So much for being vastly improved. Getting blown out by what was the
worst team in the conference on your home floor moves Utah solidly into last
place in the conference with little hope of climbing out of the basement.The Utes took a huge step back tonight and hopes of improving on last
season's 3 conference wins and possibly having a winning overall season are
pretty much dead.When does spring ball start?
You've got to be kidding me! Getting blown out at home by the Trojans? USC was on a 14-game road losing streak and lost a home game to the 4-11
Cal State Irvine Anteaters just a couple of weeks ago, a team that lost to
Pepperdine and Weber State. Good thing we played all of those patsies in the
preseason or this team might have finished with a worse record than last
season.8-8, 0-4 in the PAC 12 and falling fast.ugh
Way to represent our state(and our faith Mormon Utes) for those classy chants
throughout the game when calls didn't go how you wanted.Typical
hypocrisy from the hill. Loved the game!
These were the comments after the Utes close loss to AZ. I wonder if we'll
see similar comments after losing to fellow cellar dweller USC.@indycrimson - Awesome!!!@Two For Flinching - 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.@motorbike - I'm excited for the games
this week. If the team, and particularly Washburn, continue to play like they
did last week we'll see one win and likely two this week.@SoonerUte - Is it because BYU fans are frustrated at their own team's
downward trend while the Utes are on the rise?@Uteology - Coach K
has the program headed in the right direction. And the crowning
comment that the season is already over, after earlier proclaiming that the Utes
would finish in the top half of the PAC.@Chris B - I just dont care
about Ute bball.
CougarFan in the Great State of TXThat made me laugh... especially
that last one. LOLI can't add anything to that. Nailed it.
This program just took three huge steps in the wrong direction after playing
some inspired ball to begin conference play. We still do not have Pac 12
athletes OR shooters. Still a long way to build a winner. Frustrating. So
Did Chris B predict another Utah win and BYU loss? Thanks Chris! Keep 'em
Never should have left the MWC.
Just a bad, bad game. USC had some hot shooting, and Utah didn't respond
until too late. What killed the late comeback attempt was when the Trojans went
to hacking, Utah missed 8 free throws. All teams are subject to bad games, but
why do ours seem to happen against some of the worst teams? Seems like a focus
and energy problem. The officiating was what it was, and it was out of the
team's control, but there was plenty in their control that they didn't
take advantage of. Shore it up and get ready to take on a better Washington
State team we beat last year.
Does this mean that the nation's longest consecutive moral victory streak
Is this an immoral victory in uville??
Today's effort was a big step backwards. The Utes shot the ball horribly
and they didn't match the physical play of USC.I hope they can
regroup and pull it together for another road trip. They need to get a win
soon, I thought today was going to be their best chance of breaking through.The crowds are starting to come back to the games so the team needs to
get a few victories to keep them coming.Very classy cougintx keep up
the good work, it will all come back to you soon enough.Go Utes!
@stgI've got to give you credit for posting despite how much I
know this one stings. Definately sets you apart from the utah "fans"
like motortrike, naval vet, and the others that will never come anywhere near
Diagnosis,DNR this team. Maybe Do Not Resuscitate. Maybe Does Not Recruit.
Maybe Dang, Now that's Refreshing, Maybe Doesn't Naval vet Read.
I'm not too sure, but I do know a serious case of mediocrity when I see it.
And this isn't even mediocrity.
The Utes have firmly established themselves as the worst team in the PAC-12 with
fans that match. Team - embarrassment to the university. Fans - embarrassment to
Qwest Perfected"Very classy cougintx..."The MUSS
taught us all about class at the Huntsman today.I'd could prove
my point by quoting their cheers, but this is a family-friendly blog."...keep up the good work..."
About what we all expected once that past the 12 game Jr. High school schedule.
I predict one more win this season before they head off to the big dance. This
is going to hurt the recruiting for a few years. I don't see the program
competing in the PAC 10.2 for many years. I hope that the few remaining fans
will not give up on them. They are paying way to much to see this.
You should read the Utah fans comment on the CNN thread. It was pretty comical.
Me thinks that there is trouble right here in Uville and the wheels are coming
Shout out to the 14-1 Aggies, whom the Utes are too chicken to play anymore.Utah State Utah
Now what?Is it too soon to start talking about the Utes rebuilding,
again, next season?
One step forward, and two steps back. To see another game like this after so
much promise in the previous three is extremely frustrating.Utah
needs to pick up a win in Washington next week in the worst way. It's
going to take something close to a miracle to save this season though. To all the Coug fans talking about class, I'm just glad the MUSS had
enough control to not litter our court with garbage when things weren't
going our way.
This was a major step back for the program, absolutely humiliating. @CougFaninTXYes Coach K does have this the program headed in the right
direction. The way played at Arizona, ASU, BYU, and UCLA was as encouraging as
this game was embarrassing. What this games shows is the program has a long way
to go before it becomes competitive.
Four steps forward - one step back is progress. Consider the four losses; BYU
away, Arizona State away, Arizona away, and UCLA home. Losses by a total of
less that 10 points (and compare those results to last year!) Yes we lost to
USC big time - but make no mistake the Utes are much imporoved over last year.
My family and I enjoyed the game experience. Kids got to high five the players,
got on the big screen and received free back packs (let me tell you how charming
Stephenie McCallister is. Her ending move on the floor routine is one of my
favorite athletic memories.) Go Utes!
