Men's Hoops Set to take on Idaho State Monday Night
SALT LAKE CITY – The four-game homestand continues for the Utah men's basketball team as it welcomes in Idaho State on Monday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Drew Goodman will have the call in the 32nd meeting ever between the Runnin' Utes and Bengals while former veteran head coach Mike Montgomery serves as the analyst on the Pac-12 Networks broadcast.
SCOUTING THE BENGALS
Idaho State enters the game on Monday 1-1 on the year after a near-loss to BYU on the road, 60-56, before returning home to defeat Westcliff 97-56. As a team, ISU has lived and died by the three ball with 45.1-percent (23-for-60) of its points coming from beyond the arc and 39.2-percent from two. Idaho State has also shot more 3-pointers than it has taken 2-point opportunities this year with a 60-57 split.
The Bengals are led by a pair of players in Miguel Tomley and Brock Mackenzie in the scoring column. Tomley is averaging 14.5 points and 2.5 rebounds with a .462 shooting clip from downtown while Mackenzie is averaging 13.5 points and 2.0 rebounds and has knocked down 50-percent of his shots from long range (5-of-10). Jared Rodriguez is nearly averaging in double-figures for ISU, checking in at 9.5 points per game with a 4.0 rebounding average and .455 shooting clip from beyond the arc.
Jay Nagle leads the team in rebounding with a 6.0 average to go with his 6.5 points per game while Kolby Lee is right behind him averaging 6.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. Austin Smellie is the third leading rebounder for the Bengals averaging 5.5 points and 5.0 boards.
LAST TIME OUT
Friday night's 72-44 victory over CSU Bakersfield marked the fourth-straight year Utah had started a season 2-0. The Runnin' Utes led wire-to-wire behind a career-high night from Gabe Madsen, who scored 25 points on 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range and accounted for 35-percent of the team's scoring. Ben Carlson also had a big night, tying his career-high with 13 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting night and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Branden Carlson chipped in with 12 points and six boards to go with a pair of blocks while freshman Wilguens Junior Exacte added 10 points off the bench.
Utah was able to exploit the Roadrunners in the paint, outscoring them 28-8 while also converting 12 CSUB turnovers into 20 points. Offensively, the Utes shot 48.1-percent as a team – including a .450 clip from deep.
Utah's Ben Carlson and Branden Carlson have been a force for Utah in the paint, averaging 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 rebounds, respectively. Ben Carlson, a junior transfer from Wisconsin, has led the Utes in rebounding both games. The Woodbury, Minn., product first picked up a career-high 11 rebounds in the season-opener against Long Island before pulling down seven against CSU Bakersfield. Branden Carlson, opened his senior season with a double-double scoring 21 points to go with 10 rebounds and followed that up with six boards against CSUB.
With 34 rebounds combined between the two front court players for Utah, the Carlson Towers have accounted for 37-percent of the team's rebounding so far through two games.
With a career-high 25 points from Gabe Madsen against CSU Bakersfield and 21 points from Branden Carlson in the previous game, it marked the first time since November of 2021 when Utah last had two different players record 20-plus points in back-to-back games.
11-7-22: Branden Carlson, 21 points (Long Island)
11-11-22: Gabe Madsen, 25 points (CSU Bakersfield)
11-13-21: Branden Carlson, 21 points (Sacramento State)
11-15-21: David Jenkins Jr., 25 points (Bethune-Cookman)
IN THE FAMILY
Friday night was a big night in the Madsen family with Gabe Madsen and his twin, Mason Madsen, both having solid showings on the court.
Gabe had a career-high night scoring 25 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc hours after his twin brother Mason hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining before finishing with 18 points on 5-of-11 from long range – just a point shy of tying his career-high to give Boston College the win over Detroit Mercy.
OH, WHAT A NIGHT!
Per the Stat Train, the combined margin of victory of 98 by both men's and women's basketball teams on Friday was the fourth-highest among the Pac-12 teams dating back to 1999. The women outscored Utah Valley 97-27 (70) while the men outscored CSU Bakersfield 72-44 (28).
|Date||Team||Margin of Victory|
|Nov. 9, 2007||Stanford||111 Points|
|Nov. 6, 2018||Oregon||106 Points|
|Nov. 8, 2013||Utah||101 Points|
|Nov. 11, 2022||Utah||98 Points|
|Nov. 10, 2017||USC||93 Points|
Utah closes out its four-game homestand on Thursday, Nov. 17, when it welcomes in Sam Houston for its home game as part of the Ft. Myers Tip-Off MTE. The Bearkats are currently 2-0 on the year after upsetting Oklahoma 52-51 on the road in their season-opener before dominating Southwestern Adventist at home 120-33. Krista Blunk will have the call once again on Pac-12 Mountain while Dan Belluomini serves as the analyst.
The Runnin' Utes play their first game outside of the Jon M. Huntsman Center the following week as it takes part in the Ft. Myers Tip-Off MTE at Suncoast Credit Union Center. Up first for Utah will be Georgia Tech on Monday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. (MT) on FS1. Utah will then either play Mississippi State or Marquette depending on its result against the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday, Nov. 23. A loss on Monday will have the Utes playing the 4 p.m. game while a win will have them play in the championship game at 6 p.m. on FS1.
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