Morning links: SI, ESPN & rank the Jazz; Mika, Cougars praised after win

The latest round of NBA power rankings came out and the Utah Jazz are holding strong to their top 10 position after and impressive 4-1 road trip.’s John Schuhmann has the Jazz ranked No. 8, saying, “We knew their defense would be good, but they’re in position to finish better than the league average on both ends of the floor for the first time since Jerry Sloan’s last full season on the bench (2009-10).”

ESPN’s Marc Stein also had the Jazz in the eighth spot, saying, “The Jazz have already played a whopping eight road games and had to finish Saturday night’s win at Miami without the ailing Derrick Favors, George Hill and Boris Diaw.”

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated had the Jazz jumping up three spots to No. 8. He writes, “The hipsters were right about everyone’s favorite preseason team: the Jazz are playing the NBA’s slowest pace, holding it down on defense and getting it done.”

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