The Utes are back in the winning column and next up is the Washington State Cougars on another Sunday evening game. After a dismal LA swing, Utah got back on track against a good Washington team, after another great performance by Justin Bibbins. Bibbins has turned himself into the leader of this team, and the one that has taken the team on his shoulders. It’s pretty amazing to watch a sub-six feet tall guard take control like he has, and he’s gotten better in conference play. Also, a healthy and improving Donnie Tillman is a much needed addition to the roster. He has the ability to make big plays in big moments, which is encouraging from such a young player.
Utah is finally going into a game they should win, with Washington State in town. The Cougars have struggled in Pac-12 play, being only 1-5 and coming off of a loss in Boulder to Colorado. Utah is double digit favorites, and hopefully they can cover.
Here are some additional notes on Wazzu, courtesy of UtahUtes.com:
“The Cougars opened the regular season winning its first six games, but spans of losses, including a three-game losing streak and a four-game losing streak have doomed WSU to just one game about .500. Robert Franks leads WSU with 18.2 points per game and he also leads the team on the boards with 7.0 rebounds per contest. Franks also leads the team with 103 field goals made, with 45 of those coming from beyond the arc. Malachi Flynn has tallied a team-high 68 assists and 22 steals on the season. He also has a team-high 50 made three-pointers. The Cougars are shooting 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the charity stripe. WSU averages 75.6 points per game, while giving up 74.2 points to opposing teams. They are being out-rebounded on the season, 37.1 to 35.7 boards per game.”
Here’s how to check out the game:
GAME 19 | Utah (11-7, 3-4) vs. Washington State (9-9, 1-5)
Date/Tipoff: Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 | 6 p.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah (Huntsman Center)
Television: ESPNU // espn.com // ESPN mobile app
Radio: ESPN700AM // espn700sports.com // ESPN700 mobile app