Huge games on Saturday

If the women win at noon and have the right teams lose, they might earn a top 4 seed in the Pac-12 tournament. If the men beat Cal in their only regular season meeting coupled with a loss by UCLA at Wazzu, they will move into a tie for fifth place in the league. And Utah would have the advantage because they would be tied with UCLA, who they swept the season series against. It’s too bad that Utah couldn’t win at Colorado on Saturday because if they had, they’d be in fourth place in the Pac-12 right now

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Utah Utes
Courtesy of Deivon Smith’s third triple-double of the season, Utah brushed aside Stanford in Salt Lake City and is 17-11. Shown as one of the first four teams outside the projected field, the Utes have a home game against Cal remaining before playing road dates at Oregon State and Oregon. While Utah is 2-7 in true road games this season, both the win at Saint Mary’s in November and the one at UCLA in February were impressive in real time. Add it all up and it’s probable the Utes will arrive at the Pac-12 tournament in a position similar to the one they hold now. The Watch will keep you posted all along the way.

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Right now they have to win and go deep in the conference tournament to get in. It was a nice win last night, and they need to do it again on Saturday.

It’s crunch time for March Madness.


Feels like they have to win 3 more times (Cal, @ Ore St., 1st tourney game) to stay on the inside edge of the bubble. If they beat Oregon (can then lose one of the other 3), I think they are in. If they win 2 tourney games, they are in. It will likely come down to winning at least 2 on the road or neutral courts.


Winning @ Oregon would be huge because that would be another likely Quad 1 win for Utah. Plus that game could determine who gets the #4 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. Oregon (11-6) still has to play @ Arizona tomorrow and vs. fellow Pac-12 bubble team Colorado before they play us in the finale. If the Ducks lose both games combined with Utah beating Cal then winning @ Oregon State, Oregon would suddenly only be 1 game up in the standings on Utah (11-8 vs. 10-9). A win by the Runnin’ Utes @ Oregon then would pull Utah into a tie with them @ 11-9, and Utah would earn the tiebreaker because they’d have swept the season series, giving them the #4 seed. This also factors in UCLA likely losing either @ Washington State or vs. Arizona, which would drop them behind Utah.


Interesting comment by Craig in Stanford postgame that I was not aware of. Apparently the kid from Turkey was at the U for a couple of weeks before it was determined that he had not competed whatever was needed to be eligible.