Utah completed overwhelmed Arizona State down in the desert, running away to a 76-59 victory that wasn't as close as the final score would indicate. Arizona State is pretty bad, and maybe the worst team in the conference, but that shouldn't take anything away from a Utah team that dominated them on both ends. Utah continues to be highly efficient offensively while locking teams down defensively, especially in the first half. Another balanced effort that gave the starters plenty of rest in anticipation of Saturday's game of the year in the conference.
What We Liked
-Downtown Dynamos. The Utes were money from behind the three point line going 9 of 17 (52.9%).
-Free Throw Legends. Utah made their first 12 shots from the foul line and finished 23 for 30, including 12 out of 12 for Delon Wright.
-Defense. It's becoming a theme, but Utah just keeps shutting down opponents, especially in the first half. Arizona State was held to 39.3% from the field.
-MOARCHAPMAN. The freshman went 3 for 3 from the field, 1 for 1 from deep, and finished with 7 points in 13 minutes. It seemed like he was out there much longer than that based on how the local product impacted the game.
-Poeltl's spin move and dunk. NBA move and finish. How good can this guy be?
What We Didn't Like
-Second Chances. Too many offensive rebounds for Arizona State with 13 led to m,ore opportunites. The Devils actually attempted 15 more field goals than Utah.
-Loveridge on 2s. He's making his threes as the junior went 3 for 5 last night, but the 2 point field goal attempts are few and far between, and not dropping. In his last 3 games, Loveridge has attempted only 8 2-point shots and made only 1. Is it making him one-dimensional?
The matchup is here. Two top 10 teams at the McKale center as Utah and Arizona battle it out. This figures to be Utah's most difficult game of the season as the Wildcats are the defending regular season conference champs and were many people's picks to cut down the nets in early April. Win this one, and Utah basketball will vault into the top 5 or 6 and position themselves nicely for a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Yes, you read that right. A team that won 6 games just three years ago is in a position to be a top seed in the tournament. Want that? Beat Arizona on the road.
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