Oregon State (8-5) at Utah (11-2)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 4, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000) -- Salt Lake City, Utah.
Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: OSU 6-1, Utah 11-1. Away Record: OSU
1-3, Utah 0-1. Neutral Record: OSU 1-1, Utah 0-0. Conference Record: OSU 0-0,
Utah 0-0. Series Record: Utah leads, 13-10.
GAME NOTES: Coming off their first home loss of the season, the Utah Utes will
try to regroup on Saturday afternoon as they host the Oregon State Beavers in
a Pac-12 Conference clash at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The Beavers were also handed a loss in their most recent venture, falling to
No. 20 Colorado, 64-58, on the road in the league opener for both. The setback
was the third in the last five games for Oregon State, which is just 8-5
overall and 1-3 on the road. The Beavers begin a three-game homestand next
Thursday against Stanford.
A last-second dunk by Oregon's Damyean Dotson sank Utah, 70-68, in overtime on
Thursday. The loss was the first in 12 tries this season for the Utes, who are
still an impressive 11-2 as they welcome in the Beavers. They head out on the
road to challenge Washington and Washington State next week.
These two teams split the season series a year ago, with the home team coming
out on top each time. Utah leads the all-time series, 13-10, although Oregon
State has won three of the last four matchups.
Ball security, or a lack thereof, sank Oregon State against Colorado. The
Beavers coughed up the ball 17 times, compared to only seven instances for the
Buffaloes, leading to a 25-6 deficit in points off turnovers. Roberto Nelson
scored 23 points as the only player to reach double figures for Oregon State.
Nelson (21.4 ppg, 3.9 apg) not only leads the Beavers in scoring, but he is
also tops in the conference in that category as well. The 6-foot-4 guard has
been a bit erratic in terms of shooting success of late, netting less than 40
percent from the field in four of the last five outings. Devon Collier (17.2
ppg, 8 rpg) is a more efficient scorer, netting 63.4 percent of his shots from
the floor, although he netted just eight points on 3-of-7 shooting against
Colorado. Angus Brandt (12.1 ppg) is the only other member of the team putting
in more than five ppg. Brandt fouled out against the Buffs after scoring only
Utah led by as many as 10 points in the second half against Oregon, but
crumbled down the stretch, letting up a 12-2 run midway through the period and
failing to hold a two-point lead in the final 43 seconds of regulation. In
the extra session, the Utes had the ball with seven seconds left with the game
tied at 68-68, but Dotson stole the ball and slammed home the game-winner.
Outside of that loss, the Utes have been dominant at both ends of the court on
most nights. They rank first in the nation in field goal percentage (.528) and
in the top-25 in scoring (85.9 ppg), assists (18.5 apg), rebounds (40.8 rpg),
scoring defense (60.6 ppg) and opponent field goal percentage (.372). Jordan
Loveridge (17.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg) is a talented forward who can stretch the floor
with his range. However, he missed some potential game-winning 3-point
attempts at the end of regulation and in overtime against Oregon. Delon Wright
(1.48 ppg, 5.6 apg) and Brandon Taylor (10.8 ppg, 4 apg) are also important
If Utah can get back on track offensively and keep up the pressure on defense,
it should have no problem getting back into the win column.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Utah 78, Oregon State 70
01/04 10:45:18 ET
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