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Men's Basketball Opens Weekend Slate with Stanford Thursday Afternoon

Jan 12, 2021

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men's basketball team welcomes in the Bay Area teams this weekend, starting off with a 3 p.m. (MT) tip-off against Stanford this Thursday, Jan. 14, as the Runnin' Utes look to sweep the Bay Area teams at home for the sixth-straight time since the 2014-15 season (did not play at home in 2018-19).

Roxy Bernstein will have the call between the Cardinal and Utes, who split the series match-up last season, with Richie Schueler providing commentary on ESPN2.
Outside of his five-point performance against USC on the road, Utah junior Timmy Allen has been on a tear in his last six games averaging 17.7 points and 6.0 rebounds. The Mesa, Ariz., product has scored 18 points or more in five of the six games with the aforementioned five-point game at USC. In addition, the 6-6 forward has been shooting a .483 clip from the floor as well.
Stanford comes into this week's game 8-3 overall on the year with a 4-1 mark in Pac-12 play and tied with #22/17 Oregon for second-place. The Cardinal's only loss in league play came against the Ducks on the road, 73-56.
The Utes look to protect their home floor against the Cardinal Thursday, having won five-straight inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The last time Utah lost to Stanford at home came on Jan. 27, 2013.
Reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Oscar da Silva is having a great senior season, leading Stanford with a 19.8 points average and 7.4 rebounds per game while also pacing the team with a .628 shooting clip and 12 blocks. His .628 shooting clip is tops in the Pac-12 and 15th nationally. Daejon Davis, the team's second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game, has been out since his injury against Arizona game mid-December.
Highly-touted freshman Ziaire Williams is team's third-leading scorer, averaging 11.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assist. He also recorded a triple-double against Washington at home, posting 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. The only other time a Cardinal program history to record a triple double was Brooke Lopez on Jan. 25, 2007 against USC (18pts, 11rebs, 12blks).
Jaiden Delaire rounds out the list of double-digit scorers for Stanford, checking in with 10.1 points per game. He has started the last five games for the Cardinal due to injuries to Davis and Willis and has done well, recording 19 points, 21 points and 10 points his last three games.
In league play, da Silva is nearly averaging a double-double while scoring 21.4 points and grabbing 9.2 rebounds per game for the Cardinal. The senior has recorded three-straight double-doubles in his last three games – including a 31-point performance at Oregon State.
The Runnin' Utes had another tough loss this past Monday, falling to #RV/RV Colorado 65-58 despite taking a 37-27 lead into the locker room. The Utes once again had a great first half on both ends of the floor but the opening minutes of the second half was once again pivotal to them closing the game out against the nation's leader in free-throw percentage.
Timmy Allen led all scorers with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists while Alfonso Plummer added 12 points off the bench. The Utes took advantage of the paint once again, outscoring the Buffs 38-24 but lost the battle of the boards by a 49-31 margin – including 15 offensive boards for CU that led to a 13-2 edge in second-chance points for the visitors.
Despite holding All-Pac-12 player McKinley Wright IV to just nine points and four assists, the Utes allowed D'Shawn Schwartz (15 points, 15 rebounds) and Jabarai Walker (15 points, 10 rebounds) to secure double-doubles.
Utah wraps up the four-game homestand with a late game on Saturday, Jan. 16, against California. The Utes and Golden Bears are slated to tip-off at 8 p.m. (MT) on the ESPNU with Roxy Bernstein calling the play-by-play while Corey Williams serves as the analyst.
The Runnin' Utes will now hit the road the next two weeks after wrapping up their homestand and will travel to the Pacific Northwest first to take on Washington State (Jan. 21) and Washington (Jan. 23) before making the trip to Boulder the following week to take on Colorado (Jan. 30).