Utah, Saint Mary’s square off as both teams seek groove

Despite losing its last two games at the Charleston Classic, Utah believes it found enough things to build on as it starts its next stretch of nonconference play. The Utes aim to get back into the win column Monday night with a trip to Moraga, Calif., for a matchup with a Saint Mary’s team looking to find itself. Utah (3-2) hasn’t played since a 91-82 loss to St. John’s in the third-place game on Nov.

Utah banged up, Colorado in free fall entering finale

Season-ending injuries to numerous key players have forced Utah to dig deep into the depth chart as the regular season winds down. The Utes (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12) are thin at several positions going into their conference finale against Colorado in Salt Lake City on Saturday. Utah lost top defensive end Jonah Elliss to a season-ending injury before last week’s 42-18 loss to Arizona. Karene Reid, a starting linebacker, and starting safety Cole Bishop were also

Utah, St. John’s playing for third in Charleston Classic

There have been good stretches for St. John’s and Utah so far in the Charleston Classic. Only one of them will leave Charleston, S.C., with a winning mark in the event, however. The Red Storm and Utes meet Sunday in the third-place game. Utah (3-1) lost Friday’s second semifinal to No. 6 Houston, pulling even in the second half before fading in a 76-66 loss. The Utes had a comeback victory against Wake Forest in

No. 6 Houston, Utah chase improvement in Charleston Classic

The first steps in the Charleston Classic resulted in good outcomes for No. 6 Houston and Utah, but both teams are looking for better performances. The Cougars and Utes will meet in the second semifinal on Friday in Charleston, S.C. “You like learning lessons by winning,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said after his team’s first-round game. “You’re going to learn lessons whether you win or lose, you might as well win.” The two teams won

Utah expects challenge from Wake Forest

Wake Forest has been through some uncomfortable moments early in this season, so at least the Demon Deacons have been tested in various ways. That’s not the case so much with Utah, which could receive its first challenge of the season when taking on Wake Forest on Thursday night in the nightcap of the opening round of the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C. Utah (2-0) has home victories against Eastern Washington and UC Riverside. “We

Pending Big 12 bedfellows No. 17 Arizona, No. 22 Utah push for win No. 8

No. 17 Arizona has been one of the most surprising teams in the country and will be going for its fifth consecutive victory when it plays its home finale against No. 22 Utah on Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) still have an outside shot at playing in the Pac-12 championship game, but that involves beating the Utes (7-3, 4-3) and Arizona State to end the regular season. Oregon, in turn, must

Utah, UC Riverside attempt to build on opening wins

The Utah and UC Riverside men’s basketball teams face each other Friday night in Salt Lake City in hopes of picking up their second win during the first week of the season. The Runnin’ Utes (1-0) cruised to a 101-66 home win over Eastern Washington on Monday in their opener, while the Highlanders (1-0) pulled away from UC Merced for a 76-69 home victory on Tuesday in their season debut. “I think it’s always good

No. 5 Washington, No. 18 Utah ready for key Pac-12 matchup

It was supposed to have been a showdown between the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Southern California’s Caleb Williams, and this year’s favorite, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. Until Dillon Johnson stole the show. Johnson rushed for 256 yards — the same number that Penix threw for — and four touchdowns as the Huskies won 52-42 last week in Los Angeles. That will give No. 18 Utah (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) one more thing to worry about when

Eastern Washington opens challenging schedule at Utah

Eastern Washington’s arduous non-conference schedule — which includes trips to Ole Miss and Cincinnati as well as contests against five Pac-12 teams — will begin Monday night vs. Utah in Salt Lake City. The Utes posted a 17-15 overall record and a 10-10 Pac-12 mark last season in Craig Smith’s second year as their head coach. That was an improvement from an 11-20, 4-16 record in his first campaign. Two-time All-Pac-12 center Branden Carlson is

No. 18 Utah looks to rebound at home vs. Arizona State

Utah will attempt to start another winning streak at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday when Arizona State visits after having its 18-game run ended last week in a 35-6 drubbing by Oregon. The Utes (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) are rated No. 18 in the first College Football Playoffs rankings revealed Tuesday. They did not score an offensive touchdown against the Ducks — the first time that has happened since 2018. Utah finished with