Runnin' Utes Begin Tough Stretch at #6 Arizona
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men's basketball will be tested the next seven days as it begins a stretch where three of the next four games will be against AP Top-25 ranked opponents starting with #6/6 Arizona this Saturday on the road.
Daron Sutton and Don MacLean will the call in the 67th meeting between the Runnin' Utes and Wildcats inside McKale Center on Pac-12 Networks.
UTAH AT ARIZONA RESCHEDULED
Utah's game at Arizona State is officially rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. (MT) on Pac-12 Networks. The Runnin' Utes and Sun Devils were previously set to tip-off on Thursday, Jan. 13, but ASU was still in health and safety protocols.
TIDBITS AGAINST ARIZONA
Since the start of the AP Poll in the 1948-49 season, Utah is 5-17 all-time against a ranked Arizona team and just 1-10 when playing a ranked Wildcat squad on the road. The lone road victory came on Dec. 6, 1986, against then-No. 20 Arizona (68-67).
Utah wins vs. ranked Arizona
1-10-75 - #10 Arizona – 75-74 (OT)
2-19-77 - #17 Arizona – 76-61
12-6-86 – at #20 Arizona – 68-67
3-21-98 – vs. #4 Arizona – 76-51
2-27-16 - #9 Arizona – 70-64
Utah vs. Arizona in OT games
1-11-63 – at Arizona – Win, 52-50
2-23-73 – at Arizona – Loss, 101-95 (OT3)
1-10-75 – #10 Arizona – Win, 75-74
2-19-14 – #4 Arizona – Loss, 67-63
1-5-19 – at Arizona – Loss, 84-81
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
No. 6 Arizona enters the weekend match-up 13-1 overall on the year and 3-0 in Pac-12 play after defeating Colorado this past Thursday 76-55 at home behind four players in double-figures. As a team, the Wildcats have outscored opponents by 24.5 points while shooting a deadly .498 clip to go with a +10.6 rebounding margin. They've also been sharing the ball at a high-clip averaging 21.7 dimes and have also forced 7.8 turnovers per game. All nine player on the team that is averaging double-digit minutes on the floor for Arizona owns a shooting clip above .400.
Nationally, Arizona leads the country in assists per game (21.7), defensive rebounds per game (31.43), scoring margin (24.5) and rebounds per game (43.93). In addition, UA ranks in the top-5 nationally in A/TO ratio, blocks per game, defensive field-goal percentage, rebounding margin, scoring offense, assists and win-loss percentage. On the roster side of things, Dalen Terry is fourth in the NCAA with a 4.07 A/TO Ratio while Christian Koloko is 12th in blocked shots (46) and 13th in field-goal percentage.
All-Pac-12 candidate Bennedict Mathurin is averaging 18.5 points and 6.4 rebounds to go with a .508 shooting clip for the Wildcats while Azoulas Tubelis is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds on top of his .572 shooting percentage and 42 assists. Koloko leads the team with 61.7-percent shooting from the floor while averaging 13.1 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. Kerr Kriisa rounds out the list of Wildcats averaging in double-figures with 11.7 points per game and 5.4 assists per game.
Utah will take the drive to west on I-10 to face Arizona State on Monday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. (MT) on Pac-12 Networks. The rescheduled game between the Utes and Sun Devils came after the originally scheduled game on Jan. 13 was postponed due to ASU still being in health and safety protocols.
Utah returns home next week to entertain a pair of top-10 ranked opponents in #3/3 UCLA and #5/7 USC. The Runnin' Utes will first face the Bruins on Thursday, Jan. 20, with a 9 p.m. (MT) tip on FS1 before hosting the Trojans on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 4:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks. The Utah men's basketball program will also be honoring the late Wat Misaka that day with a jersey ceremony.
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