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Published: Thursday, Jan. 10 2013 9:26 p.m. MST

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motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Ouch! Not gonna sugar coat it, this one hurt.
Utah took far too long to grab the momentum in this one. Had the game gone two more minutes I don't doubt that Utah would've come out the winner. But it didn't and this is an L. A painful L.
Bummer seeing so many open shots get missed, especially by Dean and Loveridge. I love the heart of this team, but there is no room for a moral victory tonight. Utah better beat USC Saturday because wins aren't going to come easy at home or away the rest of the season.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Another 'moral victory'!

I have to hand it to the Utes. I don't think there's a team out there that comes even close to making the opposition play to their level like the Utes.

Another ugly game... these are hard to watch for more than a few minutes.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Had our chances, once again. We need to start pulling these games out.

Great showing by the fans though, especially the MUSS.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

The Utes were once again so close but couldn't hit the shots when they needed to. There weren't many going in for Utah in the first half and that turned out to kill them down the stretch.

They had their chances again tonight, just need a couple more guys knock down shots when they get open looks. Dean had a wide open 3 pointer that would have put them up by 1 but it didn't go down.

I agree with motorbike, the Utes really need to beat USC this Saturday.

Go Utes!

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

We again played good in stretches and couldn't close out the game. Good to see we didn't quit when we were down 13 in the 2nd half. I still think Coach K has the program headed in the right direction. Now its time to take the next step, start learning how to win.

Go UTES!!

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@sammyg

Another ugly game... these are hard to watch for more than a few minutes.

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I think we all know that it would have been hard for you to watch if Utah pulled out a win. They didn't so here you are posting once again. Thanks for the dedication.

Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

After Jordan Loveridge's layup cut the UCLA lead to 55-53 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the game, the Utes bricked 6 straight shots including an attempted dunk and a layup. It's nice to play better teams close, but moral victories are getting old.

The Utes need to pick up a win Saturday versus USC and/or next Wednesday at Washington State or it could be February before Utah wins its first PAC 12 game.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Uteology

It's got to be a huge emotional drain to expend so much hope only to see it dashed to pieces in the last minutes of a close game. 6 missed attempts, that's pretty ugly. I feel your angst.

25 cents to the first Ute fan that can convince me or anyone else that this was a 'pretty' loss and easy to take unless of course we agree that this is the new normal.

I'm ambivalent, so to think I'd be upset if the Utes win is actually pretty weird. I suppose you've forgotten the times I paid Hays a compliment and defended him. I'm just watching games and commenting, so you really don't have a clue as to what or when I'll say anything.

But to really throw you a curve ball here's a compliment now...

Nice defense... but it doesn't mean much, as we all know, without offense and more points than the opponent at the end of the game.

Nice 'moral victory' though... but in the end, losing is just not 'pretty' and this Ute style of basketball is 'ugly'.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I just dont care about Ute bball like I do football. Wake me up when September comes.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@sammyg

Ugly is going 1-25 (see BYU 1996-97 season) and then going 9-21 and being blown out 13 times in a rebuilding year (see BYU 1998-98 season).

Utah at its historical low last year have taken a huge step forward in one year. The defense that you call meaningless is keeping them in games against some good teams.

The emotional drain was the football team that underperformed after some high hopes in the preseason. The basketball team is over performing the low preseason expectations. I'm happy with the progress of the basketball team, the football team is another discussion for another day.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@uteology

They are bad in both sports but I am glad you are getting some moral victories to tide you over until they are g....well.....until something I guess.

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

..and yet they have still beaten your mighty Cougars in football three years in a row.

Pathetic attempt by you, or should I say FAIL.

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

No, dear Uteology, ugly is becoming a perennial "rebuilding" train wreck and conference bottom dweller.

Since that disastrous 1997 season, BYU has only had THREE losing seasons; in fact, BYU has only had FOUR losing seasons since 1990.

Contrast that with Utah, which has had FIVE losing seasons in the last 7 years, and could very well add a SIXTH losing season to that dubious distinction this year.

Three years after 1997, BYU finished 22-11; the following season, BYU was back in the NCAA tournament.

Since 2000, BYU has had ELEVEN 20+ win seasons, and SIX 25+ win seasons.
Since 2000, Utah has had SIX 20+ win seasons, and only TWO 25+ win seasons.

btw, you can forget your whiny excuses about Utah being in a superior conference. BYU and Utah were in the same conference until that last two years, and the WCC actually sent more teams (3) to the NCAA tournament last season, than the PAC 12.

Bottom line - since Utah's 1998 peak and BYU's 1997 low point, BYU has become the better program. I know that's hard for our crimson-glasses wearers to accept, but it's true.

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

54-IQ

And, finished with a worse record and ranking in two of the three years.

btw, where was the coach potato bowl played? It wasn't listed on the bowl television schedule.

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

New Midseason Top 50 Players just released by CBS Sports

Among players listed:

37. Tyler Haws, 6-5, SG, SOPH., BYU: The new Jimmer out in Provo, Haws is averaging 21.1 points and shooting 41.9 percent from 3. Had 42 against Va. Tech this season.

44. Brandon Davies, 6-9, PF, SR., BYU: Overshadowed by more high-profile players in the WCC, Davies has been arguably the most consistent player in the league.

Number of Players by Conference
WCC(5) - BYU(2), Gonzaga(1), Santa Clara(1), SMC(1)
PAC(5) - UCLA(2), Arizona(1), ASU(1), California(1)

For a team and conference that, according to some, are supposed to be "irrelevant", BYU and the WCC seem to be getting a lot of national attention.

phoenix
Gilbert, AZ

Uteanymous

Strange.

I didn't see any members of the 203rd highest scoring team in the country on your list. After all of their recent moral victories, it's hard to understand how they could be so completely ignored.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@Truth

Since 1990 BYU has made ONE sweet 16. One and done is not success. Go back one more year in your 7 year analysis and Utah has had ONE sweet 16 just like BYU in over 8 years. The difference our program is at its lowest point in history.

BTW when did I ever say Utah was a better program. I have said Utah is rebuilding its program from historical lows.

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

Uteology

Utah has indeed had a lot of success in the past. Unfortunately for U, hardly anybody associated with that past remains at the U.

Utah has been rebuilding since Majerus and the team he built left.

2012 was simply the low point, so far, in that rebuilding process.

What most Utah fans, including yourself, have undoubtedly overlooked, is three of Utah's starters are Seniors (DuBois, Washburn, and Martin), so you'll be rebuilding again next season.

Meanwhile, three of BYU's starters are only Sophomores (Haws, Carlino, and Sharp), and BYU will signing its best recruiting class in BYU history this spring.

It could be several more years, before Utah's rebuilding process returns the Utes to the NCAA tournament, let alone a Sweet 16.

BYU is already set for the next several years with coaches and players who have played in the NCAA tournament and were around when BYU's last Sweet 16 run began.

yabuts
Springville, utah

@ Sammy G:

There is one thing that the Utes will not be bothered by. That is, not having pregame practice interrupted while waiting for the bleachers to be pulled out.

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