The Washington Huskies begin the second half of their Pac-12 schedule with a rematch against Utah Thursday night.
GAME: Washington (13-9 overall, 5-4 Pac-12) at Utah (14-7 overall, 3-6 Pac-12). WHEN: Thursday, 6 p.m., Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City. TYPE: Conference. MEETING: 15th (UW leads 8-6). RANKINGS: Neither school ranked. COACHES: Lorenzo Romar, Washington; Larry Krystkowiak, Utah. TV: Pac-12 Networks. RADIO: KJR 950 AM
Lorenzo Romar’s Washington Huskies launch the second half of their Pac-12 schedule with a rematch against the Utah Utes, a team UW barely defeated (59-57) at Alaska Airlines Arena a month ago. In fact, it took a superb effort by Andrew Andrews — 12 points in the final nine minutes — and a missed 3-pointer by Utah’s Delon Wright at the buzzer for Washington to escape with a victory.
Although 14-7 overall, Utah has struggled since losing to the Huskies, dropping four of six, including a 79-75 overtime decision at Colorado last Saturday. On the positive side, the Utes have won 18 of their last 20 at the Huntsman Center, and their seven losses have been by a combined margin of 26 points, all of the defeats coming in road games.
Utah does two things exceptionally well. The Utes shoot 50.0 percent from the floor, which ranks fifth in the nation, and they lead the Pac-12 and rank 18th nationally in defending the 3-point shot, a Washington specialty, limiting opponents to 29.2 percent.
Wright is Utah’s top player. He leads the league in steals with 3.1 per contest and also ranks among the top 15 in minutes played (1st), assists (3rd), field goal percentage (4th), assist/turnover ratio (4th), scoring (6th), free-throw percentage (6th), blocks (7th) and rebounds (12th). When Washington and Utah met Jan. 8 in Seattle, Wright led the Utes with a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds.
The Utes have won 12 of their 14 games this season by double figures and rank sixth in the nation in scoring margin (+16.2). They also rank in the top-20 nationally in free throw percentage (12th – 75.7), assists per game (13th – 16.4), assist turnover ratio (15th – 1.50), fouls per game (17th – 16.3) and three point field goal defense (18th – 29.2).
SERIES: Dates to Nov. 30, 1951, when Utah won 62-61 in Salt Lake City. Bob Houbregs scored 21 points for the Huskies. In the most recent meeting, Jan. 9, Andrew Andrews scored 12 of his 19 points in the final nine minutes and Washington held on for a 59-57 victory.
UW STATS / NOTES
UW HEAD COACH: Lorenzo Romar (343-224 overall, 250-136 UW) is coming off a year in which the Huskies finished 18-16 and ended with a loss to Brigham Young in the National Invitation Tournament. Romar took the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament six times and won three Pac-10 Tournament titles (2005, 2010, 2011).
2012-13 Washington Regular-Season Statistics
University of Washington 2013-14 Schedule
|Date||Opponent||UW Rnk||Opp Rnk||W/L||Score||Rec.|
|11/6/13||@vs. Cent. Wash||—||—||W||95-65||0-0|
|11/10/13||vs. Seattle U.||—||—||W||88-78||1-0|
|11/14/13||vs. UC Irvine||—||—||L||86-72||1-1|
|11/17/13||vs. E. Wash||—||—||W||92-80||2-1|
|11/22/13||*vs. Boston Co||—||18||L||89-78||2-3|
|12/30/13||vs. L. Beach St.||—||—||W||92-89||4-3|
|12/8/13||vs. SD State||—||24||L||70-63||4-4|
|12/14/13||vs. Idaho St.||—||—||W||85-66||5-4|
|12/27/13||vs. Miss. Valley||—||—||W||95-80||7-5|
|3/18-19/14||NCAA 1st 4||—||—||—||—–||—|
|3/20-23/14||NCAA 2nd, 3rd||—||—||—||—–||—|
@=Exhibition; *=2K Sports Classic; ^=Pac-12 Tournament