Utah Men’s Basketball Visits USC Thursday

first_img Written by Brad James Tags: USC basketball/Utah basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES-Thursday, Utah men’s basketball (12-7, 3-4 in Pac-12 play) visits USC (16-4, 5-2 in Pac-12) as the Utes commence a 2-game road trip at Los Angeles.In his ninth season as the Utes’ head coach, Larry Krystkowiak (167-118, .586 at Utah; 209-138, .602 as a collegiate head coach) led Utah to consecutive wins against Washington and Washington State last week.Presently, however, Utah is ninth in the Pac-12 with the Trojans checking in at third prior to Thursday’s tilt at the Galen Center.The Utes score 75.4 points per game as Utah ranks 87th nationally in scoring offense.Sophomore forward Timmy Allen leads the Utes in both scoring (19 points per game) and rebounding (7.6 boards per game).Freshman guard Rylan Jones (11.1 points per game, team-bests in assists [89] and steals [22]) and sophomore guard Both Gach (10.6 points per game) also score in double figures on-average for the Utes.Freshman center Branden Carlson leads Utah with 18 blocked shots on the season.The Utes score 71.9 points per game, ranking them 245th nationally in scoring defense.The Trojans are coached by Andy Enfield (126-97, .565 at USC; 167-125, .572 as a collegiate head coach) who is in his seventh season leading the program.USC scores 73.9 points per game, ranking the Trojans 115th nationally in scoring offense.Freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu leads USC in scoring (17.3 points per game), rebounding (8.9 boards per game) and blocked shots (59).Okongwu is tied for seventh nationally in blocked shots with DePaul forward Paul Reed and McNeese forward Sha’Markus Kennedy. Okongwu and Kennedy are tied for 6th nationally in blocked shots with 3.11 swats per game.Senior guard Jonah Mathews (13 points per game) and senior forward Nick Rakocevic (11 points per game, a team-best 28 steals) also score in double figures on-average for the Trojans.Freshman guard Ethan Anderson leads USC in assists with 97 on the season.The Trojans surrender 67.4 points per game as USC ranks 130th nationally in scoring defense.The Utes lead USC 24-19 all-time and 10-8 at Los Angeles. January 28, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball Visits USC Thursdaylast_img read more