After being bludgeoned on the boards against Arizona and Colorado, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak had enough. He challenged his team to be more physical. He wanted them to be more aggressive. Most importantly, he wanted them to be....tougher.
The Utes responded last week in wins over Washington and Washington State. Jordan Loveridge had 13 rebounds in the win over the Huskies. Brandon Taylor - yes, little Brandon Taylor - had eight in the victory over Washington State.
Now comes the hard part.
Don't believe us? We'll let Krystkowiak explain it.
"The reality is, Washington and Washington State were two of the smaller teams in the league," Krystkowiak said. "USC and UCLA are two of the bigger teams."