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Utah only started seriously working on playing zone defense in the middle of the year. And yet in Wednesday night’s 88-47 win over Washington State, the largest margin of victory Utah has enjoyed in a road game in 17 years, …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah’s Makenna Merrell competes on the floor during the gymnastics meet against Brigham Young University at the Marriott Center Friday January 13, 2017. Utah gymnatics: New attitude, more personality bring better scores on the floor
    Baely Rowe has her Prince medley, Tiffani Lewis rocks out to the Muse, newcomer Macey Roberts is dancing her way into the judges’ hearts and MyKayla S...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 11:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah forward David Collette defends a shot by Colorado’s Tory Miller in the first half of a game against the Colorado Buffaloes on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. Utah basketball: David Collette out with concussion symptoms; Jayce Johnson fills in
    Pullman, Wash. • When David Collette didn’t practice on Tuesday, Jayce Johnson had an inkling that his fifth career start might be on its way. “I star...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Washington State center Conor Clifford, third from the right, shoots while defended by Utah forward Jayce Johnson (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Pullman, Wash., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Utah basketball: Without David Collette, Utes roll over Washington State, 88-47
    Pullman, Wash. • They entered Beasley Coliseum without their leading scorer. By halftime, the Runnin’ Utes led by 19 points. Utah replaced David Colle...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 06:29 pm   |     |   Share
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    Washington State coach Ernie Kent talks to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Stanford on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Utah basketball game guide: Runnin' Utes test road game focus at Washington State
    Are they at the trailhead or the summit? That’s the fundamental question of Utah’s string of recent performances: Is this the best the Utes can be? Or...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 02:21 pm   |     |   Share


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