Men's Basketball Takes Off to Battle Washington Saturday
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men's basketball team sets off for Seattle this weekend to take on the Washington Huskies this Saturday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. (MT) inside Alaska Airlines Area.
Roxy Bernstein will have the call on the Pac-12 Network while former UW star Eldridge Recasner serves as the analyst in the 32nd meeting ever between the two teams.
LAST TIME OUT
Utah kept pace with the Washington State Cougars this past Wednesday and trailed just 33-25 in the first half despite the turnover monster rearing its head once more for the Utes. However, a second-half drought coupled with turnovers once again saw the Cougars take advantage and went on a 22-3 run to put the game away by the midway point.
Branden Carlson made his return to the hardwood floor after sitting out five games post appendectomy out of the 15:53 media timeout in the first half. The 7-0 center finished with 8 points and 2 rebounds on 3-of-4 shooting in 19 minutes of action.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Washington enter Saturday's match-up winning four of its last five games with its only loss coming against a surging Oregon team last weekend. The Huskies are 10-8 overall and 5-3 in Pac-12 play after its recent victory over Colorado Thursday night, 60-58. UW led by as much as 15 points in the second half before the Buffs made it a one-possession game after holding Washington without a field goal in the final 6 minutes.
Terrell Brown Jr. leads UW in every category, averaging 21.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.6 steals with a .453 shooting clip after scoring a game-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting against Colorado. Emmitt Matthews Jr. is second on the team and the only other player averaging in double-digits checking in with an 11.8 points average and 4.9 boards per game. Matthews Jr. posted a double-double Thursday night against CU, scoring 15 points to go with his 11 rebounds. Jamal Bey is just as much of an offensive threat as he is defensively for UW, averaging 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds.
The last time these two teams squared off in the Jon M. Huntsman Center, Washington came back in the second half to hand Utah the 74-68 loss. Cole Bajema hurt the Utes with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the Arc while Dejon Davis posted 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Brown Jr. added 15 points of his own with 8 assists while Bey added 14 points, three boards, three assists and four steals.
The Utes return home for a weekend series against the Oregon schools next week. Utah first welcomes in the Beavers of Oregon State for a Thursday (Feb. 3) night battle on ESPNU before entertaining the Ducks of Oregon on Saturday, Feb. 5. In addition, Utah will be recognizing former Runnin' Ute great Tom Chambers with an honored jersey ceremony at halftime.
Utah begins a three-game road trip that'll start on Saturday, Feb. 12, against Colorado inside the CU Events Center on Pac-12 Networks. It will then take off to the Bay Area the following week to battle against Stanford (Feb. 17) and California (Feb. 19) on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
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