"They have a sound basketball team," Smith said, "they are well coached. They have a couple of prime time players in (center Andrew) Bogut, who is about the best there is, and (point guard) Marc Jackson. They are also deep and have a lot of players coming off the bench that can contribute. Bogut has a big understanding of the game. He can obviously score, but also you won't find many guys that can pass the ball the way he does. They get the ball to him and pretty much run the offense through him."
Smith noted that the team makes up for a perceived lack of athleticism by playing smart, disciplined basketball.
"They are not going to push the ball up the court every time," Smith added, "they go inside then kick it back out for the shot a lot. Their offense is predicated on their ability to take advantage of whatever the defense gives them, and they are quite good at it."
"We are going to have to make Bogut play," Smith said, "we like to attack the basket. Bogut is a great shot blocker. We are going to have to play harder and smarter and execute well."
Though Smith acknowledged that Bogut was perhaps the best college basketball player in America, he cautioned that the Utes had other weapons at their disposal and that simply shutting down the big man might not be enough.
"But they aren't just a one man team," Smith cautioned. "There guards are mobile, they shoot well and they are experienced. Jackson can really shoot it from the outside. Because of what they have been able to accomplish this year, they will approach this game with confidence. They are very balanced."
Of the Cats, Tubby said they team is feeling good and ready, "We have had individual workouts this morning and I thought they were looking good."
"One thing we will have to do is eliminate those droughts, those lapses of time where we don't score. And at the same time we are going to have to have a level of concentration, find their weaknesses and take advantage of them. But first we have to find some. That is a big concern."