GAME 17: Utah (8-8, 2-2) vs. Colorado (10-6, 1-3)
WHERE: Salt Lake City, Utah (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
TIP-OFF: 4 p.m. MT
The Utes are back after what feels like an eternity off, since their win over Washington State last Saturday. The Utes come into this one 2-2 in the Pac-12, splitting their first two series with the Arizona schools on the road, and the Washington schools at home. After a pretty poor performance against UW, they bounced back and blew out WSU at home, which should have gave them some confidence going into this game against CU at the Huntsman Center.
The Buffs are 1-3, getting the same split a week ago, although they played better against UW, and got swept in Arizona. The Utes have owned the Buffs over the last handful of years, with Utah having won eight of nine in the series. I expect a very competitive game today, as I think the two teams are kind of in the same area in the league pecking order, at around .500. You can see the full scouting report from the official press release below, but the game plan will remain the same for the Utes. Don’t turnover the ball and get production from their top guys Barefield and Tillman. The Utes have proven the ability to put the ball in the basket... as long as they hold onto the basketball, which hasn’t been a ton this year.
Here’s the full scouting report on the Buffs:
The Buffaloes are 10-6 on the season overall, which includes a 1-3 mark in Pac-12 play ... Colorado is coming off a 77-70 loss to Washington in Boulder this past Saturday, but picked up its lone win in conference play last Thursday, knocking off Washington State 92-60 at CU Events Center ... The Buffs opened Pac-12 play with losses on the road to Arizona (64-56) and Arizona State (83-61) ... CU is 2-4 in road games this season, which includes its current 0-2 record in Pac-12 road games ... CU’s two road wins came against Air Force (93-56) and New Mexico (78-75) ... McKinley Wright leads the Buffs with 12.9 points per game and has tallied a team-best 84 assists on the season ... his 5.2 assists per game average ranks second in the league and 58th in the nation ... Tyler Bey, who averages 12.0 points per game, also boasts a team-best 9.1 rebounds per game, good enough for third in the Pac-12 and 42nd in the nation ... he pulls down 6.9 defensive boards per game, ranking second in the Pac-12 and 34th in the nation ... he has registered five double-doubles on the year ... Bey also leads the team with 24 blocked shots, which ranks among the top-100 players in the nation ... CU scores 77.2 points per game and gives up just 69.1 points to the opposition, netting a +8.1 scoring margin that is good enough for fourth in the league ... the Buffs shoot 46 percent from the field as a team, while giving up 43 percent to opposing squads ... they shoot 33 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the charity stripe ... CU’s 37.8 rebounds per game is fourth in the Pac-12, while its +5.7 rebounding margin also ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and 45th in the nation ... CU’s 269 free throws made are second-most in the Pac-12 and rank among the top-55 teams in the nation.