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Utah basketball: Even beat up, Chris Hines is Utes’ most important player
Utah hoops » Hines battles injuries, speech impediment to become a team leader.

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At a glance

The Chris Hines file

Age » 22

Hometown » Houston

Position » Guard

Points per game » 8.9

Memorable moment » On Feb. 16, 2011, Hines banked in a 25-foot 3-pointer to beat New Mexico in The Pit. Utah hasn’t won on the road since.

Utah at Arizona State

At Wells Fargo Arena (Tempe, Ariz.)

Tipoff » Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

TV » None

Radio » 700 AM

Records » Utah 5-18 (2-9); ASU 7-16 (3-8)

Series » Utah, 26-18

Last meeting » Utah, 64-43 (Jan. 21)

About the Utes » Utah has lost four straight games since beating the Sun Devils at home Jan. 21. Cedric Martin led the Utes with 17 points in that game. … Center Jason Washburn leads the Utes with 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The junior had a career-high eight blocks Saturday against Oregon State. … The Utes’ 18 losses have been by an average of 14.7 points.

About the Sun Devils » ASU is 1-5 in games without guard Trent Lockett, who is expected to return Thursday from an ankle injury. Lockett leads the team with 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. … Forward Carrick Felix scored 20 points Saturday in a win over Washington State.

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