The Utes come home licking their wounds after a major double beatdown at the hands of the LA schools in Southern California. It was tough to watch, as this trip was about as uncompetitive the Utes have been since Larry’s first season on campus. The losers of four straight, the Utes are looking to right the ship, and things do get a bit easier, but Washington is a talented and dangerous opponent. It helps that the game is at the Huntsman Center and that the Utes seem to getting closer to full strength. Having Donnie Tillman back is a big deal, and Jayce Johnson healthy is big for the boards and defense. the question now is, can Utah defend the three point line, rebound the basketball, and not go through crazy long droughts on the offensive side of the ball. I wouldn’t count on the offense thing, but the other two items Utah has been solid at, at least, most of the year.
Notes on UW from the Utah AD: The Huskies have won six of its past eight games, but are coming off a home loss to Stanford (73-64) this past weekend. UW is 13-5 overall on the season, which includes a 74-65 win over then No. 2 Kansas in Kansas City, Mo., back on Dec. 6. UW is 3-2 early on in conference play, which includes a 2-1 record when playing on the road. Jaylen Nowell leads UW with 16.7 points per game. He is averaging right at 16.2 points per game though his first five Pac-12 games this season. Noah Dickerson leads the team on the boards with 7.6 rebounds per game, while Matisse Thybulle leads his squad and the Pac-12 Conference with 56 total steals on the season. The Huskies shoot 47 percent from the field, 34 percent from three-point range and 68 percent from the charity stripe.
How to watch/listen
GAME 18 | Utah (10-7, 2-4) vs. Washington (13-5, 3-2)
Date/Tipoff: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 | 8 p.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah (Huntsman Center)
Television: Pac-12 Networks // Pac-12.com/Live // Pac-12 Now mobile app
Radio: ESPN700am // ESPN700sports.com // ESP700 mobile app