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Utah Sports Ruckus: BYU women are now carrying the basketball flag for the entire state of Utah

Published: Monday, March 24 2014 10:25 a.m. MDT

Associated Press
While the BYU women's basketball team shines, the state's men's basketball teams fall. And the Cougars aren't the only successful female athletes from Utah. The University of Utah Red Rocks lead a pack of women's gymnastic teams from the state into the NCAA regionals. Meanwhile, the Jazz talk about tanking and we take a look back at the first four, days of the NCAA tournament and look at the week ahead. Oh, and Jabari Parker is overrated.
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Old But Not Stupid
Moorpark, CA

Nate-

Enjoy your work.

I strongly agree with your realistic characterizations of BYU basketball coaching and Jabari Parker.

If only Rose would hire you (94%?) to coach them up in shooting free throws, and me to grill them about court balance and spacing, court sense and awareness [where all of the players are], and "play full out to the whistle/buzzer" [Delavedova would never have gotten off that infamous shot]...they might consistently make the Sweet 16.

Of course, we both know that this will never happen.

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

I think that Jabari is an example of the problem with 1 and done approaches to basketball. What if he stayed on at Duke a bit longer? (or went on a mission? No bball help in that though) Maybe he could develop more ability in defense as well as a bit more maturity in the game.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

In all fairness, the men's team does not have the height differential that Hamson has for the women. I'm sure that has something to do with the difference in number of blocks. She does play very well as a well-rounded player with much better athleticism than may be expected. She's far more than just a tall gal. I do believe the men have some serious work to do on defense and won't see a whole lot better play in the post season until they do. Please Rose! Find an assistant that specializes in defense and hire him, quick!

RonBergundy
SANDY, UT

@Vladhagen.

You think that Jabari doesn't have enough maturity in his game? He just won Freshman of the Year.

Concinnity
Tooele, UT

It always comes down to just a single team that eventually carries the load for the entire state.
As is usually the case, it's a team from BYU... and a "non-prestigious" conference.
Of course, we recently found out that an average team from that conference can beat an average team from a supposedly "prestigious" conference. And also visa-versa. Go figure. Parity abounds. It's a fact.

Keep up the great work, Lady Cougars!

JSB
Sugar City, ID

How old is Jabari Parker? 19 or 20? Lay off! He's just a young man and shouldn't be mocked as he makes important and difficult decisions.

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

RonB. Exactly. He won freshman of the year. Not senior of the year. It is a funny thing about that freshman award......they usually give it to a young 19 year old freshman, not the wise man in the cave. Jabari is a great young man. I do not mean he is immature in that he throws things and punches fans; I mean he needs experience at the higher levels in order to develop his game.

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