Men's Basketball Looks to Bounce Back Tuesday Against Utah Valley
SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah men's basketball team looks to bounce back this week as it plays host to in-state foe Utah Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 15, for a 5 p.m. (MT) inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Pac-12 Networks.
Todd Harris will once again have the call while former Utah assistant Joe Cravens serves as the analyst in just the second meeting between the Runnin' Utes and Wolverines.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
Utah Valley, led by second-year head coach and NBA veteran Mark Madsen, enter Tuesday's tilt 2-3 with wins against Adam State (100-75) and Westminster (79-71). The Wolverines have had no trouble scoring, averaging 79.6 points in addition to four players averaging in double-figures. However, UVU has not had the luxury of having its full roster available for any game this season.
JJ Overton, who missed UVU's last two games, paces the team averaging 19.7 points in three games to go with a .639 shooting clip and 4.7 rebounds per game. Junior Trey Woodbury is second on the team in scoring with a 19.0 points average to go with his 4.8 rebounds per game. He also leads the team with a .545 shooting clip (12-of-22) from long range to go with his team-leading 25 assists. Fardaws Aimaq is not far behind in the scoring column, averaging 17.2 points and a whopping 15.6 rebounds while also shooting 50.7-percent from the field. The 6-11 Center also leads the team with eight blocks. Sophomore guard Jordan Brinson is fourth and final Wolverine averaging in double-figures with 13.0 points per game to go with a 4.0 rebounding average.
Fardaws is just 1-of-4 Division I players thru games on Dec. 13 to pull down 20-plus rebounds in a single game this season after recording a 20 boards to go with his 27 points in the loss against Wyoming at home.
UVU's 21.6 assists per game ranks them eighth national while their 108 assists total is good for 18th. Fardaws is third nationally with four double-doubles through five games. On the glass, he is second in offensive rebounds per game (5.4) and third in defensive rebounds (10.2) while checking in at second with his 15.6 rebounding average and total rebounds (78).
PLUMMER CONTINUES TEAR
In his last six games, dating back to the final three games of last season, senior guard Alfonso Plummer is averaging 22 points with a .525 shooting clip (31-of-59) from long range for the Utes. The Fajardo, Puerto Rico, native took some time to acclimate himself, but has since been a big offensive threat. In addition, he's also started in five of the last six games.
LAST TIME OUT
Utah had a tough time finding the bottom of the basket last Saturday as it took on in-state rival BYU at the Marriott Center. The Utes managed to shoot just 36.4-percent from the field while the home team shot a blistering 55.4-percent from the floor in the 82-64 loss.
The biggest difference came on the glass with BYU taking a 44-28 advantage over the Utes. Despite Utah shutting down the Cougars' top offensive threats, their bench was able to step up and outscore the Utah bench 41-16.
The Utes will host their final non-conference opponent, for now, on Friday, Dec. 18, in a double-header inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Utah women's basketball team will tip-off at 3 p.m. (MT) against Arizona State before the Runnin' Utes play host to Idaho at 7 p.m. Both games are scheduled to air on Pac-12 Networks.
Utah will then turn its attention towards Pac-12 play as it hits the road for a 7 p.m. (MT) bout with Arizona State on Tuesday, Dec. 22, on Pac-12 Networks. The Sun Devils got the best of Utah last season inside Desert Financial Arena, 83-64.