Before traveling to Seattle for Saturday’s game against Washington, Idaho State takes on Utah 6 p.m. tonight at the Huntsmen Center.
Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak told the Deseret News: “They’re great shooters and we will need to be dialed in defensively. We have been presented with a lot of different styles and matchups in the nonconference slate and that’s been a great teaching tool. Their backcourt has a lot of firepower and we’ve had breakdowns defensively the last two games. They look to attack and want you to take a lot of 3s. We can’t settle and will need to attack.”
Idaho State is led by junior wing Chris Hansen (16 ppg.) and senior guard Tomas Sanchez (15.6 ppg.).
The Bengals are 3-2 overall, but 1-2 against Division I teams including an 88-60 defeat at Arizona State.
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— No. 1 Arizona returns to the top of the polls after a 10-year absence. There’s only been four Pac-12 teams ranked No. 1. The others include: UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State. The Wildcats (9-0) are one of 15 unbeaten teams in the Division I ranks.
— No. 25 Colorado entered the Associated Press rankings for the first time this year.
— Colorado sophomore center Josh Scott is arguably one of the best big man in Buffaloes history.
— Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier is a triple double waiting to happen. He’s also gaining attention for his late-game heroics and making an early push for the Wooden award. UConn plays at Washington on Dec. 22.
— And finally, in the video (below) former UW standout Isaiah Thomas is doing Isaiah Thomas things. The Sacramento Kings guard is averaging 18.2 points 5.3 assists while shooting 45 percent from the field and 42 percent on three-pointers. He was a leading Sixth Man of the Year candidate, but moved into the starting lineup this week.
TONIGHT’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Idaho State (3-2) at Utah (7-1), 6 p.m. ……………. Pac-12 Networks
Nevada (4-5) at California (6-3), 8 p.m. ………….. Pac-12 Networks
Picks: Utah and California
Season tally: 61-14