SALT LAKE CITY — While the Wildcats are looking to get the bad taste from a road loss in California out of their mouths, the Utah Utes are aiming for a little Pac-12 winning streak.
Utah (11-13) hosts the ninth-ranked Arizona Wildcats (20-3) to the Huntsman Center this afternoon. Arizona is the highest-ranked team to visit the Utes.
Utah matched its win total in league play from last season by erasing an eight-point deficit in the second half of a 60-55 win over Arizona State on Wednesday. Jason Washburn tied his career high with 26 points and also grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Utes.
“We have learned a lot of lessons throughout the year. Credit to our guys, they stepped up and made free throws when they had to. “The players watching them have fun in the locker room after the game,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said on Wednesday. “They have been as resilient of a group that I have been around. I am thinking about the fans. We are trying to get it restored and games like this give us some momentum. Hopefully this is not just medicine for us, but for the fans and gain momentum to get this built again.”
Over the last three games, Utah has held its opponents to 28.1 percent shooting from 3-point range (16-of-57), but is a minus-32 on the glass.
Arizona suffered a 77-69 loss to Cal this past weekend and prior to that had won four in a row and six of seven. Mark Lyons leads the team in scoring (15.4 ppg), while Solomon Hill (14.0 ppg) and Nick Johnson (12.3 ppg) each average in double figures.
NOTE: Today is Salute America day at the Huntsman Center. All military personnel, first responders and their families receive a free ticket to the game.