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The texts started flooding in right away, Delon Wright said. He hadn't realized so many people had watched the game.
You tend to get attention for a steal-and-dunk play that SportsCenter plucks for its top 10 highlights, like Wright did against BYU. At least 20 texts, he estimated, on a play that went viral in Utah's 65-61 win.
But like he has after every game this season, Wright plans to let the past go. While the Runnin' Utes (7-1) definitely had some time to revel in their rivalry win in Provo, No. 10 Kansas lays ahead. Utah is riding a six-game winning streak, but the players try to remember not to take the success for granted.
"I think we're just resetting every game," Wright said. "Wichita State and BYU could've went a different way. We could be feeling sorry for ourselves right now. But we're winning right now, so we can't complain. We're going to get better and try to get this win."
It's one of the toughest stretches of the year for Utah: The non-conference schedule is peaking in difficulty, which coincides with a surge in respect and credibility for the program. On Saturday, that test is Kansas, a program led by a coach that is as blue-blooded as any in college basketball. Though it's technically a neutral court game, one expects to see a lot of blue.
Utah is looking more formidable by the week, rising into the top 15 in the rankings for the first time since 2005 and coming off a BYU road win for the first time in just as long. But Larry Krystkowiak prefers to see his team act like they've won nothing.
He sees the mistakes from the BYU game: the poor free throw shooting (19 for 30), the offensive malaise (nine minutes without a field goal), the turnovers (15). The victories make those problems easier to digest, but no less critical to correct.
"Winning is a really good medicine, it helps a lot of things," he said. "But I think it's very important that we had a number of things that were broken in Wichita State game and the BYU game that we need to get better at. And that's what's fun. You get better, hopefully you can learn through some wins, work through some of those mistakes. It makes it a little more palatable."
Of particular concern this week: How to score on a zone. For long stretches at a time, Utah couldn't seem to find the ways to puncture BYU's scheme. They didn't penetrate particularly consistently, they didn't hit many 3-pointers, and they didn't find entry passes to their bigs.
If Utah had lost, the tenor of those discussions would've been much more difficult to handle. As things stand, it's simply room for improvement.
"We learned a lot from watching film this afternoon of BYU," Krystkowiak said. "We've got to move the ball. We've got to do a much better job of feeding our high post and feeding our low post."
So celebrate briefly. Then reset. Then buy into the next gameplan.
If Utah is going to make the long haul to March, Krystkowiak said, they'll need that mentality.
No. 13 Utah at No. 10 Kansas
P Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.
Tip-off Saturday, 1:15 p.m.
TV • ESPN