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Published: Monday, Feb. 18 2013 4:45 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Enough with the no moral victory articles. Can't think of anything new to write? Of course we aren't interested in moral victories

We also aren't interested in 15 more articles about not being interested in moral victories.

I still am behind coach k 100 percent. The guy took Montana to the big dance. Given time, he will take us to where we want to be.

Ogden, UT

@Chris B

Funny, because for pretty much a whole articles comments after one of the U's many close losses that seemed to be a main focus of U fans, you and Moto included.

Idaho Falls, ID

3-game road trip? Just mail it in - take the 3 losses - update the conf record to 3-13 - let the players focus on their general studies majors.

Springville, UT

The team might be tired of'moral victories' but the 'fans' aren't!

Bring 'em on. LOL

Sandy, UT

Don't know why the Utes wouldn't be interested in moral victories; the chances of getting an actual victory at Colorado, at California and at Stanford are slim and none.

Iowa City, IA

The quest for .500 continues...

Layton, UT

Good luck to the Runnin' Utes in their remaining schedule and in the tournament. Coach K has them going in the right direction.

The Runnin' Utes weren't expected to come right in and own the Pac12. They didn't but they've showed improvement. Many good things to come...given their advantage of membership in a major conference.

The cougs were expected to take right over in the wcc. What happened.....the refs?

Down under
Pullman, WA

No moral victories but how about a virtual run to the final four is basketball or the BSC championship in football? If you close your eyes, picture it hard enough and dream BIG, no HUGE, it could happen. The Utes are my fantasy team, because that is the only place it would happen, in a fantasy world.
Great to be a COUG!

Chris B's momma
Idaho Falls, ID

Quest for .500???? How about quest for 4 wins in conference. Neither will happen this year!

MUSSing with U
Baltimore, MD

"Krystkowiak acknowledged that road games at Colorado, California and Stanford will be extremely challenging as the Utes jockey for the best seed possible at the conference tournament."

Nice spin coach, but the reality is, regardless of the seed, the Utes will be one-and-done in the PAC tourney and another Utah basketball season will mercifully end so Utah fans can begin focusing on finishing 3-9 in football.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@ Down Under

Is it great to get beat by every good team you play? You have low expectations. Maybe that explains the "down" in your name.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

The Utes are certainly trending in the right direcetion. Nothing wrong with getting close to the .500 mark; especially considering last year, and having a second year coach.
10 comments and 8 from Utah Haters (aka BYU fans). What a sad trend. Stooping so low you go to your rivals threads and try to be-little them. What a sad, sad group.

Layton, UT

Coach K is doing a great job. I'm looking forward to the tournament and then next year.

The jealous Ute haters are showing great interest since their team "isn't playing

to their full potential","making mistakes","beating themselves",blaming the refs,etc. lol.

Salt Lake City, UT

The only people I read using the phrase "moral victory" are Cougar fans and media members who ask Coach K "do you consider this a moral victory?"

Ute fans aren't tallying moral victories. Fans appreciate the close game against a top 10 team. Were we expected to lose the game? Yes. Did we lost the game? Yes. But the players didn't treat the game like an automatic loss. Coach gives a lot of playing time to the freshmen. Ute fans enjoyed the great effort of the team, and the development of the players. We're excited about the direction of the team.

I actually wish the Cougar basketball program hadn't fallen so short of expectations this year. If they were on track, Cougar fans would be interested in their own little world. Instead, they've given up on their season, and come here to vent their frustration. Sad, but expected. If you're unhappy, you resent those around you who are happy.

Park City, UT

Spokane Ute

Just curious:

Is being content with constantly losing to really bad teams considered "trending in the right direction" up on the hill?

It's sad when mediocrity has become so accepted on the hill that the only ones who can clearly see what a train wreck Utah basketball has become are folks not living under the crimson bubble.

Salt Lake City, UT


Utah fans may not be using the term "moral victory", but when fans praise the Utes for giving phenomenal effort in a loss or characterize a close loss to a good team as being better than any win over a bad team, it's really no different than calling a loss a moral victory.

Krystko is doing a decent job of rebuilding, but his so-called "offense" is incredibly boring to watch.

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

Spokane Ute

"10 comments and 8 from Utah Haters (aka BYU fans). What a sad trend."

What's sadder, the fact that more BYU fans are interested in Utah basketball than Utah fans, or the fact that only 2 Utah fans cared enough to bother reading and commenting?

btw, there's nothing "low" about commenting on a rival's basketball team.

Salt Lake City, UT

Ufan complains "when fans praise the Utes for giving phenomenal effort in a loss or characterize a close loss to a good team as being better than any win over a bad team, it's really no different than calling a loss a moral victory."

Alright. I'll bite. What do YOU think fans should say when they play a top ten team so closely? You don't want to praise the effort, so something simple like "Uh... thanks for showing up."

11 new players on the team is the very definition of rebuilding. The Utes are making progress, and it is not a moral victory to praise their progress.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA


No, not if the comments are civil or even on the subject line; but they seldom are, correct? Riddle me that fella.

Gordon Blue,

You may want to google the word "trend". Utah was 6-25 under a first year coach last year, currently 11-14 under a second year coach. See the trend? Which direction is BYU trending? Do tell. When is the last time BYU beat a decent team? I guess it's easy to beat on the weaklings in the WCC; yet not beat a good program. BYU has perfected that art this year.

Marked it Down
Park City, UT


"The Utes are making progress,"


"...and it is not a moral victory to praise their progress."

Actually, it is.

Webster's definition of a Moral Victory : an actual defeat regarded as a virtual victory because of the narrowness of the margin or because of some circumstance that gives satisfaction or hope.

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