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Utah Utes basketball: Utes sink Sun Devils with ease, 64-43

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  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 24, 2012 5:23 p.m.

    @factcheck

    You claim, "MOST teams in the PAC12 do not have a win over a BCS conference team outside their own weak conference."

    Actually, checking facts shows that MOST (8 of the 12) teams in the Pac12 beat a team from one of the other 5 BCS conferences.

    Furthermore, checking facts also shows that only Gonzaga and Santa Clara beat a BCS team outside of the "weak" Pac12 conference.

  • factcheck Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    Hey FYI. You may want to consider that the Top 3 in the WCC would be 1,2,3 in the Pac12. Oregon is tied for first. Really? The WCC is weak at the bottom, but even Santa Clara, who has not won a game in the WCC beat UNM and Nova. MOST teams in the PAC12 do not have a win over a BCS conference team outside their own weak conference. Good luck with that 1 bid league, while the WCC gets 3 teams in the NCAA tourney. ASU, they lost at HOME to both Northern Arizona and Pepperdine. LOL

  • hohum Saint George, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    Follow up for sports fan. I looked up the pack12, the following is a summary of the schedule for the year so far:
    Cal losses SDSU, UNLV
    Ore losses BYU
    Colo losses CSU, WYO
    Wash losses Nev, South Dakota
    Stan loss Butler
    Ariz losses SDSU, GONZ
    Wash St losses New Mex, Cal Riverside
    UCLA losses Loyola Marimont
    OSU losses Idaho
    ASU losses Pepperdine,New Mex,Nev,NAU,Fresno
    UT losses BYU, Boise State, Montana State, Weber State, Fresno,
    USC losses SDSU, Cal Poly, UNLV, NEW MEX

  • agb Layton, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 9:56 a.m.

    UU32:

    Considering how only a few thousand fans show up to games and 8 players from last years team weren't interested in Utah basketball, somebody's gotta be interested right?

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    agb,
    once again, thanks for your interest in Utah basketball.

  • agb Layton, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 10:24 p.m.

    afro 14:

    for all the U fans changing the subject:

    5 win season.

  • TrollPolice Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 9:18 p.m.

    afro14

    "To all the cougar fans trolling this article:..."

    Sorry afro14, flagged for Illegal Substitution.

    This is basketball season and this is a basketball article, so the only relevant score is:

    BYU 61 Utah 42
    BYU 10 of the last 11

    It's nice that Krystko finally developed some backbone and cut Jiggy, but it was far from a "tough call". The Utes had absolutely NOTHING to lose by cutting Watkins; the season was already a bust, and winning a couple more games wasn't going to change anything.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 9:07 p.m.

    MiP

    A 5-14 team getting all giddy about beating a 6-13 team at home simply shows how pathetic Utah's basketball program has become. While you're busy comparing conference teams, consider this:

    WCC BYU beat PAC 12 Utah by 19 at Utah.
    WCC Pepperdine beat PAC 12 ASU by 6 at ASU.

    In this little round robin tournament, the WCC winners were fighting it out for the championship, while the PAC 12 losers were busy playing for the consolation prize.

    It's fun to compare overall conference strength, but the true measure of a conference is how its best teams compare to the best teams in other conferences. In this case, the PAC 12 lags way behind the MWC and WCC as a distant 3rd best conference in the West.

    Sagarin/Pomeroy

    MWC
    #10/#17 UNLV
    #33/#28 UNM
    #34/#53 SDSU

    WCC
    #20/#25 Saint Mary's
    #24/#29 Gonzaga
    #39/#30 BYU

    PAC 12
    #23/#20 California
    #55/#60 Stanford
    #62/#50 Arizona

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 6:59 p.m.

    Credit Coach K on making a tough call by cutting Watkins and then coming out and winning a game in this fashion. Perhaps Watkins was holding the team back in some fashion, or maybe it was just a fluke, who knows? Personally, I like a coach who has the guts to make a tough decision for the sake of the program and predict that Coach K will get the Utah basketball program back on it's feet.

    To all the cougar fans trolling this article: 54-10. ;)

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 22, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    "This is not a time to celebrate the rebirth of the Utes, but simply an indictment of how bad the PAC12 has become."
    --CFinTx

    I figured disrepecting the confernce would be the next step for you to take as you keep predicting "the Utes will not win another game"....

  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    @Independence Is Bliss

    "The Pac is so dismal it's laughable"

    League RPI
    Pac 12: 118
    WWC: 142

    League SOS
    Pac 12: 81
    WCC: 106

    League Winning Percentage
    Pac 12: 57%
    WCC: 57.5%

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 22, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    Wow...Way to go Utah...Now that's really got to hurt down there in the valley of the sun. This Cougar fan is a little bit impressed.

