Having righted themselves again - the Runnin' Utes tonight take on a team with real personality problems.
The San Jose State Spartans, who visit the Huntsman Center at 7:30 p.m. as Utah's last nonconference opponent before beginning WAC play Saturday at home, have compiled a strange 3-4 record so far.Picked to place last in the Big West Conference, the Spartans' three wins have been over impressive opponents - Stanford, Gonzaga and Fresno State (74-62 on Saturday). Coach Stan Morrison has said he has the best athletes he's had in three years with the Spartans. The Fresno win came without Daryl Scot, the team's leading scorer.
But the Spartans' losses are 71-56 to Santa Clara, 55-51 at Montana, 60-57 at Montana State and, ouch!, 66-43 at Drake.
Utah, meanwhile, hopes it's learned not to feel too self-satisfied. After beating Texas two Saturday nights ago to come back from a hard loss at Arizona, the Utes fell to Utah State in Logan on Tuesday. Embarrassed about that loss, they took it out on their next Saturday-night opponent, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, beating the Panthers by 34.
In that game, Josh Grant shot 8-for-8 from the field, 2-for-2 at the line, for 20 points. He had 11 rebounds. Byron Wilson topped him with 21 points on 7-for-15, 1-for-3 shooting. The whole team shot 61 percent from the field and combined for 31 assists.
Utah stands 6-2.