(Updates. With AP Photos. ) By LYNN DeBRUIN AP Sports Writer The nasty chants that rained down on Jason Washburn during Utah's Pac-12 opener last week were hard to ignore.
Instead of being insulted, the Utes' 6-foot-10 center took them as a sign that his play was being noticed.
Considering how far Utah had fallen off the college basketball map last season during a 6-25 campaign, the razzing almost felt good.
''I wasn't going to jaw back with them,'' Washburn said of the rowdy Arizona State fans. ''All I could do was hope my game silenced them. Obviously, we lost the game (in overtime) and they probably got the final laugh, but I took it as I was doing something right.''
Now, after putting up big numbers in pushing ASU and No. 3 Arizona to the brink last weekend, Washburn needs a similar effort at home Thursday against high-scoring UCLA (12-3, 2-0), winner of seven straight.
It's a matchup of the Pac-12's top offense, led by freshman forward Shabazz Muhammad (19.6 points a game)...