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Utah continues Pac-12 tourney run, upsets California

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  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    March 15, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    Congratulations to the Utes. They certainly are peaking at the right time. I still don't believe they can win the tournament, but anything is possible.

    I do have to question the "Utes are the best team in the state" comments, though. Go back to football season. Both Utah State and BYU had better overall seasons than Utah. Yes, Utah beat BYU, but BYU went to a Bowl game, had a great defense, and finished the season strong. But Ute fans quickly bash the idea that BYU was the better team over the whole football season.

    Yet Utah can have the better basketball team, despite losing the BYU head-to-head? Quite the contradiction, wouldn't you say?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 15, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    @fireonthemtn
    That's Right, We're Truckin'!

    Even with his praise for the Utes, Bill Walton is annoying. I couldn't stand him when he was calling NBA games. He sure could play though.

    Keep calling them Chris, it seems to be working.

    Go Utes!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    March 14, 2013 11:43 p.m.

    I've seen Utah basketball on the eve of winning a NCAA tournament and now on the eve of a Pac 12 semi championship. It's been a long ride, but this team has so much to be proud of. The road this team has travelled? Remember it for the rest of your lives guys. You have done your school proud! You won't be forgotten.

  • Duckhunted provo, UT
    March 14, 2013 11:29 p.m.

    JD deserves his number in the Utah rafters. If not as a player as a person!!!!!

  • Duckhunted provo, UT
    March 14, 2013 11:14 p.m.

    Go Ute great job...The future looks bright!

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:30 p.m.

    Best trip to Vegas I've ever made. Here's to a Sunday return instead of Saturday!

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    Maybe, just maybe. Good luck Utes keep it going.

  • fireonthemtn Reno, NV
    March 14, 2013 10:16 p.m.

    As Bill Walton and Jerry would say, "Lately it appears to me...what a long , strange trip it"s been... " Utes! Pass me the Cherry Garcia, bro....

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:15 p.m.

    Unbelievable! Keep it up, Utes!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    March 14, 2013 10:06 p.m.

    So proud of this team. No matter what happens--(and I truly believe they can win this tourney)--I am behind this terrific coach and his staff 100%. What a ride. I know we will lose strong senior leadership and there might be tough times still, but what a foundation he has built in the wake of a gutting of the program. He has a corps of freshmen with a ton of experience already and they will be tougher than nails over the next few years. Keep it going Utes! You're the hottest team in this tourney and you have every right to go out and take it all!!!

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:58 p.m.

    What a game! In the second half it seemed like Cal was starting to impose their will on the Utes. But they did not give up. They kept fighting and got back in it. THIS is progress. Progress is what we wanted from Coach Boyeln that he just wasn't able accomplish.

    Congratulations team. One more game tomorrow. Go Utes!

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    March 14, 2013 9:56 p.m.

    I think we can safely say Utah is now the best team in the state!

  • IRS Agent PROVO, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:59 p.m.

    @PAC12 loves U

    They are probably on the BYU articles commenting and following their own team. Probably didn't really care how the Utes did.

    The end of season win against #19 was the turning point for the program. Congrats to coach Krystko on turning the ship around.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:46 p.m.

    Oh, yeah! Oh, yeah! Oh, yeah!

    The best part of this win is that they will now play the winner of Oregon/Washington both of whom the Utes beat.

    Congrats to the Utes! What a fantastic comeback win.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:40 p.m.

    Now we're havin' fun!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    If you're going to peak...

    Why not now?

    Go Utes!

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    So happy for these guys. Hard work is paying off. The team is getting some great coverage on PAC 12 network. Bill Walton keeps heaping praise on this team. Well done!

  • COUGARNATE Lyman, WY
    March 14, 2013 9:35 p.m.

    As much as I hate to admit it. Utah is the best team in the state right now, however they will have no postseason, unless they win this tourney, which will not happen. UCLA is in the way. Unfortunately the NIT does not take teams with losing records, because the Utes are playing well enough right now to go very far in that tourney. However there is always that chance that they can pull another two out of the hat, but it is going to be tough.

  • youtefan Bountiful, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:37 p.m.

    To GoCougars......obviously not enough!

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    March 14, 2013 9:36 p.m.

    Oh Chris... A game that you 'almost' got right! 79-69 is pretty darn close to 70-65... Who cares that BYU is done with anything other than the NIT if they are unlucky enough to get an invite... They proved all year that without Jimmer they ain't squat! It was a gradual fall but it seems near complete... As complete as any good natured fan wants to see. Don't let this current run of success enlarge your heads too big... Get to the sweet 16 and beyond before getting too cocky! And then with that cockiness anything less than beating the #1 Gonzaga squad (little ole WCC team) will be ultimately failure supreme! :)

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    March 14, 2013 9:30 p.m.

    Pac-12 semifinals here we come! Where are all the BYU naysayers now?

    Great win Utes!

  • lloyd braun ogden, utah
    March 14, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    What a great win for the Utes. They have really come together at the end of the year, and they're playing great basketball. Credit the coaches and players for hanging in there. What a classy answer Coach Krystkowiak had regarding beating Montgomery. Talked about the team and not beating his former coach. I gained a lot of respect for him in that one moment. Congrats Coach and the Utes. Two more wins and the Utes are dancin'!!! This is the greatest time of year for a hoops fan. Huge shot from Dubois, and how bout the last 10 minutes for Loveridge.

  • GO_COUGARS! Provo, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:24 p.m.

    How many games did we win in the amazing wcc conference tournament of amazingness?

  • D4inSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:27 p.m.

    Well, I couldn't be prouder of my Utes! Does anyone want to question the improvement this team has made.? The future looks bright with Coach Krisko.

    Go Utes!,

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:24 p.m.

    Utah Rocks!

    The Utes continue on!

    When do the Cougs play next?

  • jazz4ever San Mateo, CA
    March 14, 2013 9:23 p.m.

    They did it!! Fantastic win... looked so easy in the OT after the tough-tough 3 by dubois to tie it up. Yes, we believe now! :) Congrats to the team and coaches... Just 2 more!

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    March 14, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    Cool. Utah won in overtime. Are they peaking or what!

  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    Uh-oh!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 14, 2013 9:12 p.m.

    Utah had problems all year finishing games. We have finally figured out how to play down the stretch. Even though Bill Walton’s commentary is better enjoyed on mute, I had to agree that Utah played spectacular down the stretch.

    Go UTES!!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:07 p.m.

    I told you I told you I told you!

    Two more games and we are dancing!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:05 p.m.

    Dubois is awesome. Overtime!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 8:59 p.m.

    We did it!!!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 8:43 p.m.

    Get this done!

    Started the season slow, but have become best team in state at end of season.

    Let's go utes! Finish the job. My nerves are killing me.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    March 14, 2013 8:09 p.m.

    So far, so good.

    The worst part of the game so far has been listening to Bill "I'm talking and I can't stop" Walton.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    About to pick up the sixth best RPI win of anyone in the state

    We already own the best FIVE rpi wins. Can you see us dancing next week? The team in close to making that reality

    Best team RIGHT NOW in the state.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    Conference player of the year about to have an early exit!

    2.5 games away from the big dance!

    Good game guys, finish them!

    Like I called

    Utah 70
    Cal 65

    Mark it down!