Arizona-Utah pregame: Krystkowiak sees 'bunch of challenges' for Utes

2014-01-26T10:45:00Z 2014-01-26T18:01:27Z Arizona-Utah pregame: Krystkowiak sees 'bunch of challenges' for UtesBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

When I asked Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak what strikes him the most about Arizona this season, he started with T.J. McConnell.

But he didn't stop there.

"I think (McConnell) is a heady player, savvy, a good defender and he seems to make the right play," Krystkowiak said. "But certainly (Mark) Lyons kicked our butt, too. (Lyons averaged 16 points and 4.5 rebounds against Utah last season). And Nick Johnson seems like and MVP guy too.

"There's an obvious reason they're the No. 1 team in the country. We've gotta be able to make shots, get rebounds, there's just a bunch of challenges. Arizona is veteran team that's been through it."


Our full coverage before today's game (6 p.m., Fox Sports 1 with Justin Kutcher and Jarron Collins):

--Preview story on Utah's improvement

--A scouting report with notes

-- A slideshow on UA winning streaks.

-- Feature on fan Phyllis Goodman.

--We also had a story on whether or not UA benefits overall when the Wildcats do well

-- This morning, we added a story on the passing of former UA athletic director Dave Strack.


Here's the school-produced notes from Utah and Arizona


Arizona will wear pins in support of cancer-striken Akron operations director Dan Peters, the father of UA assistant ops director Danny Peters.


Nigel Williams-Goss led Washington over Oregon State.


Struggling Colorado was blown out at ASU.


Other Pac-12 games today:

Stanford at USC, 3 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

Oregon at WSU, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

California at UCLA, 6 p.m., ESPNU

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