Wasn't pretty offensively, but it got the job done. Some credit goes to
Texas State for that, their new coach will turn them in the right direction in
the next few years. One more tune-up before taking on a possibly top 10 team at
Delon Smith? Come on Desnews, you might want to become more familiar with the
best college bball team in the state.It's Delon Wright and he
will be in the NBA, so take note.Nice win Utes!
Another good win for the Utes.But they have not shown they can win away
from home. A third of the way thru the season and not a single win away from
SLC. Very poor game scheduling by someone on the hill. As such, they (the Utes)
still have things to prove... regardless of their win-loss record. Good teams
prove they can win on the road. The Utes haven't done that yet.
Taylor really stepped up today. Nice to see. Ugly win, but a win none the
less. One more, then the real season begins. Go Utes!!
Still work to do, but the last two games we've been able to win even not
playing very well as the competition(if you can call it that) hasn't been
very tough. But get ready, PAC 12 play starts. This team
has the best chance of making the dance of anyone in the state. I
think a top 4 or 5 finish in the prestigious PAC 12 is possible. Great game utes!Onward and upward.
@TatorsIn order to win on the road you have to GO on the road. 14
out of 15 home games to start the season won't bode well for the Utes when
they do venture out. Their only road trip ended in a loss to Boise St.They'll have to cut the apron strings in January.
'Good teams' win NCAA tournament games.It will be
interesting to see how they compete in conference play at home and on the
road.Good luck and Go Utes!
It will be interesting to see how they compete in conference play when thy have
split playing may be 2 team's with an R.p.I over 100 doesn't help much
Utah will be fine.They aren't world beaters, but, they are
improving. They will win some and lose some on the road. I expect them to win
8-10 conference games, and get 1 or 2 in the Pac-12 tourney. Depending on who
they beat in conference (if they pull off the upset against AZ or OR) they could
get the NCAA tourney ( I think it realistically will take 21-22 wins to get them
in), an 18 win Utah team would almost certainly get an NIT bid, and that would
be a sign of great progress for the program.Go UTES!!
"Utah returns to action Dec. 28 in the Huntsman Center against St.
Oh, you BYU fans are just so darn cute.Enjoy your weekend in Oregon,
“It’s just more of a motivational factor,” he said. “If
they did it (in 1997-98), we can do it."===Ute players
talking about going to NCAA Championshp game? Where is the outrage from the Utah
@Veritas Aeq...whateverWhere did he say anything about going to the
NCAA championship game? I must have missed that part of the quote.How do you get from "we're using the 97-98 team as our early-season
measuring stick" to "we're going to the championship game?"
That's quite the logical leap you're taking. But I keep forgetting
how good BYU fans are at taking logical leaps - things like "we have a
senior QB, so therefore we're going to a BCS bowl" come to mind.
Phew great to see the "big" boys from the Pac pulled out the win against
a 3 win team from the vaunted Sun belt conference, who easily handled Cedartown,
LOL Now on to another powerhouse in St. Katherine from what conference again?
Are they even a legit program? ESPN doesn't have a link for their
living in the past...precious
I love seeing byu fans on the Utah article again. It's been almost a week
since the byu arrogance crashed to earth. Psychologists say that's about
how long it takes fans to get over a loss. Now, for byu fans, a devastating
loss might require several weeks. Duckhunter still hasn't popped his head
up but it's good to have taters with us again.I agree with
others that the win last night was not pretty but I was very encouraged by how
well the younger players responded. Several got in the game (even at the same
time) who have seen very few minutes thus far in the season. Ogbe had
significant playing time. Fields looked good and played a lot of minutes.
Vanbrocklyn and others also played. If getting the young guys experience was
the goal, mission accomplished. Go Utes!
@pocyUte18 wins will not get Utah an NIT bid. That would require them to
go 7-11 in conference play (presumably 9th in the conference) with only one
quality OOC win. Typically around 4 PAC teams make the NCAA tourney and 2 more
to the NIT. I imagine the Utes need at least 21 wins (9-9 in conference, one
conference tourney win) to get to the NIT and 24 wins (11-7 with 2 conference
tourney wins or 12-6 in conference with 1 conf. tournament win) to make the NCAA
tourney as an at-large team. Yes these numbers are higher than what is normally
seen for a 12 seed but they're a result of having racked up so many wins
against bad teams at the start of the season; they have to make up ground on a
lot of teams.
Jarkyour comment reminds me of Al Michaels' statement during
Sunday Night Football between the Bengals and Steelers.A Bengal got
a flag for taunting, and they were down by 20, with the Steelers deep in their
territory.Michaels' remark was along the lines of "how do
you taunt when your down by 20?!"From a possession standpoint,
it being beaten by 17 points is like being thumped by 41 in football. I echo
Michaels' remark. talk about LOL
atlhistorically I think you are correct, but the Pac has a very high
conference RPI this season, in large part to AZ doing so well, so I think they
could be a 5 or 6 bid conference. If that happens, I think Utah has
an NIT chance, but otherwise, I think you are probably correct. Good points.
