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: 11-20 (8-12, Big Sky Conference)


Conference tournament: Lost in BSC quarterfinals to North Dakota


Where they ended up: Season over


How they got there: The Thunderbirds managed to tread water in their first season in the Big Sky, but a 3-8 non-conference record set them back early, including a 38-point beating at Gonzaga.


Still, a five-game conference win streak showed the Thunderbirds weren't in over their heads in the BSC, and a tournament loss to CIT-bound North Dakota is nothing to sneer at.


Where they go from here: The T-birds are losing their top three scorers this summer, including Jackson Stevenett's 17.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. South Sevier scoring machine Race Parsons should be able to shoulder some of that load, and other significant incoming pieces should help ease the transition.


Weber State and Montana aren't likely to go away, but the Thunderbirds should only get better with a new conference to use as a recruiting chip.

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BigCougar
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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