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BYU, Utah set for big Saturday games; Eric Weddle is fighting against domestic violence

Both BYU and Utah took care of business on Thursday, setting up a big Saturday night for basketball in Utah.

The Cougars will look to add a high-quality win to their tournament resume when they play No. 3 Gonzaga in Spokane, Saturday at 8 p.m.

Following the Bulldogs’ 22nd straight win over San Diego on Thursday, ESPN’s Myron Medcalf wrote how there is no doubt that Gonzaga should be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

“Logic does not support the idea of Gonzaga as anything but a No. 1 seed,” Medcalf writes. “It's a simple discussion that does not demand sophistication, advanced analysis, eye tests or strength of schedule dissections. Common sense is the only thing that's required.”

Medcalf also notes in the article that BYU “probably needs a win at Gonzaga on Saturday to earn at-large consideration for the field of 68.”

When Selection Sunday rolls around one of Gonzaga’s top competitors for the No. 1 seed in the West is the team that will be visiting the Huntsman Center Saturday night — Arizona.

When the No. 13 Utes and No. 7 Wildcats face off on Saturday at 7 p.m there will be more than tournament seeding in the line. With a win, Utah can pull even with Arizona at the top of the Pac-12 standings.

Though the Wildcats had little trouble beating Colorado in their primer for the highly anticipated showdown against the Utes did them one better. Utah went to halftime on Thursday with a 41-9 lead over Arizona State, and that score raised a few eyebrows around the country.

Sporting News compared the performance to No. 1 Kentucky’s blowout over UCLA earlier this season, when the Wildcats held the Bruins to just seven points in the first half.

SB Nation did a quick write up of the first half saying, “NINE. 9. nine. That is not too good, ASU. The Sun Devils had 10 turnovers. Utah had 10 blocks. Arizona State had nine points. Nine.”

SportsCenter’s official Twitter account posted a picture of the halftime box score with the caption, “It's safe to say No. 13 Utah is upset about losing its last game…”

It’s also safe to say that Utah fans are a little excited for the Saturday matchup. Immediately following Thursday’s game, some members of Utah’s student section had set up camp outside of the arena to secure the best possible seats for the Arizona game.

It’s not just Saturday night that is filled with basketball fun, either. Utah high school basketball tournaments will tip off at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and will go essentially all day, with six state titles being decided.

Here is the schedule for the championship games:

11 a.m. — Girls Basketball: 3A State Tournament Championship Game

12:30 p.m. — Boys Basketball: 5A State Tournament Championship Game

1 p.m. — Boys Basketball: 3A State Tournament Championship Game

4 p.m. — Boys Basketball: 4A State Tournament Championship Game

5 p.m. — Girls Basketball: 2A State Tournament Championship Game

7 p.m. — Boys Basketball: 2A State Tournament Championship Game

All the games can be streamed live on DeseretNews.com.

And for those that like the professional version of basketball, the Jazz play the Bucks on Saturday night at the EnergySolutions Arena.

Weddle fighting against domestic violence

San Diego Charger safety, and former Ute, Eric Weddle is taking part in the fight against domestic violence.

Weddle is helping with the Hope Five campaign to raise money in a similar fashion as the ALS ice bucket challenge last year. A report by CBS 8 in San Diego said the main focus of the hope five challenge is to let every victim of domestic violence to know there is a safe haven where they can go.

Other links:

— Indiana Pacers forward Paul George went through his first full practice since breaking his leg last summer.

— Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday.

— A NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car was stolen from a hotel parking lot.