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March to March: Game #1

Utah's postseason chances are slipping away rather quickly, however, a strong finish could revive hopes of at least the NIT -- which would be a monumental step in the right direction. For Utah to do that, though, tonight's game is pretty much a must-win. A must-win because they face an opponent who -- like Utah -- has struggled at times this season. TCU, though better than the past two years, still is a game the Utes should easily win. The fact that it is on the road does offer some challenges, but Utah is the better team, has the match-up advantage and there is no excuse for losing this game.

Here's a quick look at the Frogs:

Player YR P GP GS FG% 3FG% FT% MIN PTS REBS AST TO STL BLK
K. Langford Jr F 25 25 41.9 23.1 73.4 29.6 13.5 5.0 1.3 2.6 0.9 0.5
B. Hackett Sr G 25 25 36.0 27.7 79.7 25.8 11.4 1.3 1.6 1.4 1.4 0.0
H. Salter Jr G 24 24 44.0 47.7 56.4 25.3 13.3 5.0 0.6 1.4 0.7 0.1
J. Ebie So G 25 10 40.8 26.7 64.3 20.7 4.8 2.4 3.0 1.8 2.0 0.0
A. Parker Sr F 25 14 54.6 0.0 40.7 19.2 5.2 4.7 0.8 1.0 0.5 1.0
J. Ortiz Jr F 24 11 36.4 10.0 56.9 19.6 5.3 5.1 0.3 1.5 1.0 0.3
N. Owens Sr G 25 0 39.6 28.6 55.0 14.6 2.3 3.0 1.3 1.2 0.7 0.1
M. Scott Fr G 25 15 40.5 33.3 78.6 13.2 3.6 1.1 2.5 1.5 1.0 0.0
K. Mitchem So G 24 1 41.3 38.3 62.5 12.5 4.3 1.0 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.0

And a small comparison:

Stat Utah Texas Christian Utah Texas Christian
Total Games 25 25 12 12
Wins 15 13 6 5
Losses 10 12 6 7
Pct 0.6 0.52 0.5 0.417
Field Goals Made 613 602 270 257
Field Goals Attempted 1268 1476 596 651
Field Goal Percentage 0.483 0.408 0.453 0.395
Free Throws Made 298 348 166 161
Free Throws Attempted 396 521 220 213
Free Throw Percentage 0.753 0.668 0.755 0.756
3pt Field Goals Made 190 185 82 79
3pt Field Goals Attempted 471 534 219 231
3pt Field Goal Percentage 0.403 0.346 0.374 0.342
Points 1714 1737 788 754
Points Per Game 68.6 69.5 65.7 62.8
Rebounds 839 994 423 417
Rebounds Per Game 33.6 39.8 35.3 34.8
Offensive Rebounds 185 319 87 137
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 7.4 12.8 7.3 11.4
Defensive Rebounds 608 583 313 251
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 24.3 23.3 26.1 20.9
Assists 372 334 161 133
Assists Per Game 14.9 13.4 13.4 11.1
Steals 156 246 60 104
Steals Per Game 6.2 9.8 5.0 8.7
Turnovers 328 369 147 186
Turnovers Per Game 13.1 14.8 12.3 15.5
Blocks 89 63 43 22
Blocks Per Game 3.6 2.5 3.6 1.8
Fouls 469 478 235 217
Fouls Per Game 18.8 19.1 19.6 18.1
Disqualifications 11 4 6 1

On paper, Utah should have no trouble, but we know how they struggle on the road. Hopefully, though, they can overcome their road woes and pull out a victory.