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Utah Utes basketball live coverage: Utes beat USC 69-66 for first ever Pac-12 tournament victory

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  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    March 14, 2013 11:36 p.m.

    Whatsnu . . . the Utes beat Oregon last Saturday. The Ducks were ranked #19 at the time.

    So there's your Top 25 win.

  • Duckhunted provo, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    Whatsnu,

    Remind us again which Top 25 team U beat.

    That would be #19 Oregon!
    Please keep up!

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    March 14, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    christy

    "only team in Utah with a top 25 win"

    Remind us again which Top 25 team U beat.

    Arizona and UCLA are the only ranked PAC teams, and U haven't beaten either of them, unless, of course, you've decided to start counting moral victories.

  • Utah Alum Orem, UT
    March 14, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    Congratulations Utah on a gutsy win. It seemed like every time it looked like the Utes were going to fold under the pressure, DuBois hit another big shot to keep the Trojans at bay.

    Good luck tonight against Cal!

  • Solomon Levi Alpine, UT
    March 14, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    StGtoSLC

    "Dedmon was a loss for USC, but Oraby proved to be the same presence inside."

    The problem with your spin is Oraby sort of replaced Dedmon, but who replaced Oraby?

    In USC's 76-59 domination of Utah on January 12th:
    Dedmon - 28 min, 4/5 FG, 5/6 FT, 13 reb, 3 oreb, 13 pts, FIVE blks
    Oraby - 11 min, 3/7 FG, 2/2 FT, 4 reb, 1 oreb, 8 pts, 0 blks
    Total - 39 min, 7/12 FG, 7/8 FT, 17 reb, 4 oreb, 21 pts, FIVE blks

    In USC's 3-pt 66-69 loss to Utah on March 13th
    Oraby - 35 min, 8/11 FG, 2/2 FT, 10 reb, 2 oreb, 18 pts, 2 blks

    With close to the same number of minutes for Oraby alone, as for Dedmon and Oraby combined, the Trojans had 7 fewer rebounds, 3 fewer blocked shots (and who knows how many fewer altered shots), 2 fewer offensive rebounds, and 3 fewer points from their center, not to mention tireder legs at the end. USC losing Dedmon was as devastating to the Trojans as Utah losing Washburn would have been to the Utes.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 14, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    "Not only was USC playing with their starting center, they were also playing without his backup"

    This is getting totally blown out of proportion. Dedmon was a loss for USC, but Oraby proved to be the same presence inside. Oraby has always been the backup, not Blasczyk. Blasczyk was a nonfactor the entire season, he hardly ever played, didn't play in the game against Utah, and wouldn't have played last night anyway. BYU fans that pretend to know PAC-12 teams just because they read the newspaper are funny.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    March 14, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    ImaUteFan

    At least the 16-17 team that BYU lost to wasn't missing the player who terrorized them the last time the two teams met, as happened with the Utes.

    Not only was USC playing with their starting center, they were also playing without his backup; yet U still barely survived.

    Nice win, but when you're given a bye, that's what you're expected to do.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    March 14, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    Hey, Riddles - I seem to recall that BYU LOST their first round tournament game to a 16-17 team. Oh, and that happened to be their 2nd loss to the mighty Torreos, right?

    Just sayin'.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 14, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    ImaUteFan

    "Jealous, much???"

    That U beat a short-handed 14-18 team???

    Not really.

    Win the PAC-12 tournament and qualify for the Big Dance, then you'll have accomplished something worth other fans being jealous about.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    March 14, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    @ Jealous U . . .

    Jealous, much???

    From one of your little friends on the hill.

  • Fashion Police Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 14, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    ssenhsillooffoecioveht

    Let me help you out - your own resident troll, Chris B, not only trolls every BYU article, he's often the first to comment, so U can save your hypocritical lectures for another forum.

    e.g. "That's right, add up the best wins that BYU..."

    As for Utah's "ground-breaking" win, congrats; you barely beat a 14-18 team that was crippled from losing their starting center and his backup.

    btw, Chris B forgot to include the worst 5 losses, compared to BYU:

    #281 Sac St
    #239 CS Northridge
    #216 SMU
    #188 Wash St
    #180 OSU

    Which probably explains Utah's lowest in the state RPI:

    #70 BYU
    #96 Weber St
    #105 Utah St
    #167 Utah

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    March 14, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    I think that if the teams in the state of Utah had a tournament right now, the U would have a pretty good shot of winning it all and beating BYU. That being said, having to beat Cal, then Oregon or Washington, and then likely UCLA or AZ is a much tougher task than Weber St. or USU have in front of them. Utah has as good of odds as making it to the Big Dance right now as SUU has.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    March 14, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    not so brave sparrow

    pot meet kettle

    Check out the comments of your own resident BYU-hater who trolls every BYU article and who opened this thread with a shot at BYU.

    Of course that's to be expected from the kids on the hill; EVERYTHING our little brothers do MUST be compared with BYU for validation.

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    @Jealous of the U

    "As usual for our friends on the hill... it's all about BYU!"

    Let me help you out here. If the Portland Pilots came to every Utah article and commented about their superiority and how we're irrelevant to them even though they probably read more articles about Utah than their own team, we would smile, shake our heads, and point out to THEM that they tripped over themselves in the first round of a less talented and lower ranked conference. It would be embarrassing for them, but it wouldn't make them more relevant. Unless your idea of relevancy is having us respond to your obsession with us. Then I guess... congrats?

