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Utah Utes to take on Arizona Wildcats

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TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 26: Aaron Gordon #11 of the Arizona Wildcats slam dunks over Dallin Bachynski #31 of the Utah Utes during the college basketball game at McKale Center on January 26, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Utes 65-56. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 19: Aaron Gordon #11 of the Arizona Wildcats looks down court during their game against the Utah Utes at the Jon M. Huntsman Center February 19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 19: Head coach Sean Miller of the Arizona Wildcats gestures during their game against the Utah Utes at the Jon M. Huntsman Center February 19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 19: Utah Utes students try to disrupt Arizona Wildcats free throw shooters during their game at the Jon M. Huntsman Center February 19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 19: The Utah Utes mascot 'Swoop' performs during their game against the Arizona Wildcats at the Jon M. Huntsman Center February 19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 19: Kaleb Tarczewski #35 of the Arizona Wildcats blocks the shot of Dallin Bachynski #31 of the Utah Utes during their game at the Jon M. Huntsman Center February 19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 26: Jordan Loveridge #21 of the Utah Utes handles the ball during the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on January 26, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Utes 65-56. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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By: Jacob D. Cavanah

LAS VEGAS – The Utah Utes will be the Arizona Wildcats first opponent in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Utes beat the Washington Huskies 67-61 on Tuesday to advance.

The first time these teams played on Jan. 16 in Arizona the Wildcats won 65-56; in Salt Lake City the No. 4 ranked Wildcats escaped in overtime 67-63 on Feb. 18.

Arizona's defense carried the team to the overtime victory. They allowed only one field goal during the final five minutes and forced a detrimental Utes turnover, which was followed by guards Nick Johnson and T.J. McConnell making their free throws to solidify the win.

The Utes had thousands of fans at the game against Washington, which could potentially foreshadow a chaotic atmosphere for the Wildcats. Beating a team three times in one season is never easy, especially when it's against a relentless opponent like Utah.

The conference rivals play Thursday at 12:00 PT at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
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