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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2 2013 10:25 p.m. MST

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sammyg
Springville, UT

Washburn played very well but it was still an ugly game and the end result... as expected.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Crazy ending to regulation and overtime, but it was just ASU's night. Utah gets a 3 point lead with a minute left, then a loose ball finds its way to a pass to Carson, not a good 3 point shooter, who just knocks it down to tie it. Then Dubois finally gets a shot to drop to take the lead in OT only to have Carson do what he does best going to the hole. And at the buzzer, an uncalled blocking foul causes Loveridge to miss a point blank putback that would have won. The defense and rebounding was definitely good enough, but open shots just can't be missed like that. Wash was fantastic, though.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Jahii Carson was probably the best point guard we'll play this year, but Saturday will definitely be the best team we'll play all year. Gonna have to make a lot more than 20 shots in that one, but the defense can definitely compete.

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

StGtoSLC

Utah was lucky to be in this game at the end; how many bricks did Utah bang off the glass from long range that somehow found their way into the net? And even with those lucky makes, the Utes still shot a miserable 20 of 58 from the field. Whining about fouls is a joke. ASU was whistled for 15 fouls; the Utes had only 13 fouls called on them.

Washburn did play well, but he was the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal Utah performance.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Great hard fought game tonight, but a bummer that the Utes couldn't hit the last shot.
I'm glad to see Utah competing on the road against a good opponent but it's time to walk away from these games with the W. Saturday's another story, I hope Utah can keep the game against #3 Arizona within 15.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

The Utes need to win one of these close games. They had their chance multiple times tonight but just couldn't pull it off. That put back would have been huge for Loveridge and for this team.

I'm not expecting they will be able to keep they next game against Arizona close, but here is to hope.

Go Utes!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

PAC man,

Is that the best you can do? You crack me up.
Thanks to you and sammyg for tuning in though, I'm glad you're both enjoying the PAC 12 Network like I am.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

StGtoSLC

Utah was lucky to be in this game at the end;

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Lucky?

Utah is 8-5, of those 5 losses 4 have come down to the last shot. Even against your team we only lost because we missed shots down the stretch.

We're playing good defense, but have to start recruiting shooters. Even Loveridge is struggling.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

I guess sammyg and Pac Man don't have families or other important stuff to do. I mean watching Ute games when you are a Ute hater is a pathetic.

Utah is clearly improving. Not finishing strong against BYU and ASU is concerning. I see playing not to lose rather than playing to win as part of the problem. When you slow down play, it's hard not to think too much down the stretch.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

PAC man, I agree whining about fouls is a joke, see BYU fans' responses to the win over Utah as the ultimate example of that joke. I wasn't whining about it, however, just pointing out that Loveridge got undercut at the rim. That's a call that is almost always made until the last minute of a game, and then it is never called, so I don't argue the no call. And to answer your question: "how many bricks did Utah bang off the glass from long range that somehow found their way into the net?" I saw only one, the first 3-pointer from Dubois in the first five minutes of the game. But just as you and dozens of others do with every Utah game, go ahead and recreate it in your own mind to fit your perception of Utah basketball better, I won't think less of you for it.

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

Uteology

"Even against your team we only lost because we missed shots down the stretch."

More Utah fan delusion. U missed shots down the stretch because BYU switched to a match up zone, forcing the Utes into taking bad shots.

As often happens with inferior teams, they wilt down the stretch against superior teams, even when they have double-digit leads.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Swoop,

Kinda scary imagining what will happen when Utah adds more shooters to its roster, right? Enjoy BYUs 3 point win this year ... Things they are a changin'!

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Tough loss. The D looked great, I hope our shooting comes around sooner than later.

A win next game would be a season changer, I won't bet the farm on it though...

Utes22
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Very entertaining game last night. I was watching with my brother and couldn't help but think of Utah State's football team last year. Like them Utah is vastly improved but is struggling with learning how to win close cames with the five losses have come by an average of only 3.8 points (19 total). I have no doubt that they will get it figured out and start winning some of these close games. Good luck against Arizona on Saturday.
Go Utes!!!

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

Kinda scary imagining what will happen when Utah adds more shooters to its roster, right? Enjoy BYUs 3 point win this year ... Things they are a changin'!

So, motorbike, is this your prediction that the u will make it back to the title game? I for one will believe that things they are a changin' when u make it to the big dance and BYU doesn't. I believe u have a long, long, long, long, long wait ahead of you. I believe it will be when you change your name from motorbike to "wheelchair", or "jazzy" or "hoveround".

sammyg
Springville, UT

Gdog

Don't kid yourself, I watched the last 4 minutes and overtime. Needed a break from tax work.

Contrary to your spewing forth of the 'hate speech' and forever whining I've never been a hater of Ute sports, I'm a sports enthusiast. I'm not your typical delusional Ute fan spewing hate towards BYU. I've said it several times, I'm watching more of all sports from all teams. Some of you "fans" go out your way to get riled up over nothing.

I paid my respects to Washburn, don't push your luck and don't confuse my pragmatic/ ambivalent opinion of Ute sports as hatred. Ute sports speak for themselves.

Had the Utes won I would have maybe congratulated them but alas... they didn't.

Are you or anyone else really surprised at the outcome or are we just 'concerned' about losing the close games and the continuing trend?

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

sammyg:

Just admit it. You got caught in your Utah obsession. You watched the whole game last night, and sweated bullets that Utah might have won until the final horn.

P.S.: There's really not a lot of tax work to be done on January 2nd. You just made that excuse up on the fly.

Just the FAX
Olympus Cove, Utah

motorbike

"Kinda scary imagining what will happen when Utah adds more shooters to its roster, right?"

Improving from bad to mediocre isn't what you'd call "scary".

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gdog3finally

You need to update your technology. There's this wondrous little device called a remote control that allows viewers to switch stations instantaneously so they can switch from, say, watching the Sugar Bowl, to say, watching the Tempe clang fest, rather than watching boring commercials; although, with the bricks being thrown up by Utah and ASU, the commercials may have been more entertaining.

Anyway, after all of the fuss from Utah fans about how much Utah had "improved", some of us tuned in just to see what all of the hoopla was about, since so few preseason Utah games were actually televised. As expected, the vast "improvement" we were promised, turned out to be little more than a slight improvement from past seasons. Utah is actually running some offensive plays this year, even though their shooting is still pretty offensive.

btw,

Haws, in 35 min last Saturday, by himself, scored 42 points. Utah's entire team, in regulation last night, scored 49.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Just the FAX

"Haws, in 35 min last Saturday, by himself, scored 42 points. Utah's entire team, in regulation last night, scored 49."

Yeah...against SW Missouri Tech. But I guess that's a good prep game for your conference schedule.

Question for you: When BYU plays a WCC road game, does the home team or the road team have to show up 30 minutes early to pull the bleachers out?

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

"Yeah...against SW Missouri Tech."

No dear timid sparrow.

Against Virginia Tech(9-4), a member of the best basketball conference in the country, rather than, Arizona State, a team picked to finish 10th in the weak PAC 12.

Pull-out bleachers or not, the Utes would still be a bottom dweller in the WCC, just like they are in the PAC.

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