The Utes couldn’t afford a let down game agaisnt one of, if not the worst team in the Pac-12, and they took care of business. Utah finished their home swing with the Bay Area school with a sweep over Stanford and Cal. Utah has played much cleaner the last couple of games, and seem to have found a nice groove, which is great considering it’s best to get hot and gind a groove as we get near the end of the season.
Utah was hot Saturday night from all over the floor when they shot 55% from the floor and 46% from three on 13 of 28. Utah has done a great job the past couple of games of not hitting that offensive death spiral which they’ve been prone to do. The Utes were led by David Collette’s 18 points on 9 of 10 shooting. David has been playing really well the last little while, and has been really efficient. Justin Bibbin’s hot shooting carried over and he had 15 points on 5 of 9 from the feild, 4 of 7 from three. Same story for Sedrick Barefield, who had 13 and was 3 of 4 from three while going 5 of 6 overall. If Utah’s backcourt can keep this up through the Pac-12 tournament, they’re going to be a pain to knockout. Tyler Rawson was also really good tonight, and has really turned into a Swiss Army Knife on the floor. His 8 assists are about as impressive as I’ve seen in a while, and his 7 points were nice too.
Overall, it was a win that Utah needed, and it was nice to see them get the win the way they should have. Shoot, they even won the rebounding battle for the first time in a while. It was a nice weekend for the Utes, and now they need to keep it up as they go to Seattle to battle the Huskies on Thursday.