Utah continues to thrive in the NCAA transfer portal. After securing commitments from four offensive transfers — all of whom are rated among the best available — the Utes added another player, but this time on the defensive side of the ball. Former Alabama linebacker Brandon "Ale" Kaho announced his commitment to Utah via Twitter on Thursday night.
The loss to Oregon is going to be particularly difficult to get over as it was a game the Utes felt as if they had a great opportunity to pull out the win late. Trailing 65-64 with 10 seconds left, freshman guard Pelle Larsson had the ball and drove to the hoop where he was cut off. He then pivoted and kicked the ball out to junior forward Timmy Allen.
After a half marked by miscues, turnovers, missed passes and a handful of fouls, the Ducks trailed 35-33. A USC loss to Arizona earlier in the evening left the Ducks in control of their own destiny despite a less-than-ideal number of games played. With a major test in store at USC in two days, games like tonight’s were ones the Ducks needed to win.