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Published: Monday, Nov. 7 2011 8:23 p.m. MST

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Christy B
Salt Lake City, Utah

mind-boggling losses

how about Utah's NCAA championship team losing to

Fort Warren 59-61
Salt Lake Air Base 39-54
Dow Chemical 36-46

I wonder what conferences those teams were in?

LOTR
Baltimore, MD

A team that lost three pickup games won the NCAA tournament?

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Christy: they were probably independent.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

How was the Adams State exhibition loss "mind boggling"? New coach and many new players in their first game. David Foster sat with an injury after only 6 minutes of play. Adams State wins with a technical foul free throw because the Utes called a time out they didn't have, and the Utes still had a shot to win.

Not mindblowing, but makes a great headline!

Duckhunter Hunter
Alpine, UT

Moderate -

It's Adams State! Adams State! That is a RIDICULOUS, mind-boggling loss.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

Christy: Those losses were in 1944 during World War II. Most able bodied men were in the military so Utah, like many other college teams, had to play against whomever they could find.

TheSportsAuthority
Arlington, VA

rvalens2

"Most able bodied men were in the military so Utah, like many other college teams, had to play against whomever they could find."

Exactly. The Utes lost to three teams that were the equivalent of heading down to the local YMCA and playing a pickup game.

plyxply
SLC, UT

ok, I get it, the Utes have been horrible in the past with losses to terrible teams, which means we should expect sub-par performances from the Utes and just expect it from this program. Now if USU had lost to Adams State that would be a monunmental setback for their program, but because it's Utah we don't expect much and can't really complain. Got it.

jarka-rus
Layton, Utah

Ernest

Nope they were in the Pac.

Old ball coach
Sandy, UT

Man...is Utah funding Montana State athletics or what?????

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I don't find this "mind boggling" at all. To the contrary I expected it. There are going to be a lot more of these to come.

WHAT NOW?
Saint George, UT

Perspective...

BYU enjoyed one of the most storied seasons in BYU Basketball history. The road to this remarkable achievement began after the worst season in the history of BYU basketball.

1996-97 1-25.
1997-98 9-21.
1998-99 12-16.
1999-00 22-11. NIT.
2000-01 24-9. NCAA.

It took 4 years from the dark days of 96-97 to even get into the NCAA Tournament.

It took 14 years to go from basketball outer darkness to last year.

It will take time (it took BYU 4 years) to move the UTAH basketball program from a season that looks like it could rival the BYU 1996-97 season, to even a berth in the NCAA tournament.

It took BYU 30 years to go from the Elite 8 (1980-81) to the Sweet Sixteen let alone find a player that could lead them past a first or second round exit in the NCAA Tournament.

In this era of instant gratification, Coach Krystkowiak might only have 3 years to move from last weeks result to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Steve Cleveland and Dave Rose (working as Cleveland's assistant) weren't able to pull that off.

Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

What Now?

Going from 1-25 to 22-11 in three year is a pretty good achievement. The problem for Utah is we've been spinning our wheels since 2004, except for one decent season in 2008, with no real progress. Every year it's been the same thing, lots of hope for improvement at the beginning of the season, followed by a mass exodus of players after another disappointing season.

Starting out with a loss to a DII school doesn't engender much hope that this coaching staff has what it takes to turn the program around.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I love how a program's best team with their best player in more than a generation still can't win the conference outright, who cant make it past the Sweet 16, talks so much trash. Wake me up when something important comes from them.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

Hey Ernie, it's always puzzled me how Utah is such a one-sport school. In the 90's when basketball was good, football wasn't. this century when football has finally gotten good (after a 40 year drought), basketball falls apart. Apparently, they can only produce one good team a year on the hill, unlike other schools that view all their athletics as important. Trash? we don't talk trash, just the truth. We leave the trash to the, well. . .

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

Wasn't Adams State the name of college in the movie Revenge of the Nerds?.

It's great to be a Ute!

LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

Ernest T. Bass

"I love how a program's best team with their best player in more than a generation still can't win the conference outright, who cant make it past the Sweet 16, talks so much trash. Wake me up when something important comes from them."

Gotta love how you conveniently forgot how BYU's best team with their best player was also missing their best two big men for the MWC and NCAA tournaments, but still came within one point of advancing to the Elite Eight.

Concensus National Player of the Year is a pretty big deal except in the crimson glasses colored world of BYU haters.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

ok cougar fans pile on while you can. There is no excuse for this type of loss. Utah should have won with 5 freshmen on the floor.

however lets not forget that you national player of the year is gone. He also won a total of 3 NCAA tournament games in his storied career at byu. The BYU basketball team is back to being irrelevant. They are picked to finish 3rd in the WCC.

I also find it funny that still blue talks about being a one sport school. How many BYU fans used to say they were Utah basketball fans when Majerus was our coach. During those years you weren't dominating football either.

It wasn't that long ago we had the first picks in the NBA and NFL in the same year! No other school has done that.

The Ute's will be back faster than you think because we haven't been as bad as the cougs were.

Hatch
Sandy, UT

There are problems down south as well. Only the refs prevented a BYU loss to Dixie State last week. Don't look for more than one rebroadcast on BYUtv. The refs stealing the game from Dixie was shameful.

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

Qwest Perfected

"The Ute's will be back faster than you think because we haven't been as bad as the Cougs were."

Utah fans have been saying this ever since Majerus left, and then the season starts and the Utes lose to Idaho State or SW Baptist or Seattle or Adams State, and then we're back to "wait until next year", again.

The fact is, Dave Rose has had 20+ win seasons every year since he became BYU's head coach. BYU's basketball program isn't going to implode just because the Cougars lost a couple of star players.

On the other hand, Utah is on their 3rd coach in the last 6 years and their new coach lost his first game to a DII school - not exactly the kind of start that would make anyone believe the Utes are getting back on track to being even a good program, let alone a dominant program.

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