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Grading out the Utah loss to Oregon

19 turnovers. 19. turnovers.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon at Utah Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Utah’s four game win streak came to a disappointing end at home Thursday night against the Oregon Ducks. Despite a commanding early lead, Oregon’s full-court press wore down the Runnin’ Utes. Leading by seven with just under two and a half minutes left in the first, Oregon claimed their first lead with just 0:41 left on the clock before the end of the half, and never took their foot off the gas, ultimately winning 78-72 and handing the Utes just their third conference loss of the season just as the schedule ramps up with a slew of talented teams left on the schedule.

Offense: C-

The Utes started hot, draining threes early in the first half, leading by as much as 14, however turnovers woes continued to plague this young team, committing 13 before the start of the second half. By that point, the Ducks clawed their way up to a 38-34 lead. Things only got worse for the Utes in the second half, scoring just five points in the first five minutes while turnovers continued to pile up. The three point shot died with Oregon’s full court press, making just 36.7% of all attempts. On the bright side, center Jace Johnson managed a double double, scoring 11 points and leading everyone with 13 rebounds.

Defense: C+

Oregon struggled to find the basket until midway through the first half, but as their defense started creating turnovers, Utah couldn’t transition and gave up too many baskets in the process. With the Ducks shooting just 44.8% this season, Utah looked poised to hold Dana Altman’s team to under their season average at the start, but in the end, Utah allowed Oregon to finish with 47.5%, thanks to freshman Will Richardson’s 19 point performance.

Coaching: D

Larry Krystowiak’s teams have historically struggled against press defense, and tonight was no exception. Failure to adapt has continuously cost this team big games, and with a stretch of tough games on the docket, the coaching staff will need to find answers fast if they hope to maintain a top four seed before the PAC-12 tournament.

Overall: C-

In the end, Oregon’s athleticism got the best of Utah, despite an admirable late push. Utah now finds themselves back in the log jam that is the PAC-12’s middle ground, tied with USC, Oregon State and UCLA for third place and only a half game ahead of fourth place Arizona, with Oregon just one game back from the Utes (and the rest of the field).