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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 college basketball shot clock:

Can anyone give any good reason why the college basketball shot clock needs to be 35 seconds? A team can pass the ball around the perimeter seven times and run four botched offensive plays and still have 10 seconds left on the shot clock to run a couple more.

It is boring!

Somebody, somewhere, please get the college shot clock reduced to 24 seconds. In an era where college sports is all about the pleasure of the viewing audience (read: TV dollars), it is beyond time to change to a shorter clock.

Who out there is honestly like, "No, I think college teams need 46 percent more time to get a shot than NBA players. I love seeing all that extra passing and re-setting"? Come on.

Wichita State Shockers

The Wichita State Shockers, who BYU led at the half and trailed by just three with 2:30 remaining earlier this season, have proven that their incredible run to the Final 4 was no fluke last season. The Shockers easily won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament final on Sunday to finish with a perfect 34-0 regular season (including the conference tournament as part of the regular season).

Sure, the Shockers only played three RPI Top 50 teams all season (BYU, Saint Louis, Tennessee) but to win 34 straight games is phenomenal for any team in any conference.

Jimmer

So, Jimmer, let's see if we got this: the Kings bought you out of your contract, seemingly giving you a get-out-of-hell-free card, freeing you up to sign anywhere, and the best situation you could find is a bunch of did-not-plays with the Bulls?

You couldn't find a single team in the NBA willing to let you play even a little bit right away? This is it? Do you have the worst agent in the world, or are you just not an NBA player?

I get it, Jimmer fans, that there's a lot to learn when you go to a new team but it just seems like a bad sign for the Jimmer that he hasn't even gotten onto the floor for three straight games.

Nate Gagon is the author of the weekly sports column, Utah Sports Ruckus, and a contributor for the Deseret News. He is also a tech/media entrepreneur, shoots roughly 94% from the foul line, and can be reached at nategagon@hotmail.com or @nategagon.



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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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