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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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 8 1 0 0.889 20 2 0 0.909
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 3 0 0.667 15 6 0 0.714
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
Oregon State 5 4 0 0.556 13 7 0 0.650
UCLA 5 4 0 0.556 13 9 0 0.591
Washington State 4 5 0 0.444 10 11 0 0.476
Colorado 4 5 0 0.444 11 9 0 0.550
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 88-89
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 59-72
Utah at
USC
2/1 59-72
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
Washington at
Oregon
2/4 7:00 pm
UCLA at
Stanford
2/5 7:00 pm
Washington State at
Oregon State
2/5 8:00 pm
USC at
California
2/5 9:00 pm
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