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Men's College Basketball
Idaho State at Utah
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, November 27, 2015
Where: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

After winning two of three games in the competitive Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Utah returns home to host Idaho State on Friday night at the Huntsmen Center. The Utes, led by Pac-12 Player of the Week Jakob Poeltl, knocked off Temple 74-68 on Sunday in the third-place game after earlier defeating Texas Tech (73-63) and losing to Miami (90-66) in the semifinals.

Poeltl, a skilled 7-foot sophomore center who played well against Duke's Jahlil Okafor in the NCAA Tournament and is regarded as a likely NBA lottery pick, had a career-high 32 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Temple. Poeltl's coach, former NBA star Larry Krystkowiak, believes his big man, who averaged 9.1 points and 6.8 rebounds while garnering Pac-12 all-Freshman Team honors a year ago, will be even better as a sophomore. "He's playing a lot stronger," Krystkowiak told the Salt Lake Tribune. "Now he's putting people in a bad way. Do they double-team him if he's playing slow and stronger? He's going to garner some more opportunities to get there."

TV: 9 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network

ABOUT IDAHO STATE (2-2): The Bengals, picked to finish 12th in the Big Sky Conference by both coaches and media after a 7-23 season, come into this one off a 79-69 loss at Denver on Wednesday night. The host Pioneers shot 60.5 percent from the floor, including 8-of-17 from 3-point range. Three Bengals are averaging in double figures: sophomore guard Ali Faruq-Bey (18.5), who has connected on 16-of-37 3-pointers; junior guard Ethan Telfair (16); and sophomore guard Geno Luzcando (10).

ABOUT UTAH (4-1): Poeltl is averaging nearly a double-double so far, scoring at a 20.8 ppg clip while averaging 9.8 rebounds. Senior forward Jordan Loveridge is second on the team in scoring (17.8) while junior guard Lorenzo Bonam (10.2) also is averaging in double figures. Kyle Kuzma, a 6-9 sophomore forward who averaged just 3.3 points off the bench last season, also is off to a good start, averaging 8.2 points and six rebounds.


1. Poeltl, who shot just 44.4 percent from the free throw line last season, was 12-of-14 at the line against Temple, including 4-of-4 in the final 4.6 seconds to seal the victory.

2. Loveridge has connected on 19-of-41 3-point attempts.

3. Utah has won 22 straight home games against nonconference opponents dating back to a 76-71 loss to CSUN on Dec. 21, 2012.

PREDICTION: Utah 84, Idaho State 66
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Idaho State 2-2 L2 2-0 0-2 0-0 0-1 2-1 0-0
Utah 4-1 W1 2-0 0-0 2-1 1-0 3-1 0-0
Last Meeting
Idaho State Utah
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/10/13 IDST 66 UTAH 74 66 27 42.9 74 28 58.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Idaho State T. Sanchez 19 70.0 2
Utah J. Loveridge 27 71.4 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Idaho State A. Hatchett 8 2 6
Utah J. Loveridge 7 1 6
Assists Player  
Idaho State T. Sanchez 5
Utah B. Taylor 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Idaho State A. Faruq-Bey 74 44.6 8
Utah J. Poeltl 104 68.6 34
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Idaho State N. Topalovic 20 13 7
Utah J. Poeltl 49 18 31
Assists Player  
Idaho State E. Telfair 21
Utah B. Taylor 15
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Idaho State Off vs  red bar Utah Defense
blue bar 68.0 Points For
red bar 73.6 Points Against
blue bar 38.3 FG%
red bar 44.4 FG%
blue bar 28.5 Reb
red bar 30.4 Reb
red bar Utah Off vs  blue bar Idaho State Defense
red bar 75.2 Points For
blue bar 82.0 Points Against
red bar 43.2 FG%
blue bar 53.1 FG%
red bar 30.4 Reb
blue bar 37.0 Reb