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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Utah at Washington
When: 4:30 PM ET, Saturday, March 7, 2015
Where: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Washington

Coming off a home loss to Arizona and a late come-from-behind win at Washington State, No. 13 Utah isn’t exactly peaking heading into Saturday’s regular-season finale at Washington. But Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak did take a step back to gain some perspective after his team overcame a six-point deficit with 7:34 remaining Thursday to escape with a 67-59 victory over the Cougars. “I was a little bit of a pessimist on the bench at the end of the game – I thought, ‘I’m not sure if we deserve this one,’ ” Krystkowiak told the Salt Lake Tribune. “Our assistants reminded me: It’s March. It’s hard. Things are a grind, and it makes a difference to be able to close out a game like that."

Washington also is struggling down the stretch, but unlike Utah, it’s most definitely reflected in the standings as the Huskies have dipped to 11th in the Pac-12 with 10 losses in their last 11 games. The last six setbacks have all been by double digits, including Thursday’s 64-47 loss to visiting Colorado in which the hosts shot 30.5 percent from the floor, including 7-of-24 from 3-point range. “We just couldn't consistently put the ball in the basket, even when we made our runs,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar told the media.

TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network

ABOUT UTAH (23-6, 13-4 Pac-12): The Utes need the win to hold off Oregon (13-5) for the second seed in next week’s Pac-12 Tournament with the Ducks owning the head-to-head tiebreaker. Regardless, Utah likely boasts the Pac-12 Player of the Year in senior guard Delon Wright, who’s pacing the team with 14.4 points and 5.4 assists per game and is finishing with a flourish, averaging 16.8 points, five rebounds and 5.5 assists over his last four outings. Brandon Taylor (10.4 points), Jordan Loveridge (10.2) and freshman Jakob Poeltl (8.2 points, team-most 7.0 rebounds) are the other primary offensive weapons for Utah, which leads the conference in 3-point shooting (40.2 percent), scoring defense (55.9 points) field-goal percentage defense (37.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3).

ABOUT WASHINGTON (15-14, 4-13): The Huskies are not only losing games, they’re losing players as well with Shawn Kemp Jr. missing the last three contests with a concussion and a strained calf and key reserve Donaven Dorsey sitting out Thursday with a turf-toe injury. Both are listed as doubtful Saturday, meaning Washington will likely have to give it a go again with only seven healthy scholarship players. Co-captains Nigel Williams-Goss (15.1 points) and Andrew Andrews (14.7) are pacing the team in scoring and are shouldering a greater share of the load of late, scoring or assisting on 82 percent of the Huskies’ points over the last four games.

TIP-INS

1. Utah owns a 4-2 series lead since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, including a 77-56 home victory Jan. 25 in which the Utes shot 53.8 percent from the floor, including 11-of-18 3-pointers.

2. Washington is 18-11 versus ranked opponents at home since Romar took over in 2002.

3. The Utes could again be without reserve G Kenneth Ogbe (groin), who's been held out of the team's last two games.

PREDICTION: Utah 74, Washington 62
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Utah 23-6 W1 16-1 6-4 1-1 2-4 21-2 13-4
Washington 15-14 L3 7-7 3-7 5-0 4-5 11-9 4-13
Last Meeting
Utah Washington
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/25/15 WASH 56 UTAH 77 77 26 53.8 56 23 42.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah D. Tucker 19 87.5 1
Washington A. Andrews 22 50.0 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah J. Poeltl 7 3 4
Washington R. Upshaw 9 2 7
Assists Player  
Utah D. Wright 9
Washington N. Williams-Goss 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah D. Wright 419 52.1 120
Washington A. Andrews 426 39.8 112
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah J. Poeltl 195 73 122
Washington M. Anderson 177 56 121
Assists Player  
Utah D. Wright 157
Washington N. Williams-Goss 166
Quickchart Matchup
Utah Off vs  Washington Defense
71.8 Points For
67.8 Points Against
47.9 FG%
41.7 FG%
32.4 Reb
33.0 Reb
Washington Off vs  Utah Defense
68.3 Points For
56.2 Points Against
43.3 FG%
37.5 FG%
33.0 Reb
27.1 Reb