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Published: Thursday, Nov. 1 2012 1:01 p.m. MDT

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Down under
Pullman, WA

Yea! Don't worry about what the experts say. Just give us 2-3 wins to beat the odd makers.

Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

OUCH!

But, not too surprising.

The Runnin' Utes haven't done anything lately to prove that they don't belong in the basement, and with Utah's pittifully weak pre-season schedule, even an improvement in overall record won't prove anything.

If the Utes win 7 or 8 pre-season games, but then crash and burn with another 3-win conference season, can we really say the Utes have "improved"?

By the way, that ugly pre-season schedule isn't going to do anything to bring the fans back to the Huntsman. Frankly, I'd rather watch the Utes play well and lose to a decent team, than watch them beat up on a high school team.

Hawkeye79
Iowa City, IA

Utah Basketball - The quest to not finish 12th

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

“I’ve always had the underdog mentality."

Kind of hard not to have that mentality when you really are the underdog. Good luck to the U, it's going to be a TOUGH year!

rogerdpack2
Orem, UT

Utah needs to stop the bleeding, get its players to stay on...hmm...

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It was a lot of fun watching the climb when Majerus first came to the U. Does it feel great that Utah has to begin the climb again, and from a lower starting point this time? No. But there's truth to the ole quote "the joy is in the journey".
I for one am excited to watch things come back together. It won't happen all at once, but I believe we finally have the right coaches and players in place to begin taking steps forward and surprising a few people along the way.

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Gotta agree with Motor.

I think this team will surprise some folks too.

Keep your heads up Utes!

MurrayMike
Murray, UT

Let's talk (or laugh)about the Ute's preseason bb scheule. Idaho St? (please don't talk about byu playing them in football anymore) maybe a win, Wright St. doubtful a win, so 1-1 okay, the texas road trip, SMU and Texas St. another maybe 1 win, so now 2-2, now Boise St and BYU, loss and loss, so now we're at 2-4, then SMU again at home, Cal St. Northridge (a decent team) and College of Idaho, (didn't know there was a 'college of idaho')give them 2-1 at home there so that makes them a wopping 4-5 heading intothe pac-12. I see maybe3 wins in the conference, so a final 7-20 season. Welcome to the Pac-12.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

@murraymike

I thought we weren't supposed to talk about byu's football schedule yet you are bagging on Idaho - it doesn't make sense.

As far as this years Utah basketball team goes nobody is excited about their out of conference schedule. I think most Utah fans are just looking for the Utah basketball program to improve. Nobody is talking about winning the conference or going to the NCAA tournament just steps forward.

I'm sure all Utah fans appreciate your well thought out predictions but it might be time to focus on your own program and how it's star is fading fast. They weren't picked to win their conference either and that is sad considering the WCC won't be as good as they were last year.

Go Utes!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@qwest

Yea they're fading alright, fading right into the NCAA tournament, again. Fading right into another 25 win season. Fading right into a top 10 recruiting class while being one of the final 5 finalists for the #1 recruit in the nation. I'll take that sort of "fading" program anyday.

Of course it is impossible for utah to fade, to do that a team actually has to be able to be worse. utah was the worst major college basketball team in the country last year and probably the worst basketball program. Can't "fade" any more than that I suppose.

LOL!

Solomon Levi
Alpine, UT

QP

"I thought we weren't supposed to talk about BYU's football schedule, yet you are bagging on Idaho - it doesn't make sense."

That's because you're not making sense.

MurrayMike didn't mention Idaho. That would be a HUGE step up from the school he did mention, the College of Idaho.

To give you an idea of just how tiny the 1,000 student liberal arts College of Idaho is, the Yotes (yes, that's their nickname) currently have an online poll asking fans to vote for which school is their biggest rival.

The choices?

Eastern Oregon
Northwest Nazarene
Oregon Tech
Lewis-Clark State

When Ufan mentioned that Utah's schedule this season was so bad, it was going to be like watching the Utes beat up on high school teams, that's no exaggeration. Lone Peak High School could win 10 games playing Utah's out of conference schedule.

Utah fans just better hope that the Utes are good enough this year to dominate these out of conference opponents, because losing to a team like College of Idaho would be an embarrassment of epic proportions - even worse than losing to the University of San Diego.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Boylen was run out of town, yet Coach K2's wins from last season plus this season may be lower than Boylen's worst season. Loveridge is the only piece to build on, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him bolt to USU after this season. The revolving door will continue and Utah will have eight new faces next year. Eight to ten wins max for the next two years, only because of a high school type non-conference schedule. This has to be embarrassing to the Ute BB faithful

How can any intelligent Ute fan take shots at BYU's BB program? The person either has their head in the sand, is ignorant, or can't see past the bitterness. This team is stacked, and the commits include Isaac Neilsen, Chapman, Emery, Haws, Mika with Collinsworth coming back from a mission. There is even a 20% chance we get Parker.

Black Shirts
South Jordan, UT

Just like the football team! What's next, the Gymnastics team.

New poll, how many years before the football team has a winning record.

I'll guess 4 for the LV Bowl.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Rah! Rah! Sis! Boom! Bah-loney!

In the immortal words of Huey Lewis, "Sometimes, Bad is Bad!"

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

"There is even a 20% chance we get Parker"

Even though the cougs are one of 4 teams or so that Parker lists as "finalist", we all know that is only a tip of the hat to his religion's school. Nothing more.

It would be more like 75% chance to go to Duke, 20% to Mich State, 4% to Ill. and 1% to byU. Maybe less, but keep dreaming.

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

utahcountyute

"Even though the cougs are one of 4 teams or so that Parker lists as "finalist", we all know that is only a tip of the hat to his religion's school. Nothing more."

You're welcome to yourown misguided, biased opinion, but Jabari, his parents, and Jabari's parent have all directly refuted that.

Whether he picks BYU or not won't change the fact that Jabari included BYU on his final 5 list because BYU has a great basketball program and coaching staff, and Jabari is seriously considering signing with BYU.

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

*and Jabari's coach

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Duck

You "suppose" wrong. 1-25:)

Blue

Go ahead and hang your hat on the fact that Jabari ALMOST picked byU. Just like Manti Teo and a bunch of other athletes. That's what byU "fans" do.

phantomblade
Salt Lake City, Utah

utahcountyute

Sorry to burst your BYU-hating bubble, but BYU already has a Top 10 2013 recruiting class to hang their hat on, even without Jabari.

Unlike the Utes, who are hanging their hat on playing a high school schedule just to fool themselves into believing that the rundown Utes are getting better.

PACute_
Salt Lake City, Utah

utahcountry

BYU didn't lose to any high school teams in 1998.

Duck "supposes" right!

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