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Utes could have Barefield and Collette on the court for their next game

CINCINNATI — If, as expected, grades are posted this week, Utah will have transfers Sedrick Barefield (SMU) and David Collette (Utah State) on the court for the first time Saturday when Prairie View A&M visits the Huntsman Center.

It was something Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak discussed with the Utes after Saturday’s 77-69 loss at Xavier.

“We just talked about it. I think both of those young men have made a great sacrifice. It’s not easy to transfer, and they both had their own reasons to do so,” Krystkowiak said. “But from our perspective, what their statement is is that we believe in Utah. We want to come and join you. They both left really good situations and sacrificed some playing time and some games, and we’re all ready to welcome them back into the fray.”

Krystkowiak added that the Utes need what both Barefield and Collette, who have yet to play in games this season because of NCAA transfer rules, bring to the table.

“Sedric is really a dynamic guard with the ball in his hands, got to get him to guard, and David’s as good of a post player as we have on our team,” Krystkowiak continued. “So I think they’ll both help us out.”

The coach expressed confidence that no one will have a problem accepting roles on the team with the additions.

“There’s only 200 minutes in a game, and we understand it’s always about us and not me,” he said.

INSTANT OFFENSE: At the end of the first half and the start of the second, Devon Daniels scored 12 straight points for Utah. The freshman finished with a game-high 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field.

“Devon’s a wildcard,” said teammate Kyle Kuzma. “He can really break people down.”

FIRST TIME, SORT OF: This was the first meeting between Utah and Xavier. The second is scheduled for next season in the Huntsman Center. The latter, however, will not mark the initial visit by the Musketeers to the home of the Utes. They played an NCAA Tournament game up on the hill in 2006 and dropped a 79-75 decision to Gonzaga. In 2010, Xavier returned to Salt Lake City for March Madness — this time downtown — and fell to Kansas State 101-96 in double overtime.