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Kyle Collinsworth is also more of a hybrid/guard forward and could give both Onwas and Tucker problems. The sophomore averages around 13 points per game, is second on the team with just over eight rebounds per game and has 14 steals so far this season. Collinsworth has been the second-best facilitator on the team behind Carlino with 57 assists and will open up opportunities for the guys around him, especially if he can overwhelm Onwas.
This is the most exciting match up in this game, pitting Loveridge against Mika. After his freshman growing pains, Loveridge has emerged as an offensive force and a perfect compliment to Wright, dominating down low and crashing the boards. He averages 17 points per game and leads the team with about 10 boards per game. He’s powerful enough to drive to the basket at the power forward spot, but athletic enough to be a headache at the small forward spot for the Cougars. Utah’s potential in this game will hinge on his ability to start fast, produce in the paint and score at least 25 points.
Mika came from Lone Peak High School with a ton of hype and has lived up to the billing so far. He’s averaging 14 points and six rebounds per game, playing well off both Carlino and Haws. He has the tendency to go through slumps and stretches of frustration, like any young player, but the Cougars will need him at his best to outshine Loveridge. It shouldn’t be a problem with his athleticism and size advantage over the Utah phenom.
Although Loveridge gets most of the attention, Renan Lenz has been a consistent and underrated asset for the Utes this season. The senior is the seasoned leader of the Utah squad averaging about 10 points per game with four rebounds. His greatest impact has been defensively, with an astounding 20 blocks so far this season. Dallin Bachynski is a great alternative with Lenz needs a breather and provides great height and length off the bench, averaging five points and five rebounds per game.
Nate Austin will most likely be matched up with Lenz and Bachynski on Saturday and has been solid all-around for the Cougars this season. He averages about five points and nine rebounds per game, doing the dirty work so Mika is free to make plays. The Cougars will need Austin to win one-on-one match ups with both Lenz and Bachynski in the paint, boxing them out for valuable boards.
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