After sweeping the Northern California schools, the Runnin' Utes climbed two spots in the AP Poll to No. 9. Utah also advanced a single spot to No. 9 in the Coaches Poll. If seeding in the NCAA Tournament were to follow the rankings, that would make Utah the top three-seed and just on the edge of a two seed.
Last night, Utah finished the NoCal sweep with a 76-61 win over a very determined and well-coached Cal squad. Freshman center Jakob Poeltl finished the game with 18 points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots. It was Poeltl's best game of the season and a glimpse of the dominating player he could become in another season or two.
|AP Poll||USA Today
|1||1||Kentucky Wildcats (65)||25-0|
|4||5||Duke Blue Devils||22-3|
|10||10||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||22-4|
|11||11||Northern Iowa Panthers||24-2|
|13||13||Wichita State Shockers||23-3|
|14||14||Iowa State Cyclones||18-6|
|15||16||North Carolina Tar Heels||18-7|
|22||24||Oklahoma State Cowboys||17-8|
|23||22||West Virginia Mountaineers||19-6|
|24||23||Ohio State Buckeyes||19-7|
||Virginia Commonwealth Rams
|Others Receiving Votes: Iowa 38, Providence 26, Texas 25, S.F. Austin 22, Cincinnati 21, Murray St. 20, Indiana 13, Rhode Island 12, Georgetown 9, Texas A&M 7, Temple 6, Old Dominion 3, Mississippi 3, Harvard 2, S. Diego St. 2, Xavier 2, Valparaiso 1|