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Utah Men’s Basketball Hosts Washington Thursday


first_imgJanuary 20, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball Hosts Washington Thursday Tags: Utah basketball/Washington basketball Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Thursday, Utah men’s basketball (10-7, 1-4 in Pac-12 play) continues the Pac-12 season by hosting the Washington Huskies (12-7, 2-4 in Pac 12) at the Huntsman Center.What started out as a promising season for head coach Larry Krystkowiak’s Utes (165-118, .583 in his 9th season at Utah; 207-138, .600 as a collegiate head coach) is heading south.The Utes are the losers of four straight, having last tasted victory January 2 with an 81-69 win over Oregon State at the Huntsman Center.Utah scores 75.8 points per game, ranking the Utes 79th nationally in scoring offense.Sophomore forward Timmy Allen continues to lead Utah in both scoring (19.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.5 boards per game).Sophomore guard Both Gach (11.3 points per game) and freshman guard Rylan Jones (10.2 points per game, team-bests in assists [77] and steals [17]) also score in double figures on-average for the Utes.Freshman center Branden Carlson leads the squad with 14 blocked shots on the season.The Utes surrender 72.8 points per contest, tying Utah for 262nd nationally in scoring defense with Vanderbilt and Incarnate Word.The Huskies are coached by Mike Hopkins (60-29, .674 at Washington) who is in his fourth season at the program’s helm.Washington scores 70.6 points per game, tying the Huskies for 197th nationally in scoring offense with Evansville.Freshman forward Isaiah Stewart leads Washington in scoring (18.3 points per game), rebounding (9 boards per game) and blocked shots (42).Freshman forward Jaden McDaniels (13.1 points, 6.4 rebounds per game) junior guard Nahziah Carter (12.6 points, 5.5 rebounds per game) and sophomore guard Quade Green (11.6 points per game, a team-best 79 assists) additionally score in double figures on-average for the Huskies.Sophomore guard Jamal Bey has a team-best 28 steals to pace Washington in that category.Washington ranks 2nd nationally in blocked shots with 127 blocks on the season. This sets the tone for solid defense for the Huskies across the board.The Huskies surrender 62.5 points per game, ranking them 44th nationally in scoring defense. Washington also limits opponents to 37.1 percent shooting from the field, ranking the Huskies 9th nationally in that category.The Utes lead the Huskies 15-11 all-time and 8-3 at Salt Lake City.last_img read more




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