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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 30 2011 9:32 p.m. MST

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motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Knowing is half the battle. This team and the coaches are learning that turnovers and 3-point shooting/defense are the biggest thorns in their sides.
Correct those two areas and hopefully this team will start to see some close games they can steal away in the end.
I don't have thoughts of grandeur for this team, but if they could simply learn and execute in those areas, well then, I think they could play some respectable ball the rest of the year and build for next year.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Sorry, I just had to see it in print one more time.

The latest RPI ranking put the Utes at No. 319 out of 344 college basketball teams.

St. Mary's is No. 1 (remind me what conference they are in)

Montana State, a team that beat Utah, is No. 336.

CO Ute
PARKER, CO

A winning streak? Let's get a win againt a D-1 first. Unfortunately the RPI ranking is probably accurate. Hopefully the team will keep playing hard and show some improvement.

Veracity
Morgan, UT

The latest RPI ranking put the Utes at No. 319 out of 344 college basketball teams.

Come on, really?

Is there really 24 teams out there who are worse?

Veracity
Morgan, UT

Motorbike;

...I don't have thoughts of grandeur for this team, but if they could simply learn and execute in those areas, well then, I think they could play some respectable ball the rest of the year and build for next year.

Wink...Wink

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

"Utes believe they can get on a winning track"

Good analogy considering the train wreck that the rundown Utes have become.

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ Cougar Trolls!

Enjoy talking smack about our basketball team. All this means is your football season is already over. Well your football season ended when you lost to Utah 54-10 in week 3 and I don't blame you for directing your comments now towards our basketball team. BYU fans better start getting used to having your season end early because "one loss and your season is over!" The joys of Independence!

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

Hang in there Utes! This too shall pass. Better days are ahead.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

Elmer Fudd

"Enjoy talking smack about our basketball team."

We will. It's not hard to talk smack about a program that's been a train wreck for years, especially when its fans are still so arrogant.

The fact that you have to resort to talking smack about a game played way back in September, shows just how pathetic your football team also is.

riddlemethis
Clearfield, UT

Elmer Fudd:

Those BYU fans are just a bunch of Rascally Rabbits huh? The reason why people are talking about basketball on this board is because this is a basketball article.

And as for "one loss and the season is over" I'd say that happened for the Utes right around the Adams State game.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@elmer fudd

"Enjoy talking smack about our basketball team."

Don't worry. We will. Probably for many, many years.

LOL!

Utesby3
Sandy, UT

This is in no way surprising. I think we all expected this before the season started.
To all byu trolls, I think a train wreck is defined by a team that goes 1-25 for the season. I can only think of one school that has accomplished that and it wasn't the Utes. Hopefully we can get a few more wins and avoid train wreck status.

Ibleedcrimson
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"The fact that you have to resort to talking smack about a game played way back in September, shows just how pathetic your football team also is."

Yeah it's not like were talking about 1984 here or 2 outa 3, maybe Harline is still open, only a real tool would talk like that...

KamUte
South Jordan, UT

Whoa there Nellie! You have to walk before you can run. I realize this year is simply a "testing the waters" period and we'll take some heavy lumps. A foundation simply needs to be set before we start talking about competing. Foundation of recruits, classroom, respect, hussle, defense, graduation, etc. I believe two recruits will start the winning ways for Utah next year but even at that, winning half the games next year would be a big deal. Simply looking for improvement.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@CougfaninTX
"St. Mary's is No. 1 (remind me what conference they are in)"

Then RPI isn't a very good rating as far as ranking teams is concerned since St. Mary's is only 2-1. RPI makes more sense when you get to higher sample sizes of games but at this stage there's no reason a 2-1 team that lost to Denver (albeit Denver is a pretty good team but also should not be 3rd in RPI) should be ranked higher than a 7-0 UNLV that beat UNC.

Let's try something more realistic...
Sagarin rankings
WCC (10th ranked conference)
23. St Mary's 38. Gonzaga 84. BYU 102. Loyola Marymount 124. Santa Clara 154. Portland 165. San Francisco 192. Pepperdine 263. San Diego
Pac-12 (8th ranked conference)
20. California 25. Stanford 53.Washington 54.Arizona 62.Oregon State 64. Oregon 135.Colorado 163.USC 164. Washington State 190. UCLA 193.Arizona State 311. Utah

Jake2010
bountiful, ut

Utah fans are narrow minded and believe that the only sport in the rivalry that means a bit of anything is the yippee skippee game on the grass outdoors... WEll I'm here to tell you that any fan with a brain puts as much stock into the hardwood as the cow grazing fields........ BYU has owned the Utes on the hardwood since 2009..... That is looking more and more to continue into 2012 and perhaps beyond..... That game in september means NOTHING! Nothing then and nothing now. All it means is that you could turn gifts into points.... We perhaps had foresight to your pathetic 4-5 season in your new conference which in 5 years won't mean jack diddly other than affiliation with glorious pacific institutions of higher learning such as USC, UCLA Washington STanford and maybe California... All far more prestigious than an younger institution in SLC will ever pretend to be dream as they might for better..... The game in September was a gift so that you could show your true colors of narrow minded thin sighted craziness. In 2030 the BCS won't exist and then even that argument WHO CARES! LOL Basketball redeems us!

sammyg
Springville, UT

You know your team is pathetic when even Chris B is not here commenting on anything.

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

atl134

"Let's try something more realistic..."

345 D1 teams in the Sagarin rankings

#311 Utah

DII Adams State and NAIA San Diego Christian are so far off the Sagarin radar that he doesn't even count Utah's loss to Adams State or Utah's narrow 3-point against SD Christian

RSLJAZZBYUUTAH
Syracuse, UT

BYU may have been 1-25 but they still beat USU that year, which is a D1 school, who will Utah beat this year.

PaulMax
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

It's time to bring back Jim Boylen...lol

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