Saturday is the first ever matchup of Pac-12 teams in the Top-10. To be clarifying, the Pac-10 has had many such instances, the most un-recent of which occurred in January of 2010. This game, as it were, is significant.
Which naturally means I need to talk to someone else about it. To scratch that itch, we’ve got Grant Bagby – the man, myth, and legend behind the multi-faceted Utah blog, Torn By Sports.
Let’s get to know Utah, from the perspective of Utah, as we head into the biggest conference basketball game since, like, ever:
PacHoops: Started from the 6-win season now we’re here. How did we get here – to a Utah team in the top-10?
Grant Bagby: It all starts with Jordan Loveridge. At the time he chose to go to Utah he was the top player in the state and the Utes program was on life support. Since then Coach Krystkowiak has made it a point to get the top talent in the state. Add the recruiting with the defensive, hard nose style of play Coach Krystkowiak has installed and voila! The Utes are a top ranked team.
PH: Speaking of Jordan, with him recovering from a knee injury, who has stepped into his role? How does the team change with his return?
PH:What makes Delon Wright so special?
PH: But we know about Delon – a possible national player of the year candidate and a regularly studied talent on these pages – who are the other talents we need to pay attention to? Who’s the most important player not named Delon?
PH: The Utes rank 28th in FG% at the rim and 28th in 3FG% which I consider a vicious combination. The latter is the best a Larry K team has ever shot from distance. Who are the main shooting threats?
PH: What’s your favorite thing about this team?
PH: How do you see this one playing out?