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Published: Saturday, Jan. 14 2012 10:30 p.m. MST

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SSmith
Washington, UT

Yikes. Boy, do we stink.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

Fantastic. Puts a smile on my face

niners
SAINT GEORGE, UT

Bad game, that is what happens to a young team on the latter part of a 2 game road trip. The Utes will be okay and come back swingin against Arizona and ASU.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

A 36 point loss. That's going to leave a mark. I was really starting to think U had turned the corner, with the three close games.

I hope this season does not impact your returning players or recruits. Coach Kry's ability to keep the players committed to the program and not back out of their commitment will be tested. I hope he's on the phone with Loveridge every day.

Players want to play for winning programs and coaches who will develop them. They won't stay committed to the program just because you're in the PAC12.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

CFIT, matter of fact, most of the team attends as many of Jordan's games as they're able to. Also, many recruits respond well to these situations, knowing they will instantly be a valuable commodity to the team and have a chance to be a leader from day 1. It's not for everyone, and an obvious risk, but some feel that the reward for success is that much greater.

One thing I've noticed with this team is they have a short memory and have been able to come back and respond after some discouraging games. I'd say Colorado was more embarrassing than this one. Wider point differential, much worse offense, and Colorado's not as good as Cal. Hopefully they can play with the intent to win against some beatable Arizona teams this week.

Balan
South Jordan, Utah

Sorry niners, this is not a young team. They are older than both BYU and USU.

Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

I guess we can put to bed the notion that the Utes were actually starting to get their act together. I'm sure I've ever seen a Utah team that was so inept at offense.

34.7% FG, 26.7% 3PT, 50% FT, SIX assists, EIGHTEEN turnovers

Pathetic!

Looks like beating a very mediocre Washington State by 2 points at home in overtime and playing a couple of closer than expected games against Washington and Stanford will be the high water mark of the season for the Utes.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

6 assists as a team. That a new season high?

Stay the Course
Salt Lake City, utah

How many points did the utes score in the first half I didn't see it in the article just that it was very low

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

Are you kidding? Only 15 points at halftime, only 45 points for the game; the fourth game this season that the Utes haven't broken the 50 point barrier.

Out of 345 Division 1 basketball teams, Utah now ranks:

331st in points per game - 57.4 ppg
333rd in rebounds per game - 29.8 rpg
304th in assists per game - 10.8 apg
252nd in FG percentage - 41.4%

BYU is AVERAGING (79.9ppg) more than Utah has scored in any game this season (75 in a 14 point loss to Harvard 89-75).

Stay the Course
Salt Lake City, utah

With BYU scoring 95 in their win they must of had 45 points by the half I would think

Trevvor
Sandy, UT

bleeding heart libs aren't good for much, but this time I say great job!

Hatch
Sandy, UT

Hard to believe but the experts say the PAC12 will only get 1 team into the tournament this year because they scheduled easy win schools at the beginning of the year to bolster their records then lost to them.

Among the blow outs:
UCLA lost to Loyola
Arizona lost to Seattle Pacific
Washington lost to South Dakota State
Utah lost to everyone

Those same experts expect the WCC to qualify 3 teams for the tournament:
St. Marys, Gonzaga, and BYU all of which have crushed PAC 12 teams they have met.

Utah should feel fortunite they are playing in such a weak conference.

Duckhunted
highland, utah

well its A long hard road!! I agree with all U y fans we suck really bad this year but things run in cycles the Utes will get better! no more smack talk here!!

Duckhunted
highland, utah

CougFaninTX you post very good comments on both programs!!

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

i'm surprised they scored 45.

sammyg
Springville, UT

I remember playing on losing teams, it was hard. Hang in there players.

CougarBlue
Heber City, UT

Is the Coach still thinking about having walk-on tryouts to help the team. If not maybe he should do that real soon.

A1994
Centerville, UT

We now resume regularly scheduled programming....

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

CougarFaninTX expressed Pac 12 envy through his usual fake concern:
"Players want to play for winning programs and coaches who will develop them. They won't stay committed to the program just because you're in the PAC12."

Recruits want to go where they will play. It's nice to be a part of a winning team, but what satisfaction is there in riding the bench? An example in football might be a recruit who is praised as "future NFL talent", but then left on the bench, undeveloped. Who could blame that player for leaving?

Utah represents a great opportunity to play (obviously they need the help). Coach K is making a difference, and recruits notice that. Good athletes are driven to test themselves at the highest levels of competition that they can. A chance to play in the PAC12 is a definite draw.

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