Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
|Vandals face Pioneers|
Game 23: Idaho (9-13, 5-7) at Denver (15-8, 9-2)
When: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2013 (3 p.m. PT)
Where: Denver, Colo. (Magness Arena)
Radio: Vandal Radio Network/VandalXtra
Television: ROOT Sports [Marc Stout/Greg Lackey]
Online Video: None
Live Stats: www.GoVandals.com
A Look at Denver
Denver is 15-8 overall and 9-2 in WAC play entering Saturday’s game. DU is an efficient team that averages 63.9 points on 47.3 percent shooting and has assisted 69.4 percent of its made field goals. The Pioneers limit opponents to 55.2 points per game on .427 shooting. Denver has made 99 more 3-pointers than its opponents this season (178-79) and hits its long-range shots at a 36.4-percent clip. Five players on the DU roster have dished up at least 40 assists this season and five have grabbed at least 25 steals, too. The Pioneers are 9-2 at home this season and 5-0 at home in WAC play. After starting the season with a 3-6 record, DU has won 12 of its last 14 games. The Pioneers are averaging 8.3 made 3-pointers in WAC play, while giving up just 3.4 per game to opponents. They enter the game with a -4.7 rebounding margin in WAC play.
Denver Head Coach Joe Scott
Joe Scott is in his sixth season at Denver and his 13th season as a collegiate head coach. He holds a 95-82 coaching record with the Pioneers and a 184-190 career tally between his positions at Denver, Princeton (38-45) and Air Force (51-63). Last season, he led the Pioneers to a school-record 22 wins and a second-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference. His coaching career also includes an eight-year stint as an assistant at Princeton and one year at Monmouth.
For the second time this season, Idaho played New Mexico State in a single-possession game and for the second time, the Vandals took a loss in gut-wrenching fashion. Idaho tied the game on a Connor Hill 3-pointer with one minute to play and got a stop on the other end with a chance for the game’s final shot, but turned it over instead and surrendered a pair of free throws with 14 seconds to play in a 76-74 loss. Kyle Barone led Idaho with 26 points, while Connor hill scored a career-high 21 in the game.
Vandals vs. Pioneers
Idaho and Denver have played just three times in series history. Their Jan. 10 meeting, a 55-49 Pioneer win, was the first between the two schools since the 1966-67 season. DU holds a 3-0 series edge. Idaho’s first visit to Denver resulted in a 93-77 loss on Dec. 3, 1966.
The Most Versatile Big Man
Senior center Kyle Barone become the most balanced post player all-time at Idaho on Jan. 26 against UTSA. With 1,286 points, 789 rebounds, 127 assists and 114 blocks, Barone is the first Vandal player to reach at least 1,000 career points, 750 career rebounds, 100 career assists and 100 career blocks. He is just the fifth active NCAA Division I player to reach that standard this season.
Early Perimeter Contributor
Guard Connor Hill set an Idaho freshman record with 47 made 3-pointers last season. He’s shown no signs of slowing in his second year with the Vandals. His 62 made 3-pointers this season are already the most in school history by a sophomore. The previous sophomore standard was held by Vandal legend Orlando Lightfoot, who canned 60 in 1992-92, his first season as a Vandal. Hill already has 109 career 3-pointers, which ranks 10th in school history.
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