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Utah basketball: Freshman Kenneth Ogbe impresses in Utes' opening scrimmage

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  • UtesBy5 Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 1:50 a.m.

    Duckhunter

    Highland, UT

    @veritas

    Actually reid had majerus number, not the opposite as you claimed

    ******

    If Roger Reid didn't have a winning record in head-to-head games against Rick Majerus, how would he have Majerus' number? A little homework before a comment would be helpful.

    Actually, Reid and Majerus were 9-9 going into the 96-97 season. Utah swept BYU that year and Reid was also fired. Not sure if he lost a game to Utah before he was fired or not.

    To duckhunter's credit, playing .500 against the great Rick Majerus would give one the feeling that he had Rick's number.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:14 p.m.

    @dutchman

    pac 12 networks??? What channel is that on direct tv??? lol... I'm guessing that the utes will get the same coverage that they get in football... Next to non-existent...

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    BYU Fans,

    Utah will beat BYU this year at the Huntsman in December. If you don't come to the Huntsman you can catch the game on the PAC 12 networks. Utah is back and will continue a steady climb.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    Duck is right.....Reid's teams played the Utes really well until he got fired. Of course success when it matters has never been the cougies strong suit.

    This team looks to have some talent. Couple that with great coaching = Ws. Loving what the next coach K is putting together on the hill. Will be a fun year to watch.

    Go Utes!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    @azute

    When is the last time utah beat BYU? When is the las time they even had a winning record?

    LOL!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    lol

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    @veritas

    Actually reid had majerus number, not the opposite as you claimed.

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    Oct. 25, 2013 6:30 a.m.

    Evergreen State is in for a whooping! It's good to see some progress after a lot of lean years. My expectations are that the program will make year-over- year improvements as new talent comes in and be competitive in the conference in about two to three years. We should again return to expecting an NCAA tourney invite on an annual basis. Go Utes!

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Oct. 24, 2013 10:52 p.m.

    @bravesirrobin...

    So it sounds like you want to turn this into a football discussion... I don't blame you because losing 11 out of the last 12 games in basketball has to be a little embarrassing... But even if you wanted to talk about football??? come back when you match BYU's run of 18 out of 20 games in the 80's, then we'll be impressed.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Oct. 24, 2013 10:43 p.m.

    @chrisb

    Let's deal with facts... Shall we?

    Utah finished last year with a record of 15-18 (according to the utes official schedule and results)

    The utes were 8-4 in Non Conference, blowing away such teams as Willamette, Central Michigan and College of Idaho while losing on their home court to power houses such as Sac State and Cal State Nothridge on their home court...

    The utes last half of the season was played against conference teams where they racked up an impressive 5-13 record snagging 10th place out of the 12 team conference...

    The utes post season record was 2-1 beating USC and Cal (in OT) before being blown off the court by Oregon (19 point loss)

    "Best record in the state"??? I don't think so... LOL.
    ************

    BYU finished last season 24-12.

    They went 11-4 in Non-Conference with losses to Florida State, ND, Iowa State and Baylor... With good wins over Virginia Tech, Utah State and Montana...

    They went 10-6 in League and finished third behind #1 rated Gonzage and St. Marys.

    In post season they went 3-2 and made the Final Four of the NIT losing to the eventual Champs.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 24, 2013 9:42 p.m.

    RonBergundy--

    "Straight from the official Utah Ute basketball website. I guess its not just those in Utah County..."

    Giving an overall review of a program's history dating beyond a century hence doesn't even remotely equate to what's relevant today, which exclusively 100% all about The NCAA Tourney....Which led me to pose my as of yet still unanswered questions, namely--

    When's the last time byu made it past The Sweet 16?

    How about when they last made it to The Final Four?

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 24, 2013 9:33 p.m.

    @Gone fishin

    WOW. All these predictions and not a single game has been played yet. Typical ute fans. I am guessing that they will also make it to the final four and then win the national championship?

    -----------

    Coming from Cougar Nation that "celebrated and celebrated and celebrated" in the streets of Provo .... a 1-0 Quest.

    Priceless!

    Utah looks to be improving. At least there's hope for this team, unlike the Jazz.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 24, 2013 9:26 p.m.

    Gonzaga just had a nice player from Germany graduate by the name of Elias Harris, hope Ogbe follows suit!

    GO UTES

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    @ RonBergundy

    In 1950 the NCAA changed the rules so that schools could only play in one post season tournament. Since that date the NCAA tournament has been clearly more prestigious and respected.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Oct. 24, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    One certainly can't question the opinion or logic that the utes got better towards the end of the season last year (despitewhat the record shows)... In fact, I recall reading a headline from the DN during that time that said that the utes had just "Snatched (or maybe the word was "snagged")10th Place" in the conference... Great job utes, let's see if y'all can pull down 9th or maybe even 8th place this year... Steady improvement is what we are looking for.... right?

    I have a suggestion though...maybe this year when the utes have pictures taken during the course of a game and then have it included in the DN with a story on the game that they had just lost, it might be helpful to ask the photographer to try and get pictures that show a few fans sitting in the seats... The pictures of the empty seats last year was kind of embarrassing...

