Here are some of the things Utah needs to do if the Utes have a chance at winning tonight against the Sun Devils. Easy to type, much more difficult to execute on a basketball court.
1) Contain Jahii Carson - Again, much more difficult to do. Carson is a dynamo with the basketball, explosive in the open floor, a good shooter, very difficult to stay in front of. Because of him, you can expect Utah to play a lot of zone defense. He's that dynamic off the dribble. He averages 17 points per game. Making him earn his offense is essential. Turning him into a jump-shooter is almost as important.
2) Take care of the ball - The last two weeks have been infiltrated by gobs of unforced turnovers from the Utah guards. And that was against people like Cal State Northridge. Arizona State will ramp up the defensive pressure, and Pac-12 defenses following will do the same. Utah is the one team in the league that could have a low possession usage in the next two months. Turnovers will hurt the Utes more than most teams.