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Utah Utes vs. Washington Huskies Pick & Prediction MAR 9TH 2022

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It will take four wins in four days for either Utah or Washington to make the NCAA Tournament, but the first step is surviving their first-round clash Wednesday night at the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.

Sixth-seeded Washington (16-14) closed the regular season with a home sweep of the Oregon schools, improving to 11-6 on its own court.

The Huskies have five wins outside of Seattle, including a 74-68 victory at Utah on Jan. 6. They also beat the Utes in double overtime, 77-73, at home on Jan. 29.

Washington is led by senior guard Terrell Brown Jr., a first-team all-conference selection who led the Pac-12 in both scoring (21.7 points per game) and steals (2.1). He is the first player in the league to do that since Arizona's Jason Terry in 1998-99.

"He's made the biggest difference of any player," Washington coach Mike Hopkins said. "He's the MVP. There's not a more valuable player than him."

No. 11 seed Utah (11-19) dropped its last three games, all at home, including an 84-71 decision Saturday against Colorado. Its four conference victories are the fewest since going 3-15 in its first year in the Pac-12 in 2011-12.

"You just gotta hit reset," first-year coach Craig Smith said. "The only way you can win in postseason is everybody's gotta be all-in, you've got to believe it."

Branden Carlson, a 7-foot junior center, is Utah's leading scorer at 13.6 points per game. He made the Pac-12's all-conference second team, while guard Lazar Stefanovic made the all-freshman team.

If the game is close late, Utah's accuracy at the foul line could be the difference. The Utes make 77.1 percent of their free throws while Washington hits on 69.3 percent of its foul shots.

The winner of this game will take on No. 3 seed USC in Thursday's quarterfinals. The Trojans beat Utah twice and Washington once during the regular season, all by double figures.

--Field Level Media

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Utah Utes vs. Washington Huskies Recap JAN 24TH 2021

Nahziah Carter came off the bench to score 12 points and lead a balanced attack as Washington pulled away in the second half for a 62-45 victory against visiting Utah in Pacific-12 Conference play Wednesday night in Seattle.

Noah Dickerson scored 11 points for the Huskies and Jaylen Nowell, David Crisp and Matisse Thybulle each had 10. The Huskies (21-5 overall, 12-1 Pac-12) extended their conference lead to 3 1 /2 games with five to play. The Huskies improved to 13-0 at home, including 6-0 in conference play.

Thybulle, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, had a strong all-around game with seven rebounds, six steals and four blocked shots. Nowell grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Sedrick Barefield scored 12 points for Utah (14-12, 8-6), which lost for just in the second time in seven conference road games. The Utes played without freshman forward Timmy Allen, their second-leading scorer with 11.8 points per game, because of a back injury.

The Huskies overcame an early 10-point deficit to take a 33-27 lead at the half, with Carter and Thybulle each scoring eight points.

Washington's zone defense held the Utes to just two points in the opening 11 minutes of the second half, on a pair of free throws, in taking a 46-29 lead. Utah went 0-for-7 from the field and committed seven turnovers during that span.

The Utes' first field goal of the second half was a 3-pointer by Both Gach with 8:50 remaining. Utah was 5-for-20 from the field in the second half, with four of those made baskets coming in the final 3:12 after the Huskies took a 22-point lead.

Utah got off to a hot start as Barefield made his first four 3-point attempts in the opening seven minutes, the last giving the Utes at 17-7 lead.

But Barefield picked up his second foul with more than 10 minutes remaining before the intermission and had to spend most of the rest of the half on the bench.

The Huskies responded with a 13-3 run, tying the score at 20 on Thybulle's 3-pointer with 6:12 left.

Washington didn't take its first lead until Nowell's driving layup with 2:20 remaining before the intermission.

--Field Level Media

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