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Published: Sunday, Jan. 19 2014 5:48 p.m. MST

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Christopher B
Ogden, UT

"The Utes have NO CHANCE of beating UCLA"

LOL! Keep it up naysayers.

Utah is now #6 in the prestigious Pac 12, one of the best conferences in the nation.

Utah is .500 against ranked teams and the only team in the state with a win over a ranked team.

Go ahead and say we can't win on the road - you said we couldn't beat UCLA.

Go UTES!

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

The season began with which team was best in the state and which school had the best player.

Now the only question remaining is this:

Is the best player in the state Wright or Loveridge?

I called it at the beginning of the season, Utah has the talent to finish #4-5 in the Prestigious Pac 12.

Onward. Upward

Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT

5 years ago I never could have imagined we'd be beating up on top 25 powerhouse UCLA at our place in Pac 12 conference play. One, because we weren't very good. And two, we were in a lesser conference.

I love coach K, this program, these players, and our conference!

One thing I've noticed about being in the Pac 12 is the respect the schools have for each other. Sure, we want to beat them and its great to have rivals like UCLA and top 25 Colorado, but at the end of the day we respect each other. I don't hate any Pac 12 schools. We all cheer for our teams and respect each other.

Go Utes!

ekute
Layton, UT

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0,
Brandon Taylor and Dakarai Tucker might want to chime in on who's the best player in the state.
Seriously, it's Delon Wright hands down, he's one of the best all around players in the conference. Fun to watch. Go Runnin' Utes!

Darth Vader
Ogden, UT

Recently there has been a lot a talk about whether Utah will make it into the dance or not. Making it to the dance is one thing but showing up and winning games in NCAA tournament is the true measuring stick for the Utes.

NCAA Tournament History:
Champions 1X (sure, there is the AAU and NIT championship too)
Championship Game 2X
Final Four 4X
Elite Eight 6X
Sweet Sixteen 15X… last appearance 2005
Tournament Appearances 27X
Conference Champions 36X… last time 2009

As bad as this recent draught has been, both Giacoltti and Boylen, two of Utah’s worst coaches, they still had overall winning records.

Krystkowiak just might be another great coach like Gardner, Pimm or Majerus. I sure hope so.

Go University of Utah Utes!

aggfan77
Shire, 00

Great win Utah! I'm not the least bit shocked you all won. And being in a very good league if not 1 of the best leagues. It's very hard to win on the road. It's supposed to be. That is how you know you're in a good league! Keep it up and you WILL start winning a few on the road! I predict to see you all in March round of 65 or 70....or whatever it's up to now :-) Either way great game good luck!

Go Aggies!
Go Utes!

Esquire
Springville, UT

The key is to do it consistently. I would expect the Utes to beat every team in the PAC 12 over a 3 to 4 year period at some point. I don't wish the Utes any ill will, not at all - just the opposite. But it is too soon to crow just because of the UCLA win. The pre-conference schedule was pretty weak, and how they play it out through the rest of the season will be the key. If they do well, then perhaps the weak schedule may have been a good strategy (unlike BYU who may have over scheduled and burned out that young team.). Let's not strut until we have more to struct about.

Rose Bowl call yet?
Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks for the history lesson. Unfortunately for U, it doesn't reflect the recent reality.

During the Dave Rose era, aka, post Majerus and Bogut:

BYU 221-73(75%), 6 NCAAs(4-6), 2 NITs(3-2), 4 conf champs, 8 20+ win seasons, 1 Nat'l POY
Utah 129-141(48%), 1 NCAA(0-1), 1 conf champ, 6 losing seasons, 4-12 versus BYU

Despite Utah's upset win over soon to be unranked UCLA, the Utes are still winless on the road this season, 1-19 versus conference opponents on the road since joining the PAC 12.

A team that can't win conference games on the road doesn't have a chance of finishing in the upper half of the conference, let alone, get a NCAA tourney bid.

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

Rose Bowl Call

You should probably be more concerned about your own team's performance on the road. Losing to nobodies in gymnasiums would certainly have me questioning how good my team actually is. There isn't a Utah fan around that doesn't realize that the Utes now need to start winning on the road. In the PAC 12 this is a very difficult task. Just ask the two LA teams; and I mean real teams, not LMU, St.Mary's or Pepperdine.

jpjazz
Sandy, UT

Great win over UCLA, so good to the growing fab interest. If they pick up at least one win, 2 would be great, on this 3 game road trip, we can look to a decent seed in the Conference Tournament. Then who knows, an NCAA bid?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Rose bowl,

Why not stay consistent and include, say, back to 1984 in basketball and compare the heights of the two programs?

