Taking on Utah at home is a game the Wildcats needed to win big, as they are the much better and more talented team than the Utes. Fortunately, they did exactly that, winning 80-51 on Thursday night.
It was their biggest win over Utah in the history of the rivalry.
Damian Lillard led the team with the type of performance we have come to expect from him, scoring 22 points and dishing out 5 assists while taking good care of the basketball. Three other guys scored in double figures, as Scott Bamforth (10 points), James Hajek (10 points), and Kyle Tresnak (10 points) all contributed. It was a nice, confidence-building performance for the Wildcats heading into conference play.
The sad thing is that this could be the last game in Ogden between these two teams, as Utah will reportedly not be making the trip now that they are part of the Pac-12. It is sad to see that happen, as they in-state Utah rivalries always provide competitive, heated games. It is good for the state to have these types of games, and it is a shame they won't be coming to Ogden again.
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