SALT LAKE CITY — Larry Krystkowiak has one observation, every year, when the Pac-12 basketball season rolls around. He says nobody ever picks the Utes as high as they finish.

Apparently there’s a reason for that.

Thursday night’s conference home opener was Exhibit A. On an awful-shooting, sleep-inducing night, the Utes lost 69-53 to Washington. So much for the Great Arizona Awakening. Utah is 1-2 in conference and showing no serious intentions.

It didn’t get beat, it got obliterated.

On a terrible year for Pac-12 men’s basketball, the Utes are off to an awkward start. Nobody in the spotty crowd seemed shocked. But it’s these kind of years the Utes should pounce. These kind of opportunities don’t happen every year.

On a national level, this season the Pac-12 is trudging along at foot speed. It was 2-3 against the ACC, 0-1 against the Big East, 0-7 against the Big Ten, 2-6 against the Big 12 and 3-9 against the SEC.

“So much for the Great Arizona Awakening. Utah is 1-2 in conference and showing no serious intentions.”

Brad Rock

The Utes have done their part, losing to Minnesota and Northwestern, picked ninth and 12th, respectively, in the Big Ten. Yet they upset an Arizona State team that shocked No. 1 Kansas.

For three minutes on Thursday it appeared Donnie Tillman would give the Utes the boost they needed. He entered the game with 13:50 left in the first half. With 11 minutes left, he had eight points. Thirty-one minutes after that he had 10.

But he played better than many of his teammates. Utah had three turnovers in the first three minutes and six by the midway point of the first half. Just before halftime, ex-Ute Kyle Kuzma was picked out of the crowd and highlighted on the video board. He flashed the “U” sign.

Krystkowiak could have used him.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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