The brothers went on to share something else in common. Both served LDS Church missions. Jordan served in Florida, while Dallin labored in Croatia.
"Faith is a big part of our lives. Growing up in Canada where there's not quite as many LDS people as there is in Utah or even in Arizona, you learn that it's really important to you," Dallin said. "It's not just because your parents did it. It's not just because you know it should be right. But you truly believe its right."
Dallin said the two-year breaks from basketball really helped Jordan physically. He was able to heal from some injuries and add 50 or so pounds to his frame. Dallin, meanwhile, thinks his growth was more mentally advantageous.
Although Jordan nearly wound up at BYU, Dallin believes both players ended up elsewhere for a reason. Jordan met his wife at ASU and Dallin firmly believes that Utah is where he is supposed to be.
Now, as those two paths prepare to cross, the Bachynskis are looking forward to it. The talk, however, began long ago.
"It hasn't just been this week," Jordan said with a laugh. "(Dallin) started trash talking the minute he signed with Utah."
EXTRA STUFF: Jessica Bachynski, the younger sister of Jordan and Dallin, is a 6-foot-1 sophomore at Utah Valley University. … Krystkowiak confirmed that senior Cedric Martin will play against ASU. Martin has been sidelined with a groin injury since the BYU game on Dec. 8. … ASU and Utah had two common opponents during non-conference play — Sacramento State and Cal State Northridge. The Sun Devils beat both teams, while the Utes lost to both.
Utah (8-4, 0-0) at Arizona State (11-2, 0-0)
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