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: 14-18 (3-5, Great West Conference)

Conference tournament: Lost in GWC quarterfinals to Houston Baptist

Where they ended up: Season over

How they got there: A year after nearly shocking Weber State in the CIT, the Wolverines took a major step back. Losing former All-American Isiah Williams and leading rebounder Geddes Robinson to graduation didn't help. Neither did in-season injuries to starters Ben Aird and Alfonzo Hubbard.

The Wolverines had their bright spots, including a win over WCC-member Pepperdine, but too often they found themselves on the wrong end of close outcomes, punctuated by their double-overtime loss in the GWC tournament.

Where they go from here: UVU is slated to begin WAC play next season, which will ideally bring in a better crop of recruits the program sorely needs.

Ben Aird (15.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Holton Hunsaker (13.2 ppg, 36.3 percent 3-point FG) are good senior pieces to start with, but they'll need more help if the Wolverines want to capitalize on their first chance at an automatic bid to the Big Dance.

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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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