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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15 2014 6:15 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

lets go get a big win Utes!

UoU 1991
Park City, UT

The Washington State Cougars that beat Utah 49-46 in Pullman on Sunday just got destroyed at Stanford 80-48.

Not a good sign for Utah going forward.

If Utah can't beat USC tomorrow night, the Utes may not get a chance for another win until February when Washington and WSU come to town.

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

The moral victory against UofW last week has been playing mind games with the huskies. They just scored 17 points in an entire half, that's 20 minutes. The utes have a chance.

redfeather
Palo Alto, CA

USC should be a very winnable home game for the Utes. If the Utes can't beat the Trojans, their chances of beating UCLA, @ASU, @Arizona, and @Colorado are pretty much nil.

81Ute
Central, UT

Each and every game is discrete and a seperate event from every other game, what happens in one has no correlation to any other. Regarding WSU: squeaking by Utah at home has nothing to do with playing at Stanford. Beating the Trojans in SLC has nothing to do with playing the Wildcats in Tuscon.

Play each game as it comes and ignore the statistics, there is only one that matters; Final Score. Not season scoring average just Final Score and that statistic is discrete for each game.

jarka-rus
Layton, Utah

USC at 9-7 is a juggernaut Pac team, no way the Utes can beat them, not sure the Heat could beat them they are a Pac team, unstoppable really.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Utah needs a couple of wins in the worst way. They really need to get some road wins. I find it amusing that the usual haters reference USC, when there team plays in a conference against the likes of Peperdine, Santa Claus, LMU, Pacific, etc. Now that's a group of "juggernauts"!

CougOrUte..Naah
Nibley, UT

Best of luck to the Utes against USC. The Aggies handled them easily in the Spectrum. I would expect the Utes to do the same. The Trojans have some good athletes, but they don't seem to have any continuity. However, this far into the season they may have developed a little. Good luck again to the Utes. If they can't beat USC at home it may be a long season for them.

Just the FAX
Olympus Cove, Utah

81Ute

"Each and every game is discrete and a seperate [sic] event from every other game, what happens in one has no correlation to any other."

Does overall record matter, or SOS, or venue matter, or are those factors also totally irrelevant?

Just curious what factor you would use to indicate that Utah has any chance at all of beating USC.

The Moose
Southern, UT

@ just the Fax. The stat that tells me Utah has a chance of beating USC is the schedule. They are playing the game for real, not in some imaginary fantasy world. Sports is fun because the outcome is not predictable.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@Just the Fax

The Fact that Utah is an 11 point favorite is a pretty decent indicator. What factor, other than a total bias against Utah, would lead you to believe they they don't have a chance at all? Facts are facts and opinions are just that. Pretty simple to see where your vantage point comes from. Kinda sad, considering your screen name.

WA_Alum&Dad
Marysville, WA

Had to laugh at that attendance factoid in the article. The Utes are drawing 9,551 per game, good for second in the PAC. And K is thrilled. Has BYU had a home game less than that average in the last 8 years?

When BYU draws less than 10K at home, the haters crow that they are playing in a half-full arena. Mighty PAC indeed.

jarka-rus
Layton, Utah

@Spokane Ute
Problem with your jab is that nobody is ever claiming the WCC is a juggernaut conference, yet ever since the Utesies started getting dominated in the Pac, the running excuse is its because its just impossible to beat such powerhouses like Wazzoo and Colorado!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@Jark

Your hatred for all thing Utah is awesome. Considering we are 4 games into the season; let's revisit this in a month or so. It also must be frustrating to get beat (BYU) by this Utah team. That leads me to believe that BYU would occupy the bottom of the PAC 12; they certainly can't beat Utah. You do realize that Colorado is a ranked #22; ahead of anyone from the WCC. I'm sure you also realize that Utah hasn't played Colorado yet ether. Utah and WSU are 2-1 vs. the WCC; with the only loss coming at Gonzaga. The PAC 12 is strong in Hoops this year. Outside of Gonzaga, the WCC is weak. Those are the Facts.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

WA ALUM

Attendance? Let's review shall we? The PAC 12 has 6 teams ranked in the top 60. The WCC has 1. Do you slso find that laughable?

Note: I can't figure out for the life of me why Gonzaga built a brand new facility that only holds 6,000. They would be able to sell out 10,000 with no problem.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

I looked up the Bball attendance figures on the NCAA site and there were some interesting facts. BYU was 15th in the country in home attendance. Arizona was 19th and the only PAC-12 team in the top 30. (These were full season numbers from last year).

I believe the PAC-12 was the 7th ranked conference (average attendance 7900) just behind the MWC as I recall.

They had an interesting stat ranking teams on total attendance at all their games, home and away. They listed the top 30 teams and neither BYU nor any PAC-12 team was on the list.

It is what it is.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

Let me correct myself...

Both Arizona (25) and BYU (29) were on that list of top 30 teams for attendance at all games (home, away, neutral site) as were UNLV (17) and New Mexico (26).

The top ranked team on that list, Syracuse, played in front of 832,000 fans for the season (AZ and BYU both in the 400K range), which was more people than attended all the sessions of the NCAA tournament.

All NCAA attendance numbers are tickets sold, not turnstile count.

WA_Alum&Dad
Marysville, WA

@Spokane Ute:
Ute fans are the only fans I know who appear to cheer for their conference ahead of their teams. As someone who has lived in "PAC country" and has rooted for PAC teams for most of my life, I can tell you no one else in the PAC does this. Better order some more PAC stickers to flash around!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

No need for stickers, everyone knows who's in the conference. Maybe you can get a custom made independent sticker or special order WCC sticker. It's also awesome how you speak for all PAC 12 fans in the Pacific North West. That's quite a talent!

Have a good weekend!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

At alum

As far as Utah goes they rank at number 50 in attendance one of the PAC 12 schools I reference. I hope that helps in your question and understanding about college hoops attendance

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