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Utah Utes basketball: Utes pick up first Pac-12 road win, hold off Washington

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  • WON84 PLANO, TX
    Jan. 23, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    "stampederus
    Ephraim, UT
    I am surprised Chris B. has not made any comments. She usually is one of the first to laud a Ute win."

    Too busy trying to chasing the next BYU news story.

    Anyways, congrats on the good win Utah. Washington is or was anyways, one of the Last Four Out according to Lunardi.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Jan. 22, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    @Uteology

    "The difference is Utah basketball is rebuilding their program..."

    Three of Utah's five starters are seniors.

    Three of BYU's five starters are sophomores.

    Who's really rebuilding here?

    The real difference is a rebuilding year for BYU means having another 20+ win season and being a NCAA bubble team; a rebuilding year for Utah is having another losing season and a first round exit in the conference tournament.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Jan. 22, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    Uteology

    "The difference is Utah basketball is rebuilding their program and we still have 13 games to rebuild for next year."

    Utah basketball has been "rebuilding" since 2005. True, Utah actually looks like they're improving this year. Also true, this is a senior-dominated team that will be losing Washburn, DuBois, and Martin at the end of the season.

    It remains to be seen whether Utah will improve to being a conference contender and NCAA tournament team, or meerly a perennial middle of the PAC and NIT team.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 21, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    sammyg
    Springville, UT

    Uteology

    IF BYU had scored 7 more points in 3 football games...

    If... blah blah blah

    Nice try

    ------------

    True, both teams are mediocre.

    The difference is Utah basketball is rebuilding their program and we still have 13 games to rebuild for next year.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 8:04 p.m.

    Uteology

    IF BYU had scored 7 more points in 3 football games...

    If... blah blah blah

    Nice try

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 21, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    @SportsFan

    A little reality check about the chances of the Utes finishing 15-15 or better:

    The Utes won't come anywhere close to shooting 60 FG% every game, so unless they learn to adjust their plodding style of offense when circumstance dictate, Utah will continue to struggle.

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    True but it is also true that IF Utah had only shot their season average of 45% they would have beat BYU, ASU, Arizona, and CSN which would put them at 13 wins.

    So if they want to give themselves a shot at finishing with 15 wins they need to shoot 45%, play the same style defense, continue to get good guard play from Taylor, and Loveridge needs to create more in the paint.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    IRS Agent

    "... you guys are dreaming if you think Coach Krysto will be around for years to come. One above average season and an offer from a semi-decent school and he will be gone faster than the players left when Boylen was let go. By the way, didn't I see somewhere that Boylen is now a head coach in the NBA? He wasn't good enough to coach at the U, but he is good enough for the NBA??? What is going on up on the hill?"

    Couple of things to get you up to speed.

    1 - You're right, Coach Krystowiak is a good enough coach that he could get snatched up in a hurry. Here's the beautiful thing, Utah already has a fantastic coach-in-waiting with Assistant Coach Tommy Connor. He played at the U, coached under Majerus and then left to be head coach at Westminster where he built an excellent program. The job's Tommys to lose whenever it comes available.
    2 - Wrong Jim Boylen/Boylan.

    So what's going on up on the hill? Good things my friend ... very good things!

  • IRS Agent PROVO, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    @stampederus

    You have to go to the BYU related articles to see comments from Chris B. I don't think she even reads the Utah articles.

    Great win for the Utes, but you guys are dreaming if you think Coach Krysto will be around for years to come. One above average season and an offer from a semi-decent school and he will be gone faster than the players left when Boylen was let go.

    By the way, didn't I see somewhere that Boylen is now a head coach in the NBA? He wasn't good enough to coach at the U, but he is good enough for the NBA???

    What is going on up on the hill?

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    USALover, your obsession is showing.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 8:42 p.m.

    The Utes are awesome!

    I think we might be going to the Final Four!

    And we're in the PAC 12 now!

    Oh my gosh, our team is so great!

    Did I mention that we are in the Pac 12 now?

    Its great to be a Ute!

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 20, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    Nice win for the Utes!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Jan. 20, 2013 3:26 p.m.

    Indy,

    Of course they're Jekyll and Hyde, they are young. But what we see on the floor is talented players who are working hard, AND improving. This team will continue to have some head scratching losses, but will also have their fair share of really impressive wins. One thing that is obvious, however, is that coach K and his staff are doing a GREAT job recruiting, and a GREAT job coaching them up. The progress is impressive, and, given the commitments for next season, I expect it to continue.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Jan. 20, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    Great work. Coach K has done an impressive job with the program. This is a big step forward. The next step is when people start saying things like "the Utes are for real." I don't think we are all that far from that.

