Runnin' Utes Begin Full Slate of Pac-12 Play at Oregon State
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men's basketball team now begins its full slate of Pac-12 games, starting with the Oregon State Beavers this Thursday, Dec. 30, at Gill Coliseum.
Rich Burk will have the call between the Runnin' Utes and Beavers while former Husky Eldridge Recasner serves as the analyst on the Pac-12 Network broadcast.
BEAVER STATE TROUBLES
Heading into its 11th season a member of the Pac-12, Utah has only swept the Oregon school road swing once in the 2017-18 season. Overall, the Utes have gone 0-2 on this road swing six times while splitting the road swing just once in 2014-15 with a 47-37 win over Oregon State on the first leg of the road swing.
With its 66-58 victory over Cal earlier this December, Utah is now 92-71 all-time in Pac-12 play and just needs eight more games to reach 100 wins since joining the Conference of Champions in 2011.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Oregon State is having a tough time finding their identity after an Elite 8 run last season and enters this week's match-up just 2-10 overall and 0-2 in Pac-12 play. The Beavers opened their season with a 73-64 win over Portland State before a 10-game tailspin ensued. However, they were able to close out the non-conference season with n 83-61 win over Nicholls State to.
Jarod Lucas leads the team in scoring with a 12.9 points average thanks to a team-best 31 three pointers (.425). His .434 shooting clip is only second to big man Warith Alatishe (.540), who is averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebound with a team-best 16 blocks. Deshawn Davis paces the team with 51 assists (4.6apg) while averaging 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Despite being just 2-5 overall at home this season, Lucas (17.1ppg), Alatishe (12.7ppg) and Davis (10.3ppg) are all playing better inside Gill Coliseum and averaging in double-figures. However, opponents are shooting .446 from the field against the Beavers and .341 from beyond the arc in those seven games.
LAST TIME OUT
Utah closed out the 2021 calendar year with a 55-50 victory over Fresno State and wrapped up its non-conference schedule 7-3. The Utes and Bulldogs fought back-and-forth throughout the game with neither team taking a lead beyond single-digits. The game also saw 12 lead changes and four ties, before the defense ramped up to help Utah pull away at the end.
Marco Anthony led the team with 11 points on six rebounds while Lahat Thioune added 11 points and six rebounds of his own in his first start of the year. Lazar Stefanovic added nine points and four rebounds with Rollie Worster chipping in with eighth points, three boards and a pair of assists.
After taking on the Beavers, the Utes will head south to Eugene to ring in the New Year and face the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Jan. 1, at 8:30 p.m. (MT) on Pac-12 Networks. Former UO track star Jordan Kent will have the call while NBA veteran coach P.J. Carlesimo serves as the analyst on the Pac-12 Networks broadcast.
Utah returns home to open the 2022 calendar year with a pair of games inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Runnin' Utes will first welcome in the Washington Huskies (7:30 p.m. [MT]) on Thursday, Jan. 6, before hosting the Washington State Cougars on Saturday, Jan. 8, for a 4 p.m. (MT) tip-off. Both games air on Pac-12 Networks.
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