Morning links: Jazz in top 3 in midseason power rankings; Whittingham, Sitake ranked

In the latest NBA Power Rankings by Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes the Utah Jazz jumped three spots, up to No. 3.

Of Utah’s recent play, he wrote, “The Utah Jazz haven’t been world-beaters lately, but they’re not so far removed from a six-game winning streak that ended Monday. And it’s easy to rationalize a pair of losses, one that came via a Russell Westbrook game-winner and another in Denver on the second night of a back-to-back set.”

Hughes continued, “Boasting a 15-3 record in games when both Gordon Hayward and George Hill play, Utah’s only clear weakness remains health. And with Alec Burks returning to the fold (and showing an athletic burst nobody else on the roster can touch), the Jazz are as close to whole as they’ve been all season.”

BYU and Utah coaches ranked

Pat Forde of Yahoo!Sports ranked the college coaches on a 1-to-5 scale based on a Fan Satisfaction Index.

Forde gave Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and BYU coach Kalani Sitake both a three, or what Forde calls, “stay the course.”

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