Las Vegas • Among the most discouraging statistics Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak found at halftime was that between all of his big men, they had gotten only a single rebound.
It was a symptom of a larger issue that plagued Utah in Thursday's 78-75 loss to Cal: The Golden Bears played tougher than Utah did.
"We got punked," Kyle Kuzma said in the locker room. "They played bigger than us."
It's certainly the case that Cal is bigger than most teams: Between 6-foot-11 Ivan Rabb, 7-foot Kingsley Okoroh and 7-foot Kameron Rooks, they have length to spare. But unlike last week, when Utah bullied Cal on the glass and in many other categories in a 74-44 blowout, the Golden Bears played up to their stature.