Matt Norlander of CBS Sports ranked all 351 teams heading into the 2016 basketball season, and the Utes and Cougars both landed in the top 60.
Of the Utes, who came in at No. 53, Norlander writes, “Larry Krystkowiak gonna make me look silly, I bet. He’s got another player who I think should find his way to draft night in Kyle Kuzma. He’ll be helped by the combo-guard stylings of Lorenzo Bonam. I don’t put Utah higher, because I wonder about the depth here, the quality of the Pac-12 and a defense that’s probably not going to be keeping most top-100 opponents under 72 points per game.”