LAS VEGAS —For the fifth time in eight years, Oregon has defeated Utah in the Pac-12 Tournament. The latest addition was a 66-54 decision late Thursday in the quarterfinals at T-Mobile Arena.
History hasn’t been kind to Utah when it comes to facing Oregon in the conference tourney.
The Ducks defeated the Utes 88-57 in the 2016 championship game. They knocked them out in the quarterfinals last year (68-66) and in the semifinals in both 2013 (64-45) and 2015 (67-64).
After securing the No. 3 seed in this year’s tournament, Utah senior Parker Van Dyke acknowledged there was plenty of reason for optimism considering the parity within the Pac-12.
“Even though this is one of the youngest teams I’ve been on and probably not even the best record-wise team, this may be our best chance to win the tournament because of how close in competition everybody is.”.
In order to defeat Oregon, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak noted that the Utes needed to do a much better job taking care of the ball than they did in a 78-72 loss to the Ducks in January. They gave up 29 points on 19 turnovers that night in the Huntsman Center.
As the rematch in Las Vegas approached, Krystkowiak …read more
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