Arizona vs. Utah: Full Game Preview

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Arizona vs. Utah: Full Game Preview
(9) Arizona
(20-4, 8-2 away)
Utah
(11-13, 9-6 home)
Venue: Jon M. Huntsman Center
3:00PM ET / 12:00PM PT, February 17, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Arizona M Lyons 15.2 B Ashley 5.7 M Lyons 3.1
Utah J Loveridge 12.0 J Loveridge 6.8 J DuBois 3.2

On Sunday, Utah welcomes No. 9 Arizona at Jon M. Huntsman Center. Tipoff occurs at 3 p.m. EST and you can catch it on Pac-12 Network. The Utes lost to the Wildcats 60-57 on Jan. 5 and are 0-4 against them over the last four years.

Utah is currently in 10th place in the conference and Arizona is in third.

In their last outing, behind 26 points and 9 rebounds from Jason Washburn, the Utes defeated Arizona State 60-55 on Feb. 13. In addition to a team-leading 1.6 blocks per game, he chips in 11.6 points per game. For the Wildcats, Solomon Hill finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds in the 71-58 loss to Colorado on Feb. 14. He is averaging 13.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

In reviewing statistical differences between the teams, Arizona appears to have an edge in one significant area, scoring, where the Wildcats have the upper hand over the Utes, 73 points per game to 64 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Arizona performs well in defensive rebounding percentage at 73.3 percent. This ranks first in the conference and 16th in the country.

Arizona StatSmack

  • Utah has an average margin of victory of 11 over Arizona in three wins since 1985.
  • Arizona has to pay up to win. The coach for Utah has a much lower base salary than Arizona ($850,000 vs. $2,300,000).
  • The Utah rebounding leader (Jason Washburn, 161 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Arizona rebounding leader (Brandon Ashley, 136 rebounds).
  • The Utah blocks leader (Jason Washburn, 39 blocks) has more blocks than the Arizona blocks leader (Grant Jerrett, 21 blocks).
  • Jason Washburn is ranked 5th in the Pac 12 in blocks.
  • The Utah basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Arizona (67 percent vs. 20 percent).
Arizona Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Solomon Hill 33 14 5 3 1 1 2
B+ Nick Johnson 31 12 4 3 2 1 2
B Mark Lyons 30 15 2 3 1 0 3
B Kevin Parrom 23 8 5 2 1 0 1
B- Brandon Ashley 21 8 6 1 0 1 2
C+ K. Tarczewski 21 6 6 0 0 1 2
C+ Grant Jerrett 18 5 4 1 1 1 1
C- Gabe York 6 3 0 1 0 0 0
C- Jordin Mayes 13 3 1 1 1 0 1
C- Angelo Chol 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Max Wiepking 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Q. Crawford 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Jacob Hazzard 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Drew Mellon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
UTAH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B J. Loveridge 31 12 7 2 1 0 2
B Jason Washburn 25 12 7 1 0 2 2
B- Jarred DuBois 29 12 3 3 1 0 2
C Cedric Martin 29 4 3 2 1 0 1
C Glen Dean 28 6 2 2 1 0 2
C- Brandon Taylor 17 6 1 2 1 0 1
D+ D. Bachynski 13 5 4 1 0 1 1
D+ Aaron Dotson 17 3 1 2 1 0 2
D+ Jeremy Olsen 7 3 2 0 0 0 0
D Justin Seymour 12 4 2 1 0 0 1
D Renan Lenz 10 3 2 1 0 1 1
D Dakarai Tucker 9 2 1 1 0 0 0
F Alex Mortensen 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Ryan Osterloh 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
F Xan Ricketts 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
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