    Maybe we can get a bunch of photos taken during the BYU game and just use them throughout the year... It would be helpful because it seems that's the only time that the HC gets a crowd.

    go utes.

  • RonBergundy SANDY, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 9:10 p.m.

    @AZUTE1

    "Men's Basketball has thrived throughout its history, winning an NCAA Championship in 1944 and finishing as the NCAA runner-up in 1998. Utah, which also won national championships in 1916 (AAU) and 1947 (NIT), has advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 nine times."

    Straight from the official Utah Ute basketball website. I guess its not just those in Utah County...

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 24, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    Down under--

    "A dunk brought the crowd to their feet? The HC has not seen a crowd for years."

    For a school which "has not seen a crowd for years", averaging 8,611 last season, good for #50 nationally, wasn't too bad and I expect significantly more during this upcoming season.

    @RonBergundy--

    Those outside of utah county only recognize NCAA NCs. Speaking of which, when's the last time byu made it past The Sweet 16? How about when they last made it to The Final Four?

    We should have no problem in hitting 20+wins/post-season this season, in what is essentially Coach LK's 2nd season, and legitimately competing for The Tourney in '14-'15!

    Go Utes!

  • RonBergundy SANDY, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 6:40 p.m.

    @Dutchman.

    If you would do your homework, maybe you would know that BYU did win a National Championship in the 1951. The NIT was the most prestigious tournament until the late 1950's

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 6:38 p.m.

    Gone fishin, aka Down under, etc. "WOW. All these predictions and not a single game has been played yet."
    Pretty ironic statement from you. Yes, let's review some of these predictions.

    "Can't wait for the season to get going so BYU can make it 12 out of the last 13."

    "But the end result will still be the same."

    "12th seems more likely."

    "Even with the first 11 games at home they will still be well below .500 for the season."

    "(Scheduling early season home games) will hurt them later in the year."

    Seems like you've always got something to say, but never seem to own up to them like you want others to. Strange.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    So we have a better history.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    Gone Fishin,

    At the least the Utes have been to some final fours, a national championship final game and won a national championship. Accomplishments that your team will never get to experience.

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 24, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    The arrogance is starting to show - AGAIN. Win a few games, make it to the post season and PROVE that you belong and then maybe you will have something to be proud of. In the meantime, I would would suggest a healthy dose of "cautious optimism".

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Oct. 24, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    @Gone fishin

    "WOW. All these predictions and not a single game has been played yet."

    Oh the irony of this statement coming from a BYU fan. How's the Taysom Hill for Heisman campaign going? How's that BCS buster prediction working out for ya? How did it work out in 2012, 2011, and 2010?

    Sorry but BYU fans are the masters of the preseason national championship.

  • Gone fishin PAC Country, WA
    Oct. 24, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    WOW. All these predictions and not a single game has been played yet. Typical ute fans. I am guessing that they will also make it to the final four and then win the national championship?

    The program scheduling is a joke with 11 of the first 12 games at home. I guess they could not get any decent teams to agree to this gimmick.

  • TFUDD SLC, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    @Chris B

    As a Utah fan I don't really care that we led the state in RPI top 100 wins or best "second half" of the season. You need to think outside the box a little more and stop worrying about BYU, Utah State and the other Utah colleges and worry about the PAC-12. Worry about how many RPI top 100 wins we have in comparison to them! that's who we're competing against!!!!!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 12:47 p.m.

    I hope that this is the turn around year for the Utes. I think they have one of the best coaches in the state with asst Tommy Conner, and the job he did at both Utah under Majerus and at Westminster.

    I remember that Majerus had Roger Reid's number, and it just drove Reid crazy. Those games were fun to watch. And the Bankowski-Vranes vs Ainge-Roberts years were a blast.

    I think it is time to have three decent programs in-state again, and not just BYU and USU.

    Good luck on your year Coach K.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    One more thought...

    Being in an elite conference means some great talent will be rolling into the Huntsman Center this winter. Can it possibly get any better than this? I don't think so!

    What a great time to be a Ute!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    The Utes are coming back!! I love what Coach K is doing with this team and it looks as though this year's team will be putting up some great entertainment.

    Are the highlights from the scrimmage available anywhere? I really want to see Ogbee's dunk.

  • u25 West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    This team is so much better than last years team. Just need to come together and gel like last years team did at the end of the season. So excited to see this team play. Best team we have had since Bogut was here.

    Should be the best team in the state.

  • Jordan Lynchburg, VA
    Oct. 24, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Excited for this season! I've been waiting for some more news about the team! Go Utes!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    Utah had the most RPI top 100 wins of anyone in the state.

    And Utah's second half of the season was better than anyone else in the state's second half of the season.

    Chapman and Loveridge both had offers from all kinds of big time programs.

    This year we'll be 5-6 in the Pac 12 and next year will be back dancing.

    Love what coach K has done!

    Keep up the good work Utes.

  • Go Utes! Springville, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 6:25 a.m.

    I wanted to go to this so bad! i am still bummed that i missed it. Who was there? how many fans were in attendance? Did Van Dyke play well? where can i find stats?

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 11:49 p.m.

    A dunk brought the crowd to their feet? The HC has not seen a crowd for years. Can't wait for the season to get going so BYU can make it 12 out of the last 13.