Utah (14-7, 3-6) is tied for ninth in the Pac-12, two games behind a five-team logjam for fourth.
Aside from a nine-point loss at then-No.1 Arizona, the Utes five other conference losses have come by a combined 15 points. They believe they can still play a role in the Pac-12 race in the second half of the conference season. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll make the NCAA tournament.
But first things first. Utah plays host to Washington on Thursday.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Nice feature in SLAM on Utah’s Delon Wright.
— The first time they met, Washington State was without DaVonte Lacy and the Cougars lost 71-70 to then-No. 15 Colorado. On Wednesday, the Buffaloes will be without their star Spencer Dinwiddie and Lacy will be back on the court.
— California junior guard Ricky Kreklow, who has missed the past 11 games with a broken hand, is expected to play Wednesday night against Bay Area rival Stanford.
— After toppling previously unbeaten Arizona on Saturday, Cal is bracing against a letdown.
— Cal’s Richard Solomon believes he got away with a moving screen violation on a play that freed up Justin Cobbs, who drained a game-winning shot to beat Arizona.
— Stefan Nastic, a 6-11 junior center, has been more consistent this season and he’s a big reason why Stanford is in position to make a NCAA tournament appearance.
— Arizona coach Sean Miller has a new part-time job this summer as an assistant for USA Basketball’s U18 team.
— Former Washington star Nate Robinson underwent surgery to repair a left ACL injury. He’ll miss the rest of the season.
— It’s a little old, but in case you missed it, here’s the video (below) of former UW standout Terrence Ross dunking on Denver’s Kenneth Faried.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Stanford (14-7, 5-4) at California (15-7, 6-3), 6 p.m. PT ……………… ESPN2
Washington State (9-12, 2-7) at Colorado (16-6, 5-4) 6:30 p.m. ….. Pac-12 Networks
Picks: California and Colorado
Pac-12 tally: 36-17
Season tally: 133-40