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Published: Sunday, Jan. 13 2013 9:47 a.m. MST

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Chris B's momma
Idaho Falls, ID

The only stat that really matters in the end is the score at the end. All these other silliy numbers still get u in last place. Again we see why u were selected by the PAC. Every door needs a mat.

Down under
Pullman, WA

But Chris B. said it Utah was the most improved team in the state. I wrote it down. How can this be? He has been kinda quiet lately. How about the best team in 4A?

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't think USC is as bad as everyone wants to make them out to be. Their schedule is pretty solid. Still, Utah missed a big opportunity today, and in front of a season high attendance too. It's a shame.

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

Cougar fans seem to enjoy piling on almost as much as Utah fans enjoy touting the PAC-12 and ignoring themselves. What goes around comes around. In the end it's just a game.

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

two fer

"I don't think USC is as bad as everyone wants to make them out to be."

Think what you want, but USC(7-10) was on a 14-game road losing streak and was beaten at home by UC Irvine(9-9) 61-54, a team that lost to Sam Houston State, Pepperdine, Weber State, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal Poly.

Utah's plan of grind it out offense and extremely physical play on defense simply ran into a buzz against a team that is even more physical than Utah and had a hot shooting night.

Utah's next game at Washington State(9-7) may be Utah's last chance to get a win this month.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This article pretty much nails it. It was just one of those games. While I don't want to discredit USC (quite frankly they looked a lot better than their record), the Utes just couldn't get anything to go their way.
It was clear to see that the game plan was exactly as Coach Kryskowiak is quoted in the article as saying. Utah is still young enough and has enough holes in their talent level that the coaches have to "pick their poison" defensively. Unfortunately they chose to let USC shoot some threes and those threes went down last night. Quite frankly, had Utah been out on those 3-point shots the ball would've just made it to the middle where Utah was at a huge disadvantage. I can't blame Coach Krystkowiak for the game plan.

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

motorbike

Utah's game plan has been the same all season. Slow down the game to a snail's crawl to keep the score low; pack the defense in the paint, play extremely physical defense, and force the opponent to make outside shots.

It works, sort of, as long as the other team is missing shots and isn't as physical as Utah. Unfortunately for U, USC is even more physical than the Utes and the Trojans were hitting their outside shots. The combination made for a blowout because coach k has nothing else he can turn to when plan A isn't working.

What's really embarrassing is that U got blown out on your home floor by a team that is 257th in scoring, 188th in rebounds, 199th in assists, 200th in FG%, and had lost 14 straight on the road.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

PAC man

Don't look now but your hatred is showing.

You said "Utah's game plan has been the same all season ... pack the defense in the paint ... and force the opponent to make outside shots."

If that were true then you'd see Utah playing zone 90 percent of the time when in fact Utah plays man-to-man 90% of the time. You'd have also seen your boy Haws open all night against the Utes though we all know he wasn't and struggled mightily.

Maybe if you truly had an unbiased eye you'd have a comment now and then that expressed an accurate view.

The truth is USC has some talented big men and their guards had not shot well from the outside all season. Coach Krystowiak saw this and felt it was a decent gamble to play off the outside shooters so they could help in the middle. It obviously backfired but the point here is that you don't have a clue what you're talking about when you say it was the same game plan they always have. Simply not true.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Truth Machine

USC has played the 5th toughest schedule in the country. Yeah they had a bad loss with UC-I, but they are still much better than their record shows.

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

Two For Flinching

"USC has played the 5th toughest schedule in the country. Yeah they had a bad loss with UC-I, but they are still much better than their record shows."

It's funny that while checking USC's 5th ranked SOS, you didn't notice that USC is ranked 113th. Either you're don't understand that rankings are based on record and SOS, or you're choosing to ignore USC's ranking because it doesn't fit your agenda.

USC isn't that much better than their record shows.

#40 BYU
#86 Santa Clara
#111 Utah
#113 USC

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

two fer

USC is so much better than their record shows, that they fired their basketball coach today.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ BYU fans

USC has losses to Illinois, Marquette, SDSU, Nebraska, New Mexico, Minnesota, UC Irvine, Georgia, Cal, and Colorado. UC-I is the only 'bad' loss. Not many teams would be able to go through that with a winning record.

Rockwell
Baltimore, MD

Two For Flinching

USC's ranking is based on SOS AND wins/losses.

Why do Utah fans insist on double-dipping SOS when they don't like the overall ranking?

The rankings for

#40 BYU
#86 Santa Clara
#111 Utah
#113 USC

already include SOS, as well as who teams beat, AND who they lost to.

Based on Sagarin's "Predictor", BYU(84.76) would be expected to beat Utah(76.67 + 3.46) by approximately five points in a rematch at the Huntsman.

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