College basketball: How Utah's NCAA D-1 men's programs finished

Published: Monday, March 18 2013 2:58 p.m. MDT

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Record: 15-18 (5-13, Pac-12)

Conference tournament: Lost in Pac-12 semifinals to Oregon

Where they ended up: Season over

How they got there: Utah actually didn't perform that badly in non-conference play, going 10-5 and even logging a win against eventual tournament team Boise State.

The Pac-12, however, was anything but kind to a Utah team hoping to prove it belonged — which didn't happen until the Utes caught fire toward the end of the season.

A win over then-No. 19 Oregon kickstarted a run that extended through two rounds of the conference tournament as a tenth seed. The march ended against the same opponent that helped start it, with the Ducks making the Utes another victim en route to the Pac-12 Tournament championship.

While the Utes' unexpected success in the tournament created plenty of optimism for the future, it wasn't nearly enough for a postseason berth.

Where they go from here: Jarred DuBois will go down as one of the best one-year rentals in Utes history, but there's plenty left over for Utes fans to get excited about.

Jordan Loveridge appears to be the real deal, and Brandon Tyler earned enough stripes to provide some quality continuity in the backcourt.

Community college commit Delon Wright will have his chances, but the real question will be how many more recruiting wins Utah can score after their Pac-12 Tournament showing — and the potential impression it left.

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Bountiful, UT

You left out the return of former starter Kyle Collinsworth who will bring a lot of stability to the guard/small forward groups and even some to the PG role. He is the "glue" guy that was missing last season and will be the guy next season that seems to always be in the right place at the right time.

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