Men's Basketball Opens Four-Game Homestand with Beavers on ESPNU
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men's basketball returns home to the friendly confines of the Jon M. Huntsman Center this weekend to kick open a four-game homestand. The Runnin' Utes will first take on Oregon State this Wednesday, Jan. 6, for a 9 p.m. (MT) on ESPNU.
Roxy Bernstein will guide fans through the game while Richie Schueler serves as the analyst in the annual match-up between Larry Krystkowiak and his former teammate and colleague Wayne Tinkle. The Utes look to snap a two-game losing-streak at home and snap a two-game skid against the Beavers as well.
MOVING ON UP
After scoring 5 points against USC, Timmy Allen now has 992 career points. He's now just 8 points shy of becoming the 40th player in Utah basketball history to record 1,000 career points and the 21st Ute to do so as a junior.
As of 2:30 p.m. (MT) on Jan. 4, 2021, there are 177 active players at the Division I level with at least 1,000 career points and 13 of them reside in the Pac-12 while only two of the 13 are forwards. In addition, only Matt Bradley (Cal) and Eric Williams, Jr. (Oregon) are juniors – the rest are seniors. In total, only 26 of those 177 active players with 1,000 career points are juniors.
|McKinley Wright IV||Colorado||Sr.||G||1,525|
|Remy Martin||Arizona State||Sr.||G||1,432|
|Holland Woods||Arizona State||Sr.||G||1,423|
|Ethan Thompson||Oregon State||Sr.||G||1,336|
|Oscar da Silva||Stanford||Sr.||F||1,176|
|Terrell Brown, Jr.||Arizona||Sr.||G||1,148|
|LJ Figueroa (Transfer)||Oregon||Sr.||G||1,028|
|Eric Williams, Jr.||Oregon||Jr.||F||1,019|
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Oregon State enters Wednesday's contest 5-4 on the year and 1-2 in Pac-12 after falling to Stanford 81-71 in a make-up game against Stanford at home on Monday, Jan. 4. The Beavers were on a three-game winning-streak heading into Monday's game against the Cardinal. Jarod Lucas, who hit the game-winning three against Utah in the Pac-12 Tournament before COVID-19 shut everything down, had 22 points off the bench for OSU on 5-of-10 from deep with a perfect 7-of-7 afternoon from the line.
Ethan Thompson has been a rock for the Beavers, averaging 16.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists while also being 1-of-4 players with 10-plus 3-pointers on the year. Lucas is averaging 12.3 points for OSU off the bench, knocking down a team-high 19 triples while shooting a near perfect .950 clip from the charity stripe.
Junior Warith Alatishe is nearly averaging a double-double for Oregon State. The 6-7 forward is averaging 9.7 points and 8.9 rebounds (team-high) while also leading the team in blocks with 18. Zach Reichle is also nearing the double-figures range, averaging 9.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists to go with his .417 shooting clip – which is second-most among his teammates with 50-plus field-goal attempts.
The Beavers have had only one true road game this year, a 59-55 loss to Washington State back on Dec. 2. A game that was decided at the free throw line. OSU was just 6-of-12 from the line while WSU knocked down 14-of-19 attempts in a four-point game.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite erasing a 22-6 deficit in the from the first half, a long scoring lull in the second-half and poor shooting doomed Utah in its game at USC, 64-46. The Utes managed to knock down just four field goals in the second frame of play in the loss. Utah had clawed back to take a short 27-26 lead before heading into the locker room down 32-28 and kept it a two-possession game until the final 9:22 minutes of action where it was outscored 20-8.
Ian Martinez was the lone double-digit scorer for Utah, registering a season-high 10 points for the young freshman. Timmy Allen led the Utes on the glass with eight rebounds to go with his five points. As a team, Utah shot just 27.9-percent (17-of-61) from the field with a meager 13.6-percet (3-of-22) from down range.
Utah will get a couple extra days to prepare for #17/15 Oregon after its game against the Beavers with the Utes and Ducks scheduled to tip off at Noon (MT) on Sunday, Jan. 10, on Pac-12 Networks.
The Runnin' Utes remain at home for another week as they welcome in Stanford (Jan. 13) and Cal (Jan. 16). The Utes and Cardinal will face off in another 9 p.m. (MT) broadcast ESPNU while it takes on the Golden Bears at 8 p.m. on the ESPN linear network to be determined.