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Will the Utah Utes Win a Game in the Pac-12 This Season?

Casey Sapio-USA Today Sports

It’s pretty clear that Utah is still transitioning as a member of the Pac-12 Conference.

After winning just three conference games all of last season, the Utes are facing a monumental task in their effort to even secure one victory this season. The conference is improved, this much is obvious, but Utah doesn’t look like they are.

At 8-9 overall, Utah has begun the conference slate at 0-5. Looking ahead to their schedule, their is always the chance that Utah can snag a league victory at home, especially against a squad that may be in the mid-to-low portion of the conference as is.

However, working towards that one conference victory won’t come easy. Teams that match-up against Utah, like any other squad with low expectations, look at that contest as a must-win situation.

Jarred Dubois and Jordan Loveridge lead the way offensively for Utah, each having productive years from an individual sense. Loveridge also leads the team in rebounds, while Dubois holds that same title in terms of assists.

Utah takes a trip to Washington on Saturday night, a late night tip and another opportunity for the Huskies to keep their undefeated conference start in play. The opportunity to get that first Pac-12 win could present itself in the approaching stretch after Saturday for Utah, however.

Three consecutive home games will present three chances for the Utes to get something in the win column. Utah pushed Arizona to the brim a few weeks back, so there is potential for this squad. Postseason potential however, may still be a few years away.

 

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