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Utah center Jayce Johnson, right, shoots as Southern California forward Nick Rakocevic defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak opted for his eighth different starting lineup of the season in Wednesday’s 77-70 win at USC. Freshman Both Gach made his first start since Dec. 29 when the Utes lost to Nevada 86-71. Gach made an immediate impact by scoring the first four points of the game. He wound up leading the Utes with 15 by game’s end.

Starting, though, isn't all that important to Gach.

“For me If I’m either starting or coming off the bench it’s just a matter of playing, getting an opportunity to play and see what I can showcase on the court,” said Gach, who expressed appreciation for his teammates..

Timmy Allen, Sedrick Barefield, Riley Battin and Jayce Johnson were Utah’s other starters against the Trojans.

Previous starting lineups have pretty much won some, lost some, for the Utes.

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  • No. 1 — Allen, Barefield, Donnie Tillman, Novak Topalovic, Parker Van Dyke (1-1)
  • No. 2 — Allen, Barefield, Charles Jones, Jr., Tillman, Topalovic (1-1)
  • No. 3 — Allen, Barefield, Gach, Johnson, Tillman (1-1)
  • No. 4 — Barefield, Battin, Gach, Johnson, Tillman (1-1)
  • No. 5 — Barefield, Battin, Johnson, Tillman, Van Dyke (0-1)
  • No. 6 — Allen, Battin, Gach, Johnson, Van Dyke (2-1)
  • No. 7 — Allen, Barefield, Battin, Johnson, Van Dyke (5-4)

EXTRA STUFF: Former Runnin’ Ute Andre Miller attended the game. So, too, did ex-USC quarterback Matt Leinart . . . Utah hasn’t lost a road game, now, since an 84-81 overtime decision at Arizona on Jan. 5 . . . The Utes will practice at UCLA Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s game against the Bruins.