Marco Anthony dribbles the ball during a drill as the University of Utah’s men’s basketball team opens camp with practice inside the Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah players aren’t surprised they are off to a 5-0 start, say they will be ready to roll against rival Cougars Saturday at the Huntsman Center
Utah’s 5-0 basketball team blew its cover a little bit last weekend, winning the Sunshine Slam with victories over Boston College and Tulsa and serving notice that the Runnin’ Utes could be much better than a lot of preseason prognosticators thought they would be.
But returning players Jaxson Brenchley and Riley Battin aren’t surprised, they said Wednesday afternoon after the Utes practiced for the first time since returning from Florida.
“We prepare to win every game,” Brenchley said. “If we lose, that is not expected. We expect to win. That’s how we roll.”
“I think we grew closer as a team, for sure. It obviously helps to come back with a trophy. We played some really good teams and we were able to bond off the court as well. I think it was all good.” — Utah basketball forward Riley Battin.
Added Battin: “I think we grew closer as a team, for sure. It obviously helps to come back with a trophy. We played some really good teams and we were able to bond off the court as well. I think it was all good.”
Having defeated Abilene Christian, Sacramento State, Bethune-Cookman, Boston College and Tulsa by an average of 16.5 points, the Utes turn their attention to easily the most difficult part of their pre-Christmas schedule.
They will host No. 18 BYU — which hosted Texas Southern on …read more
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