Who watched the live stream of the Utah basketball game last night? Based on the attendance of the fans last night the answer is not many. You probably just followed the few of us who were tweeting about it or you are waiting for someone to write about it. Here is a few of my observations. As I watched this game I was looking to see who the backup point guard was, who Dallin Bachinski will be, and how much the team will push up the tempo.
1. Backup Point Guard. Delon Wright is clearly the point guard for the Utes. When he was off the floor, Taylor seems to be stepping in, but it isn’t like he is running the offense. The backup point guard is going to be by committee. Just look at the assist stats: Tucker had 2, Loveridge had 3, Taylor had 2, Van had Dyke 2, and Wright had 8.
The difference when Wright is on the floor is substantial. In one sequence Taylor forced a shot just inside the three point line which is one of the worst shots to take statistically. (Yes, he made it). Insert Wright and the Utes end up with a shot in the paint and a trip to the free throw line, not that the free throw line was very efficient last night.
2. Dallin Bachinski. The junkyard dog role didn’t come out really for Bachinski. I don’t know that he played enough to make that impression though. When he was in he hustled. However, it isn’t a good sign when the only thing I remember from the game was his attempt at a reverse layup and how I cringed as I watched it happen.
3. Playing Faster. Well, in the first half the Utes had 4 fast break points. I don’t think that qualifies as playing fast. In the second half this changed completely with 12 fast break points. The game really sped up for the Utes in the 2nd half. Jordan Loveridge spoke after the game how nice it was to get easy buckets, especially the ones that came with free throws afterwards.
The Utes start the season next week on Friday at 6pm against Evergreen State. The game will be televised on the PAC-12 Network.