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Morning links: Utah Jazz, Utes all over ESPN; Frank Jackson praised after winning McDonald's co-MVP

The Utah Jazz and Utah Utes were featured prominently by ESPN Wednesday. A rundown:

Utah Jazz

The Golden State Warriors now have 68 victories on the season after beating the Utah Jazz 103-96 in overtime Wednesday night, which puts them just five wins away from breaking the Chicago Bulls' record for most in a season.

Appearing on SportsCenter after the game, ESPN analyst Ethan Strauss praised Utah as well as Golden State, opining that of all 68 Warrior wins thus far, Wednesday's was the most impressive.

"In my memory, Steph Curry didn't have a single easy look tonight," Strauss said. "I know he finished with 31 points. I'm not sure a team did a better job defending him this season, and yet the Warriors win in overtime. It was an amazing win."

Utah Utes

Back in 2014, the University of Utah defense become known as #SackLakeCity after leading the nation in sacks with 55.

The Utes fell off that pace in 2015, and a story Wednesday by Ted Miller explored the fact that the Pac-12 Conference as a whole saw a dip in that statistic compared to recent years.

"We didn’t change anything up last season," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham told Miller. "We were definitely still trying to get after the quarterback because the percentages of the offense having a successful drive following a sack drop significantly.”

• Elsewhere on ESPN Wednesday as it relates to the Utes, softball player Hannah Flippen was named National Player of the Week, with a feature about her accompanying the honor.

• In three games, Flippen's 17 plate appearances resulted in four home runs, six RBIs, seven runs scored and nine walks. She also had a double and a few stolen bases.

"I guess things just kind of clicked this weekend and this past week," the second baseman said. "I was seeing the ball really well, obviously. And I just kind of focused on what I was doing at the plate and not so much on what the pitcher was going to do. I focused on staying in my legs and just picking a strike to hit. Sometimes I pick balls to hit, and that's when I get myself out."

Frank Jackson praised after winning McDonald's co-MVP

After Lone Peak High and Duke-bound guard Frank Jackson earned co-MVP honors at the McDonald's All-American Game Wednesday night, he received praise from's Evan Daniels in a video.

"Frank Jackson can really shoot the basketball and he got to go do that on the biggest stage there is in high school basketball," Daniels said after Jackson hit five 3-pointers. "I think he's also a guy that can get to the rim. He's quick. I thought he had a pretty good performance."

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.