Arizona Vs. Utah Preview: Wildcats Hit The Road, Face Utes In Salt Lake City

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24: Solomon Hill #44 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after a play against the Duke Blue Devils during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Wildcats take their show on the road to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes.

Coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Oregon Ducks in their last time out, the Arizona Wildcats (12-6, 3-2 Pac-12) head out to Salt Lake City to take on the struggling Utah Utes (4-13, 1-4 Pac-12) for their first conference game there since Feb. 16, 1978.

The already sputtering Utes will be without leading scorer Josh 'Jiggy' Watkins after being dismissed from the team on Wednesday, which is unfortunate for Utah but particularly advantageous for the Wildcats, who are looking to join Stanford and Cal amongst the Pac-12 elite this season. Utah has only center Jason Washburn left as a doulbe-digit scorer on their squad.

This will be the 50th meeting between the two schools as Utah holding the 28-21 series lead. Arizona has taken last three games, including a 84-71 win back on March 20, 2009 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Regional in Miami.

I'd look for Josiah Turner and Solomon Hill to have big games tonight as the Utes will struggle having to look elsewhere for the brunt of their offensive production without Watkins.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m. MST

Location: Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000), Salt Lake City, Utah

Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)

TV: KWBA-TV/FOX Sports Arizona (Dave Sitton/Corey Williams)

Online Coverage: Gametracker | Live Audio

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