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Published: Thursday, Jan. 10 2013 11:45 p.m. MST

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SportsFan
Orem, UT

"Utes now down to the details, so when will they finish them?"

When they start playing fellow conference bottom dwellers like USC, probably.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@SportsFan

I agree...not all of us are lucky enough to get to play the likes of Pepperdine twice a week.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Perfectly said Brave Sir Robin. If all we wanted were empty wins then we'd all be begging for a switch to play in the WCC. Funny though, I haven't heard anyone clamoring for that.

IRS Agent
PROVO, UT

Great improvement by the Utes. BYU fans shouldn't talk too loudly, they were lucky to walk away with a win this year against Utah, and I'm a BYU fan. Enjoy the ride Utah, you will probably only have Coach Krysto around for one more year, then he will be snatched up by a big time program, and you'll be left to start all over again (Aggie football program sound familiar). He is proving too good of a coach to stay around for long. Get used to it.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@brave sir robin

But the rest of the pac12 is lucky enough to get to play utah twice. 2 guaranteed wins for everybody else.

sammyg
Springville, UT

scooterbike

"If all we wanted were empty wins..."

Let's see, WCC had three teams that went to the NCAA tournament last year and the PAC10.2 had two.

BYU went and U didn't.

The only thing I see 'empty' is the Ute's 'win' column in conference play... where it counts.

So whether you like it or not... bottom line is that you have a bunch of empty losses to cuddle with.

I'd like to know the formula that the NCAA folks apply to inviting losers, oops I meant to say 'moral victory' winners, to their tournament.

Let me know, will ya?

scott
Alpine, UT

motorbike

"If all we wanted were empty wins..."

The truth is, you'll gladly take ANY win U can get, even if it's against a high school team like Willamette or College of Idaho. Unfortunately for U, when U stepped up to 200+ level division 1 teams, Sacramento State and Cal State Northridge proved to be too much for you to handle.

Sorry to break the news to U, but as much as U would like to belief that moral victories against ASU, Arizona and UCLA are wins, they're actually losses.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ IRS Agent

If you succeed at Utah, you will already be coaching a big-time program. Plus Utah now has the money to keep a coach if they don't want to be bought out.

mussingaround
Palo Alto, CA

motorbike

"If all we wanted were empty wins then we'd all be begging for a switch to play in the WCC."

LOL!

That's hilarious, especially coming from a team that just finished what Dr. Hill hoped would be one of the most pathetically weak preseason schedules in the country.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@twofer

"If you succeed at Utah, you will already be coaching a big-time program"

*snicker*

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Duckhunter

Utah is still top 15 in wins and winning percentage, is in the top 20 for most tournament games played, has a winning record in the tournament, is ranked 22nd in all-time tournament wins. Plus if Utah succeeds now it will mean succeeding in the PAC-12, which will put Utah in the national spotlight.

There are very few teams that can match those kinds of numbers, and obviously none of the schools in this state compare. IF Utah basketball comes back to it's previous level, it'll do so as a big-time program.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@2fer

All ancient history, far ancient history. You hypocrites like to bring up 1944 as if it has any bearing on today while alternately dismissing 1984 as if it was before any of us was born. That game with usc today certainly told us how "big time" utah basketball is.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Duckhunter

How is Utah being CURRENTLY ranked number 12 in all-time wins ancient history? Also, we all know Utah basketball is still trying to dig itself out of hole after a historically bad decade. All I said is that IF Utah can succeed in the PAC they will be treated like the other teams who have succeeded in the PAC. Wouldn't you agree that Arizona and UCLA are big-time programs? IF Utah basketball comes back the Utes can be right up there with them. And I didn't bring up 1944 or 1984, you did....and then you called me a hypocrite for it? Pretty civil and thoughtful if you ask me.

midpacmajor
Salt Lake City, Utah

"How is Utah being CURRENTLY ranked number 12 in all-time wins ancient history?"

Because the Utes have had losing seasons in five of the last seven years; 2013 will make it six of the last eight losing seasons.

Historically good programs sometimes fall off the map and never return to their glory days. It happens. Utah fans may just have to get used to it.

A program that hasn't won an NCAA tournament game in almost a decade can no longer be considered a top program, regardless of how desperately their fans wish they could be.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ midpacmajor

You missed the point by a mile. Nobody is saying Utah is a top program right now; just that they can/will be if they succeed in their new conference.

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