Game Matchups and Preview: Utah vs Washington

An inconsistent Washington team comes to Salt Lake City

Delon Wright and Brandon Taylor are coming off arguably their best game as a duo together. Taylor has played better and better with each Pac 12 game while Wright has held strong in his claim as the best player in the conference. If Taylor keeps shooting the 3 like he has so far in conference play, teams are going to have a tough time knocking off the Utes.

Nigel Williams-Goss will be playing at the next level following this, his sophomore season. He's a tremendous athlete who does a bit of everything with 14.7 point, 6.3 assists, 5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals, Williams Goss makes it all gor the Huskies. Think Russell Westbrook. Andrew Andrews is second on the tam in scoring with 12.4 points per game. He's coming off of a game winner against Colorado on Thursday and should be brimming with confidence. Senior Mike Anderson is a glue-guy that averages 7.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Advantage: Even

Jordan Loveridge and Chris Reyes will get the nod. The attacking Loveridge we saw on Wednesday can really open things up for both himself and his teammates. Reyes will have a tough defensive matchup....again.

Shawn Kemp Jr. is a hulking man. At 6-9, 255 pounds, he's a load inside. The son of the former NBA all-star, Kemp averages 10.2 points, and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Advantage: Utah

Utah is going to need Poeltl against Washington, even if he's somewhat limited. The freshman center is back practicing, but his status for Sunday is still up in the air. They'll need his 9 points, 8 boards, and interior presence against Washington and their big man.

That big man is Robert Upshaw. The 7 foot junior averages 10.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and a national leading 4.4 blocks per game and alters a lot more than that. Whoever ends up controlling the paint in this matchup could determine the winner of the game. Advantage: Washington

The center depth looks really good, especially if Poeltl is back. Both Bachynski and Olsen have shown flashes that they can step in and me more than effective in Poeltl's place. Throw in Dakari Tucker and an ever-improving Brekkott Chapman, and Utah is deep.

Washington played one guy off of the bench on Thursday against Colorado. ONE!!! Donovan Dorsey was that guy ad he averages 4.2 points per game from the forward spot. Darin Johnson should return on Sunday though to give the Huskies a bit more depth.
Advantage: Utah

The Breakdown
The Huskies have rebounded from an early Pac 12 slump by winning three straight, including a buzzer beater victory on Thursday at Colorado. They've got NBA guys both inside and outside and plenty of athletes (something that has given Utah trouble). Some 3 point shooting and Upshaw makings things difficult inside for the Utes will make it close, but the home crowd and Delon Wright should be able to push the Utes to a narrow victory.

The Pick
Utah 66 Washington 60

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