Giacoletti had used a passing offense from the high post position with success against the Sooners as a coach at Eastern Washington, and he used that experience to get Utah into the sweet sixteen for the first time since 1998. But it came at the statistical expense of Bogut, the Utes' leading scorer.
"I even said something to him, walking off the floor at halftime," Giacoletti said. "I said, 'I know we didn't get you a whole lot of touches. We're going to get you touches.'"
Giacoletti knows that, in order to beat Kentucky, he is going to have to fully engage the services of Bogut, whom many experts believe could be the number one player selected in the NBA draft.
"Kentucky has so many weapons," Giacoletti said, "Bogut is going to have to figure prominently into our game plan. We are going to have to get him a lot of touches and put him in the position of making good decisions with the basketball."
And making good decisions is exactly what Bogut usually does. The 6-foot-10, 233 lb. sophomore from Melbourne, Australia is averaging 20.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game to lead the Utes in both categories. He also leads the team in field goal accuracy at nearly 63%.
And if those statistics are not enough to make opponents quake in their boots, you can add another weapon to Bogut's arsenal, a three point shooting threat. Through February, Bogut had made a total of 3 three pointers. But in Utah's last 5 games, Bogut has knocked down 5 three pointers in ten attempts.
"It's a bonus," Giacoletti said, "when a guy like that can step out and knock one down when needed."