SALT LAKE CITY -- The Huskies play basketball tonight against the 12th-ranked Utah Utes. Danny Shelton and Hau'oli Kikaha played football yesterday in the Senior Bowl. So, links.
--- Here's our story previewing the Huskies' game at Utah today (5:30 p.m., ESPNU).
SALT LAKE CITY — To find an illustration of just how much Utah’s men’s basketball program has changed since the Utes joined the Pac-12 conference three seasons ago, look at the Huntsman Center. And look at the seats.
Most of them are filled.
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This is the dilemma the Washington Huskies face when they visit the Utes for a 5:30 p.m. game Sunday. Not only has Utah (15-3 overall, 5-1 in Pac-12) transformed itself into a legitimate Pac-12 title contender under fourth-year coach Larry Krystkowiak. The Utes have also constructed a homecourt advantage as intimidating as any in the conference, averaging 11,179 fans (capacity is 15,000) through their first 12 home games – and 12,818 through their first four Pac-12 home games.
The team is pretty good, too, and so Utah hasn’t lost at the Hunstman Center this season. That makes Sunday’s contest the stiffest challenge yet for the Huskies, who might not play in a more adverse environment this season.
---Percy Allen writes about UW's zone defense
--- Shelton earns positive recognition in this Senior Bowl recap (Kikaha gets a brief mention, too).
There were five Pac-12 basketball games last night ...
Oregon State 59, USC 55 -- The Beavers enjoyed an electric atmosphere.
Oregon 82, UCLA 64 -- There was no let-up from the Ducks in this game.
Stanford 89, Arizona State 70 -- On a late, late, late Saturday night in Palo Alto, the Sun Devils played little defense and got thumped.
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