Sacramento State (2-0) at Utah (1-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000) -- Salt Lake City, Utah. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Sacramento State 2-0, Utah 1-0. Away Record: Sacramento State 0-0, Utah 0-0. Neutral Record: Sacramento State 0-0, Utah 0-0. Conference Record: Sacramento State 0-0, Utah 0-0. Series Record: Utah leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Shooting for their first 3-0 start since the 1999-2000 campaign, the Sacramento State Hornets venture to Salt Lake City where they will contend with the Utah Runnin' Utes at the Huntsman Center.
Now in his fifth season with the program, Brian Katz has gotten the Hornets off to a fast start with some large victories. First the team knocked off UC Merced in the opener a week ago, 96-62, and then bounced CSU Bakersfield two days ago, 85-67, with both triumphs coming at home.
As for the Runnin' Utes, under the direction of head coach Larry Krystkowiak, they too had an easy time of it in their first game of the 2012-13 campaign as they crushed visiting Willamette last week in a 104-47 decision.
Utah won the only previous meeting between the squads with a 74-45 thrashing of the Hornets back in 1992, although the Utes don't recognize that meeting.
Bakersfield was able to put up a brief two-point lead a couple minutes into the meeting with Sacramento State, but it wasn't long before the Hornets assumed control and ran off with the 18-point win at home in The Nest. Four players scored in double figures for the hosts, paced by Mikh McKinney who tied for the game-high with 23 points, adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Dylan Garrity produced another 21 points as he made good on 11- of-12 at the free-throw line, adding seven of the team's 11 assists to his stat line. John Dickson and Jackson Carbajal checked in with 15 and 10 points, respectively, although the latter shot just 3-of-12 from the floor. The biggest advantage for the Hornets came at the free-throw line where they held a 29-3 margin. Through two games, McKinney is the top scorer with 18.0 ppg, contributing a big part to the team's 26 ppg edge over the competition in the early going.
Utah scored the first points of the game against Willamette, a tiny Division III program from Oregon, and never looked back on the way to the 57-point blowout victory. The Utes had six players score in double figures, led by Jordan Loveridge who recorded a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Posting a double-double of his own off the bench was Dallin Bachynski as he accounted for 11 points and 10 boards in just 18 minutes of action. Justin Seymour dropped in 16 points, Jason Washburn 12 and eight boards, offsetting his six turnovers, while Glen Dean tacked on 10 points for a squad that survived 19 turnovers and 22-of-32 shooting at the free-throw line by knocking down an impressive 62.7 percent from the floor and 8-of-18 behind the three-point line. It also didn't hurt that the Utes delivered a 55-29 advantage on the glass.
The Hornets have been tossed a couple of soft balls to start off the season, particularly when playing at home. The same goes for the Utes, which means Utah should have the advantage in this meeting.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Utah 71, Sacramento State 64
11/16 10:32:05 ET