Roundup: Utah gets back in the win column

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'Twas an 86-64 victory for the Runnin’ Utes over the Cougs Wednesday night in Salt Lake City, and Kurt Kragthorpe writes that Brandon Taylor’s shooting helped the Utes win easily.

Washington State

On the other side of the coin, Jacob Thorpe reviews Washington State’s loss to Utah.


Huge tilt on The Farm Thursday night, with the winner of Stanford-Arizona moving into a tie for first with Utah (6 p.m. PT, ESPN2). Here’s a Stanford-Arizona game preview thanks to the Associated Press.


Steve Rivera of FOX Sports Arizona writes that Arizona basketball looks to “conquer” the road with its trip to the Bay Area. The Wildcats' only two losses this season have come on the road (UNLV, Oregon State).

Arizona State

Doug Haller informs us that Shaquielle McKissic is “finding a groove” jamming on people. Dude leads Arizona State with 15 dunks as the Forks hit the road to take on the Golden Bears Thursday night (8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks).


Mike Vernon features Cal basketball’s Kingsley Okoroh, the England native who is trying to improve on the court.


With the Washington schools coming to town, Colorado men’s basketball is trying to make up for the loss of Josh Scott, who has missed four of the last five games with back spasms. He was listed as day-to-day on Tuesday as Washington comes to Boulder for a 6:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. MT FOX Sports 1 special.


Speaking of back spasms, UCLA center Tony Parker is day-to-day with back spasms as the Bruins head to Corvallis for a Thursday night delight (6 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks).


But back to that game in Boulder, because Washington is trying to reverse its fortunes at Colorado. The Dawgs are 0-2 in Boulder since the Buffs joined the Pac-12.

Oregon State

Oregon State men’s basketball coach Wayne Tinkle answered readers’ questions in a live chat on The Oregonian.


Losing a bet on the CFP National Championship, an Oregon fan got an Ohio State tattoo on his thigh. Talk about injury to insult; that couldn’t have felt good.


Pac-12 Networks analyst Ronnie Lott thinks USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams could go before Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley in the NFL draft. Also, the Trojans sand volleyball squad debuted at No. 3 in the inaugural DiG Collegiate Sand Volleyball Poll. UCLA (No. 8), Stanford (No. 12) and Arizona (No. 16) also cracked the top 20.

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