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Morning run: C.J. Wilcox returns home

Obviously, one of the bigger storylines for today's game is C.J. Wilcox returning to Utah to play against the team he grew up believing he would play for.

From my story in today's paper ....

For most of his standout high school career in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Wilcox assumed he would be playing for the state school.

“Since my sophomore year, I was pretty much planning to go there,” he said.

But once he took a few visits out of state, including a trip to Montlake, a whole new basketball world opened up.

“That’s when I decided to come (to Washington),” he said.

It didn’t help that the Utes’ program has been mired in a downward spiral, achieving just three winning seasons since Rick Majerus left in 2004.

Larry Krystkowiak, the third head coach since Majerus resigned, has a serious rebuilding job on his hands.

Wilcox couldn’t imagine being in that situation.

“It’s almost a relief,” he said. “I could have been in that same situation. It makes me real grateful for the decision I made. But it’s tough to see a school like that struggle, especially when you grow up there.”My buddy Bill Oram at the Salt Lake Tribune also has a story on Wilcox.

Around the Pac-12

Christian Caple has this blog post over at the Sp0kesman

Colorado players couldn't believe Utah, a team they beat by 40, beat WSU in overtime.

Oregon's Tyrone Nared returned to the court after missing four weeks with a knee injury

Oregon State is optimistic for a home sweep

Ben Howland feels much better after beating Arizona. So much so he called an early timeout on himself.

Josh Smith is still uncertain for today's game against ASU.

Arizona needs to figure out how to win wh en  outside shots aren't falling

ASU head coach Herb Sendek was relieved after beating ASU.