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Utah Basketball - Dealing with an offensive team

Published December 3, 2012 5:06 pm

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Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak wanted to make one thing pretty clear on Monday.

The Utes haven't seen anyone with this season with the offensive capability of Boise State. Not anyone.

The Broncos are the same team that walked into then No. 11 Creighton and walked out with a double-digit win.

The Broncos are the same team that's regularly put up points in almost every matchup.

They are the same team with Derrick Marks, a scorer out of Chicago, tearing up Boise State's schedule.

"They don't have a bunch of weakness offensively," Krystkowiak said. "They can score anywhere from one through five in their lineup and there aren't many teams that can do that. They feed the hot man and they are very unselfish as a basketball team. Boise State is the real deal."

So the quandry for Utah is scoring, or not being scored upon. The Broncos have dropped over 80 points four times in seven games, dropped over 70 in another two and have just one game under that 70 point mark. That means they are pretty much going to score points no matter what the Utes do.

"I don't think we have to score 80 points to win," senior guard Jarred DuBois said. "At the same time, we can't give up 80 on the other end. Defensively, we have to be pretty sound and we have to figure out a way to limit what they like to do."

If Utah can do that, the Utes can potentially put themselves in position for an upset win. If not? The Broncos could make it ugly.

Tony Jones