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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 3 2013 3:54 p.m. MDT

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motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

While we all knew this was coming, I still find it a bit disturbing... especially the lack of preseason road tests. I just don't see how this helps the team get sufficiently ready and tested prior to Pac 12 play.

The youth of this team is still a big deal this year so I'm trying to be patient with the schedule thing. That said, there won't be a good excuse to not have a healthy upgrade in preseason schedule for 2014-15.

Go Utes!

Pasta
Salt Lake City, UT

Why not schedule more instate games? Weber, Southern Utah, and UVU?

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

motorbike, additionally, there won't be a good excuse to come out of non-conference with the same record as last year. Boise State, BYU and Fresno State are the only ones we shouldn't be heavy favorites in.

Rockarolla
West Jordan, UT

Patsy Schedule equals No NCAA tournament...Again!

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

Pasta

The Utes are too scared to play Utah State, Weber State, Southern Utah, or UVU anymore, especially on the road.

Since they're not good enough to win more than 4 or 5 conference games, they need to schedule at least 10 automatic OOC wins every year just to have a chance to finish above .500.

u25
West Jordan, UT

With the stregth and difficulty of the conference games, the preseason games make for a nice warm up and alows the new players to asimilate into the program. We are not shooting for a NCAA birth this year. I think the goal should be a NIT invite then next year contend for the PAC-12 conference championship and making the NCAA tourney.

scenic view
Baltimore, MD

Rockarolla

"Patsy Schedule equals No NCAA tournament...Again!"

coach small k is just trying to save his job

by scheduling 10 OOC patsies, the Utes are hoping to win 10 games before they open conference play; then, all they have to do is win 5 conference games to finish with another "respectable" 15-18 record

UoU 1991
Park City, UT

u25

Don't kid yourself; the Utes don't have a chance of competing for a PAC 12 championship.

Getting to the NIT might be possible this year or next, but the Utes don't have anywhere close to the talent necessary to compete for a PAC 12 title.

TanMan_101
West Jordan, UT

Coach K is just trying to save his job? That's almost comical. Look at how he has turned this team around. 2 years ago they were possibly the worst team in a major conference, he then took them to wins vs 4-5 NCAA tournament teams last year, including beating a ranked Oregon team and getting to the PAC-12 semi final game. How far did byu get in the West Coast Conference tourney? Oh yeah, that's right. Coach K now has a top 20 recruiting class coming in next year this team is on the rise quickly.

midpacmajor
Salt Lake City, Utah

TanMan_101

coach small k took the Utes

from 6-25(overall), 3-15(PAC), #274 RPI, with losses to Boise State and UNC-Ashville

to 13-17(overall), 5-13(PAC), #161 RPI, with losses to Sacramento State and SMU

At their current rate of "progress", it'll take the Utes at least two more years just to reach .500 in conference.

That's why Hill had to build in at least 10 automatic out-of-conference wins into the schedule to protect his coach by making it appear that Utah's overall record was respectable.

btw,

How far did Utah get in the NIT tournament?

In any post-season tournament?

When was the last time the Utes won a game in the NCAA tournament?

7 in a row, 11 of the last 12, 149-145 overall - BYU owns U in basketball.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

TanMan_101

Thanks for bringing this thread back down to earth. Coug fans either aren't very observant or they're simply in denial. The Ute bball program is DEFINITELY on the rise and Coach Krystowiak's job is about as secure as they come.

jdub1942
PROVO, UT

Coach K has a ton of goodwill at Utah, the job he has done is incredible. If you cant see that, it's simply because you don't want too.

TanMan_101
West Jordan, UT

@Midpacmajor

Your math is a little off. If Utah continues to improve by 7 wins each year as your thread shows, within 2 years they are actually going to be national champions, not barely .500
WAHOO!

midpacmajor
Salt Lake City, Utah

TanMan_101

two words: reading comprehension

The Utes only improved by TWO wins in conference, from 3-15 in 2011 to 5-13 in 2012.

Assuming the same rate, 7-11 in 2013, and 9-9 in 2014, it will take them two more years just to get to .500.

Don't be fooled by Utah's ridiculously easy pre-season schedule that Hill has used the last two seasons to pad Utah's win total. Unfortunately for U, Hill can't fill Utah's entire schedule with the likes of EVERGREEN, whoever that is.

TanMan_101
West Jordan, UT

Not sure why anyone can't seem to address the fact that Coach K is doing a great job and bringing that program up great!

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

TanMan_101

"Great" is all a matter of perspective.

Sambonethegreat
Salt Lake City, UT

Come on U, come play the Ags in the Spectrum!!!

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Playing pre season games on the road does not guarantee TV coverage since the home team controls TV coverage. Teams come into the Huntsman Center and are put on the PAC 12 net. Most smaller programs probably prefer it that way. They get on TV. But I do agree that more away games would probably benefit Utah's prep for PAC 12 conference play.

BTW BYU fans, if you want to see the Utah vs BYU game this year and you do not come to the Huntsman Center you are going to have to pay to watch it on the PAC 12 net.

royalblue
Alpine, UT

Dutchman

LOL at your delusion; the PAC Net is already included in the same basic sports package as ESPN and ESPN2; no additional purchase necessary.

LOTR
Baltimore, MD

Dutchman

"Playing pre season games on the road does not guarantee TV coverage since the home team controls TV coverage."

Television coverage on the road is not a problem if you play a legitimate opponent.

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