Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah hoops: Five keys for success tonight against Arizona State
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Here are some of the things Utah needs to do if the Utes have a chance at winning tonight against the Sun Devils. Easy to type, much more difficult to execute on a basketball court.

1) Contain Jahii Carson - Again, much more difficult to do. Carson is a dynamo with the basketball, explosive in the open floor, a good shooter, very difficult to stay in front of. Because of him, you can expect Utah to play a lot of zone defense. He's that dynamic off the dribble. He averages 17 points per game. Making him earn his offense is essential. Turning him into a jump-shooter is almost as important.

2) Take care of the ball - The last two weeks have been infiltrated by gobs of unforced turnovers from the Utah guards. And that was against people like Cal State Northridge. Arizona State will ramp up the defensive pressure, and Pac-12 defenses following will do the same. Utah is the one team in the league that could have a low possession usage in the next two months. Turnovers will hurt the Utes more than most teams.

3) Establish the interior - Jason Washburn and Dallin Bachynski must have a presence down low on both ends. That means rebounding and lane-clogging for Bachynski. That means scoring for Washburn. The two have seen ups and downs in the past two months. They have to be good tonight.

4) Out-Bachynski Bachynski - The dual between brothers will be an intruging matchup, with Jordan Bachynski averaging 4.5 blocks per game for ASU. If he is left to roam free, Utah has little hope of winning. That means Dallin Bachynski and Washburn have to battle him to a draw, or outdo him.

5) Shake the jitters - For many of the Utah freshmen, and the transfers, this is what it's all about. Their Pac-12 debuts are tonight. The warm-ups are finished. Which rookies will step up? Which will wilt under the glare of the spotlight? This will be the game within the game.

Tony Jones

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.