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Morning links: Utes a potential Final Four team?; big BYU signee runs in missionary attire

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak speaks to his team during the game against Arizona at the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak speaks to his team during the game against Arizona at the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Having won its final seven regular-season games, the University of Utah men's basketball team is as hot as any in the country with the NCAA Tournament selection show just six days away.

Momentum has shown to be a significant factor in past tournaments, and largely thanks to the victories the Runnin' Utes have piled up lately, multiple outlets over the weekend concluded that they could end up in the Final Four.

"Larry Krystkowiak's team woke up and showed why it's absolutely going to be a chic Final Four pick, no matter what it does in the upcoming Pac-12 tournament," wrote CBS Sports' Matt Norlander after Utah's comeback win over Colorado Saturday. "Utah is now 24-7 overall and 13-5 in the league. It could crack the top 10 of the polls on Monday. It will be the No. 2 (Oregon is the 1) and should finish with a higher seed than the 2014-15 team, which had a first-round draft pick in Delon Wright and got a No. 4."

The Associated Press Top 25 poll will be released at approximately 11 a.m. MT Monday.

In addition to Norlander, USA Today's Scott Gleeson penned that the Ducks and Utes could be among the last four remaining in the Big Dance.

"This year's NCAA tournament could be the wildest ever," he wrote. "But when searching for teams to be playing in April, the Pac-12 has two solid choices."

Big BYU football signee Motekiai Langi seen running on mission

On National Signing Day in 2015, the BYU football program unexpectedly signed Motekiai Langi, a 6-foot-7, 410-pounder from Tonga who has never played organized football and had only met then-head coach Bronco Mendenhall for 15 minutes.

Langi is now serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Arizona, and over the weekend, former Cougar and current local radio personality Benjamin Criddle tweeted a video of Langi running at a gas station with some other missionaries.

It's pretty impressive footage:

Various outlets reflect on Peyton Manning's career

News broke Sunday that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is expected to announce his retirement from the NFL sometime Monday, which naturally led many to reflect on his career.

  • ESPN compiled a gallery of photos taken throughout Manning's 18-year career
  • USA Today's Nate Davis put together a list of 10 of Manning's top moments on the field
  • Sports Illustrated's Peter King spoke with Manning's biggest rival, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, about Manning's departure.

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