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Utah Sports Ruckus: Jazz blowing it; the Utes are the best team in the state

Published: Monday, March 10 2014 2:44 p.m. MDT

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  • The defending national champion BYU rugby squad defeated current No. 1 Saint Mary’s after losing to the Gaels earlier in the season.
  • The second-ranked BYU men’s volleyball team went 1-1, losing to No. 3 Long Beach State and beating Cal State Northridge.
  • The sixth-ranked Utah women’s gymnastics team lost to Michigan and UCLA in their combined meet on Friday.
  • The Southern Utah men’s basketball team snapped a 26-game losing streak.
  • Kyle Korver had his all-time NBA streak of 127 straight games with at least one 3-pointer made snapped.
  • The Weber State men beat Eastern Washington to clinch the Big Sky regular season title.
  • The Utah Valley men beat Cal State Bakersfield to clinch the WAC regular season title.
  • The Utah State Aggie men finished eighth in the MWC with a 7-11 conference record, while the Aggie women also finished eighth in the conference at 8-10.
  • The Westminster men’s basketball team advanced to the Frontier Conference title game.
  • LeBron James put up a career-high 61 points vs. the Bobcats.
  • The Lakers lost by 48 points to the Clippers.
  • Jabari Parker scored a career-high 30 to beat North Carolina.
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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

In addition to making BYU look like a Division II program when they played head-to-head, the Utes have more impressive wins and fewer bad losses overall than the Cougars. If BYU had played in the Pac-12 this season, the Cougs likely would have finished with a sub-.500 conference record and be fighting for a spot in the NIT.

LOL repeated ten times!

Cougar Nation #1
Provo, UT

Didn't BYU beat Stanford at Stanford and didn't they almost beat Oregon at Oregon? BYU easily could've been the third or fourth best team this year in the pac-10.

BYU_Aggie
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm sorry, but Ute fans can't criticize BYU fans for using the "we almost won" logic in football, and then turn around and do the same for their basketball squad. BYU got the job done at Stanford, the Utes could not. If BYU plays Utah at a neutral court, the Cougars win. Utah is very stellar at home this year, and only at home. BYU is clearly the best team in the state.

Bottom line, BYU will be dancing, and Utah will once again be left out. CIT maybe?

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ BYU_Aggie

Talk is cheap. Utah outclassed BYU in every facet of the game back in December. Also, Utah is a lock for the NIT.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

"The Utes have just one game the entire season (at UCLA) where they have not been ahead or at least within four points inside the last six minutes of the game. Eight of the Utes’ 10 losses have been by a combined 22 points — an average of 2.75 points — with three of the losses coming in overtime."

The quote above is a byproduct of a young team. I do think Utah is better than BYU. But how Utah would fare in the WCC and BYU in the PAC 12 is just speculation. Utah did beat BYU head to head and to me that is about the best indicator of the two teams. Still, it's not that much of an indicator since it's just one game and Utah was at home.

Bottom line, I am happy Utah is in the PAC 12, and that means I have to stomach BYU fans claiming superiority when the make a bowl, go dancing, or have a better overall record. That will happen when the schedules are so far apart.

Look at BYU's football schedule next year. 10 wins is very realistic. And that will have them saying how good they are with 80% of their schedule against total patsies.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Back to the close losses though. Utah failed to win just one or maybe two of those, which is why they won't get an at large bid. The loss to Stanford was the back breaker as Utah, if they even win the first game of the conference tourney, will be forced to play Arizona in the second round. So, unless 'magic happens' (pun intended), Utah will have to play in the NIT. It is what it is, or might be. Hold out March Madness hope.

Scandrus
Cedar Hills, Utah

2 wins away from home is all you need to know about the Utes.

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