Dec. 23, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawaii -The University of Utah men's basketball team (7-4) will face host school Hawaii (7-3) in the second round of the 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Diamondhead Classic Thursday in Honolulu. Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m. MT, 7:30 p.m. in Hawaii, and the game will be televised live on ESPNU.
Following are some updated notes as they prepare for the second round of the tournament.
FOSTER'S BLOCK PARTY
-Junior center David Foster blocked a season-high seven shots against Butler. His seven blocks set new records at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamondhead Classic for single-game blocks and most blocks in the tournament.
-Foster has now blocked at least one shot in 38 of his last 40 games over the last two seasons. He has recorded multiple blocks in 32 of those contests. Foster is averaging 3.1 blocks per game this season, which leads the Mountain West Conference. He was named the 2009-10 MWC Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 4.0 blocks per game in 2009-10, ranking No. 4 in the NCAA.
-Foster has now compiled 154 career blocks and needs just three rejections to tie Mitch Smith (1985-89) for second place on the all-time blocks list at Utah with 157. Only a junior, Foster is on pace to break Luke Nevill's Utah career record of 205 (2005-09).
CLYBURN LOGS ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
-Junior wing Will Clyburn recorded his fourth double-double of the year against Butler, finishing with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
-Clyburn has been Utah's top rebounder eight times in 11 games and has scored double figures in all 11 games this year. His 16 points were one short of the team high. Clyburn has led the Utes in scoring in eight of their 11 games.
-Clyburn is now averaging 19.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, ranking No. 2 in the MWC in both categories. He also leads the league in minutes played (36.1 mpg) and defensive rebounds per game (6.82), ranks second in 3-point field goals made per game (2.3), fifth in offensive rebounds per game (2.4) and steals (1.8 spg), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.446), seventh in field goal percentage (.478).
JOSH "JIGGY" WATKINS TALLIES 17 AGAINST BUTLER
-Junior guard Josh Watkins logged team-highs of 17 points and four assists. He has led the Utes in scoring twice this season and has been the top assist-man in 10 of 11 contests. Watkins has scored double figures in nine of Utah's 11 games this season.
-Watkins is averaging 15.0 points per game, ranking seventh in the MWC, to go with 3.7 assists, which also ranks seventh.
O'BRIEN RETURNS TO ACTION
-Freshman wing J.J. O'Brien returned to the floor last night against Butler. After starting the season-opener, where he scored six points and grabbed eight boards, O'Brien broke his foot in practice and has missed the last nine games. He played 16 minutes, recording two rebounds, two assists and making a steal, before fouling out.
RUNNIN' UTES IN THE ALOHA STATE
-This year's Diamondhead Classic marks Utah's first appearance in Hawaii since the Maui Invitational in 2002. Utah slips to an all-time record of 28-15 in all games played on the Hawaiian Islands, including a 7-8 mark in non-conference tournaments.
-The Utes now face Hawaii in the consolation bracket. Utah owns an all-time mark of 47-9 against Hawaii, including a 21-7 mark on the Warriors' home floor.
-The Utes are now 8-5 in neutral-court games under Boylen.
-Utah's best tournament finishes under Boylen:
-Champion, 2009 Mountain West Conference Tournament (Las Vegas, Nev.)
-Champion, 2009 Glenn Wilkes Classic (Daytona, Fla.)
-2nd place, 2009 Las Vegas Invitational (Las Vegas, Nev.)