Utah Sports Ruckus: Anson Winder's patience has paid off for BYU; is Jimmer Fredette a cursed Miley Cyrus fan?

By Nate Gagon

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Feb. 24 2014 11:13 a.m. MST

If I’m BYU I’m doing everything I can to get fans to that game. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness and excitement for women’s basketball in the state. It would be nice to see a big crowd at the Marriott Center to support the Cougars as they make a run for the Big Dance.

In the NBA, the Jazz did a phenomenal job in losing all three games last week and falling one spot in the standings. They now have the sixth-worst record in the league, just ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.

Speaking of which, isn’t it nice to see the Lakers and Celtics near the bottom of the NBA standings? Of course it is.

In that regard, the Jazz actually have a huge game to start the week versus the Celtics. They will probably win that one, but should bounce back nicely with losses to Phoenix and at Cleveland and Indiana later in the week.

If only the Jazz could play the Timberwolves every game. In three games since Jan. 18, Minnesota has outscored Utah by a total score of 331-273, or an average of about 110-91.

The T-Wolves didn’t even have Nikola Pekovic this last time, though that hardly mattered when Kevin Love put up a triple-double with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

If the Jazz could trade their top upcoming draft pick and either Gordon Hayward or Enes Kanter for Love this offseason should they do it? What if they had to throw in a future first-round pick as well?

Overall Ruckus rating for the local week in sports: On a scale of 1-to-5

Rating: 4 – well worth the time.

It was a tremendous local college basketball week.

Eye on the prize: What’s on the line this week

Games of the week:

Women’s NCAA: San Diego (22-6) at BYU (23-5), Saturday, 1 p.m.

Men’s NCAA: Colorado at Utah, Saturday, noon

Men’s NCAA: BYU at San Diego, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Men’s NCAA: New Mexico State at Utah Valley, Thursday, 7 p.m.

NBA: Phoenix at Utah, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Crystal ball: Predictions for the week

Last week the Ruckus went just 6-3 in its predictions, bringing the three-week total record to 20-6.

This week:

Jazz: 1-3 (win over Boston, losses to Phoenix, Cleveland and Indiana)

BYU men: 1-0

Utah men: 1-0

BYU women: 1-0

Utah State men: 1-1 (loss to New Mexico, win over San Jose State)

In perhaps the only interesting NBA game of the entire week (seriously look at the schedule), the Clippers beat the Rockets on Wednesday (8:30 p.m on ESPN)

Poll question of the week: What are your thoughts?

If the Jazz could get Love from the Timberwolves this offseason for Kanter, their top pick in the upcoming draft and a future first-round pick, should they do it?

Parting thoughts: I hate goodbyes

While the United States only had the fourth-most gold medals of the Winter Olympics, you can’t blame the state of Utah for it. Utah was extremely well-represented with four of the nine gold medalists: snowboarders Sage Kotsenburg and Kaitlyn Farrington and skiers Ted Ligety and Joss Christensen, having strong Utah ties.

Mikaela Shiffrin, an 18-year old from Colorado who took the gold medal in the Women’s Slalom event, was arguably the breakout star of the games for the U.S. Gracie Gold, the 18-year old figure skater who was probably the most hyped U.S. athlete going into the Olympics, performed well but finished fourth in her main event.

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