PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Pac-12 Conference season is a grind. A pair of teams looking to turn things in the right direction meet this afternoon as Stanford (16-13, 7-9 Pac-12) hosts Utah (11-16, 3-12 Pac-12) in its final home game of the year.
The Cardinal, which plays at California on Wednesday, needs victories in both of its final games to avoid a losing record in conference play. Stanford is also looking to avoid its first four-game losing streak at home since 2010.
Utah (11-16, 3-12 Pac-12) has lost three games in a row and seven of its last 10 overall. Coach Larry Krystkowiak's team is coming of a 64-46 loss at Cal on Thursday.
For the second game in a row, the Utes struggled offensively, seeing season-lows for points and field goal percentage.
Still, Utah leads the Pac-12 and ranks 33rd nationally by limitng its opponents to 39.0 percent shooting from the field. The Utes are also tops in the league by holding their opponents to only 62.2 ppg.
"We aren't far away from where we need to be. We are not trying to re-invent the wheel. We just have to eliminate mistakes. I can't keep pounding away at them because we need to be mentally and physically fresh coming down the stretch. I think we have learned all the lessons we are going to learn," Krystkowiak said.
Andy Brown paced the Cardinal with 17 points after entering the game averaging 6.5 per contest.
The Cardinal also have a formidable frontcourt as Andy Powell ranks among the Pac-12 leaders in points (15.3) and rebounds (8.2).