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Basketball continues to struggle in Australia

After winning its opening game in Australia, Utah basketball has now lost two straight. Saturday it was an embarrassing 103-78 loss to Perth, the team they had beaten the day before, and today the Utes have lost to the Australian Institute of Sport 76-87.

I'm not going to read too much into this, as I'm sure the team will continue adjusting to Boylen and it doesn't help they've played three games in four days after traveling nearly across the entire continent of Australia.

Utah's biggest problem in both games has been their inability to not turn the ball over. That is a bit concering, because we saw the exact same thing last year. However, these games aren't about winning, they're about adjusting, seeing who can do what and what the team needs to work on. I have faith that Boylen will fix the problem by the start of the season.

This is what Boylen had to say about the game:

"We got off to a sluggish start. We were a step slow defensively and our communication was poor. Offensively, we did not finish plays in the paint (16 of 42) with Kim, Luke and Shaun going 10-for-29 from the field. A continued bright spot from the trip has been that our offensive rebounding (19 tonight) and total team rebounding have been consistent."

Utah will play the West Sydney Razorbacks Tuesday, their fourth game in five days. West Sydney, like Perth, is a member of the NBL. Junior Lawrence Borha was Utah's leading scorer with 17 points. He also pulled down 5 boards.