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Published: Sunday, Jan. 12 2014 11:15 p.m. MST

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midpacmajor
Salt Lake City, Utah

29.5% shooting at Washington St for the #1 FG% team in the county says it all.

The results of playing the 350th worst preseason schedule entirely at home, save one game, are coming back to haunt the Utes.

Just as many predicted before the season began, playing such a cupcake preseason schedule left the Utes completely unprepared for conference play, especially on the road.

If the Utes don't pick up a win against USC at home this week, the Utes could easily go 0 for the rest of the conference. Utah's game at USC may be Utah's only remaining chance to pick up a road win this season.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Basketball is doing their best football impression. Come one guys, get over that hump!

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

We are dang competetive on the road and battle good because we are a awsome road team. We are going to go far in the big dance.

Go Utes!

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

This is what happens when you play cupcakes at home. You aren't prepared when the real games come. You can't pad your way into success!

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Utah's confidence probably isn't hurting to bad the way they have lost their games this year. This 3-point loss is the largest margin so far. Utah will have a tough time winning on the road. They SHOULD beat both Washington and WSU when they come to town, likely play to around .500 ball and get an invite to a post season event such as the NIT.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Hey Friel Court is a tough place to play.

Crow
Sandy , UT

@Real Bass actually the schedule that Majerus put together in 98 was almost as bad. In fact I remember a lot of the experts saying that Utah would not go far because of their strentgh of schedule after they had won 18 straight but lost a couple of games including in the WAC tourney that year.

If your a good team your schedule does not matter. Utah is just young and are learning to play on the road. This time next year Utah will be dominating in conference play because they will be older they will have the experience in playing in a tough league and not in highschool gyms.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@crow

"This time next year Utah will be dominating in conference play"

LOL! I can't wait to see that.

Gone fishin
Seattle, WA

Crow,
Here you go again, predicting that the utes will dominate the pac. You must be chris b. #2 reincarnated.
By the way BYU also happens to be pretty young. I guess that means that they will dominate their conference? BYU fans are not that fickle to make such irrational predictions.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

I'm not sure why people are thinking a .500 season would get an NIT invite. Have any of you looked at the records of those teams from last year's NIT? Not gonna cut it-- no matter what conference you're in.

TroyTown
Anaheim, CA

Crow

"Utah is just young and are learning to play on the road."

LOL at your delusion!

The Utes have only played THREE road games (only one OOC) all season and played the 350th worst preseason schedule in the country. How did you expect the Utes to learn how to play tough teams on the road when you only played ONE such team in the first three months of the season?

Utah's key players, those playing the majority of minutes, aren't all that "young"

Utah's Top 8 in Minutes Played
Jordan Loveridge (SO)
Delon Wright (JR)
Brandon Taylor (SO)
Dakarai Tucker (SO)
Jeremy Olsen (SO)
Renan Lenz (SR)
Princeton Onwas (JR)
Dallin Bachynski (JR)

1 SR, 3 JR, 4 SO, 0 FR (avg 2.625 years)

BYU's Top 8 in Minutes Played
Kyle Collinsworth (SO)
Tyler Haws (JR)
Matt Carlino (JR)
Nate Austin (JR)
Eric Mika (FR)
Skyler Halford (JR)
Frank Bartley IV (FR)
Anson Winder (JR)

0 SR, 5 JR, 1 SO, 2 FR (avg 2.375 years)

BYU doesn't have a single Senior on their roster

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ Real Bass

"This is what happens when you play cupcakes at home. You aren't prepared when the real games come. You can't pad your way into success!"

So I guess you could throw BYU into that category of cupcakes. Apparently the Cougies were an easy win.

mussingaround
Palo Alto, CA

Elmer Fudd

#38 BYU was quite obviously a huge upset win for the #166 Utes - Utah's ONLY Top 100 win of the season.

Like Utah beating Stanford and BYU in football, it won't mean anything by season's end because the Utes will once again be left on the outside looking in at the post season.

