SALT LAKE CITY – There’s a new second-place fan base in the Pac-12 behind Arizona, and the Wildcats will experience it tonight.

Utah is expecting a near-sellout crowd at 15,000-seat Huntsman Center, reflecting both interest in the Wildcats and in the much-improved Utes, who are pushing for the postseason in coach Larry Krystkowiak’s third season. The Utes are already averaging 12,138 for home Pac-12 games, behind only UA's 14,545.

“Larry and his staff have done a great job,” UA coach Sean Miller said. “When you consider where they were just a couple years ago, it’s amazing. There’s not a lot of difference between Utah and really any other team in our conference. They’re 16-1 at home, and I know they’re getting better crowds. They seem to have a better energy in what they do. So we know we’re going to be in for a heck of a game.”

Other items related to tonight's game:

-- Krystkowiak said he's a little more nervous than excited about the game.

-- After wearing blue road uniforms for the first time this season in their loss at ASU, the Wildcats say they have opted to wear red uniforms tonight at the Huntsman Center, where fans often wear red and the seats are red.

-- We had a main story on UA's concerns about court-storming (and T.J. McConnell's idea of how to stop them), a photo gallery on the topic and sidelines notes.

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

The Pac-12's three-point shooting has improved.

James Whitford honed his skill with the mental side of things while working under Miller.

You may not have heard of the 7-footer that Craig Robinson says is a pro prospect.

Jermaine Marshall has embraced time in the clutch.

Wednesday is the new Thursday, if tonight's Pac-12 schedule is any indication:

Washington at Oregon, 7 p.m., ESPN2. The Ducks will try to deal with C.J. Wilcox.

UCLA at California, 8:30 p.m. Pac-12 Networks. Who knows which Cal team will show up for this one?

ASU at Colorado, 9 p.m., ESPNU. Wesley Gordon is expected to play more, which could give the Buffs another weapon tonight and Saturday against UA.

USC at Stanford, 9 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball