The ceremony will be one final honor for the job Majerus did while coaching the Utes into national prominence in the 1990s, one final link to the past while Utah marches on in the Pac-12 Conference.
That game in December against Boise State represents Utah's biggest win of the season. And while most of the current players are too young to remember Majerus leading the Utes to the national title game in 1998, the past few months have served as a crash course in learning of his contributions to the program.
"It's definitely an experience for a lot of them," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "To be able to move forward, you have to embrace the past. So this will be a cool thing. Rick meant so much to Utah basketball. This is a well-deserved honor for him."
Bachynski back at practice
Two days after it was announced that sophomore center Dallin Bachynski was taking an indefinite leave from basketball, it appears the leave is on the verge of being over.
The 7-footer practiced on Thursday, and looked like the old Bachynski.
He was active in rebounding and posting up.
More importantly, he was vocal like he had been earlier in the season, not quiet and withdrawn like he had become in the last few weeks.
"That's a real encouraging sign," Krystkowiak said. "He's always been one of the most vocal guys on the team, a guy who is cheering everyone on. It's good to see this out of him."
Krystkowiak and Bachynski met Thursday morning. His status for Saturday's matchup against Colorado at the Huntsman Center is undetermined.
"We are taking things day by day," Krystkowiak said. "We don't want to place any undue expectation on Dallin."
Jordan Loveridge is questionable for Saturday's game with a hyperextended knee.
Colorado at Utah
O Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
TV • ROOT