@Duckhunter"I've got to give you credit for posting despite
how much I know this one stings. Definately sets you apart from the utah
"fans" like motortrike, naval vet, and the others that will never come
anywhere near this thread."Hi Ducky, how ya doing buddy? Sorry I
have a life before sports, this is the first chance to get online since
attending the game with my wife and son. Classy comment by the way.@everyothercougposterThe comments on how terrible the fans were
are amusing. There were some unkind chants directed at the refs, but they
weren't any different than chants heard at the beloved Marriott Center. I
love how cougar fans so badly want to make the U out to be evil when in fact
it's not U fans who litter the court with trash when things don't go
their way.Bottom line, Utah was terrible and would've lost
regardless of how it was refereed. That said, it was the worst reffed game
I've seen in quite a while and they deserved to hear about it from the
paying fans. As I said though, Utah was still outplayed.
@motortrike"Hi Ducky, how ya doing buddy?"Great!
But of course the team I support is probably headed for the NCAA tournament so
there's no need for you to worry about me. But how are you doing? This
obviously is not the result you told us to expect. I was just wondering if you
could point out to us how this game showed "improvement"?
Who am I sir?It's nice that you and your family had a fun time
at the game.Utah's close losses to some good teams did show
some improvement, but how much, considering Utah's home losses to Sac St,
CS Northridge, and now this blowout loss to a very mediocre USC team?At this point in the season, Utah and the PAC 12 appear to be improved from
last season, but it also appears that Utah could easily finish with the same
3-15 conference record as the Utes had last season - net improvement in
conference, none.For Utah fans, the most discouraging factor in this
rebuilding process is this is a Senior-dominated team - 3 of Utah's five
starters are Seniors.So, the Utes will once again be back in
rebuilding mode next season, just as they've been since 2005.
@DuckhunterI was just wondering if you could point out to us how this game
showed "improvement"?------------It didn't
but games at top 10 Arizona, #1 WCC BYU, ASU, and UCLA did. Those games were 4
steps forward, this game was a major leap backwards.Just as soon as
you could point out how getting pounded by ND, Baylor, Iowa State, FSU shows
that you'll be anything more than a one-and-done IF you do get in? Or
maybe you're just happy getting an invitation.
@uteology"Just getting an invitation" is infinately better
than not getting one at all.
@DuckhunterI'll respond to a few of your comments:"This obviously is not the result you told us to expect." I
didn't ever make any predictions, I simply said Utah could pick 1 or 2 wins
up if they played like they did against Arizona and ASU ... unfortunately they
didn't."I was just wondering if you could point out to us
how this game showed "improvement"?"First of all, did I say it
did? No the reality is that this game was a step backward. Did you need to see
that in writing to make you feel better? See I get on here and admit things like
that all the time, it's you who we never see that from."Just getting an invitation is infinately better than not getting one at
all."This is all a matter of opinion and Ute fans know where BYU fans
stand on this - in both football and basketball. Let's just say this ...
been there done that. Ute fans are ready for a bigger challenge in both sports.
This may mean less bowl games and less tourney appearances but that's quite
Motortrike"Ute fans are ready for a bigger challenge in both
sports. I'm sure Ute fans all over the fruited plain are just
busting with pride for Ute football and basketball and are as patient as Job
waiting for something great to happen in Ute sports.Let us know when
Ute sports make it to 50% winning.
motorbike"Ute fans are ready for a bigger challenge in both
sports. This may mean less bowl games and less tourney appearances but
that's quite alright."More ineptitude doesn't prove
anything. Utah fans may be ready for bigger challenges, but Utah's teams
Phoenix"Utah fans may be ready for bigger challenges, but
Utah's teams obviously aren't."You're exactly
right, and who's arguing with you? See Utah fans know full well it's
gonna take some time to compete for such elite conference championships. We walk
into the PAC-12 with EVERYTHING stacked against us. And quite frankly, even if
and when we can have years among the elite of the PAC-12 there will still
inevitably be that upset and we STILL won't break through. But now just
imagine if and when Utah does have that break through season in football or
basketball and wins a conference championship ... that my friend will be a sweet
day and worth waiting for. Something BYU fans may never get to experience unless
they can get that glorious invitation one day. I wish you luck my friend. In the
meantime, we Ute fans are happy for you guys and all those cute little wins that
get you the courtesy invitations to bowl games and tourneys. Like I said before,
been there done that.
@cougfansIt might be a little early claiming your invite to the NCAA
tournament. I have a feeling this year the WCC is going to get one invite and
how it sits right now, that means Gonzaga will be dancing. Your mighty
basketball team has a good amount of wins but just like your football team, most
of those wins are against poor competition. Even the Utes who you all bag on,
took your team to the final minute at home. There hasn't been one
signature win for you all season. It seems like byu has been behind in a lot of
their games this year against weak opponents and that doesn't say much
about your program.As for the Utes, every fan knows and has stated
that this game was a step backwards. I think you could all learn something from
that though we all know that byu "fans" have selective memory.Go Utes!
QPActually, one of the leading NCAA bracket prognosticators stated
that he was going to be watching the BYU-Santa Clara game specifically.There's little doubt that he came away duly impressed with BYU's
@phoenixStill can't call beating a mediocre Santa Clara team a
signature win. I know they are one of the better teams in the WCC, but they
aren't the same team as last year.
QP"Still can't call beating a mediocre Santa Clara team a
signature win."One thing's for sure, unlike Utah fans in
football, BYU fans can't count their win over the Utes in basketball as a
signature win.Latest RPI and BPI Rankings#1/#1 Duke#3/#7 Arizona#7/#11 Gonzaga#36/#46 BYU#76/#56 Saint
Mary's#81/#84 Santa Clara#83/#90 Utah St#110/#75 Weber
St#112/#107 Utah#135/#118 USC