The Utes are coming home after being swept by the Oregon schools over the past couple of days, including Super Bowl Sunday's loss to Oregon by a score of 76-66. Utah was led by Kyle Kuzma's 18 points and 6 rebounds, Jordan Loveridge's 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jakob Poeltl's 13 points and 8 rebounds. Oregon was paced by Dillon Brooks' 30 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds.
For the Utes, who had a better shooting percentage than Oregon (50%-48%), and had more rebounds (30-28), it came down the this season's bugaboo of turnovers. The Utes had 9 turnovers in the 1st half, and 14 for the game, giving Oregon 19 points off turnovers. Utah was down by 6 at half, after having Kuzma and Poeltl in foul trouble, but surrendered a run in the 2nd half that gave Oregon up to a 16 point lead, and they just couldn't dig out of the hole. Utah gave them mini-run after mini-run, but couldn't come up with another big stop when they needed it, or would just toss the ball away, causing them to lose momentum.
The Utes played well in stretches, but couldn't put together consistence effort possession after possession. Offensively, Utah was pretty sharp, when they could hold onto the ball, and were attacking the basket pretty well.
The turnovers, obviously. Utah giving up 19 points off turnovers just hurts. Utah was just outside of really putting together a run multiple times, but they would just shoot themselves in the foot. Utah can't be so loose with the ball.
The Washington schools come into the Huntsman Center this upcoming week, starting with the Huskies on Wednesday.