The Utes are back after a tough, but hard fought loss to Minnesota on Monday night. They return home to take on Mississippi Valley State, who played and lost to USU just a few days ago. For the Utes, it’s all about continued growth for this young team, and how do they respond after a loss. Frankly, I feel better about this team after losing to Minnesota than I did after the win over Maine. There was good fight, especially after falling down by 15 in the second half. I just want to see a more cohesive offense, and see who will be willing to take over the game. Last time it was Sedrick Barefield who led the Utes back into the game. I’m hoping to see more from Donnie Tillman, mainly for him to stay on the floor. Also, I’m excited to see more Vante Hendrix and Timmy Allen. Allen hasn’t really been able to break out much this past couple of games, but I think there is a big effort coming soon from the talented freshman. Both Gach also played well versus Minnesota, and this is the kind of game where he, and the other youngsters, should be able to get some good minutes.
More details on Utah’s opponent from the Utah SID:
SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
The Delta Devils are 0-2 on the season, but will have another non-conference game prior to playing the Utes when they take on Utah State this Tuesday in Logan. MVSU dropped its first contest of the season, 106-37, on the road at Nebraska and then followed with another defeat, falling 82-54 to Texas Tech.
Jordan Evans leads MVSU with a 14.0 points per game average, while also leading his squad with a .423 field goal shooting percentage and three steals on the season. Dante Scott follows with 8.5 points per game and Michael Green averages 7.5 points per game for the Delta Devils.
The Delta Devils are shooting .254 from the field overall, .263 from three-point range and .708 from the free throw line. MVSU averages 32 rebounds and 44.5 points per game over its first two contests of the season.
UTAH VS. MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE SERIES HISTORY
Thursday’s contest will mark just the second game between the Utes and Delta Devils. Utah won the inaugural meeting, 91-51, in Salt Lake City last season, back on Nov. 13, 2017. Utah is a perfect 5-0 all-time when playing teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
How to watch:
GAME 3: Utah (1-1) vs. Mississippi Valley State (0-2)
WHERE: Salt Lake City, Utah (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
TIP-OFF: 6 p.m. MT
TELEVISION: Pac-12 Networks / Pac-12 Live