Utah basketball: Utes outlast 25th-ranked UCLA, 74-69


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  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 9:55 p.m.

    We could have won them by a ton more.

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 8:30 p.m.


    A bit jealous of the Utes and the PAC12?

    Gotta love that powerful West Coast Conference.

  • LCBSoCal Northridge, CA
    Jan. 19, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    Great win. The most important part of it is the Utes are learning to close out close games. Our RPI jumped to 122 after this game. (BYU fell to 41 after winning.) We're doing just fine for a team starting 4 sophomores and 1 junior.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 19, 2014 4:52 p.m.

    Ken Lee--

    "Washington State"

    Using the currently preferred "measure" in provo--

    WAZZU RPI 119/Pepperdine RPI 121/LMU RPI 159.

    Therefore, WAZZU > Pepperdine/LMU


  • stampederus Ephraim, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    Can the Utes win on the road?

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    @ UU:

    All 3 of byu's pac12 games were on the road. At least they can claim a pac12 road win. That's more than the Utes can currently do.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 19, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    I think it's rich to hear byu fans clamor about us being winless on the road [Nevermind we've played merely 3 total, incl. only 1 in our OOC!] when the byu program historically has been an extreme illustration of the disparity in success for certain schools in Home/Away, well beyond the norm.

    This season is no different as they won one true road game during OOC, in Game 2 of their season no less, and playing against significantly weaker overall conference competition, they get curb-stomped at 2 no-name schools to start conference play.

    WAZZU has enough talent to take ranked CU w/Spencer Dinwiddie into OT and has a RPI superior to LMU/Pepperdine.

    This akin to referencing in football a '11 CU team we lost to at home, which also beat 2 other FBS schools, as well....Yet, this continues so, in spite of byu registering the state's worst loss during this 3-YR period when they set a new low in losing to UVA this last season, whose sole other win came at home against a FCS bottom-feeder.

    Head-To-Head results no longer count, per the byu fanbase.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 19, 2014 12:40 p.m.


    "Having said all that I still give the utes some credit for getting up for big games against UCLA and BYU. If they could just be consistent they may make some noise."

    So, if we didn't post a W, instead posting a L in OT by 2 points, we didn't "get up" for #10 Oregon? This would also mean byu didn't get up for Oregon, either, per this line of "reasoning".

    Like in Football, we "only get up for byu and their Super Bowl", 'til we beat Stanford....Now in basketball, the "rule" is equally as fluid as UCLA was added to it....I suppose we also weren't up for BSU in Boise, a Tourney team from last season which returned all 5 starters and virtually never loses at home, because we lost by 2 points, instead of winning?

    What has been unequivocally established is U Basketball is back and, relative to the byu fans on here, this fact was on full-display last month as we thoroughly 100% dominated their team in straight running them out of our gym.

    FYI--Team Rankings Overall Conference Power Ratings to date list PAC-12 #3/wcc #10.

  • klangton Akiachak, AK
    Jan. 19, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    I watched the game on satellite TV from Akiachak Alaska, and was proud and excited. Go UTES!!!

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 12:16 p.m.

    After reading posts from the cougar fans, you get the impression they believe their team is better than the Utes. I guess the beatdown the Utes gave the cougs has been erased from their memories.

    The Utes are very young but you have to like the direction of the program now compared to the train wreck Coack K inherited after two disastrous hirings by Chris Hill. The Huntsman Center is returning to its reputation as a very difficult place for visiting teams.

    With a solid of core of players and a great recruiting class on the way, the future is looking bright.

    Go Utes!

  • Sweater In Rafters Franklin, IN
    Jan. 19, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    I agree down under. AZ is the only good team in the PAC 12...I sure wish the PAC 12 would wake up and send Standord, Oregon, Washington and UCLA up...and go grab some quality teams like Portland, USD, Pepperdine and LMU...now that is some good sports teams there.

    Great comment UNDER...

  • Ken Lee Pasadena, CA
    Jan. 19, 2014 10:34 a.m.

    Washington State

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    At Milly in Filly,

    "Obviously UCLA is over rated because Utah never beats anyone good.
    Especially at home."

    So true Mildred, all one has to do is look at what happened on December 14th as proof of your statement.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 10:17 a.m.


    It's not that hard to fathom when you consider that they're coming back from a 10 year struggle and they start 4 sophomores and a junior with just 1 senior on the team. Excited about the rest of this season, the tournaments and future years. Stay confident Runnin' Utes!

  • UU Provo, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    @Down under "The ute win certainly does cause some doubt as to the quality of the pac"

    Why should it? Your 2nd place WCC Cougars were handed their worst loss of the year by Utah. Not to mention BYU is 1-2 against the PAC12. The quality of the conference is fine.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    @ Ken:

    What's really interesting is that some Ute fans complain when BYU fans comment on Ute articles and now you are complaining because so few have. Just can't win. Please take into account that the game was played in the middle of the day on Saturday when non-Ute fans have lots of other things to do.

