Utah (14-17) vs. California (20-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 14, 9:06 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: MGM Grand Garden Arena (16,800) -- Las Vegas, Nevada.
Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Utah 11-7, California 11-5. Away
Record: Utah 2-10, California 6-5. Neutral Record: Utah 1-0, California 3-0.
Conference Record: Utah 5-13, California 12-6. Series Record: California
GAMES NOTES: After already knocking off a higher seed in the first round, the
10th-seed Utah Utes will challenge Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe and
the second-seed California Golden Bears in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals
at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In the first round the Utes toppled seventh-seed USC, 69-66, to advance. This
is just the second season in the league for the Utes who failed to get out of
the opening round a year ago. Utah has now won three straight games, including
an impressive 72-62 victory over Oregon in the regular-season finale.
The Golden Bears resurrected their season using wins in nine of their last 11
games to put themselves in this position. The Golden Bears finished up the
regular season at 20-10 overall and 12-6 in league action to grab the second
seed and a bye in the first round. California was also the second seed a year
ago, its highest in tournament history, but fell to eventual champion Colorado
as its quest for its first tournament championship was denied.
California won both of the meetings between these two team in the regular
season with the most recent a 64-46 triumph at Haas Pavilion at the end of
February. California also leads the all-time series by a 13-8 margin.
The winner of this game will take on the winner of the Washington/Oregon game
in semifinal action on Friday.
Jarred DuBoise took over in the second half and scored 15 of his game-high 22
points to lead Utah over USC. Utah was dominated in the paint and outscored
42-14 but the Utes held on by outscoring the Trojans from beyond the arc
(21-9) and the free-throw line (18-7).
Utah is the lowest scoring team in the Pac-12, putting in just 64.3 points per
game while shooting the seventh best percentage from the field (.443) among
league teams. Utah also struggles on the boards (34.5 rpg) where it ranks 11th
in the Pac-12. Defensively the Utes can hang with most squads as they hold
teams to less than 40 percent shooting. DuBois (12.6 ppg) and Jordan Loveridge
(12.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) are the top scoring options on the roster. The pair
combined to score 37 of the team's 69 points against USC. Jason Washburn (11.7
ppg, 6.7 rpg) is another double figure scorer who shoots at a 55 percent clip
from the field.
An 83-70 disappointment in the regular-season finale against rival Stanford
left the Golden Bears with a sour taste in their mouths to close the campaign.
Despite 24 points from Crabbe and Justin Cobbs, the Golden Bears were still
done in with sizable deficits from beyond the arc (27-9) and the free-throw
Crabbe (18.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg) has grabbed all the headlines for the Golden Bears
during their rise, and rightfully so. Crabbe scored 20 points or more in 14
games this season including a pair of 30-point efforts. He did sputter a bit
at the end of the season, failing to score in double figures twice in the last
four games after doing so only once the rest of the year. Cobbs (15.1 ppg, 4.8
apg) is a potent scorer in his own right but has taken on more of a
complimentary role. In the frontcourt David Kravish (8.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.7
bpg) and Richard Solomon (8.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.2 rpg) are each solid
Utah couldn't take down California in the regular season. With how well the
Golden Bears have been playing down the stretch there isn't much reason to
believe that will change.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: California 73, Utah 64
03/14 10:32:32 ET
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