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Pac-12: Can Utah upset Arizona?
The Utah Utes have competed favorably against the Pac-12's flagship program over three seasons, but haven't actually beaten Arizona.
Could it happen today in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas? Ernie Kent certainly gives the Utes a chance.
"Utah's defense will cause you problems," said Kent, a Pac-12 Networks analyst and former Oregon coach. "They are going to force Arizona to shoot the ball. [The Wildcats] will not get a lot done inside. Utah's bigs are good enough to bother Arizona's bigs inside."
The Utes are "playing at a high level, they have something to prove," Kent added.<
The games should all be competitive. Kent wants to promote the matchups, of course, but he cites some advantage to having played a first-round game.
"When you can get one out of the way, it gets the nervousness, the butterflies away and takes the pressure off of you a little bit knowing that you've got one win and can play a little freer in the second game," he said.