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Tune in every week as DeseretNews.com writer Carter Williams and contributor Jay Yeomans discuss the hottest topics in Utah sports and in the country.

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Tune in every week as DeseretNews.com writer Carter Williams and contributor Jay Yeomans discuss the hottest topics in Utah sports and in the country.

    Episode 64 - Utah center Jakob Poeltl declares for NBA Draft

    Episode 64 - Utah center Jakob Poeltl declares for NBA Draft

    In this episode, listen to audio from Jakob Poeltl's press conference where he announces his decision to opt for the NBA after two seasons with the Utah Runnin' Utes, plus where he's projected to go.

    NBA Podcast - Jazz fall important game, Playoff picture and more

    NBA Podcast - Jazz fall important game, Playoff picture and more

    Ryan McDonald and Kincade Upstill discuss Utah Jazz's playoff odds after a disappointing loss, as well as Golden State chasing history.

    NBA Podcast - Jazz's important game against Houston; Looking at Shelvin Mack's future with Jazz

    NBA Podcast - Jazz's important game against Houston; Looking at Shelvin Mack's future with Jazz

    DeseretNews.com writer Ryan McDonald and contributor Kinkade Upstill discuss Utah Jazz's important matchup with Houston on Wednesday and the future of point guard Shelvin Mack.

    Episode 63 - A deeper look into Utah's matchup with Fresno State in NCAA tournament

    Episode 63 - A deeper look into Utah's matchup with Fresno State in NCAA tournament

    March Madness is finally here! And with that, Utah and Weber State will represent the state in this year's tournament field, with Utah receiving a No. 3 seed, facing No. 14 Fresno State in Denver on Thursday. Weber State, the Big Sky Conference champions, received a No. 15 seed and will play No. 2 Xavier on Friday.

    In this week's episode, DeseretNews.com writer Carter Williams takes a deeper look at Utah and its analytical tournament odds, where Utah is the probability favorite to make it to the Sweet 16 from the Denver pod of the Midwest Region. Also, listen to audio from Utah players Brandon Taylor, Kyle Kuzma, Jakob Poeltl and Jordan Loveridge as they reacted to the news on Sunday, as well as head coach Larry Krystkowiak.

    Utah, of course, made it to the Sweet 16 last year before losing out to eventual champion Duke. This year the team is looking for more with experience under its belt.

    "I think it's big difference as in we've been (to the tournament) before, I think that's the biggest thing for us," Utah forward Kyle Kuzma said on Sunday. "We have at least seven guys that have played for us in the dance. I think that'll help out big time for us."

    Finally, Carter chats with Mountain West Connection writer Matthew Kenerly to get a better picture of the Mountain West Conference champion Fresno State Bulldogs (25-9). Fresno State comes into Thursday's matchup on a nine-game winning streak, and guard Marvelle Harris leads the way averaging 20.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game this season.

    Kenerly says Fresno State isn't the best jump shooting or 3-point shooting team and could struggle in the paint against Poeltl, but the key to success this season and especially down the stretch has been forcing turnovers, which the Bulldogs lead the conference in steals at 8.2 per game and with a +4.29 turnover margin, and a better shot selection.

    "I feel like they’ve been more successful when they’ve avoided the temptation to throw up a lot of 3-pointers," he says.

    He adds Fresno State is a team that knows how to rally, which makes it a difficult team to play.

    "This is a team that (if they get) down, you're not going to see any panic on the court," Kenerly say. "This is a team that has three or four guys that can score, two or three guys that can rebound, that can play defense and that can work their way back into a game and make it competitive. They found a way to come back, I believe, six times on the season from double-digit deficits, so even if Utah gets ahead at any point, I wouldn't get too comfortable because Fresno State is a team that can come back."

    This and much, much more on the Deseret News Sports Podcast!

    Episode 62 -

    Episode 62 -

    Selection Sunday is just days away and in this week's episode, national college basketball analytics expert Ken Pomeroy joins DeseretNews.com writer Carter Williams in Las Vegas to answer questions about the Pac-12 Tournament, where Utah, California, Oregon and Arizona each advanced to the semifinals.

    Pomeroy also discusses the NCAA teams in the Pac-12 and across the country on the bubble and who he believes will get in and who can make an impact within the Pac-12 and country. That includes bubble teams such as Wichita State, Monmouth, Valparaiso and Syracuse.

    It has been a wild ride during the conference tournament season, where teams other than the No. 1 seed won 11 of the first 12 conference tournaments played. Will that upset-heavy trend carry into the NCAA Tournament?

    Pomeroy answers that too. As well as the teams starting to pull away as national title favorites.

    This and much, much more on the Deseret News Sports Podcast!

    Episode 61 - Deseret News Sports Podcast: Poeltl for Pac-12 POY? A look into BYU spring football

    Episode 61 - Deseret News Sports Podcast: Poeltl for Pac-12 POY? A look into BYU spring football

    A look into how Utah has won six straight and 11 of 13. The argument is also made on why Jakob Poeltl could be Pac-12 player of the year, as the sophomore center enters the week leading the conference in player efficiency rating and field goal percentage, while second in scoring and third in rebounding.

    Diving into BYU basketball headed to Las Vegas and Kyle Collinsworth winning the player of the year in the conference. Williams and Judd also make their WCC tournament predictions.

    With BYU spring football underway, Judd talks about Jamaal Williams and Taysom Hill returning to practice, as well as the status of center Tejan Koroma. In addition, hear from Hill and head coach Kalani Sitake as they prepare for the 2016 season.

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