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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14 2014 9:05 p.m. MST

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skywalker
Palo Alto, CA

It's do or die time for BYU on this 4-game road swing. Picking up a win at SF would be a good start.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

For all the smack talk about the Utes not winning road games in the Pac 12, it's now time to see if the Cougs can pick up their first road game in the WCC this year.
I'm betting against it.

Mick
Murray, Utah

Correction motorbike

Utah hasn't won a road game all year. BYU has.

B C
Park City, UT

motorbike

BYU is 11-7 all-time in WCC road games
Utah is 1-19 all-time in PAC 12 road games

BYU has as many PAC 12 road wins THIS SEASON, as Utah has in their first THREE seasons in the PAC 12 COMBINED!

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

additional correction motorbike

Utah hasn't wont a road game against PAC12 competition. BYU has.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Will be there tonight to witness the "W". It will be packed and very intense at War Memorial. The place where Bill Cartwright, Bill Russell, and K.C. Jones played. You know - one of those little "high school" gyms.

FYI - when BYU comes to town ticket prices go from $15 to $40. Just sayin'.

Missouri Coug
Greenwood, MO

Just make your FREE THROWS boys, and you will win the game....Be sure your coaches are teaching you the CORRECT FORM for shooting free throws, and you will be like T. Haws.....Take a lesson from him....EVERY MISSED FREE THROW is a point thrown away...You can only eat an elephant ONE BITE AT A TIME....Go Cougs....

fan in orem
Orem, UT

How about overall PAC-10.2 record this year? BYU is 1-2 and utah is 1-3.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Here we go again with that word "WARY". Just keep on playing better defense and score insinde.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Mick

"Utah hasn't won a road game all year. BYU has."

Ouch that really hurt! But lets see, Utah 0-3 on the road, BYU 1-4 on the road. Yeah, I see what you mean, there's a giant difference there.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Wiscougarfan

"Utah hasn't won a road game against PAC12 competition. BYU has."

Hmmm, bummer the cougs don't play in the Pac 12 I guess.

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

The WCC is just brutal. Night after night after night.

How do the Cougs manage?

ekute
Layton, UT

Considering the disparity in student body size and resources between byu and the rest of the wcc, the cougars shouldn't need luck to win their games, but good luck to them anyway.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: motorbike

"Hmmm, bummer the cougs don't play in the Pac 12 I guess."

I don't know if that was an attempted dig or a concession. Truth is BYU would be a middle-of-the-pack PAC12 team. I'm glad they aren't in the PAC12 but admit that I'd prefer to be in the Big12 or another big-time conference rather than the WCC. Don't get me wrong... the WCC is a very respectable basketball conference and worth football independence, I'm just not a fan of small venues and west-coast games that (with very late starting times for us that live out east). San Fransisco won't be a gimme tonight as BYU is still figuring out who they are, but I do expect a great game and likely another road win. Go Cougs!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Wiscougarfan

Classy comment. I admit my comment was mostly tongue in cheek, but since you mentioned conference preferences...
I believe you're correct in that BYU would have fallen somewhere in the middle of the PAC 12 the past few years, which is very good company mind you.
I follow your reasoning for wishing the bball team would somehow join the Big 12 (which would be great for BYU), but I'm one Ute fan that really wouldn't mind seeing the PAC 12 open their arms to BYU someday. While it doesn't ultimately kill the rivalry, there's something missing when BYU and Utah games mean nothing outside of bragging rights between the two. Probably won't happen, but I'd love to see it the next time there are ripples in the collegiate sports landscape.

DeepBlue
Anaheim, CA

motorbike

BYU is 3-6 (33%) in road/neutral games, SIX games against RPI Top 100 teams

Utah is 0-3 (0%) away from the HC, only TWO games against RPI Top 100 teams

Spin all you want, but current RPI Ranking says it all

#37 BYU
#166 Utah

Utah's lifetime road record versus PAC 12 teams says even more - 1-19 (5%)

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

@motorbike

I agree that I'd rather see BYU in the PAC-12 than the Big 12. But I'm a PAC guy (PAC8, 10, 12).

But I really like independence. I consider Rose Bowl, NC, etc. as a once in a generation thing for a team not named Stanford, Oregon, UCLA or USC. So if BYU can schedule good teams around the country, I think I'd prefer that.

As; for hoops, well, the WCC certainly seems tougher than the MWC was. Those little gyms get up close and personal, for sure.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

DeepBlue,

Sorry, I must have struck a nerve. Otherwise I just don't see why you'd be accusing me of spin when all I said is it will be interesting to see how BYU does when they hit the road again this week. Oh yeah, I also listed each programs actual road record this season... Hmmmm, still don't get why that took you down an entirely different path.
All your talk about which team's better, ranked higher, or whatever else, is all you man. I succumb to whatever it is you were trying to accomplish with that.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

BlueHusky,

Despite all the teasing from Ute fans about the small WCC gyms, this is one Ute fan that would agree with you in that those little gyms can really get rockin!
I don't however think you can take it so far as to say it's any harder to pull out a win in those gyms as it was to win road games in the MWC. Main reason being that BYU has been able to take their home court advantage on the road in two thirds of the gyms they play in. While BYU always gets a local LDS crowd wherever they go, that didn't amount to a crowd size advantage in the MWC.
Truth is BYU basketball just hasn't been spectacular this year or last. I fully expect them to quit dropping the silly WCC road games in the future outside of Gonzaga and whoever the other hot team is that year.
Good luck to your cougs, but go Utes!

Y's little brother
Sandy, UT

54 IQ

"The WCC is just brutal. Night after night after night."

From Utah's perspective, that's absolutely true.

9 of the 10 teams in the WCC have a higher RPI ranking than Utah.

btw, before bringing up Utah's upset win over BYU in basketball, just remember that Utah also upset PAC 12 champion Stanford in football. Upsets happen, but they don't define an entire season.

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