    A grey win indeed. The next step is to learn how to win road games... sooner rather than later.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 19, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    I love the fact that two more kids stepped up this week, Tucker and Ogbe.

    Great defense as usual!

    Go Utes!

    Speaking of tanking... Go Ducks!!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Jan. 19, 2014 7:16 a.m.

    Just think what might have been if the Utes hadn't flopped against the Washington schools! This is the part that is hard to fathom and make me scratch my head. They beat the two most storied programs in the nation and flopped against the Washington schools? How does that happen? It goes to show there's just so much parity in b/b now. Any given night you can be embarrassed by a lesser opponent from any conference. We've seen that happened a several times already this season.

    It's a great win for the Utes though! Nothing like beating a rank opponent to provide a much needed boost in confidence and I'm happy for them. Glad my Cougars won too! Hope both programs keep it up.

  • Shuzzie53 HAYWARD, CA
    Jan. 19, 2014 5:21 a.m.

    Any time a team from Southern California gets beat, it's a good day!

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 12:41 a.m.

    Everybody back on the bandwagon! Too bad the preseason schedule pretty much guarantees no chance at the big dance. Not like it is going to matter. Still a nice win for the utes. When does Arizona come to town? That should be a fun one.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 12:39 a.m.

    I give props where they are due. Nice win utes. You surprised a lot of people.

    The ute win certainly does cause some doubt as to the quality of the pac. They may have been way overrated this year. AZ is the only quality team in the league.

    Having said all that I still give the utes some credit for getting up for big games against UCLA and BYU. If they could just be consistent they may make some noise.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 11:48 p.m.

    Nice win Utes! Now go get it done on the road. No reason not to have a few teams in the state playing post-season.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 11:37 p.m.

    Coach K is awesome. Jazz, please hire him.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    Nice win for the Utes. Congrats.

    I just noticed that nine posts mysteriously disappeared... very interesting.

  • BYU fan of the North usa, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 10:43 p.m.

    What's Utah's RPI now? It was 144 before this win. Congrats on the win, it was a good one. By the way, BYU's RPI was 36 before their win.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 18, 2014 10:17 p.m.

    At poyman

    Thanks and nicely done! Need to win on the road.

    Go Seahawks!

    Jan. 18, 2014 9:08 p.m.

    This was a great win for our Utes today. The Huntsman Center was rocking, just like old times. Coach K has this team playing outstanding! And it was a team effort. Besides our contributions from Joveridge, Wright, Taylor, Tucker, and the bigs, Ogbe came through bigtime.

    Super victory! Keep it up Utes!!

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 9:02 p.m.

    Great game!

    Two years ago Utah lost six league games by 20+ points. (One of those was to UCLA) What a turn-around.

    I have to give a personal thanks to Jordan Loveridge. He took a chance with a new coach and a school with a great history yet a close to a decade of mediocre basketball. You are to cornerstone of what could be a great future!

    When coach told the team "We told the kids this is it. This is why you join the Pac-12, to play in games like these." he said it all!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 18, 2014 9:02 p.m.

    Wow. Article completely devoid of any recognition of a great Ute win. Well, let me be the first Cougar fan to step up and say, well done, Utes. Great to see a local kid (Loveridge) and some So. Cal talent take it to a top 25 team. Although it's hard for a diehard Cougar fan to show some class and say that it is no shame to have been trounced by a very, very good Utah squad. Coach K and his squad deserve big props. Oh, wait---I'm not a Cougar fan. Never mind.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Jan. 18, 2014 8:57 p.m.

    Congratulations ute fans... that is a very nice win, even if it was at the HC... I didn't think your team could do it, but once again I was proven wrong... That is a very nice "quality win" for consideration come March...

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 8:57 p.m.

    Great game. Great crowd with a great atmosphere.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 8:54 p.m.

    Nice win! Go Utes!! Now go out and get some on the road.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 8:12 p.m.

    UCLA is obviously overated if Utah beat them because Utah never beats anyone good, especially at home.

  • SCUte Rock Hill, SC
    Jan. 18, 2014 7:01 p.m.

    This team is the real deal at home! Now we just need to take it on the road. Go Utes!

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 6:54 p.m.

    That terrible loss right there might keep UCLA out of the dance and will probably end up getting their coach fired. How pathetic is the pac ten right now?

  • Tom in Tooele Franklin, IN
    Jan. 18, 2014 6:43 p.m.

    Kinda excited about the win today...just wishing our RPI rating and strength of schedule was better...I think it's better to have those numbers than win big games against nationally ranked teams

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 18, 2014 6:27 p.m.

