56-51 with 5:41 remaining, Radenovic sank a three-pointer. Rodgers then made a 15-footer from the baseline to tie it at 56. Markson's two free throws gave Utah its last lead, 58-56, with 2:58 to play.
Rodgers penetrated the Utes' zone, then passed to Radenovic for a layup to tie it at 58-58. Jackson missed, and Frye's baseline drive put Arizona ahead 60-58.
Bogut was called for an offensive foul on Utah's next possession, and Adams' spectacular rebound on Rodgers' missed three-pointer put Arizona ahead 62-58 with 40 seconds left.
The Utes still had a chance to tie it after Mustafa Shakur made one of two free throws with 9.1 seconds to play, putting Arizona ahead 65-62, but Jackson threw the ball away on the ensuing fast-break.
Senior center Chris Jackson (6-11, 245) has started all six of Utah's games this season. Jackson is third on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.3 rpg) in 19.9 minutes per game. He is shooting a team-best 73.8 percent (31-for-42) from the field, but has struggled at the free throw line going just 7-for-19 (.368).
Jackson has scored in double figures in each of the last four games, giving him five career double-figure scoring games.
The Los Alamos, N.M., native had a career-best scoring night for the second consecutive game with 15 points (6-6 FG, 3-6 FT) in 23 minutes against Southern Utah on Dec. 10.
Jackson had 12 points and a season-high seven rebounds against Colorado on Dec. 7. He also reached double figures in points with 10 against both Utah State and Rice.
Entering this season, Jackson had career averages 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, and was a 65.8 percent career field goal shooter. The fifth-year senior has already earned his degree in chemical and fuels engineering and is in the U's MBA program.
Tough At Home In The Huntsman Center
Utah is 230-19 (.924) in the Huntsman Center over the past 17 seasons and has never lost back-to-back home games. The Utes were 16-0 at home in 2004-05 to record one of seven undefeated seasons in the 36-year history of the Huntsman Center. The Utes have won all four home games so far this season.
The Runnin' Utes are riding a 21-game home winning streak that ranks as the fifth-longest in NCAA Division I.
Utah has captured 52 of its last 54 games at home. Its two losses during that stretch were to Colorado State on March 6, 2003, ending a 16-game home winning streak, and a 59-57 loss to Air Force on Feb. 21, 2004 terminating a string of 15 consecutive home wins.
Dating back to the 1993-94 season, the Utes have won 169 of their last 180 games in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Utah has won 37 consecutive nonconference games in the Huntsman Center, a streak that ranks tied for the third-longest in the nation. The U. last lost a nonconference home game to Utah State (78-65) on Nov. 23, 2001.
In conference home games over the last 11 years, Utah is 78-4 (.951). That winning percentage ranks first in the nation over that period, just ahead of Kansas which is 81-5 (.941).