With a 63-59 win over California on Wednesday night, Utah's put itself in a position not many would've believed to be possible a month ago.
A win on Saturday over Stanford will give the Utes a more than decent chance at finishing fourth in the Pac-12 and garnering a bye to the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament next week.
A month ago, Utah was 3-6 in the league, coming off an overtime loss to Colorado, and having another one of those close-but-no-cigar kind of seasons.
Now here's the raw data: The Utes are 6-2 in the second half of the Pac-12 season. They are a team that absolutely nobody wants to see in the league tournament. And while their computer numbers are terrible, can the NCAA Tournament selection committee discount that this team has five RPI top-50 wins? Or that three of those wins have come consecutively?