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College hoops: state of the state

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 31 2012 11:53 p.m. MST

Men

BYU 18-6 (6-3)

VS. GONZAGA (17-3, 7-1)

Thursday, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AT PORTLAND (5-17, 2-7)

Saturday, 8 p.m. (BYUtv)

Rating percentage index: 48 (moved up 8 spots)

This week: The Cougars have another big nationally televised game at the Marriott Center.

Player to watch: Junior forward Elias Harris — a native of Germany — is the 'Zags top scorer and rebounder.

UTAH (5-16, 2-7)

VS. OREGON (15-6, 6-3)

Thursday, 7 p.m.

VS. OREGON STATE (14-7, 4-5)

Saturday, 3 p.m.

Rating percentage index: 270 (slipped 16 spots)

This week: The Utes, who are 0-10 on the road, face two tough teams from the Beaver State.

Player to watch: Kyle Singler's brother E.J. is one of the Ducks' top players, averaging 13 points and 5 rebounds.

UTAH STATE 12-10 (4-3)

AT NEVADA (18-3, 7-0)

Thursday, 8 p.m.

AT FRESNO STATE (9-14, 1-6)

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Rating percentage index: 143 (moved up 12 spots)

This week: The Wolf Pack are on a 15-game winning streak — including a 78-71 victory in Logan on Jan. 7.

Player to watch: Sophomore guard Deonte Burton averages 15 points per game, but scored 25 in win vs. USU.

WEBER STATE (16-4, 8-1)

VS. PORTLAND ST. (10-11, 4-5)

Thursday, 7 p.m.

VS. N. COLORADO (6-13, 3-5)

Saturday, 5 p.m. (Altitude)

Rating percentage index: 90 (slipped 8 spots)

This week: The Wildcats look to bounce back from their only Big Sky loss. Saturday's game will be televised.

Player to watch: Only sophomore guard Paul Garnica is averaging double-digit points (10.2) for Northern Colorado.

SOUTHERN UTAH (12-10, 7-5)

AT NORTH DAKOTA ST. (14-7, 7-4)

Thursday, 6 p.m.

AT SOUTH DAKOTA ST. (17-6, 9-2)

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Rating percentage index: 241 (moved up 7 spots)

This week: Sitting in fourth place in the Summit League, the T-birds face the second- and third-place teams.

Player to watch: Sophomore guard Taylor Braun torched SUU for 29 points in the teams' first meeting this season.

UTAH VALLEY (13-10, 3-0)

AT TEXAS-PAN AM. (7-16, 2-1)

Thursday, 6 p.m.

AT HOUSTON BAPTIST (6-14, 0-3)

Saturday, 6 p.m.

Rating percentage index: 254 (moved up 3 spots)

This week: The Great West-leading Wolverines can go perfect in the first half of the conference season with two wins.

Player to watch: UVU will have to keep an eye on Brandon Provost, who is shooting 47 percent from 3-point land.

Women

BYU (20-3, 8-1)

AT PEPPERDINE (10-10, 5-4)

Thursday, 8 p.m.

VS. SAINT MARY'S (16-7, 7-3)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

Note: The Cougars moved up one spot in the AP poll after winning for the 19th time in their last 20 games.

UTAH (10-10, 3-6)

AT OREGON (11-10, 3-6)

Thursday, 8 p.m.

AT OREGON STATE (13-7, 4-5)

Saturday, 3 p.m.

Note: Utah head coach Anthony Levrets was born in Eugene, Ore., and raised in Bandon, Ore.

UTAH STATE (13-6, 4-1)

AT SAN JOSE STATE (8-12, 3-2)

Thursday, 8 p.m.

AT HAWAII (8-12, 3-2)

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Note: This week is a key road trip for the Aggies, who are in second place in the WAC standings.

WEBER STATE (2-19, 0-8)

AT PORTLAND STATE (11-9, 3-5)

Thursday, 8 p.m.

AT N. COLORADO (12-9, 4-4)

Saturday 2 p.m.

Note: The Wildcats stormed back from a 18-point halftime deficit to nearly beat Big Sky-leading Idaho State.

SOUTHERN UTAH (5-17, 1-10)

VS. IUPUI (9-13, 4-6)

Saturday, 5 p.m.

VS. WESTERN ILLINOIS (7-13, 4-6)

Monday, 7 p.m.

Note: Tayler Anderson leads the Thunderbirds in assists (52) and steals (21).

UTAH VALLEY (10-10, 2-1)

VS. TEXAS-PAN AM. (9-12, 2-1)

Thursday, 7 p.m.

VS. HOUSTON BAPTIST (0-3, 1-18)

Saturday, 3 p.m.

Note: The Wolverines are in a three-way tie for the conference lead. HB has the 3rd-worst record in Division I.

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