Seahawks. Seattle was closer to Shelby, Mont., than Denver was, and I just have flashbacks to being a little shaver when Jim Zorn was playing in the Kingdome. They were a new franchise, I think, and we saw everyone of their games. —Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak, on his pick for the winner of Super Bowl XLVIII
SALT LAKE CITY — When it comes to Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak isn’t sitting on the fence. He’s chosen a side.
“Seahawks,” Krystkowiak said. “Seattle was closer to Shelby, Mont., than Denver was, and I just have flashbacks to being a little shaver when Jim Zorn was playing in the Kingdome. They were a new franchise, I think, and we saw everyone of their games.”
Krytskowiak then pointed out that this Seattle team has the NFL’s best defense.
“It’ll be fun,” he said. “For guys in the West, like all of us, it’s cool to not have it be New York-Chicago or something like that. We can all relate.”
UTAH’S NEXT FOE: Colorado coach Tad Boyle didn’t have a lot to say when asked about the NBA future of injured star Spencer Dinwiddie. The junior guard suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this month.
“Right now all the focus is on him getting better and getting him healthy and rehabilitated,” said Boyle, who acknowledged that a turning pro conversation will eventually take place. “It’s just right now a little bit too early. It’s still a little bit too raw. And quite frankly, we don’t have the information to make a decision, so we’re not even going to go there. But as the season comes to a close, you get into late February-March, decisions are going to have to be made and information is going to have to be gathered.”
‘TERRORS’ OF TUCSON: Krystkowiak said that it didn’t take long for the Utes to experience playing at the home of the nation’s top-ranked team in Arizona last Sunday.
“We had guys that rented RVs and Winnebagos right by our hotel and heckled our guys the minute we left the Marriott to try to get on the bus — a couple of them tried to get on our bus. It’s a frenzied environment,” Krystkowiak recalled. “So from the minute we left the hotel it was kind of on and you knew you were playing in a special environment.”
EXTRA STUFF: The Utes are one win away from securing the program’s 1,700th all-time victory. Utah’s .504 shooting percentage is fifth-best in the country. Delon Wright is the Pac-12’s No. 2 shooter from the field at 60.3 percent.