@Brave Sir Robin@Veritas Aeq...whatever===I can see how truth
and justice would be a "whatever" to you...It's it the
quote there my friend, They are measuring themselves to 1997-98, using that as a
measuring stick, but the two teams have NOTHING in common.===Work with this quote."Teammate Jordan Loveridge noted
it’s good to be mentioned in such company.“It’s nice to
know that we’re being put into the same sentence as teams like
that,”" ===Yet, Utah Fans flip out when BYU brings up NC,
or are compared to another independent football team, ND.I just
wonder where the outrage is?BTW, I love that Utah won last Saturday.
I think the rivalry is more fun when either team can win going into the game.Go Utes and Cougars. I am looking forward to the day when 3-4 teams from
Utah go to the dance.
Veritas-I still don't see what you're connecting here. If you
read the article, all they're saying is this is the best record we've
had this early in the season. It's not like they said, "Yeah, we are
definitely going to the championship game." I see a little bit of grasping
for straws here. I think everybody, including the team, thinks it
would be a monumental achievement just to make the NCAA tourney, let alone
anywhere past that. In fact, I'm sure most would agree it would be a huge
improvement just to make the NIT. Nobody, except for Chris B, is saying
anything about championship.
"Now on to another powerhouse in St. Katherine from what conference again?
Are they even a legit program? ESPN doesn't have a link for their
"team"."Jakrus:Typical glass house for a
closet BYU fan. BYU played that powerhouse "Mesa College" last month.
ESPN has no link for them either.
JordanLynchburg, VAVeritas-I still don't see what
you're connecting here.===It's really not that hard..."If they did it (in 1997-98), we can do it."What did
they do in 1997-78? Went to the NCAA Title game, with Majerus. "we can do
it." That is where it connects. If you would like to explain what you think
it meant, please do so. If you are right and I am wrong, I'm cool with
it.I just see Utah fans freak when Bronco says NC, and freak when
BYU is compared to ND.Yet two Utah players just did that, and I say
again, "Where is the outrage"What is funny to me, I have no
problems with either school grab what they can to motivate. I want all Utah
schools to do well. I love both schools athletics. Certain fans from both
schools drive me crazy.
“It’s nice to know that we’re being put into the same sentence
as teams like that,” he said. “So it’s just something to build
on. If they did that and then you see the success that they had the rest of
their season hopefully we can have the same success.”“It’s just more of a motivational factor,” he said.
“If they did it (in 1997-98), we can do it. We can revive this
program.”I guess you can get it from the second quote if you
look at it that way, but not the first. To me it just means having a good season
and bringing the program back. Either way, I don't have a problem with any
team's goal being a championship, I think that should be their ultimate
goal, so I guess I'm just arguing a moot point. Predictions are one thing,
they just sound dumb, but aspirations? Totally different.
Last time I checked, the Utah basketball team isn't ending practice with a
team "final four" cheer.
"pocyUtePocatello, IDLast time I checked, the Utah
basketball team isn't ending practice with a team 'final four'
cheer."It would obviously elicit the loudest roar-of-laughter to
hear it emanate out of byu, since they lead the nation in Tourney appearances
without ever reaching The Final Four.Regarding our SOS, it'll
be interesting to see how often the U/byu comparison is made upon the conclusion
of their respective conference schedules....lolp.s. When's the
last time byu's beat a ranked opponent? lol
pocyUteEven garbage teams find one game to get up for and somehow win i.e.
the Stanford game in football and the Byu game in bball. LOL
@JohnInSLCWell add that other powerhouse Evergreen State to the powerhouse
list as well LOL
"Even garbage teams find one game to get up for and somehow win"jakrus:Ha! That's what the Texas fans are saying!
JarkIf a garbage team beats your vaunted TDS 75% of the time, what
does that say about your beloved cougs. Talk about lol
I think Utah is a great team this year. I say that they will get to the NCAA
tourney as a late seed or go far in the NIT. The rivalry will get interesting
in the next few years. The Pac 12 move has done wonders for you guys. Football
will take a lot of time...maybe 5 to 10 years, but I see basketball blooming
with both BYU and Utah. I say that both will be capable for Sweet 16s in the
next three years. Good luck Utah with the rest of your games.
starthill, thanks for keeping it classy. I don't know that the team is
ready for an NCAA berth, but I would hope they should make the NIT this year.
With the out of conference schedule, they'll have to win a few big games
and avoid any upsets, probably coming out with at least 24 wins on the season to
have tourney hopes.
@StgtoSLCAgreed, it's too bad certain others can't follow
suit. Oh well, you can't polish a .......
BYU fans should be careful about criticizing our schedule after we demolished
them. At the same time, lead Oregon for nearly the entire game and take them
into overtime gives me hope for our conference season and conference tournament.
We are fortunate enough to play Oregon at home and the other two ranked Pac 12
teams come here too. We may not win them all, but we have a good chance at
beating a couple of ranked teams which would do wonders for our team and our