The national storyline is a rare meeting between two big men: Utah’s Jakob Poeltl (7-foot) versus Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis (6-11) with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line (6:45 p.m., TNT).
“It’s certainly a storyline that’s going to have a lot to do with the outcome — how they guard (Poeltl), how we guard Sabonis, collectively, how it all plays out,” said Larry Krystkowiak, who coaches the third-seeded Utes.
Here in the Treasure Valley, eyes will be on two smaller players, both from area high schools. The 11th-seeded Zags rely on senior guard Kyle Dranginis (Skyview), who had eight points and six rebounds in 38 minutes of Thursday’s win over Seton Hall.
Utah’s roster includes sophomore guard Isaiah Wright (Borah), who didn’t play in the opening win over Fresno State.