At the start of the season, my prediction was BYU would finish with just over 20
wins, finish third in the WCC, possibly get to the WCC tournament finals, then
play in the NIT where they would reach either the second or third round.Now, a month or so into the season, I honestly believe BYU is an NCAA
tournament caliber team this year. I hope I'm not being too
optimistic here, but wouldn't it be a treat if BYU did as well in the
post-season, its first season post-Jimmer, as the U of U did its first season
post-Keith Van Horn?In case that doesn't jump right to the front of
your memory, that's the year people were joking, "The Utes would only play
Kentucky if they each made it to the Final Four Championship game."
For this season, Air Force-esque play will have to do.Duckhunter, I
am one Utah fan who believes as you do, that at least one of the reasons
Loveridge chose Utah is PT. Many players like PT (think Jake Heaps). There are a
variety of reasons an athlete chooses one school over another. Why did Jimmer
choose BYU? He had few options. And it turned out quite nicely for both.Jordan will certainly help the U. But this program/team is in need of
more talent than one player. Here's hoping they can find a way.
@JayDeeu "fan" humor is a very particular thing. They only
find humor when BYU struggles and they can use it to try and dig at BYU fans.
They are completely oblivious to humor when it is pointed at the university of
utah. In those instances it is nothing more than an attack against utah and its
teams. They basicly remind me of a bunch of democrats, joyless and incapable of
seeing humor in themselves and their situations.
Good teams find a way to win and B.Y.U. knew Utah was a poor shooting team and
they devised a plan to run down the clock and then throw up a shot hoping to
shorten the game and slow down B.Y.U. The strategy kept the score closer than
trying to run with B.Y.U. However, B.Y.U. is a good re-bounding team and they
were able to get enough rebounds and make more shots which dictated the final
outcome. Next up is Baylor at the MC and I'am sure it will be a different game
and I think this B.Y.U team has a chance to beat them at the MC.
Wow...U fans must be a bit sensitive to not recognize a little bit of
tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. I guess I should apologize for implying
that currently the WJHS Jaguars have a better team than the U of U Crawlin'
Utes.My bad, the joke fell flat.
@TJBasketball has an early signing period that allows high school
seniors to officially sign before the season starts of their senior year. That
is exactly what Loveridge did so he is a utah signee and I am sure that he will
keep that committment and spend his career at utah.He had the
opportunity to come to BYU and declined to do so. We can all speculate why that
is, my personal opinion is he saw an opportunity to start at utah with little
competition so he took it whereas at BYU there is a large number of wing type
players on the team, committed to the team, and on missions. I am
sure utah "fans" will claim that isn't the reason and he just loves
utah but players do take those things into account when making their decisions
and I am sure it was one of the factors in his decision.Regardless
he is signed to go to utah and will be going to utah. They definately need him.
Advice to Jordan Loveridge.Grayshirt your first year of college.Go on a mission.Then see if Utah still has a basketball program when you
"BYU's win was ugly, glamorless"True, but this wasn't
unique to the BYU-Utah game. "Ugly and glamorless" could be applied to
every Ute basketball game played this season.It's apparent that the
only mystery left in Utah's season is whether the Utes will actually win a game
against a D1 opponent.
JayDee @ motorbikeI too believe Loveridge honors his letter of
intent. But there is a P.S. at the bottom. He insists the U now sign fellow
Jaguars Jaden Jackson as well as Jordan Pryor and hire Scotty Briggs as the
interim coach.___________________No disrespect intended, but
you've got to be kidding me, right? Do you honestly believe what you wrote?If the Utes could finagle a spot for Jackson I could maybe see that...but
spots are already over-filled for next year.As for the rest of what you
wrote...I can assure you that you've been misled by someone who has no idea what
they're talking about.
TJ - "No current High School seniors have signed LOI's. Many have committed
to certain schools but they are not allowed to sign until after the current
season is completed...The basketball seniors can't sign until April."______________That's weird...I wonder what he signed in November
for the Utah coaches? Was that just an autograph party? And why did they call
that week the "early signing period."LOL - At least we all
now know how these transfer rumors begin.Just having some fun TJ,
anyone could make that mistake. But rest assured, Jordan Loveridge has indeed
signed his LOI.
No current High School seniors have signed LOI's. Many have committed to certain
schools but they are not allowed to sign until after the current season is
completed. The high school football seniors are not allowed to sign LOI's until
February. The basketball seniors can't sign until April.
Seasons best effort by one team against..the worst effort put forth by the other
and the Utes still lose by 19... If that's a measurement of having a huge
margin of success...then by all means... keep telling yourself while being
1-8...that things are really on the mend. U is becoming Spin U... in a big way.
