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Stanford at Utah: Tree Up, Tree Down

Chasson Randle was up and down, which was good enough to earn him a Tree Up.
Chasson Randle was up and down, which was good enough to earn him a Tree Up.

It's flattering that Utah fans consider last night's 58-57 triumph over Stanford the team's biggest win of the year. Considering they only have SIX to choose from, I suppose it's true. Here's a look at three good and three bad things from the loss in Salt Lake City.


Stanford hadn't played at Utah since the 1973-74 season and Salt Lake City is rather beautiful. Hopefully the team had some time to do some sightseeing when it wasn't practicing layups and free throws.


Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell both started the game, but played only 10 and 17 minutes, respectively. Assuming that neither plays extended minutes in the season finale against Cal -- start Jack Trotter, perhaps? -- they should be completely recharged for the Pac-12 Tournament. Brilliant.

Chasson Randle

Let's overlook the five turnovers, zero assists, and missed 3-pointer at the buzzer. Randle filled it up again with 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Mental Mindset

"They wanted it more than we did," Randle said after the game. "We didn't bring that mental mind-set. That's why we came up short."

Someone needs to be responsible for reminding the team to bring its mental mind-set to Staples Center next month. Johnny?

3-Point Shooting

Stanford players not named Randle were 1-for-11 from long range. Anthony Brown was 1-for-6. Aaron Bright missed all three of his 3-point attempts as part of his 1-for-8 night.

FT Shooting

Obviously. The Cardinal wasn't terrible from the FT line -- 9-of-14 -- but Stefan Nastic and Josh Owens missed a couple of crucial shots in the final 2 minutes. If Stanford had only remembered its mental mind-set! Utah, which shot 1-for-9 from the line in its 68-65 loss at Stanford, was 17-for-21 last night. Sure, a missed free throw set up Randle's potential game-winner, but the Utes shot more than well enough to win.