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    Jan. 22, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    @cougarfaninTX

    I would love to celebrate your win, but . . .

    The but shouldn't be followed by rambling about the PAC 12. The but shoud be followed with 'but I can't stand anything positive relating to University of Utah and will always make a negative post regardless of the situation'.

    Besides, none of the Utah fans invited you to celebrate with us anyway.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    CougarFaninTx expressed envy that the Utes are in the PAC 12 "This is not a time to celebrate the rebirth of the Utes, but simply an indictment of how bad the PAC12 has become."

    Actually, it IS a time to celebrate the rebirth of the Utes. The Utes can't control the quality of teams in the PAC 12. They can only control their own team. Coach K released the Utes leading scorer (leading scorer, not best player) and the team had a choice. They could rise to the challenge, or quit. They choose to come out with fight and determination. Is this season lost? Sure. But they way the Utes are playing now is a great foundation for next year.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 22, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    I would love to celebrate your win, but . . .

    In the old Conference of Champions, the PAC10 breezed through the non-conference schedule, played some epic games between Arizona, UCLA and others, and regularly put a team in the Final Four.

    In the new PAC12, a team that gets crushed by Montana St, Boise St, UNC Asheville, Fresno St and Cal State Fullerton and loses their best player is still 21 points better than Arizona State.

    This is not a time to celebrate the rebirth of the Utes, but simply an indictment of how bad the PAC12 has become.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    Coach Krystko should be named the coach of the year. To win 5 games and 2 in the conference (and not be in last in the conference) is quite an accomplishment vs. what the Utes looked like to begin the year.

    I know its not great, but it is hope and in a season like this, that is all we can ask for.

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 5:49 a.m.

    Good game Utes!

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 2:09 a.m.

    SoonerUte

    If there were 9,000 fans in the HC, why are half the seats in the lower bowl empty? Are lots of Crimson Club members coming disguised as empty red chairs nowadays?

    btw, before you get too excited about your big home victory over ASU, consider, even Pepperdine beat the Sun Devils, in Tempe.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Jan. 22, 2012 1:54 a.m.

    I watched about 10 minutes of the Pepperdine game today on my channel #9403 and Pepperdine seriously looked like this was their first practice...lousy shooting, no set offenses, just good old rag tag basketball. Hard to watch!

    I wonder if recruiting non-LDS basketball players will be tough in the future at these mini venues and against some really bad teams? Glad it's you..glad it aint us!! A win, win???

  • Stay the Course Salt Lake City, utah
    Jan. 21, 2012 11:51 p.m.

    Sorry bad me they are currently tied at 5 wins Utah 5 losses BYU

  • Stay the Course Salt Lake City, utah
    Jan. 21, 2012 11:48 p.m.

    The only close stat this year between Utah and BYU is whether Utah's win total will be more or less than the Cougars losses for the year. Even right now at 4

  • Stay the Course Salt Lake City, utah
    Jan. 21, 2012 11:45 p.m.

    Blind Sow meet ear of Corn

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Jan. 21, 2012 10:06 p.m.

    Utah 64, Arizona State 43
    BYU 77, Pepperdine 64
    USU leads Idaho 33-28
    Utah Valley 72, North Dakota 64
    Southern Utah 58, Indiana-Purdue--Fort Wayne 56
    Dixie State 84, Hawaii Pacific 68

    Weber State and Westminster were off.

    If USU can pull it out, the state of Utah could go 6-0 today.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 8:57 p.m.

    @jdub
    "blind squirrel, meet nut."

    Coug fan, meet the fifth time this analogy has been used by your fan base this season. That blind squirrel just seems to keep finding one more nut, doesn't it.

    Thanks for the obsession though, little brother :)

  • Bottom Line Draper, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 8:52 p.m.

    I am speechless. Congrats to Utah. Definitely exceeding expectations. Serious question though. How bad is ASU?

  • Independence Is Bliss San Jose, CA
    Jan. 21, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    Wow, is ASU really that bad? The Pac is so dismal it's laughable.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    Ute Attendance: 9,092
    Pepperdine Attendance: 3,104
    (plus the "60 million" glued to their TV sets, of course)

  • sports fan Provo, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    I think we finally got the right coach.

  • chubbuckidahocougfan Chubbuck, Idaho
    Jan. 21, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    Wow ASU must be terrible or the Utes are getting better. I think I'll stay with the first premise.

  • jdub Ephraim, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    Blind squirrel, meet nut.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    Wow, and to do so so shortly after losing their best player?