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Published: Saturday, Jan. 5 2013 5:09 p.m. MST

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indycrimson
Franklin, IN

Awesome!!!

Sorry Ducky...I know we lost and hard cores like you only watch the W-L column, but I can't wait to see us against these two AZ teams at the HC after another 10 games...

Great job Utes...

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I just said the other day, "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." Apparently we needed 22 makes since we ended up with 21. Great game, defense is still stifling even against the nation's best competition, but they definitely can't allow 15 offensive rebounds.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Another frustrating one to lose, especially with the two great looks down the stretch.

This road trip should be a huge confidence booster for the Utes though. If you can take the #3 team in the country to the wire on their home court, there isn't anybody you can't play with, especially in this conference. Hopefully we can get two wins over the LA schools next week and get back on track. We're bound to turn the corner at some point.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Defense! Defense! Defense! I am really impressed by how Coach K has this team playing in year one in rebuliding the program!

Go UTES!!

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Also, I know I'm no expert, but I think Dubois should've driven it on the big man on the second to last possession. I don't think that guy's quick enough to stop an isolation layup attempt without fouling him, and he's our best free throw shooter.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ StGtoSLC

I agree completely. JD came off the screen so wide open I'm sure his instincts just took over and he put it up. It wasn't a terrible shot, but he should have gone strong to the hole; force the D to make a play.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Heartbreaker once again. I'm proud of the Utes for playing their hearts out and coming one bucket away from victory on the road against the 3rd ranked team in the country.
I'm looking forward to seeing this team break through the barrier, they're oh so very close. And just imagine the future as more talent gets added to the system this staff is creating. I just hope our guys keep their heads up. Go Utes!

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah played a great game against a very good team on the road. I honestly didn't think they had a chance in this game but the Utes really controlled the tempo and played good defense to slow Arizona down. Yet there they were at the end of the game with a great chance to win it.

I'm not big into moral victories but the Utes need to keep their heads up because they played two great road games against really good teams this week. They were as close as you can come to beating the number 3rd ranked team in the nation. I just hope they can keep improving and making steps forward. Eventually one of these close ones will go our way.

Jordan Loveridge looked great today and Washburn had a great trip all around in both games. The Utes need a few more guys to step up into the mix and make some baskets. No doubt they are improving each week so far.

They should be able to pick up their first conference win at home against USC this week. Hopefully that will give them a little momentum to get a few more.

Go Utes!

Chris B's momma
Idaho Falls, ID

Both teams will beat you by double fidgets on the hill. You won't be looked past by them again.

Carnak
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Chris B's momma

What is a fidget?

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

It looks as though teams are looking past the Utes and soon teams won't be doing that and you will see these close losses turn to bigger losses. All these teams are just looking beyond the bad Utes and until they "upset" someone, no one is going to really take them too seriously.

yabuts
Springville, utah

@ Eddie:

Please stop posting Fidgets!! (:>)

Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah fought hard, but when you're relying on a 2-10 shooter who was 1-7 from long-range to tie the game on a running, contested 3-pointer, the odds aren't in your favor.

It'll be an interesting contrast in styles when UCLA visits Utah on Thursday. The Bruins are 15th in the country in scoring, averaging 80 ppg. Hard to believe, but this will be UCLA's first road game of the season. The Bruins must really like their newly rebuilt Pauley Pavilion.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@indy

Nice to know I dominate yoour mind.

Now I didn't see the game but I can make a pretty good guess as to how it went down. ute's played ugly, set the game of basketball back 20 years in a vain attempt to keep the game close, arizona played down to utah's level obviously, no doubt ugly stuff.

My guess is that this sort of result is what we will see as utah takes its boreing act the 1st time through the pac12. Teams will get caught in the slowdown, hack it up, ugly style although most of them will still win because they have superior talent to utah. The 2nd time through will probably see much larger margins of victory over utah for most of these teams as they will have already seen it and will be better prepared for it.

The style of play utah is using might work long term if utah had talent, they might even get some wins if they had talent, but they don't so it won't other than maybe splitting with the bad teams. Look for ua to win by a more significant margin next time.

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Ducky

"Better prepared" for what? SMU came to the HC after beating the Utes, had time to prepare and lost by 9. It's a nice theory you have as a byU "fan" but predictable.

I for one will take "boring" and being in each game every single time. I'm sure you remember the Majerus days when you were a season ticket holder and the style they played then(Great D - Motion Offense). Pretty "boring" huh? lol

Go Utes!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@utahcountyute

majerus is dead and so are those times, best for utah "fans" like yourself to realize they are never coming back. I am enjoying the false hope from you guys though. I'm sure utah isn't going to always be terrible and talentless but they are also never going to get back to the 90's either. It's over, done, finished.

I find it interesting that most of you can't see that what is currently happening is simply a diversion, a vain attempt to keep things close and hope that they'll get lucky at the end. The talent is still terrible and the style of play is awful to behold. Shooting 30% every night and having 8 minute scoring droughts is terrible basketball to watch.

I actually don't mind slowdown half court basketball as long as it is well executed and results in a made basket half the time, but standing around and running the shotclock down to 4 seconds then throwing up a brick that barely grazes the rim is simply ugly basketball and does not show an improvement, it simply shows desperate tactics.

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Simple point of reference Duck. I don't suggest time travel.

"shooting 30% every night"

The Utes shoot 46.1% from the field and 77% from the line.
The Cougs shoot 49.6% from the field and 65.9% from the line.

I like the "diversion".

Go Utes!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Don't try to help Ducky by presenting factual information ... he may blow an o-ring.
He also doesn't understand that defense wins championships and has produced far more exciting games than teams lacking good defense. When a fan knows that literally every possession matters, you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat the entire game. For that reason, the two games last week were extremely fun to watch.
True basketball fans find uptempo games without a lick of defense to be an abomination. I can't stand watching players that play with half the effort on defense that they bring on the offensive side of the ball.
As for where Ducky predicts we'll see the Utes in years to come, lets just say this ... last year Ducky was telling all of us that Utah basketball wouldn't make the kind of improvement they've already made. In fact he's been so wrong on so many things in recent memory that it's comical. In other words, if Ducky says the glory days of Utah are behind us, we should meet this prediction with great excitement knowing that he's almost NEVER right!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@motorbike

I love how much angst I cause you and definately love your "frantic and emotional" replies to my posts. LOL!

That said you know very little about much and are generally wrong about almost all of it. But let's see what I have been right about recently.

Prediction - utah football will go 5-7. Nailed that one dead on.
prediction - utah athletics immediately drops to bottom of pac12 - not one single sport posted a winning record in the pac 12, nailed that one dead on.
prediction - utah would lose to asu and ua - uh....they lost motorboy.

The truth is pretty much everything I say about utah athletics is accurate and does occur. Yea maybe they play a team closer than I thought they would but they still lose and they still are brutal.

Oh and I do agree that defense wins championships, that is actually my motto in all the sports I coach, but the difference is I also realize you have to be good all around and utah is definately not good all around. You've got to be able to score and that is not something utah can do.

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