And future FYI for 54-10...Try to live in the present dude...you're
the one grasping and holding onto the only thing you've got to see you through
the rest of the year. Most of us know and fully accept that Heaps, Bronco and
Doman and obviously the entire team didn't take Utah seriously. Utah deserved
the win...It's really no big deal. The Cougs moved on and got better. But did
Utah??? I'll leave that to you to admit or deny. I predicted a 9-3
season...but even I didn't foresee the loss to Utah. I had my 3rd losing pick
at Hawaii. Football is football...and hugely different from any other sport due
primarily to the fact... that the ball isn't round!!!
@JayDeeLet's see if I got this right. Jordan Loveridge, a high
school senior, is dictating who his future coach will be--not the newly beloved
"Coach K,"--but also who his team mates will be. Sounds like a
winning formula to me!
My obsevatiom on the game is much like those who have commented,With one
additional comment. BYU needs to work harder and smarter to get the ball into
the post.I know Utah was trying to prevent that and did a good job but they had
opportunities but didn't recoginize them or not looking for it.It is better to
hit the post as he is moving into postion not after he is there and the defense
has time to adjust.They had oportunities to get it in but need work on
recognizing and being more creative in doing so.I like the balance we have this
year and I believe they can be a really good team.
what a pathetic coach...you guys lost before the game even started...any coach
that plans a game around holding the ball as long as possible as to not give it
up to the opponent should be fired. i'm actually more mad at that, really
@ motorbikeI too believe Loveridge honors his letter of intent. But
there is a P.S. at the bottom. He insists the U now sign fellow Jaguars Jaden
Jackson as well as Jordan Pryor and hire Scotty Briggs as the interim coach. He
wants a few wins next year. Check out WJ's scores. That's how U can play winning
Big Pappy -You're funny. You may want to check those sources of
yours. Jordan Loveridge signed his letter of intent already. You do realize what
that means right? Pretty sure he doesn't want to sit out next year. And it would
make all those pro-Ute tweets he's been sending out seem awfully strange.
61-42. 61-42. A beatdown, and I'm lovin' it.
JD Tractor. I agree the officials were a little lenient to those guarding BYU's
bigs but BYU simply was not hitting from the outside so the U defense was able
to play tight. Utah dictated the pace for the first half but BYU, even though
they played ugly still won in a blowout. Credit Utah for at least part of the
reason the score was low and closer than it probably should have been.
This is not an indication that Utah basketball will improve. The only reason the
team fought harder today was because they were playing BYU. Duh!! Obviously the
strategy was not getting blown out by 30-40 pts and it worked. However, losing
by 19 pts is still a blow out. It ain't looking pretty for the Utes....
If having to choose between a team with an all-star or a team of several and
varied contributors, I enjoy the later. Hence, final record not withstanding,
2012 is more enjoyable to watch than 2011.
Sloppy game but another win for BYU. I don't think that the Utes are going to
win many games this year. They are pretty bad. The Cougars played awful and
still won by 19. I've heard that Jordan Loveridge is hedging on going to Utah.
That would be a shame. Unless he inrolls at BYU of course.
Hartsock got mugged the entire first half. It wasnt' tough defense, it was dirty
basketball, there's a difference.
Actually Ducky, I was impressed by what Utah did today. So while the slow down
strategy was boring for most, it was definitely smart of Utah to employ. People
tend to forget that Majerus played boring ball as well...seemed to have served
him well.Utah is undersized and are lousy shooters. Slowing it down will
be their only way to find a couple of wins, which will still be difficult.But to show how wise it was to approach the game this way; if Hines hits even
one 3-pointer as he usually does, if Washburn doesn't get into foul-trouble in 2
seconds and if Jiggy doesn't go 1 for 6 from the charity stripe ... you then
have a chance in this game...and against a good BYU squad.I'm not saying
all those what-ifs matter now ... BYU is the better team. But the game plan was
solid and the Utes showed more effort and discipline than they have all year.
For Ute fans, as ugly as it may still be, progress was finally made today.
It was a very booring game. Credit utah for that as they simply played to keep
from getting blown out by 40. Their strategy succeeded although it couldn't have
done anything to impress recruits, fans, the media, anyone. Bleh.
Cusick was the difference maker today. It's funny, but BYU has struggled at the
point guard generating more points than last year, but still BYU generates some
fairly dominating scoring in spurts.I hated the start time, 1200?
that is like what Monday Night Madness used to be only on the other side of the
clock. I thought the refs were consistently inconsistent, but for both sides,
which played in Utah's favor since BYU wasn't able to find a rythmn.I would like to challenge the Utah media to please, please find out why Jiggy
was suspended indefinitely, but then suddenly brought back for the BYU game? If
roles were reversed, and a BYU player was brought back so quickly for a rivalry
game, the flies would be all over that story.