Utah (6-0) at Boise State (6-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 3, 10:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Taco Bell Arena (12,380) -- Boise, Idaho. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: Utah 6-0, BSU 4-0. Away Record: Utah 0-0, BSU 1-0. Neutral Record: Utah 0-0, BSU 1-0. Conference Record: Utah 0-0, BSU 0-0. Series Record: Utah leads, 4-2.
GAME NOTES: A pair of undefeated teams do battle at Taco Bell Arena tonight, as the Boise State Broncos collide with the Utah Runnin' Utes in non- conference action.
Boise State, which is in the midst of a three-game homestand, is coming off a 76-60 win over Portland State last Friday, marking the team's sixth victory in as many chances in 2013-14. The squad will conclude the run in Boise with a meeting against Carroll on Thursday, and then will be hitting the road to challenge nationally-ranked Kentucky in Lexington a week from now.
As for the Utes, they too are a perfect 6-0 at the moment, the first time that's been the case since 1998. Last Wednesday, the team took care of Ball State rather easily in an 88-69 final. During the win streak, the Utes have won every game by double figures, the first time they've done that over a six- game span since 2005.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Utes have taken four of the previous six matchups from Boise State, including a convincing 76-55 triumph in the most recent meeting last year.
For Utah, this is the only road game until it visits Washington in Seattle on Jan. 8. The Utes will be back in Salt Lake City beginning on Saturday versus Fresno State for a seven-game run.
Utah scored the first points of the game against the Cardinals, led by a 12-3 margin minutes into the meeting and cruised the rest of the way as Delon Wright not only scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor, he also handed out seven assists, made five steals and cleared four rebounds for good measure. Brandon Taylor pitched in with 17 points and five dishes, while Princeton Onwas registered a double-double consisting of 13 points and 10 rebounds for a team that shot 56.1 percent from the floor, compared to 38.6 percent for the visitors.
Shooting a staggering 74.5 percent from the field, Wright is putting up not only 15.2 ppg to place second on the Utes (Jordan Loveridge, 16.0 ppg), he is also tops on the unit with 32 assists and 21 steals, all while capturing 6.2 rpg for a group that owns a rebounding advantage of 13.4 per game at the moment. Loveridge, who was held in check by Ball State, is good for a team- best 11.0 rpg, which is all the more reason for him to give up his quest of becoming a 3-point shooting threat, having made just 5-of-23 (.217) on the outside.
Despite dropping from 52.0 percent shooting from the floor in the first half against Portland State to just 38.7 percent over the final 20 minutes, the Broncos still played well enough to secure the 16-point win the last time out. The squad held a 40-26 advantage on the glass and outscored the Vikings by a 22-8 margin at the free-throw line. Derrick Marks and Ryan Watkins both tallied 14 points, the latter adding 13 rebounds, while Mikey Thompson and Igor Hadziomerovic responded with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Marks, who has held at least a share of the scoring lead three times this season for the Broncos, paces the group overall with his 21.5 ppg, followed by Marks with 18.8 ppg. The pair has combined to knock down 77 attempts at the free-throw line, just eight fewer than all six opponents to this point. The team is generating a hefty 97.7 ppg after hitting for triple digits in three contests, with a high of 116 points coming against Texas-Arlington in the season opener.
Both of these teams are used to having their way at the offensive end of the floor, so it will be the squad with the tightest defense that will likely emerge victorious tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Utah 81, Boise State 74
12/03 10:37:23 ET