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College basketball expert Jon Rothstein predicts Utes will be one of the most improved teams in country next season

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Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (1) and guard Both Gach (11) celebrate after the Utes scored on the Colorado Buffaloes at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

After finishing 16-15 last season and losing in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament to Oregon State, Utah basketball figures to be improved next season. So far, its core looks to be coming back and the Utes will add a top-30 national recruiting class, the second-best in the Pac-12.

College basketball expert Jon Rothstein sees the Utes as one of the most improved teams in the country next season, according to a video for Yahoo Sports.

“Larry Krystkowiak had moments last year at Utah where it looked like the Utes had a chance to be one of the more relevant teams in the Pac-12. The nucleus of Rylan Jones, Both Gach and Timmy Allen, all back for another season. Larry Krystkowiak obviously a very proven coach. We’ve seen programs put teams together year by year, Utah has real continuity right now. The Utes to me look like a top 6 or 7 team in the Pac-12 next season. That means they’re good enough to compete for a berth in the 2021 NCAA Tournament,” Rothstein said.