Robroy
Murray, utah

There are a good many high school gyms in the mighty pac Mr. Crow.

Jordan
Lynchburg, VA

Gone fishin, I beg to differ on that last comment. There are as many BYU fans who are that "fickle" as any other fan. I don't think we will be dominating next year, however i am excited to see the continued improvement we've been seeing with Coach Krystco at the helm so far, plus our main players having another year of experience under their belt. Plus, from what I've seen, the ooc scheduling is much better next season.

Either way, I'm still excited for what the Utes will do this season, hopefully they can get over the hump on the road and learn how to take and make decent shots down the stretch (the offense was horrendous in the second half). I'm still excited to go watch my team!

Go Utes!

11 of past 12
Seattle, WA

Crow,
So when you saw dominate are you talking about winning one road game? That would be an improvement over the last three seasons

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

TroyTown
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Your comment:

Utah's key players, those playing the majority of minutes, aren't all that "young"
Utah's Top 8 in Minutes Played
Jordan Loveridge (SO)
Delon Wright (JR)
Brandon Taylor (SO)
Dakarai Tucker (SO)
Jeremy Olsen (SO)
Renan Lenz (SR)
Princeton Onwas (JR)
Dallin Bachynski (JR)
1 SR, 3 JR, 4 SO, 0 FR (avg 2.625 years)
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FYI ... When someone says "young team" in relation to college athletics it is implied that they haven't been with the program very long and/or they are underclassmen.

With that in mind you may want to go back through the list and notice that not one of them has played with the Utes for more than a season and a half:

Jordan Loveridge (SO)- 2nd year with Utes
Delon Wright (JR) - 1st year with Utes
Brandon Taylor (SO) - 2nd year with Utes
Dakarai Tucker (SO) - 2nd year with Utes
Jeremy Olsen (SO) - 2nd year with Utes
Renan Lenz (SR) - 2nd year with Utes
Princeton Onwas (JR) - 1st year with Utes
Dallin Bachynski (JR) - 2nd year with Utes

That's a young team my friend.

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

Crow

"This time next year Utah will be dominating in conference play because they will be older they will have the experience in playing in a tough league..."

Utah fans have been spouting this same tired spin since Majerus left.

Utah is 1-19 in PAC road games, 9-31 overall.

You're obviously living under the delusion that Utah is the only program in the PAC with a chance of improving and that the rest of the league will remain stagnant.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@jordan

That was a reasonable post, congratulations. utah has improved but the win total is obviously deceiving based on their schedule. Playing even a decent, not great, schedule utah is probably still a sub .500 team. BYU on the otherhand has played a great schedule thus far and despite the upset loss to utah is still squarely in line for an ncaa at large berth as long as they perform well the rest of the year. Their conference is rated in the top 1/3rd, their schedule is rated even higher, they have some good wins. They have some "good" losses against some top 25 teams although they have a few bad losses to, like the one to utah, against some mediocre teams that will probably drag their seeding down. But overall BYU is still the obvious best team in the state, even with the loss to utah, and is still the highest rated team in the state but a long shot.

UtesBy5
Syracuse, UT

Utah's season is progressing fine. Utah's more athletic and much deeper than in previous PAC-12 years. Their 2014 recruiting class is excellent. They will only lose Lenz after this season. The Utes will continue to build and should finish in the upper tier of the PAC-12 next season.

The weak preseason schedule is what this team needed this year. Focus on confidence and cohesiveness has been achieved. I would hope in future years we have a few more road games and schedule a few harder games.

I like the type of athletes that Coach Krystkowiak is recruiting. The PAC-12 teams have long, athletic players and the Utes are beginning to fit that mold. Their defense is much improved as well and with Delon Wright running the offense, ball movement has improved this season. I like the direction.

duckhunter, keep telling yourself that byu lost to a "mediocre" team. Those that witnessed the game saw a Utah team that was more athletic than byu dominate the game from start to finish. But by all means, please continue to comment on Utah articles and remind everyone of byu's strong preseason SOS. Too bad they have to play in the WCC.

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