Kristin Murphy,
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) talks about beating the San Antonio Spurs in a basketball game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. The Jazz won 101-99.

Donovan Mitchell continues to be the hottest thing in the state of Utah with the Jazz on a 11-game win streak, and folks from around the country are starting to take note.

Let's start with ESPN:

Fox Sports 1:

Bleacher Report's Howard Beck also has Mitchell down as the Rookie of the Year at this point. "To me, Donovan Mitchell is the choice as we go into the All-Star break. He's leading all rookies in scoring and leading the Jazz, against all odds, back into the playoff race."

Not everyone is on the Mitchell train for Rookie of the Year, as NBC Philadelphia's Paul Hudrick favors Ben Simmons. However, Simmons plays for the 76ers, so it's only natural to see this kind of take out of Philly.

Utah vs. Kentucky a frequent NCAA Tournament matchup

The folks at NCAA.com decided to find out which teams face off against each other most frequently at the Big Dance, and they found Utah vs. Kentucky was in a three-way tie for the most frequent matchup.

The Utes and Wildcats have played each other six times in March Madness, including the 1998 National Championship Game. Unfortunately for Utah, Kentucky holds a 6-0 record over the Utes in the NCAA Tournament, but what can you do against one of the great blue blood programs of college basketball?

The only other two matchups tied with the Utes and Wildcats are North Carolina vs. Villanova and North Carolina vs. Arkansas.

Weekend planner

Friday, Feb. 16

Olympics: Pyeongchang 2018

ECHL: Grizzlies at Allen, 6 p.m.

Women’s basketball: Utah vs. Washington State, 7 p.m.

Gymnastics: BYU vs. SUU/Denver, 7 p.m.; Utah State at Boise State, 7 p.m.

Swimming: MPSF championships, at Los Angeles

Wrestling: UVU vs. Northern Colorado, 7 p.m.

Baseball: Utah at ORU, 2 p.m.; BYU at CS Northridge; UVU at USC; Dixie State at Colorado Mesa, 2:30 p.m.; USU-Eastern at ACCAC tournament, at Henderson, Nevada.

Softball: BYU vs. FIU, 12:15 p.m. and vs. New Mexico, 2:30 p.m., at Henderson, Nevada. (DeMarini Desert Classic); Utah State vs. FIU, 10 a.m. and vs. Seattle, 2:30 p.m., at Las Vegas (Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic); SUU vs. Oregon State, 10 a.m. and vs. Louisiana Tech, 12:30 p.m., at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Purple & Gold Challenge); Dixie State vs. Southern Nazarene, 10 a.m. and vs. U. of Mary, 12:30 p.m., at Tucson, Arizona. (Cactus Classic)

Men’s golf: Utah, BYU at John A. Burns Collegiate, at Lihue, Hawaii; SUU at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, at Palm Desert, California.

Men’s tennis: BYU vs. Utah State, 5:30 p.m.; Weber State vs. Montana State, 11:30 a.m.; SUU at Portland State, noon

Women’s tennis: BYU vs. Denver, noon

Track: SUU at NAU Tune Up

Prep sports: 2A/3A girls basketball play-in @ Desert Hills HS

Saturday, Feb. 17

Olympics: Pyeongchang 2018

ECHL: Grizzlies at Allen, 6 p.m.

Men’s basketball: Utah at Washington State, 8 p.m.; BYU at San Diego, 2 p.m.; Utah State vs. Nevada; Utah Valley vs. UT Rio Grande Valley, 7 p.m.; Weber State at Sacramento State; SUU at Northern Colorado; Dixie State vs. Hawaii Pacific, 7:30 p.m.; Westminster at Regis, 7 p.m.; SLCC at USU Eastern, 5 p.m.

Women’s basketball: BYU vs. San Diego, 2 p.m.; Utah State at Nevada, 3 p.m.; UVU at UT Rio Grande Valley, 6 p.m.; Weber State vs. Sacramento State, 2 p.m.; SUU vs. Northern Colorado, 2 p.m.; Dixie State vs. Hawaii Pacific, 5:30 p.m.; Westminster at Regis, 5 p.m.; SLCC at USU Eastern, 3 p.m.

Men’s volleyball: BYU at Concordia Irvine, 8 p.m.

Swimming: MPSF championships, at Los Angeles

Baseball: Utah at ORU, 1 p.m.; BYU at CS Northridge (doubleheader); UVU at USC; Dixie State at Colorado Mesa, noon, 3 p.m.; USU-Eastern at ACCAC tournament, at Henderson, Nevada

Softball: Utah vs. Syracuse, 4 p.m. and vs. Arkansas, 6:30 p.m., at Cathedral City, California (Mary Nutter Classic); BYU vs. Iowa State, 10 a.m. and vs. LBSU, 12:15 p.m., at Las Vegas (DeMarini Desert Classic); Utah State vs. Buffalo, 12:15 p.m. and vs. Hawaii, 2:30 p.m., at Las Vegas (Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic); Weber State at Mary Nutter Classic; SUU vs. Central Arkansas, 7:30 a.m. and at LSU, 3 p.m. (Purple & Gold Challenge); Dixie State vs. Lubbock Christian, 12:30 p.m. and vs. Western Oregon, 3 p.m., at Tucson, Arizona (Cactus Classic)

Men’s golf: Utah, BYU at John A. Burns Collegiate, at Lihue, Hawaii; SUU at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, at Palm Desert, California

Men’s tennis: BYU vs. Portland; SUU vs. Pacific Lutheran, 1 p.m. and at Seattle, 7:30 p.m.

Women’s tennis: Utah vs. Denver and vs. Weber State; Utah State vs. Colorado Mesa and at Grand Canyon; SUU at Concordia

Track: BYU, SUU at Alex Wilson Invitational, at South Bend, Ind.

Prep sports: 2A/3A boys basketball play-in @ Desert Hills HS

Sunday, Feb. 18

Olympics: Pyeongchang 2018

NBA All-Star Game, at Los Angeles

Daytona 500

Women’s basketball: Utah vs. Washington, 2 p.m.

Gymnastics: Utah at UCLA, 6 p.m.; Utah at ORU, noon

Baseball: UVU at USC; Dixie State at Colorado Mesa, noon

Softball: Utah vs. Cal Poly, 10:30 a.m. and vs. Fordham, 1 p.m., at Cathedral City, California (Mary Nutter Classic); Utah State vs. Bradley, 10 a.m., at Las Vegas (Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic); Weber State at Mary Nutter Classic; SUU vs. Louisiana Tech, 7:30 a.m., at Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Purple & Gold Challenge); Dixie State vs. Fort Lewis, 10 a.m. and vs. Franklin Pierce, noon, at Tucson, Arizona (Cactus Classic)

Men’s golf: SUU at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, at Palm Desert, California

Men’s tennis: Utah State vs. UC Irvine, 10 a.m. and vs. Montana State, 2 p.m.

Women’s tennis: Utah vs. Boise State; SUU at CSLA, 11 a.m.

Lafe Peavler is a sports strategist for the Deseret News and KSL.com. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.