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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11 2013 10:03 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Thomas Jefferson,

How pathetic would a team be if they lost to Utah? Careful with your answer. It's going to come back to you Saturday.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

A few things on this article:

I see BYU running a lot of their 2-3 zone. That's been the one real struggle I've seen from Rose's teams over the years, is running man defense.

I expect Utah to drop back quickly to prevent fast breaks, so there won't be much for offensive rebounds and second chance points. This means they'll have to work very efficiently in their halfcourt sets.

I expect Wright to guard Carlino primarily, Dakarai Tucker will probably take Haws.

Haws is the state's best scorer, Dick, but Wright is the best player.

mindgames
Aurora, CO

Well this should be a test for Utah to see how their STRATEGIC scheduling is working. BYU will be as close as the Utes get in preparing them for their rivalry series with Colorado. What a joke. The Cougars have played very well against the middle of the pack teams like Stanford, Texas, and Utah State so they should have little trouble with the bottom feeders of the PAC-10.2 conference.

This should be a good warm up for our rivals in the WCC of #20 Gonzaga and St. Mary's.

This could be a good game because of the history these two teams have but it isn't as meaningful as the years when we had the pair of games in a season.

Just glad BYU is winning the recruiting wars between these two teams.

Utes, enjoy these next couple of days because the talk is easy before the game.

Prediction: BYU 86
Utah 69

You don't have to mark it down it's just my best guess.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COUGARS!!!!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Mind games, you must be joint right?

If byu wins by 17 I won't post on byu articles for a year!

I will be posting all year.

Utah 77
ByU 69

Remember, the better team is the one who scores more points.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

First time in a few years I'm looking forward to this game. I don't know if Utah has been able in just a couple of years to close the gap sufficiently for a win. I am anxious to watch individual play and try to determine who I think is the best player on the court! I'm anxious to see which team plays the best team ball (remember Utah has something like 6 players that have played more than 10 games together!) Which team plays the best defense. It will be fun to watch and the potential is there for a much better contest next year! Another question is in 2015, if the Y and Utah do not play each other (which is a possibility according to Coach Rose) will Utah be ready for Kansas?!

Let's get this preseason over - I can't wait for the PAC-12 Conference to begin play.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

We are good over byu because we have been playing tuff competition and winning them good so that makes us real good for Saturday so we will win byu by 37.

Utes 99
byu 37

Gooooooo Utes!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

I like Utah's chances in this one. BYU is an average team. This is good opponent, but nothing compared to conference play with UCLA, Arizona (1), Colorado (21) and Oregon (15).

Remember, the better team is who's ranked higher, total points is meaningless as is head to head games. At least that's what BYU fans think when it meets there agenda.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: Chris B.

"If byu wins by 17 I won't post on byu articles for a year!"

Thanks for making my day. Now I'm really looking forward to Saturday's contest.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Look at that picture. that ute guys is totally fowling the byu player and I'll bet it wasn't called.

regis
Salt Lake City, UT

I recall Utah last year gave BYU all it could handle in Provo. The Utes are much improved from last year and will be playing in front of the home fans this time. It would be foolish to predict a Utah win, but on the other hand it will be no huge upset if it happens. More importantly, Utah's program is on a positive trajectory and improving much more rapidly than I would have hoped just two years ago.

DixieSmallBizMan
Saint George, UT

Chris B,

Nobody believes you would stop posting on BYU articles no matter the final margin of Cougar victory.

Love the thickness of utes rose (crimson rose) colored glasses. One thing that Dave Rose's schedule has done is ensured that BYU is NOT intimidated. Stanford, away. Texas and Utah State neutral court. Rose hass the uties number (much like Whit has Bronco's number, much to my eternal consternation.) Also love that over the last several years BYU's bigger winning margins have been at the Huntsman Center.More than anything, too many utes have never experienced the rivalry before. 4 of the Cougar starting 5 grew up in the rivalry, and Carlino and Winder are well imbued with it now. New uties haven't seen anything like Saturday's environment or pressure. Unpredictable how they will react. Any body who saw BYU Utah St and ESA nows BYU will not be phased by any environment, nor fan pressure.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

I was really excited and looking forward to watching the game until I found out that it's going to be on the Pac12 network. It's very disappointing! Sucks to be me I guess! I can't ever get that sorry network here. I hope the game will be exciting and competitive and the Cougs come out on top. Utah is good and I hope the Cougs will not underestimate them.

Go Cougars!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Thomas Jeffeson,

Deep in the tournament?

LOL!

The last team in Utah to win a sweet 16 game? UTAH

The last team in Utah to win an elite 8 game? UTAH

The last team in Utah to win a final 4 game? UTAH

worf
Mcallen, TX

The utes will do better with basketball than football, and their coach has done a good job.

CougarColby
Fort Benning, GA

Haven't really been following the utes basketball so far, but a 121 ranking schedule is pretty horrific. It is plainly obvious what their coach is doing, but it may work out for them. Momentum is a crazy emotional ride.

A top 10 RPI for BYU is fantastic, but the Cougs needed to pull out at least one win of those three top 25 teams. They were close, but still no W. Stanford win was big and the USU game was great.

Mentally I think BYU can handle utah in SLC. They've done for the past few years. Haws will be up for the game. But their 2-3 zone really worries me. The zone looked awful against UMass. Poor switching and they constantly left the foul line area open which ended up with dishes in the middle or pop back out for a 3. UMass had some hot hands with the 3 ball, which was uncharacteristic for their season averages. But when we played poor perimeter defense...that's what happens.

Utah still has a long way to go, albeit they are making much faster strides. Rose and Co should handle this game back and forth with a 11 point BYU win.

Alpiner
Alpine, UT

I expect a close game. Coach K is a solid coach; I liked how his team did at the end of close games last year but they didn't do well down the stretch against Boise State. I wouldn't be surprised to see Utah win this one. I believe the all time series record in this rivalry is BYU 129 and Utah 125.

Will T.
Salt Lake City, UT

Haws may score more, but Wright DOES more. Wright is the best player in the state, and will be playing in the league in two years.

Dick, you might want to learn how to spell KRYSTKOWIAK's name.

Thanks.

perfidemintrepidus
Riverton, UT

This should be a good physical match and likely decided by the team that can rebound better in the paint and get those precious second-chance/free throw points. Of course I expect BYU to come out as the winning team, but it will be a bit tougher on the road.

BYU - 84
Utah - 78

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@thebigsamoan

That's a bummer. I will get the game in HD via comcast. The PAC 12 brodcasts a lot of football and basketball games. It's actually a very good sports channel.

@Chris B

Please don't get your marker out Guy!

goforit
Provo, UT

No surprise here if Utah wins. BYU'S lack of defense kills them against teams with talent that is close to theirs. I don't think the talent gap is all that great between the two teams. Utah will be more physical which will be the case for most BYU games. Remember history shows finesse teams don't fair well in the NCAA Tournament. BYU will be in the NIT again this year, they will lose against the better teams, beat the lesser teams and lose some against average teams because they can't play defense.

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