  • stampederus Ephraim, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    I am surprised Chris B. has not made any comments. She usually is one of the first to laud a Ute win.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    Congrats to the Utes on a quality win in a very tough place to play.

    A little reality check about the chances of the Utes finishing 15-15 or better:

    The Utes won't come anywhere close to shooting 60 FG% every game, so unless they learn to adjust their plodding style of offense when circumstance dictate, Utah will continue to struggle.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 20, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    I knew this was a much better BBall team than their record indicated ever since they gave my Cougars a scare. Coach K is very good and I think he'll bring this team to prominence in the conference in 2 to 3 years.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    That's a very quality win for the Utes and definitely something they should be able to build on.
    If the Utes can play like they did last night, or close to it for the remainder of their conference games, it's possible they could finish with a 15-15 .500 regular season record. I wouldn't go as far as predicting that's what will happen, but it also wouldn't surprise me much and would be a huge step forward for this rebuilding program.
    Proud of these players and proud of our coaches. Go Utes!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    Congrats to Coach K and company! I hope you guys can build on this win.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 20, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    @sammyg

    Quoting the rocket scientist in Karl Malone eh? Didn't he also say "life is like a box of chocolates"?

    Good on you though Sammy, your take was semi-nice.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 20, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    Nice win by the Utes; just need to get on a roll a win some conference games. It's not hard to out coach Romar; I've seen it happen many, many timees. Great recruiter, horrible game day coach.

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    It was only a matter of time, especially when taking into account how close we've been against the two Arizona schools, BYU, and UCLA. Coach K is doing a good job, and the new talent he's brought in is showing flashes of brilliance, like in yesterday's game.

    Keep fighting, Utes!!

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    The Utes had a great game plan and were able to execute it properly. The coaching and preparation for this game was excellent. With three more years of good recruiting they well may be competitive at a national level again. Do it again and you might make a believer out of more fans.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    Jan. 20, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    Congrats. Want to see more.

  • DH48 West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Congratulations Utes!

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    Congrats to the basketball team and to the coaches.

    I'm sure these men feel very relieved of the burden and pressure of having to do what seemed to be the impossible... to win a conference game. Maybe this will be one of those defining moments that will help move these young men through something that has been holding them back... or maybe not. We won't know until the next game, then the next one and so forth.

    It will be funny to observe the raised hopes of the 'dedicated' "fans" after such a monumental fete. But as Karl Malone said... "even a blind squirrel can fine a nut once in a while."

    Congrats Utes... enjoy the afterglow... while it lasts.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 6:48 a.m.

    I have to admit that I had not given the Utes much of a chance in this one. Let's hope it was not just a one time thing.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 20, 2013 4:52 a.m.

    Utah's record is not a good one but it's not hard to see the team is much improved under Coach K. The cabinet is not full and his team is making the nest of it. That shows as they play hard and with pride. The USC loss was ugly but the other four were one play away from wins. So at 0-4 in conference, I was worried about the team being discouraged and starting to pack it in. That did not happen and it was a real good win on the road against Washington who was 4-0 in conference. NICE JOB UTES!

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 4:17 a.m.

    We all knew it had to happen sometime! There you go Chris B. Enjoy.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Jan. 20, 2013 4:04 a.m.

    This team is Jekyll and Hyde! Tonight they couldn't have been better....but scary that it seemed the offense developed the defense! It's always better when strong D helps create the offense!

    Washington is very weak...but learning to win is always a good thing for a bunch of guys learning to play together...

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 12:51 a.m.

    So happy to see this Utah team get their first conference win and it was a road game none the less. The Utes played a great game from start to finish. I think all the close games they have been in finally pod off down the stretch.

    I was really impressed with the performance of the two freshmen Taylor and Loveridge. The Utes had gret composure tonight against one of the better teams in the PAC12.

    I'm glad they finally got their first road win as well as their first conference win this year. They played really good defense tonight as they have in a handful of other games this year but they also had a number of guys step up and knock down shots.

    I hope this will give this team some confidence for the rest of the season. The last two previous games have been discouraging but tonight's game was a good sign that this team still believes in themselves. Hopefully it will lead to a few more victories this year.

    Go Utes!

  • D4inSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 12:32 a.m.

    Congrats on a great road win Utes!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 20, 2013 12:06 a.m.

    Way to go. The ice has been broken.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 19, 2013 11:57 p.m.

    Good all-around game. Taylor looked like the guard we were missing.

    Go UTES!