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Utah Basketball: Runnin' Utes Steam Roll Delaware State

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Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

After winning a big game over Duke in New York City at Madison Square Garden, it's hard to follow up something like that. The team that was the follow up to the NYC trip was Delaware State, who came into Tuesday night's game with the Utes with an 0-11 record on the season. So a pretty lite challenge for the Utes considering they just basically played a road game against the defending national champions.

While the opponent wasn't good... at all, the Utes took care of business by a tune of 105-58. The Utes were led by Kyle Kuzma's 15 points, while Jordan Loveridge had 14, Lorenzo Bonam and Chris Reyes pitched in 12. Big man Jakob Poeltl didn't have his high scoring average, but still had 6 points, 5 assists and 7 rebounds. The game was over early, and Utah rolled over the Hornets, who came into the game with the 350th rated defense in the country. For context, there are 351 teams in Division 1 basketball. Utah shot 61% on the night, and 52% from beyond the arc. The Utes, who have been struggling with turnovers, turned over the ball 9 times.

Utah on defense held Delaware State to 32% from the field, and 40% from the three point stripe. It was clear the Hornets were overmatched from tip, but it was nice to see Utah get some good run from a lot of players. A game like this allows players to get some confidence and to get some game experience. It was really nice to see a player like Dakari Tucker hitting some jump shots, as he finished the game with 8 points on 3 of 5 shooting. Players like Tucker are going to need to contribute come Pac-12 play.

Utah is now 10-2 on the season, and 7-0 at the Huntsman Center. The Utes play again on the 28th against the College of Idaho. That's the last out of conference game for the Utes, as they turn to Pac-12 competition beginning on New Years Day in the Bay Area at Stanford, followed by a visit to Cal on January 3rd.