Arizona State men’s basketball on the road against Utah

Arizona State (11-16, 7-10) at Utah (11-17, 4-14)

When: 8 p.m., Saturday, February 26, Huntsmen Center, Salt Lake City.

TV: ESPNU. Radio: 98.7 FM (KMVP-FM)

The last time they played: The teams played Jan. 17 in Tempe with ASU winning 64-62, and Kimani Lawrence scoring a team-high 18 points. The last meeting between the teams in Salt Lake City came late last season with Utah winning 98-59.

About Sun Devils: ASU is playing the third of a three-game series in six days in three different states. He’s coming off a convincing 82-65 win over Colorado that snapped a six-game losing streak against the Buffs that stretched back three seasons. The offense has made great progress over the past three weeks. The 82 points scored were tied for the second-most ASU has scored in a game this season. The only game he scored more came against UCLA when he had 87, but that required triple overtime. Senior guard Marreon Jackson (10.2 points per game) is averaging 15.4 points over the last eight games. He had 17 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists in Thursday’s win. Junior forward Jalen Graham (9.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg) is averaging 13.6 over the last 14 after hitting double figures only twice in the first 11 games. Lawrence (10.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg) will become the program’s all-time leader in games played with his appearance against the Utes making his 133rd in a Sun Devil uniform.

About the Utes: Like ASU, Utah has had a lot of turnover this season and the program is in transition with Craig Smith, formerly at Utah State, completing his first season at the helm. He lost 75.9% of his score from last season between gate departures and those who graduated. Utah is coming off a 97-77 loss to No. 2 Arizona on Thursday. Junior center Branden Carlson (13.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg) is the team’s leading scorer. He missed seven games, including the game at ASU, after undergoing an appendectomy. Senior center Dusan Mahorcic (5.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg), who scored 12 points and eight rebounds against ASU in the previous meeting, was suspended indefinitely from the team Jan. 29 for “violating the rules of the team”. The team may be well below .500, but the Utes are 7-7 at home. The Utes are 3-5 in games decided by five runs or less.

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