Courtesy of Jimmy Boyd
Washington @ Utah
I have no problem backing the Utes at home as a double-digit favorite against the Huskies. Utah was able to snap a short two-game skid with a 74-70 win at home against Washington State. It was far from an impressive performance and head coach Larry Krystkowiak made sure to let his team know it. It was a bit of a flat spot and now has them primed for a huge bounce back effort here at home against Washington.
The big news with this game and the Huskies is whether or not star freshman Markelle Fultz will play, as he sat out the last game with knee pain. Given how the Huskies are 9-15 and have nothing to play for, I have a hard time believing they will rush him back. With that said, even if he does play, I still like the Utes here. Note that Fultz ha 30 points at home against the Utes earlier this season and Washington still lost the game by 22-points. This is also an awful spot for the Huskies, playing in the thin air of Utah just 2 days after playing in the thin air of Colorado. Not to mention Washington is 2-8 on the road, while the Utes are 11-3 at home. If Fultz ends up sitting this is going to get ugly in a hurry and if he plays I still see the Utes winning by 15+ points.