The Utes started the 2015-16 season with a win over Cal State Monterey Bay Thursday night, by a score of 124 to 70 in an exhibition game. As it always goes with match ups like these, the bigger, faster, stronger Utes just rolled over the Otters, but identified some areas they need to be cleaned up as they move into the regular season. The Utes
As you'd expect for an opener, especially against an opponent such as CSUMB, the Utes were sloppy during stretches of the game, including plenty of missed paint opportunities and free throws. The Utes opened the game cold from beyond the arc, by starting 3-of-11 from downtown, but eventually got things rolling, especially in the later part of the 1st half and to open the 2nd.
Defensively, the Utes had some issues keeping their guys out of the paint. Multiple times CSUMB would dribble-drive into the paint for an opportunity to score, but fortunately for the Utes, their size helped negate any threat, which they won't have the decided size advantage as they move into the season and Pac-12 play. It's going to be interesting how Utah replaces their best on-ball defender, Delon Wright. With Jacob Poeltl back there, he will be a big deterrent, but they can't allow players to just waltz to the basket and get Poeltl into foul trouble. Of course, it wasn't that bad, but there is some opportunity to clean that up.
Offensively, the Utes showcased (as much as you can in a game like this) some of their new
Next up for the Utes, they open the regular season against Southern Utah next Friday at the Huntsman Center.