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Utah Basketball: Runnin' Utes Blown Out of Pac-12 Title Game by Oregon,

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Want to know what a recipe for disaster looks like? Combine a bad historical matchup, a ton of unforced turnovers, the inability to complete defensive possessions (i.e. give up offensive rebounds), and lose your identity all in one game, and that's what you get from Utah against Oregon on Saturday night.

Both teams were coming off of emotional overtime wins in the Pac-12 semis, but Oregon was able to rebound much better than Utah, both literally and figuratively. Early in the first half, Utah and the Ducks were trading blows, and it appeared it was going to be a slugfest, and then the avalanche of turnovers came for Utah. In the first half alone, Utah turned the ball over 13 times... 13 TIMES!!! Most of them were just careless, where Utah would just throw a lazy pass, or would try to gone one-on-one. Utah would have just four assists in that first half. A 4:13 assist to turnover ratio is not ideal. Oregon would go on a run and end the half with a 38-21 lead.

Ute Nation was hopeful that the Utes could come out more focused in the second half, and that sure didn't happen. Instead, it was more of the same. Turnovers, missed defensive rebounds, leading to easy second chance points for Oregon, and wash, rinse, repeat.

On the night, Utah finished with 20, yes 20 turnovers, that led to 28 Oregon points. Utah was also out rebounded by 11 (36-25), and was outscored in the paint, 34-22. If you want to see the awful stats, just check this out:

Oregon stats

Nothing good in that image, that's for sure.

Anyway, let's flush that game and move on to Selection Sunday, tomorrow. Utah is projected to be around a 3-seed, and is built to make a run deep into the NCAA Tournament.

Now, time to go get a drink. If you need a pick me up, watch this: