When: Today, 11 a.m.
Records: UC Irvine (2-4); Utah (3-2)
Breakdown: The Anteaters, on a three-game losing streak, have never beaten the Utes in seven previous meetings, the latest a 38-point drubbing in 1997 ... UCI is led by 6-foot-8 senior forward Patrick Sanders (12.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game), while senior Darren Fells (9.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg) is slated to make his first start of the season ... Utah, under first-year coach and former Michigan State assistant Jim Boylen, is led by 7-1 center Luke Nevill (14.0 ppg and 6.8 rpg) and senior guard Johnnie Bryant (13.8 ppg) ... UCI senior guard Chuma Awaji (9.8 ppg) leads the Big West Conference in free-throw percentage (16 of 18 for 88.9%) ... The ’Eaters average 13.8 turnovers to their opponents’ 18; UCI is third in the conference in scoring defense (67 per game) and steals (8.7 per contest).
— Barry Faulkner