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Runnin’ Utes Looking to Bounce Back as Hopes are Still Alive

After a very cold performance on Friday night in Boulder, Utah is looking to stay in the NCAA Tournament hunt after losing to the Buffs, 67-55.  No one for the Utes scored in double figures.  The leading scorer was David Collette with 8 points.  The Utes 35% from the field.  Simply put, the ball didn’t go into the hoop (Jim Boylan voice).

Larry Krystkowiak talked about that and more at his weekly press conference:

How does that affect their chances of dancing in March? Well, according to Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, the Utes are not on the bubble yet.  That can change though if they can get a win on Thursday against Stanford and they HAVE to beat Cal on Saturday.  They currently sit with an RPI of 56.

Utah should be set up for a real chance to make the tournament with only two more road games out of 7 games remaining on their schedule.  They need quality wins.  Quality wins over USC, UCLA, Washington on the road and Stanford would look great on Utah’s tournament resume.  Not sure if that would be enough to get into the tournament.  They would need to do some damage in Las Vegas at the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament.  The number one thing that cannot happen is that Utah can’t lose to Cal or Washington State.  Those two games would kill the Utes chances at a tournament bid, unless they won the Pac-12 tournament.

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