Eugene, Ore. • For an ESPN-televised contest against No. 7 Oregon — a game Utah hoped could turn its fortunes for a long-shot NCAA Tournament bid — the team's top veteran had to sit with another injury.
The Utes announced shortly before the game that junior forward Kyle Kuzma, who leads the team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.2 ppg), would not play after suffering a sprained ankle in Wednesday's practice. Junior forward Tyler Rawson (6.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg) started in his place against the Ducks.
It was the third start Kuzma, the longest-tenured player on the team, has missed this season after spraining his ankle in Hawaii. Entering the game, Kuzma led the Pac-12 in double-doubles with 15 on the season.