Runnin' Utes Face Another Big Test against Sooners


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Oklahoma Sooners
@ Utah Utes

Saturday, Dec 12, 2009, 1:00 PM PST
Jon M. Huntsman Center

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Utah's big win against Michigan Wednesday must be in the past if the Utes hope to continue their success.  Utah (5-4) took apart the Michigan Wolverines (4-4) and hope to ride the momentum on Saturday.   Oklahoma (6-3) has been hot of late, riding a four game winning streak into Salt Lake City.

The Sooners were ranked as high as #16 in the preseason.  OU will be lead by Willie Warren who is averaging 18.6 points with 5 assists per game.  There have been concerns that Warren isn't accepting the leadership role well. Complimenting Warren in the backcourt  will be Tony Crocker who has improved much this season averaging 13.7 points and 7 rebounds per game.

For the Runnin' Utes they must continue 

what  they have been doing on the glass.  Utah outrebounded Michigan 34-21. Rebounding and winning loose balls have been the struggle in this early season.  Utah will be lead defensively by David Foster who is averaging about 4 blocks per game.  On the offensive side it will be the energetic freshmen Marshall Henderson who had a career game against Michigan with 22 points.

This game looks to be a toss up as both teams are very athletic and well coached.  This will be the Sooners second road game of the year and must match the intensity of Utah to be able to come away with the win.  Utah has been highlighting this matchup for quite some time and it should be electric in Salt Lake City.  The key for the Runnin' Utes will be to rebound, win the loose balls and control Willie Warren.  Defensive minded Jace Tavita will receive the challenge.

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