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DATE & TIME: Friday, November 30, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Strahan Coliseum (7,200) -- San Marcos, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: Utah 4-1, TSU 2-1. Away Record: Utah 0-1, TSU 0-0. Neutral Record: Utah 0-0, TSU 1-2. Conference Record: Utah 0-0, TSU 0-0. Series Record: Utah leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Hitting the road in Texas for the second time in the last three days, the Utah Runnin' Utes find themselves matched up against the Texas State Bobcats on Friday in non-conference action at Strahan Coliseum.
Two nights ago, the Utes were also in the Lone Star State as they tangled with SMU in Dallas, but came up short in a 62-50 final which snapped a three-game win streak for the program in their very first away date of the season.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats have been waiting to get back to action since playing three games in three days during the Great Alaska Shootout. The team lost a pair of contests against Charlotte and Loyola Marymount before closing the event with an 81-69 victory over UC Riverside last Saturday. With the win, Texas State is sitting at an even 3-3 on the campaign.
Utah won the only previous meeting between these two squads back in 2005.
Jarred DuBois scored a career-high 25 points on Wednesday at Moody Coliseum, but it wasn't quite enough to keep the Utes from falling into the loss column for the second time this season. DuBois nailed all but one of his six three- point baskets, yet the rest of the unit was a collective 4-of-17 beyond the arc in the outing. Jordan Loveridge registered a double-double with 10 points and a team-best 11 rebounds for a team that turned the ball over 17 times and was outscored at the free-throw line, 18-2. Despite the setback to the Mustangs, Utah has still been one of the better defensive teams in the country, holding foes to just 55.7 ppg based on 33.4 percent shooting from the floor. DuBois leads a pack of four double-digit scorers with his 14.6 ppg, while Loveridge checks in with 11.5 ppg and 8.7 rpg. Dallin Bachynski has similar numbers with his 11.5 ppg and team-high 9.0 rpg at the moment.
Except for Wesley Davis who tallied eight points, to go along with five rebounds, five assists and four steals, every starter for Texas State scored in double figures in the win over UCR last weekend. Corey Stern led the way with 17 points, Matt Staff 16, followed by Reid Koenen and Vonn Jones with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Jones, who knocked down two of his three three- point tries in the outing, accounted for a game-high seven assists as well. Over the course of six games, the Bobcats have had a different leading scorer five times, with Joel Wright as the only repeat performer who just happens to be the leading scorer overall for the group with his 15.2 ppg. Staff is running a close second with 15.0 ppg, thanks in large part to his 10-of-18 shooting behind the three-point line, not to mention a perfect a perfect 14- of-14 shooting at the charity stripe.
With the Bobcats being beaten on the glass by an average of five caroms per contest, this is a meeting that should fall in favor of Utah since it too has been handling the action on the glass rather well in the early going.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Utah 67, Texas State 60
11/30 10:40:13 ET
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