    Great win for the Utes against a tough UCLA team. My guess is that many of the usual suspects who's focus in life seems to be to ridicule the Utes will mysteriously be silent for a few days. Perhaps they're in Tulsa. Go Utes.

  • starthillnotnelson Kamas/United States, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    Big win for the Utes. They have an outside chance for the tourney.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:28 p.m.

    Isn't it interesting that comments seem to post so quickly on byu articles and comments making fun of Utah. And when Utah has the best win of any team in the state of Utah, the comments are mysteriously slow to be posted.

    Great win Utes! Continuing to show why we are the best team in the state of Utah. And its not even close.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:27 p.m.

    Congrats Utes. Big win indeed, these are the kind of games you look forward to in the PAC12 and your boys came up big.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    Nice win, now time to pick the road play.

    GO UTES!

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    Great win Utah!

    Still a lot more games against top 25 teams before March... Lets post a W on some of them too.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:22 p.m.

    But I thought Utah was supposed to lose to both Southern Cal schools.

    Gotta love being in the Pac-12.

    Future looking good for the Utes.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    I said all along, that an easy early schedule is what will help the utes.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:15 p.m.

    Great win!

    Looks like one of the Pac-12 analysts was correct. At the start of the season, he picked Utah to beat UCLA as the upset of the year in the Pac-12. Let's hope the other was correct too, he picked Utah to beat AZ.

    Go Utes !!

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:11 p.m.

    Not too surprising considering how the Utes play at home. Great win and something to build on. The Utes will go somewhere this post season, hopefully to the sweet sixteen.

  • 4 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:03 p.m.

    Congratulations to the University of Utah Utes on another league victory.

    Time to make some noise on this three game road swing.

    Go Utes!

  • SamoanYfan WEST JORDAN, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:04 p.m.

    Yay! Way-to-go! What a great PAC-12 game to watch. So proud of them.

  • Denver to Portland Portland, OR
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:41 p.m.

    Just like the football team had their upset win over Stanford in Pac 12 play, expect the Utah basketball team to take a nose dive as well from here on out in conference play, LOL.

    Go Ducks!!

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:39 p.m.

    Nice win Utes! Good to see the hard work of these young kids payoff in a quality win.

    Need to continue to improve, especially against the press, but these two wins show an improved offense and nice to see Ogbe make a contribution.

    Great to see coach K. show so much intensity and his competitive fire. Normally very low key, he showed just how badly he wants to win.

    Good home crowd. Utes currently 2nd in PAC 12 basketball attendance.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:38 p.m.

    Well how about that???

    Sweet win today for the Utes (despite trying to give it away at the end). Finally, a close win against a ranked opponent.

    Will enjoy watching the U flash up on the hill tonight after a big win!

  • jsanders Draper , UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    After the USC game, BYU fans ran to the article to talk.

    "One brief moment of hope for the Utes, before it all comes crashing down starting with UCLA."

    Im guessing they won't come running to this article, and the ones who do will cherry pick some random stat like they love to do.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    Congrats Utes!

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:26 p.m.

    Nice win Utes!

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    Obviously UCLA is over rated because Utah never beats anyone good.

    Especially at home.

  • UU Provo, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    @EdGrady "I think the Utes will win easily and stickers for everybody in attendance"

    Ed, will you please do us the honor of passing out the stickers.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:16 p.m.

    That's what I'm talking about!!! A few points away from being undefeated! This team is legit!

    Didn't our neighbors down south predict that USC would be our last PAC 12 win?

    GO UTES!!!

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:15 p.m.

    They did all they could to give it away but a nice win for the utes. They better start practicing how to beat the full court press because you can guarantee that every other team in the league will be doing it after seeing that lead go from 17 to 4 in just a matter of minutes. Always good to see Alford lose.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:15 p.m.

    Nice! Confidence builder. Let's get some wins on the road!
    Frustrating to watch them let the big lead get away...but they're a young team. Trending up!

  • Flames6 North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:11 p.m.

    Quality wins in a quality conference at home or on the road who cares ? Let the quality spin begin ! Great win Utes !

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    Way to go Utes!

    I'm always happy to see a local team take it to a top-25 team!

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 4:11 p.m.

    GO UTES!!

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    Tickets, $40
    2 burgers and 2 caffeinated cokes, $16
    Watching Utah beat up on top 25 and one of the most respected programs in the history of college basketball, $56
    Simultaneously jealous WCC fans who said Utah had no chance of winning stick their foot in their mouths: PRICELESS

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    Meh it's pac 12. They only have one good team in the league. Just kidding. This would be a nice win for the utes. Are they going to hold on? Chris hasn't been here to guarantee a win so they actually might win.

    Jan. 18, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    Good first half. This would be a great time for Delon to come up with an Andre Miller-esque triple-double. 7 pt, 7 rb, 3 ast, 1 stl, and 1 blk is a good start!