After a scintillating opening night around the Pac-12, there was Tuesday. Nobody likes Tuesday's-especially when you come out on the losing end.
Thankfully, Utah's game included the immortal Bill Walton on commentary, alongside his partner in crime, Dave Pasch. Those that tuned in to Utah/San Diego State during ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon were treated to the comedic gold that occurs when one gives Walton an open live microphone.
It was just Utah and Oregon State taking to the hardwood for the men on Tuesday, with only one coming out victorious.
#16 San Diego State 53, #25 Utah 49: The Viejas Arena was packed for a 1 p.m. local start time in San Diego, which seemed curious on a Tuesday afternoon. Then Walton and Pasch explained that in fact, students had been allowed to miss class in order to attend the game. It's great to see where the Aztecs' priorities lie.
In the first half, it was defensive warfare. The Utes led 18-17 at the break and Walton seemed ready to leap out onto the court and dunk on somebody. The scoring would increase in the second half, but both teams would finish with a shooting percentage starting with 32 percent.
Not a single player would reach double-figures in points for the Utes. It was a particularly rough night for senior guard Delon Wright, who would go 2-for-13 from the field and 0-for-5 from beyond the arc. Yet, he would still lead the team in assists (five) and steals (three) while compiling a complete game just short of making baskets.
On the court for nearly 90 percent of the action was the freshman from Austria, Jakob Poeltl. He was arguably the Utes' best player in the game even though he would take only three shots and score four points. Cleaning up the glass with 12 rebounds, he also had a game-high seven blocks. Bill Walton would have been proud.
Oregon State 86, Corban 62: Unquestionably, the most fascinating part of this game was posing the query of where Corban University was located to our followers on Twitter and watching them squirm with guesses. Montana? Dallas? A remote Alaskan fishing island? While those all seemed plausible, when Salem was revealed as the answer, even yours trouble felt a bit silly for not thinking of that before.
Making people look silly was Gary Payton II. The second coming of "The Glove" did a little bit of everything; he would lead the team in points (16), rebounds (nine), assists (four), blocks (three) and steals (two).
There would be five Beavers who finished in double-figures scoring against their state counterparts. Now, the fun question becomes, who can guess Corban's nickname?