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Utah’s non-conference schedule is Uh-Ga-Lee

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Utah released their non-conference schedule this afternoon and it … well … it’s got 12 games on it.

Beyond that, however, Utah’s schedule is weak enough that my men’s league team might be able to shoot our way into being competitive. (Sidenote: Webb Construction is a dynasty in Northern Virginia. Either that, or usually over .500. One of the two.)

Seriously, take a look (via Bill Oram at the Salt Lake Tribune):

Nov. 2: Simon Frasher (exhibition)
Nov. 9: Willamette
Nov. 16: Sacramento State
Nov. 21-24: Hosting a tournament including Central Michigan, Idaho State and Wright State
Nov. 28: at SMU
Nov. 30: at Texas State
Dec. 5: Boise State
Dec. 8: at BYU
Dec. 14: Evergreen State
Dec. 18: SMU
Dec. 21: Cal State Northridge

Going to BYU is a rivalry game and, hopefully, will always be put on the schedule. The Cougars should be pretty good next season as well.

But beyond that? Yuck.

Not a single program that the Utes will face had a winning record last season. That includes NAIA programs Evergreen State and Williamette, who went 1-26 and 5-20, respectively. The best team on the schedule is either SMU, who is relevant simply because their head coach is Larry Brown, or Boise State, who finished at the bottom of the MWC last season but has a roster with a decent amount of young talent.

I’m not even going to mention the fact that rivalries with Utah State and Weber State have been ended, because I’m sick of writing about rivalries ending. (Yes, it sucks.)

It is obvious what Utah is trying to do here. After finishing last season with a 6-25 record, Larry Krystowiak is trying to ensure that his team gets some victories, and in the process keep his seat out of the heater. The problem is that Utah isn’t exactly expected to be great next season, which means that if his team doesn’t go at least 9-3 or 10-2 — which is quite possible — than don’t be surprised if rumblings about Larry K’s job start to pop up.

(Photo via Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

BUBBLE BANTER: Today’s key bubble games

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HERE IS THE FULL SCHEDULE OF BUBBLE GAMES TODAY. THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON AND NIGHT.

Florida State at Wake Forest, 12:00 p.m.
George Washington at VCU, 12:00 p.m.
Cincinnati at Memphis, 12:00 p.m.
Temple at UCF, 12:00 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s at Fordhan, 2:00 p.m.
New Mexico at San Diego State, 4:00 p.m.
Pacific at BYU, 4:00 p.m.
No. 25 South Carolina at No. 8 Texas A&M 4:00 p.m.
Clemson at Virginia Tech, 4:00 p.m.
Cal at Stanford, 4:00 p.m.
Valparaiso at UIC, 4:00 p.m.
Butler at St. John’s, 4:30 p.m.
No. 23 Arizona at Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Auburn at Georgia, 5:30 p.m.
Mississippi State at LSU, 6:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss, 8:00 p.m.
Colorado at Oregon State, 8:30 p.m.
Georgetown at Seton Hall, 9:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at San Diego, 9:00 p.m.
Gonzaga at Pepperdine, 12:00 a.m.

Sherrod sets consecutive field goals record as Yale beats Columbia 86-72

Yale forward Brandon Sherrod (35) comes down with an offensive rebound between SMU's Markus Kennedy (5), Nic Moore (11) and Shake Milton (1) diuring the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Brandon Sherrod scored 25 points — and set the Division I single-season record for consecutive field goals made — to help Yale beat Columbia 86-72 Friday and take over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings.

Justin Sears added 27 points for the Bulldogs (14-5, 5-0), who have won nine in a row, their longest win streak since closing the 1961-62 regular season with nine-straight wins.

Sherrod made his first five field-goal attempts, extending his streak of consecutive field goals made to 30 and breaking the Division I single-season record of 26 straight previously held by Eastern Michigan’s James Thompson and Bowling Green’s Torian Oglesby.

He hadn’t missed a field goal since January 16th.

Two foul shots by Sherrod sparked a 12-0 run by Yale that made it 72-58 with 3:40 left.

The Bulldogs made 14 of 16 free throws in the final three minutes to seal it.

Maodo Lo had 21 points and a career-high seven steals for Columbia (15-7, 4-1), which had its six-game win streak snapped.