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

There is no need to compare. Enjoy the current success of the team. Right now the Utes can beat most teams at home. That is what is important. Fill up the seats with fans and get behind the program!!

Utah will probably struggle on the road. All teams do. However, these guys have confidence and have been in every game so far. There is no reason to expect the Utes to play any different than what they have so far. I am expecting 2-1 on this trip.

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

Utah didn't have a chance to beat Stanford in football, but they still did and ended up not going to a bowl game. I give a nod for the victory against UCLA, but only two quality wins, both at home, is not going to convince anyone but a die hard fan. A victory against former #25 UCLA is not going to propel Utah into the NCAA tournament. We'll see if Utah can do anything on the road and we'll see if Utah didn't just get up for their one "Stanford" game. Otherwise, it's the same ol' Utes.

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

"Same ol' Utes?" Do you know what that is right now? Its a team on an upward trajectory. Its amazing that we're even having this discussion right now, considering where we have been. If the Utes somehow make the NCAA tourney thats just a cherry on top of a great season of improvement. If they get to the NIT this year thats a great step in the right direction.

Look where this team is headed. They lose two players following this season, Lenz and Van Dyke (Mission). They will add to this years roster two top 100 recruits. Makes me a little bit giddy.

Go Utes!

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

cougar--

"We'll see if Utah can do anything on the road and we'll see if Utah didn't just get up for their one 'Stanford' game. Otherwise, it's the same ol' Utes."

I don't know how this sort of comment gets through....It adds zero to the discussion, but I'll go ahead and set the record straight on it--

Football--The sole L we were completely out of well into the 4th-quarter was our game at UO and even then it took most of the game for UO to pull away against our walk-on B.U. QB....Therefore, in order to qualify for "getting up" for a game, it's not only Ws which qualify as such.

Basketball--Would you disqualify us from having "gotten up", for instance, for our OT L by 2 points against UO, since we didn't emerge from it victoriously? If yes, then the same applies for byu's performance against UO, as well.

How about our down to the wire 2-PT L at BSU, a Tourney team last season returning all 5 starters and rarely ever loses at home? Did we not adequately "get up" for this game, too?

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

It should be noted regarding our road games that we've only played 3 total/all 3 collectively by a whopping 7 points to date and how this is typically a learning process for such a young/inexperienced team as ours is....Yet, we're a matter of 1-2 plays at the game's end from being 3-0....Not unlike our game in provo last season when we led virtually from start-to-finish, yet failed to close it out and lost by the "blow-out" margin of 3 points.

This season is essentially only YR-2 in Coach K's rebuilding process, as '11 was a throw-away year for us....Coach K should be 2-0 against rose over these 2 seasons, this last one in an epic display of Coach K out-coaching him in humiliating-fashion, and I suspect he'll straight own rose going forward, as well.

These aren't excuses, but rather irrefutable statements of fact....Moral victories are for losers....What I saw against UCLA was a bunch of young kids learning from previous failures in successfully closing the game out and emerging from it victoriously!

Go Utes!

DraperUteFan
Draper, UT

It is true, the Utes have proven nothing yet. We don't need the RPI police chiming in every 5 seconds telling us how bad Utah's nonconference schedule is. Memo received, message acknowledged, move on.

This young team needs more volume and quality wins to even be considered for a postseason tournament, let alone the NCAA.

This isn't about whether a win over UCLA suddenly propelled them into consideration for a postseason berth and now they are going to tear up the conference. It is about improved talent coming together, gaining confidence, competing in every game, improving over last year, and giving themselves a chance to win.

The PAC 12 is one of the more balanced conferences in the nation and it is hard to win in this league. The fact is, Utah was competitive in football and will likely win more games in basketball this year than last. It is far too early in conference to tell how good this team can be, but we like what we see nonetheless.

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

"It should be noted regarding our road games that we've only played 3 total..."

Blame Hill and coach k for only scheduling one non-conf road game.

It still doesn't change the fact that the Utes have only won 1 conf and 1 non-conf road game total in the last three seasons COMBINED!

jarka-rus
Layton, Utah

And Cal just lost to USC, the Pac is vastly overrated, Zona is the big dog, after that its mediocrity all across the board.

UtesBy5
Syracuse, UT

jarkarus, obsess much about the PAC-12? The #3 rated conference in America is projected to get six NCAA tournament invites. You can count on one finger the number of invites the mighty #10 WCC will get.

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