This Week in Hoops

Mountain West conference play begins next week. Before that there is just one week left of the non-conference play.

Last Week:

The Utes went 1-2 at the San Juan Shootout.

Central Florida 67, Utah 61

The Utes trailed by 13 at the half, but battled back and cut the lead to just two in the final minutes but could get no closer.

Luke Nevill scored 20 points, while Johnnie Bryant added 15. Josh Peppers scored 26 gor Central Florida.

Utah 94, Virginia 70

The Utes rebounded from the close loss to Central Florida to route a good Virginia team.

Luke Nevill and Johnnie Bryant each scored 26 points. Nevill was 10-for-12 from the field and added 11 rebounds, Utah shot 62.3 percent from the field and held Virginia to 41.7 percent.

Northwestern 77, Utah 44

The Utes suffered their worst loss of the season against the Wildcats. Northwestern shot 69 percent from the field and held the Utes to 40.9 percent. The Utes committed 16 turnovers, 13 coming via Northwestern steals. Shaun Green shot 6-for-9 from the field to finish with 14 points for Utah (5-7). This Week:

Utah plays 6-4 Albany. The Great Danes have won four straight after losing four in a row. Their best opponent was UConn who beat them by 30. Their best win is the season opener when they downed Bucknell.

Around the Mountain West:

Air Force 11-1
Marquee Wins: at Stanford, Texas Tech, Wake Forest
Bad Losses: None
Last Week: Their game against Northern Colorado was postponed because of the terrible storm that hit Colorado.
This Week: at George Washington (12/28)

BYU 7-4
Marquee Wins: None
Bad Losses: at Lamar
Last Week: Crushed Western Oregon 102-40.
This Week: The Cougars get Liberty, Oral Roberts and Seton Hall in consecutive days.

Colorado State 8-2
Marquee Wins: at Colorado, Kansas State
Bad Losses: None
Last Week: Their game against Boise State was postponed due to weather.
This Week:The Rams host Alabama State (12/29).

New Mexico 9-3
Marquee Wins: Colorado, Kansas State, Wichita State
Bad Losses: UTEP
Last Week: The Lobos beat Charleston Southern and No. 8 Wichita State but lost to Kansas State.
This Week: Host Alcorn State (12/28) and play at Texas Tech (1/1)

San Diego State 10-3
Marquee Wins: Cal
Bad Losses: at Western Michigan
Last Week: Lost at Washington State
This Week: Host Lafayette (12/30)

Texas Christian 8-4
Marquee Wins: None
Bad Losses: at Saint Mary's
Last Week: Lost to SMU but beat Texas-San Antonio on Wednesday.
This Week: at Colorado (12/30).

UNLV 11-2
Marquee Wins: Nevada, South Florida
Bad Losses: UC Santa Barbara
Last Week: Bear Norfolk State, South Florida and Minnesota
This Week: at Texas Tech (12/28), at Houston (12/30)

Wyoming 9-5
< B>Marquee Wins: Colorado
Bad Losses: None
Last Week: Lost at Nebraska, at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and home against Charlotte. Beat San Francisco.
This Week: No games left this week.


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