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  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 10, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    U could not have asked for a better draw. USC's loss to WSU shows they are one of the worst teams in the PAC. They next night against the Bears will be tough sledding though. Good luck

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 10, 2013 9:27 p.m.

    Pac-12 is over rated, and weak.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2013 10:16 p.m.

    @ CougFaninTX

    I disagree. I think Utah can beat USC, but they don't seem to match up well with the Trojans. Evidenced by the previous meeting between the two teams in SLC earlier this season.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 10, 2013 11:28 p.m.

    CougFaninTX, while I hope the same USC team that showed up in Pullman will be the same one that we face in Vegas, I'm not as optimistic about Utah's chances as you are. SC is a team that came on very hot in the game against us, and showed a lot of matchup problems between our team and theirs. If they are shooting the ball well and not turning it over, any PAC team can attest they are very tough to beat. There were only two teams I was afraid of the Utes facing in Vegas, and that's USC and Stanford. Either way, it'll be a fun tournament, and I hope to be there longer than Thursday morning.

  • aggfan77 Shire, 00
    March 11, 2013 1:19 a.m.

    Good luck U!!!! You guys have had a lot of close ones this year! Peeking at the right time for sure! Beating a ranked team is huge! Don't mind the Y fans on here bashing you all. They're season is over so nothing better to do! Good luck!!!

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 11, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    Gotta luv the pic with everyone flashing the #1 sign after locking up 10th place with a monster 2-game winning streak.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 11, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    Good luck to the Runnin' Utes. I have a feeling that they'll do better than one and out.

    @worf

    You keep sayin the Pac12 is weak. We need Moe evidence!

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    "USC's loss to WSU shows they are one of the worst teams in the PAC. "
    ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, has a different take, calling USC a team that could make a deep run into the PAC12 tournament. Tough draw for the Utes. Hopefully, their recent change in play style will make up the difference in that ugly regular season loss to the Trojans.

    Isn't it great to be saying "tournament against USC" instead of "against Wyoming" or "against Air Force"?

  • scott Alpine, UT
    March 11, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    SoonerUte

    "Isn't it great to be saying "tournament against USC" instead of "against Wyoming" or "against Air Force"?"

    Unless it leads to a berth in the only tournament that really matters, who cares?

    Let's face it, there's not a single conference tournament west of the Rockies in which the Utes would have a chance of winning a berth in the Big Dance.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    March 11, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    "Gotta luv the pic with everyone flashing the #1 sign after locking up 10th place with a monster 2-game winning streak."

    Be fair. If you were losers in your conference and just won two in a row ever in conference, you'd feel like #1. Let them enjoy their #1 for now....it will end after losing to USC or Cal.

    To feel like #1 in their situation, I guess it's only fair to bring out the slogan, "There's basketball, then there's Utah basketball!"

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    Do the fans storm the floor after EVERY win at Utah these days? Are things really THAT bad?

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    March 11, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    SoonerUte

    "Isn't it great to be saying "tournament against USC" instead of "against Wyoming" or "against Air Force"?"

    Have you even paid attention to the MWC this year?

  • Bomar22 Roberts, ID
    March 11, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    Methinks that is None and Done for the Utes. How embarrassing for fans to see the #1 being flashed by Washburn et al. Number one where? I guess in their own minds.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    2 in a row? Ohhhhhhhhhhh! Impressive

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    March 11, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    Wow, BYU fans out in force today on a Utah story. Guess they have nothing better to do, right?

    And to USALover . . . dude, the fans did not "storm the floor" after the win on Saturday. I was there and I watched as Washburn went into the student section to say thank you for supporting him through several rough years. He was celebrating a great win over a top 25 team (something no other in-state team did this year). No they are not "#1" but on that day, maybe they felt like they were for what they had just accomplished.

    BYU team had a much better year than the U and you guys are still bitter. Sad for you.

  • Danish American Payson, UT
    March 11, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    I think the players have worked hard this year under difficult circumstances. So their season wasn't great--at least recognize them for continuing to work hard. They won't go far in the tournament but I don't think they will quite either.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    March 11, 2013 12:47 p.m.

    ImaUteFan

    "He was celebrating a great win over a top 25 team (something no other in-state team did this year)...BYU team had a much better year than the U and you guys are still bitter."

    BYU fans aren't bitter, just realistic.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but losing to the lowly Utes dropped the Ducks completely out of the polls - only 4 votes in "others receiving votes" in the AP poll, none in the coaches poll.

    AP/Coaches Polls heading into conference tourney week; the WCC leads western teams in the polls:

    #1/#1 Gonzaga
    #15/#14 New Mexico
    #18/#18 Arizona
    #21/#25 UCLA
    #26/#21 Saint Mary's

  • redfeather Palo Alto, CA
    March 11, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    USC may be giving the Utes a 1st-round bye.

    Interim coach Bob Cantu suspended starting forward Dewayne Dedmon and backup center James Blasczyk indefinitely for "Spokane" incident.

  • eelek62 SANDY, UT
    March 11, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    Utah = Loyola Marymount???????

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 11, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    TheSportsAuthority, there is no, nor has there ever been a Top 26 poll. Regardless, yes these fans such as Down under, Bomar22, and yourself appear very bitter and unwilling to acknowledge accomplishment.

    USAlover, where did you get the idea that fans "stormed the floor"?

  • That's A Good One Logan, UT
    March 12, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    Quit being so hard on Washburn's #1 finger. Right after that picture was taken he held up a zero with the other hand, completing his "We're #10" celebration gesture. Besides, don't you guys have a Nittany Utes Swim program to be "independently" (wink wink) investigating?

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    StGtoSLC

    "TheSportsAuthority, there is no, nor has there ever been a Top 26 poll."

    True, but finishing with the 26th most votes in one poll, does indicate that Saint Mary's is on the cusp of being ranked in both polls.

    Only a jealous Utah fan would see that post as being "bitter", rather than simply being realistic.

    If listing both polls bothers you so much, we could simply choose the one that makes the WCC look the best, just like Utah fans do with football polls.

    Enjoy!

    Current Coaches Poll
    #1 Gonzaga
    #14 New Mexico
    #18 Arizona
    #21 Saint Mary's
    #25 UCLA

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 12, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    Stg said, "...where did you get the idea that fans "stormed the floor"?

    'Stormin the floor, field, etc.' This is now a well documented phenomenon in Ute sports.

    It made perfect sense to me that USALover or any other follower of Ute sports would ask.