Utah Men’s Basketball Visits Arizona Thursday

first_img Written by Tags: Arizona basketball/Utah basketball Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTUCSON, Ariz.-Thursday, Utah men’s basketball (10-5, 1-2 in Pac-12 play) visits the McKale Center to face the Arizona Wildcats (11-5, 1-2 in Pac-12) as the conference season ensues for both squads.The Utes are coached by Larry Krystkowiak, who is 165-116 (.587) in his ninth season at the helm of the program and 207-136 (.603) as a collegiate head coach.Utah scores 76.5 points per game which ranks the Utes 69th nationally in scoring offense.Sophomore forward Timmy Allen leads Utah in both scoring (20.2 points per game) and rebounding (7.7 boards per game).Sophomore guard Both Gach (12.5 points per game) and freshman guard Rylan Jones (10.6 points per game, team bests in assists [68] and steals [16]) remain Utah’s other double figures scorers on-average for the season.Freshman center Branden Carlson leads the squad with 12 blocked shots.The Utes surrender 70.7 points per game which ranks Utah 218th nationally in scoring defense.In his 11th season at the helm at Tucson, Ariz., Sean Miller is 275-94 (.745) as the Wildcats’ head coach. Miller is 395-141 (.737) as a collegiate head coach.The Wildcats net 81.3 points per game.  This ranks Arizona 14th nationally in scoring offense.Freshman forward Zeke Nnaji leads the Wildcats in scoring (16.5 points per game) and rebounding (8.5 boards per game). Nnaji has a team-best 17 blocked shots on the season as well.Italian national, freshman guard Nico Mannion (14.3 points per game, a team-best 100 assists) and Australian national, freshman guard Josh Green (13 points, 5.1 rebounds per game, a team-best 26 steals) also score in double figures on-average for Arizona.The Wildcats surrender 65.8 points per game. This ranks Arizona 95th nationally in scoring defense.The Wildcats lead the Utes 34-30 all-time and 20-8 at Tucson, Ariz. January 14, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball Visits Arizona Thursdaylast_img

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