Morning links: Jazz move up power rankings; bowls ranked; former BYU WR appreciates gift

The Utah Jazz having been playing well of late and the national media has taken notice.

In John Schuhmann’s latest Power Rankings, the Jazz moved up to the No. 6 spot.

Of the Jazz’s play recently, he wrote, “The Jazz still aren’t whole — they got Derrick Favors, but not George Hill back last week — but have won 11 of their last 13 games, ranking in the top five in both offensive and defensive efficiency over that stretch, even though they’re not getting much from starting point guard Dante Exum.”

Marc Stein’s ESPN NBA Power Rankings also have the Jazz at the No. 6 spot.

After talking about Utah’s schedule strength to this point, Stein wrote, “Another valid question: Did we get it wrong in our Defensive Player of the First Trimester assessment by picking Golden State’s Draymond Green over Rudy Gobert? Memphis’ Marc Gasol is another strong contender, frankly, given the Grizzlies’ rise to the top of the defensive efficiency standings, but Tim MacMahon makes a compelling case for Gobert’s work as rim protector/shot-changer, as well as his recent run against elite centers.”

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