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Published: Thursday, Feb. 21 2013 10:26 p.m. MST

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Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Can't say I'm shocked. I don't know how they don't have this figured out by this point in the season, but the offense absolutely has to run through Washburn if we want to have a realistic shot at winning. Also I'm tired of seeing Dean and Dubois fall into a trap and turn the ball over every single time a team shows over the top of a screen. I'd like to see Tucker and Seymour get minutes in lieu of Dubois and Martin.

I hope they use this week wisely and come out better against Cal.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

At Colorado is a tough place to get a win. Nice first half, but Buffs made second half adjustments where the Utes could not.

TV commentators kept remarking on the "ball screen" as in "Utah needs to quit running the ball screen" or "6 turnovers in 10 trips down the floor means the ball screen in not working for Utah". So everybody at home knew what the problem was, but Ute coaching staff didn't know, or wouldn't adjust.

I agree with Two For... I don't understand how the four other players on the court just stand and watch as their guard gets trapped. Maybe the coach's scheme is too rigid. Gotta run 30 seconds before thinking about a shot. Gotta stand in your spot instead of helping on a trap.

Hawkeye79
Iowa City, IA

11-15 record
4 games left

The quest for mediocrity (.500) continues

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Didn't get to watch the second half, but the game appeared to me to be won and lost on the offensive boards. Loveridge is the best rebounder on the team, but he should spend the offseason watching a lot of tape of Andre Roberson, not only the Buffs', but the nation's best rebounder currently. He's got longer arms than Loveridge, but at 6'7" he's virtually the same size, and uses great leverage and timing. One step toward winning these games will be winning the rebounding battle.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

Going into this game I expected the Utes to get beat because Colorado is a tough team at home and they probably wanted some revenge after the Utes upset them a few weeks ago.

So I wasn't surprised by the outcome but I feel like the Utes could have won this game if they could have taken better care of the ball. They had way too many turnovers in the second half to win the game. The coaches need to be able to make better adjustments when we lose the ball time after time in the same fashion.

I agree that they needed to get the ball to Washburn more the second half but the other guys have to step up and knock down shots if nobody can make that entry pass to the post.

I hope the Utes can regroup once again and pick up a win on the road.

On the bright side, I wanted to thank Saint Mary's for ending the cougs tourney hopes tonight.

Go Utes!

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

QP

"On the bright side, I wanted to thank Saint Mary's for ending the Cougs tourney hopes tonight."

Even in a rebuilding year, BYU's 20+ win, NCAA/NIT tourney season dwarfs Utah's average 14-17, tourneyless seasons during most of the last decade.

The train wreck on the hill can only dream of someday having a 20+ win, NIT tourney season.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

@swoop

Yes the Utes have been bad the last few years for sure.

The funny thing is how good your cougs have been, they don't have very many NCAA tournament victories to show for it. Also with how many coug fans that have been blasting the Utes for the last few years, it's great to see them fall on their face as well. Yes they will get 20 wins but they are in a horrible conference that traditionally gets one bid to the NCAA tournament. If byu was playing in the PAC, they would be mid to lower level this year and they would probably be in the same position if they had stayed in the MWC.

I'm glad you can still pound your chest at their accomplishments, it makes it that more enjoyable when the lose.

Go Utes!

sammyg
Springville, UT

QP

What is the definition of 'traditionally' these days? Does it include this year, only last year, years past, does it exclude last year, or this year, or do we have to admit that the new 'traditionally' must reflect what the conference make up is now and going forward?

Since BYU is now in its second year of WCC affiliation and the Utes are into their second season of PAC10.2 embarrassment I think we can just dispel what traditionally means to each conferences past. Moving forward with new conference traditions...

The WCC new tradition is fielding at least two teams to the NCAA tournament... last year it was three, this year it will be two.

And as for the new tradition for the Utes... it is to stay at home for tournament and bowl play.

'Traditionally' speaking that is with each teams affiliation to its new conference. LOL

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