Colorado seeks revenge on Utah
Utah (15-12, 9-6) vs. Colorado (16-11, 7-8)
Coors Events Center, Boulder, Colorado; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Colorado seeks revenge on Utah after dropping the first matchup in...
Utah hangs on to beat Washington State 92-79
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Sedrick Barefield scored 33 points to lead Utah to a 92-79 victory over Washington State on Saturday night.
Donnie Tillman added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Utah...
Utah looks to extend streak vs Washington St.
Utah (14-12, 8-6) vs. Washington State (11-15, 4-9)
Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, Pullman, Washington; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Utah looks for its 11th straight win...
Utah holds on for 77-70 win over USC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After losing twice last week at home, Utah made the road look very comfortable Wednesday night in a 77-70 victory over USC.
The Utes (12-10, 6-4) led by as many 23 points midway through the second half, before holding off a furious rally by the Trojans (13-10, 6-4).
Barefield scores 22, Allen 21; Utah beats Colorado 78-69
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah didn't let a week off between games go to waste. The Utes used their extra practice time to put additional emphasis on having active hands and active feet on defense. All of that increased focus paid off big time against Colorado.
The Utes beat the Buffaloes 78-69 on Sunday night after smothering Colorado's offense for a large portion of the game. Utah crashed the boards, grabbed steals, and stampeded the Buffaloes for one transition basket after another.
Randolph, Jeter lead Arizona to OT win over Utah
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona escaped with an intense 84-81 overtime win over Utah on Saturday, an outcome that had a lot to do with who wasn't playing at the end.
"One of the keys to us winning was Sedrick Barefield fouling out," Wildcats coach Sean Miller said. "... Fouling him out really changed the game down the stretch and in overtime."
Barefield scored 26 points, including 5 of 9 3-pointers, but fouled out with 1:44 to play.
Utah rallies from 17 down to beat Arizona State 96-86
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Utah got its Pac-12 season off to a stumbling start, struggling against Arizona State's defensive pressure while watching the Sun Devils take off in transition.
Down 17, the Utes found their way at both ends of the court, turning what appeared to be headed toward an ugly loss into an uplifting win.
Sedrick Barefield scored 24 points, Donnie Tillman added 21 and Utah rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Arizona State 96-86 Thursday night.
Utah pulls away from Mississippi Valley State for 98-63 win
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Youth and inexperience led to inconsistency for Utah on both ends of the court in the team's first two games. Now the Utes seem to be turning a corner.
Utah built a sustained rhythm on offense and defense for the better part of 40 minutes in a 98-63 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Thursday night. It wasn't just about getting stops or knocking down shots. The Utes did plenty of both at every important juncture.
New look Utah aims to defy expectations
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Only one full-time starter returns for Utah from last year's team that finished as the NIT runner-up. Three of the top four scorers graduated. It's a primary reason why Utah was picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.
Still, the Utes have created a habit of defying expectations under head coach Larry Krystkowiak. Utah has not finished lower than fourth in the Pac-12 since 2014. The Utes are more than ready to embrace an underdog role.
Last season: 23-12, finished as NIT runner-up.
Coach: Larry Krystkowiak
Who's gone: Point guard Justin Bibbins, forward David Collette, forward Tyler Rawson, guard /forward Gabe Beeler, forward Chris Seeley, center Jakub Jokl, guard Kolbe Caldwell.
Utah makes NIT semis, tops St. Mary’s in OT 67-58
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Sedrick Barfield scored 19 points and had three of Utah's four 3-pointers in overtime and the Utes beat Saint Mary's 67-58 on Wednesday night to advance to the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden.
Donnie Tillman added 17 points for Utah (22-11), which joined Gonzaga as the only teams to win at Saint Mary's this season.
Krystkowiak gets tossed, Utah beat UC Davis 69-59 in NIT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Justin Bibbins scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak was ejected in the first half and the Utes overcame an 11-point deficit to beat UC Davis 69-59 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.
After being tossed from the game late in the first half for arguing a foul, Krystkowiak pushed over a seat on the bench and tossed a stool while walking through the exit tunnel.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Opponents are aware by now how much damage Justin Bibbins can do on the perimeter. Stopping the senior guard is not a simple task.
Bibbins delivered in crunch time for Utah, once again, by burying multiple critical long-distance baskets. It helped the Utes survive a sluggish second half in their 64-54 victory over Colorado on Saturday.
Tillman scores career-high 16, Utah beats Hawaii 80-60
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak acknowledged his team's performance wasn't "sexy" on Saturday, but the Utes will take a win any way they can get it.
Freshman Donnie Tillman scored a career-high 16 points as Utah led start to finish in an 80-60 win over Hawaii on Saturday.
The Utes simply had more skill and size than the visiting Rainbow Warriors and cruised to the victory despite some ugly play on both sides.
Utah routs Eastern Washington 85-69
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Coming off a bad game in Las Vegas, David Collette did everything in his power to prevent a repeat performance.
Collette only played 18 minutes for Utah on Friday night, but he dominated every second he was on the floor. The senior forward scored a season-high 24 points on 11-of-12 shooting to help the Utes sprint away for an 85-69 victory over Eastern Washington.
Collette totaled just nine points in an 85-58 loss to UNLV on Wednesday.