10. Utah Utes (8-8, 2-2 Pac-12) LW: 6
The Utes have been one of the most interesting teams in the Pac-12 this season, as their inconsistent play has produced a different team every conference game.
After beginning conference play with what many considered to be a shocking upset of Arizona State behind five-three pointers from Sedrick Barefield, they took another top team in the Pac-12, Arizona, to OT before falling in the final minutes.
The victory and competitive loss seemed to be a shock at the time, given the team’s less-than-stellar non-conference record of 6-6.
Since the impressive play against the Arizona schools, the Utes have fallen back to the team they appeared to be in non-conference, evident in the team’s double-digit loss to Washington.
Utah’s offense seemed out-of-sync in the loss. After scoring 96 and 81 against ASU and Arizona, respectively, the Utes were only able to score a mere 53 points against the Huskies.
Following the loss to Washington, Utah cruised to an expected double-digit victory over Washington State in form of what the team had looked like in the first two games of conference play.
The Utes have shown flashes of potential to not only hang with some of the best competition in the Pac-12, but to beat them as well.
But in order for Utah to be ranked among one of the top teams in the conference, they will have to show a sense of consistently in the coming weeks against Colorado, Stanford, and California.