    Oh and welcome to another article about Utah basketball.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 14, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    @Jealous U

    "As usual for our little friends on the hill, even Utah's first PAC 10.2 conference tourney victory ever...

    is all about BYU!"

    Of course it's all about BYU. That's what happens when BYU trolls infest the comment boards on Utah articles. Speaking of that, why are you commenting here?

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 14, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    GO_COUGARS!

    Without your WCC transfer, the Utes would have been worse than last season. Luckily for U, the mighty WCC took pity on the mighty weak Utes and loaned U DuBois for a year.

  • Jealous U Alpine, UT
    March 14, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    As usual for our little friends on the hill, even Utah's first PAC 10.2 conference tourney victory ever...

    is all about BYU!

    No win by our little brothers is ever complete without a comparison to their big brother.

  • GO_COUGARS! Provo, UT
    March 14, 2013 12:42 a.m.

    How far did BYU make it in the mighty wcc tourney?

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    March 14, 2013 12:15 a.m.

    Utah wins it's conference tournament opener! The same can't be said about BYU who lost it's first round game. haha

    Great game Utes! Beat the Bears!

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    March 13, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    Great win for sure, but it's still vs the 7th seed team in the conference. Keep some perspective. Very good chance it all ends tomorrow! Good for those kids though. Something to build on for next year.

    @Chris B

    You're delusional. Weber St has a much better chance at dancing than your Utes, although I'm smelling a Beehive state shutout.

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    March 13, 2013 10:50 p.m.

    Congratulations on a nice first PAC 12 tourney win for Utah, but lets not get too carried away.

    We beat a 14-18 USC team missing its starting center and backup big man, kinda like USC beating a 13-18 Utah team missing Washburn and Olsen.

    If we don't be Cal tomorrow night, this really doesn't mean much.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    I happy the Utes got the win tonight. It was nice to avenge the loss to USC earlier this season.

    USC made some serious runs in the second half but each time the Utes hit some critical shots to keep the lead. They have learned to close out games which is something they couldn't do at the start of the season.

    It has helped that they have played some tough competition through conference play but I hope these wins at the end of the season can give the young players some confidence going into next year. It should help out with some recruiting as well.

    Good luck tomorrow night against Cal.

    Go Utes!

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    March 13, 2013 10:24 p.m.

    Yeah, baby!

    One game at a time, guys.

    GO UTES!!!

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    March 13, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    Utah's improvement over the season, especially in the last three weeks has been impressive, BYU's degradation over the last three weeks equally unimpressive. Utah on the way up, BYU on the way down.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 13, 2013 10:17 p.m.

    What a way to end the season! Keep it going!

    @SammyG Child

    I grew up in Bluebell and went to school in Altamont. Miss the Basin. Go Utes!

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    March 13, 2013 10:08 p.m.

    Great win for the Utes, congrats they deserve it.

  • Y Grad Pumping Gas Beaver, UT
    March 13, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    Finally a winning basketball team in Utah!

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    March 13, 2013 9:40 p.m.

    Great game for the Running Utes! Three in a row. This one may have been gift wrapped, but we'll take it. The Utes had some pretty good shooting tonight. They really seem to have peaked at the right time.

    Keep up the great work! GO Utes!

  • Roger Jolly Maricopa, AZ
    March 13, 2013 9:40 p.m.

    Great game. Is this team finally falling together? Looks like it. Now the Runnin' Utes face Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe. Hottest team right now are the UTES. GO UTES!

  • SammyG Child ALTAMONT, UT
    March 13, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    How did the Coug's do against the Toreros? Oh that's right...

    On a brighter note.. The Utes had their ups and downs for sure but in the end it's College basketball, you've got to know that it's going to go down to the wire. Love it!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 13, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    Chris B

    You'd do well to quit directing every first comment of yours to fans of every other school in the state. I'm getting more and more convinced that you're really not a Ute fan at all, but are instead just trying to give the real Ute fans a bad name.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2013 9:23 p.m.

    Looks like coach switched from "play to win" to "play not to lose" down the stretch.
    Luckily, nobody told DuBois. Thanks for this one, Jarred!

  • Utes22 SPRINGVILLE, UT
    March 13, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    Great win for the Utes tonight. They shot 39% and still were able to pull out the win, which they haven't been able to do this year. They are learning to win even when the shots aren't falling. 18/21 from the line played a crucial role in that happening. Congrats Utah, looking forward to tomorrow night vs Cal
    Go Utes!!!

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    March 13, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    Sammyg- well, 3 in a row, and actually winning a conf. tourney game. I'm wondering if USC is now the .2 in your little 10.2 drama?

  • JDL Magna, UT
    March 13, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    Chris: Well goody goody gumdrops for u. pac 12 is still a bad basketball conference.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    3 wins from the big dance!

    We have a 3 game streak right now

    It may happen.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 13, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    After blowing a big lead late in the game Utah finally figured out how to make plays down the stretch. Good win!

    Go UTES!!

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 13, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    I'm smelling 'Final Four'! LOL

    Exciting finish. Congrats on the win.

  • D4inSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 13, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    Chris, if you've jinxed this, I may never forgive you.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2013 8:35 p.m.

    I said it before and I will say it again, we have shown we can play with top 25 teams several times, only team in Utah with a top 25 win and the FIVE bet rpi wins of anyone in the state. Thy said, we have the best chance of dancing.

    That's right, add up the best wins that byu, usu, and weber have and we have FIVE better wins than any of them!

    PAC 12 and Utah proud!

    Go utes! Beat cal tomorrow!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    Great game guys! Watch out cal here we come!