Utah expects a more competitive game tonight when Seattle University visits the Huntsman Center. Events could not have come much easier Saturday when the Ute basketball team basically had a glorified scrimmage against Southern.
Utah coasted to an 88-48 victory. The Utes led 52-17 at the half and spent much of the second 20 minutes attempting to keep their focus.
"They'll come in here thinking they can win," said Utah coach Jim Boylen of today's 7 p.m. game with Seattle. "They should."
Seattle comes off a 91-87 home victory against Weber State. The Redhawks (2-2) featured five players in double figures.
They shot a lights-out 55 percent.
Seattle is, as described by Boylen, "Athletic, athletic, athletic."
The Redhawks also excel in the paint, a place Boylen would hope the Utes will ultimately dominate. Seattle's 6-foot-10 post Charles Garcia, whom Boylen calls a big-time athlete, earned his second consecutive double-double against Weber State with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Seattle's two forwards, Mike Boxley and Aaron Broussard, combined for 27 points.
"We want to go inside," Boylen said. "We want to be an inside post-up team."
With a pair of 7-footers, the Utes have plenty of length to clog up many teams in a set offense. David Foster and Jason Washburn have shown steady improvement since the start of the season.
The pair combined for 17 points and 13 rebounds in limited minutes Saturday.
"My mentality helped me in this game," Foster said afterward. "Against Utah State, I struggled with getting to the help side and stopping them from scoring inside the paint. Tonight it was a matter of doing it, making sure I was there to help out, especially when they pass it over the top. I always need to be there."