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Published: Thursday, Nov. 21 2013 10:40 p.m. MST

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Wright was a lot of fun to watch tonight. I've never seen him force a jumper, he just has a feel for the game that lets him know where to go with the ball. Silky smooth. He should have a bright future in the game.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah


When are the Utes going to play a team with a pulse?

Sagarin ranks Grand Canyon 347th out of 350 Division 1 programs, UC Davis 244th, and Evergreen isn't even ranked because they're an NAIA Division TWO program.

Utah's current SOS, 325th.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

It was hard to formulate much of an opinion following this game. On one hand they won the game handily and were never threatened. But on the other hand, should this be a game Utah should have won by 50 rather than 25? Further still, would they have actually won by 50 if they weren't simply pacing themselves for 3 games in 3 nights?
Bottom line, the game was nothing special and if I were forced to take something away from it I'd have to say the Utes didn't look like a team that will win many games in the Pac 12. I hope I'm wrong. I hope it's the 3 games in 3 nights thing that proves to be the reason for a rather uninspiring victory tonight.

Mcallen, TX

Wow! The utes have turned it around, and will be a conference contender.

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

Grand Canyon? Huh. I never knew there was a college at the bottom of that big ravine. Which big team is next in the lineup?

Aurora, CO

"Admission to the tournament is a non-perishable donation to the Utah Food Bank. Upgrades to lower bowl seats may be purchased for $5."

A small price to pay to see excellence in action.

It will be sweet to see a packed house again.

Ogden, UT

Only 79 points? Where is the offense? (That is a new vocab term up there on the hill ) Offense.

The superior school down the street scored 112 against PAC 12 Elite member Stanford and 88 points against ranked 21 Iowa State.

But hey, I give major props to the defense, holding your opponent to 54!!!!

That is BIG TIME stuff right there!!!!

Way to shut your opponent down.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Congratulations to the Pac 12 undefeated Utes! The schedule gets brutal during concerence play, so playing some easier games now is fine.

Besides, by the way the guys are handling these other teams(winning by 20,40,70) means we'd be doing just fine against much better competition. I think the team will finish between 4-6 in the Pac 12 this year, which would be great.

And remember those who mock the schedule, playing ranked teams doesn't matter if you LOSE.

Undefeated Utes!

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

Chris B

"The schedule gets brutal during concerence[sic] play, so playing some easier games now is fine."

LOL! Congratulations on being "undefeated" against the 325th worst schedule in the country.

Despite your frantic spin, riding a tricycle around the cul-de-sac won't prepare you for Daytona.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@Snack Pac,

Big choke for your boys the other night. Any great team would go 3-1 against Iowa State, Texas, Wichita, and Utah State.

We'll see if byu does that.

Even 2-2 isn't much to brag about. Go 3-1 and i'll say your team is good. Will theY?

How does it feel ending your season riding a tricycle around the cul-de-sac in the 11th rated conference in the nation?


Provo, UT

we play weak non-conference opponents, but our conference schedule is very tough. I think it's funny that the WCC cougar fans of all people mock Utah's easy schedule.

Orem, UT


"Any great team would go 3-1 against Iowa State, Texas, Wichita, and Utah State."

Unfortunately for U, the Utes would be 0-4 against Iowa State, Texas, Wichita, and Utah State with double-digit losses to every one of those teams.

It's laughable that you conveniently left Stanford(4-1) off of your list, since BYU has already beaten the Cardinal on the road, and the Utes are winless at Stanford in their first two seasons in the PAC.

For the third straight season since BYU and Utah left the MWC, the Utes will be riding their tricycle around the cul-de-sac post season, while BYU is playing in another post-season tournament, most likely the NCAA, where BYU has played in 6 of the 8 previous seasons during the Dave Rose Era.

Orem, UT


"we play weak non-conference opponents"

"weak" is a gross under-statement; Utah plays one of the 10 weakest OOC schedules in the country.

BYU fans mock Utah's weak non-conference schedule because it all but guarantees that the Utes won't be playing in the Big Dance.

Before the season's first game, Utah's NCAA hopes are already down to winning the PAC's auto bid or bust.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah


Since there are 36 NCAA Division 1 conferences, being the 11th-rated conference in basketball places the WCC in the top third; the football equivalent would be top 3 or 4.

Current Sagarin Ratings

#30 BYU (SOS #121)
#103 Utah (SOS #325)

Expected RPI Forecast Ratings

#20 BYU (SOS #67)
#132 Utah (SOS #94)

*EXPECTED RPI RANK is the best estimate for an individual team of its end-of-season RPI Rank.

Very few teams with a 50+ RPI are even considered for NCAA at-large bids.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

A win is ALWAYS better than a loss, that's what our byU friends have been saying all football season. You beating division II Idaho State is better than Utah losing a close game to ranked ASU right?

so Yes, Utah beating Grand Canyon in our last game is more impressive than byU losing a close game to ranked Iowa State.

Go Utes!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


Since there are 36 NCAA Division 1 conferences, being the 11th-rated conference in basketball places the WCC in the top third; the football equivalent would be top 3 or 4.


So since the Pac 12 is 3-4 in basketball per every rankings system I can find, what is that equivalent in football? 1st?

So the Pac 12 in basketball is essentially the SEC of football?


Baltimore, MD

Snack PAC

Updated Sagarin ratings

#22 BYU(3-1) #143 SOS
#80 Utah(2-0) #349 SOS

Since Evergreen State isn't an NCAA Division 1 program, Sagarin doesn't even count that as a real game.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Chris B

"A win is ALWAYS better than a loss..."

When in comes to calculating RPI, that's not true.

When it comes to NCAA tournament selection, the committee gives far more weight to quality LOSSES than to meaningless wins.

Lynchburg, VA

Lot of fun to watch the game, even with the weak teams we are playing. I have no problem saying we have a weak schedule, because it is. At least we are winning the games like we should. But this was my first game I've gotten to watch live since moving back to SLC, and I had a blast. We put in our 2nd string guys at least halfway through the 2nd half, so its nice that we can try to build up our second string right now before we need them for the tougher schedule. Glad to be back to watch the Utes live! Oh, and Delon Wright makes it look easy, I like what I see from him.

Go Utes!

Salt Lake City, Utah

Chris B

Gotta love how desperate Utah fans cling to their PAC 12 membership.

The Utes are currently ranked EIGHTH in the PAC 12.

Only a completely delusional Utah fan would even think that the 8th-place team in the PAC 12 stands a chance of getting a NCAA tournament invite.

Just as in football, the Utes are forced to crow about their conference, because they have nothing to crow about their basketball team.

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