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Published: Monday, Feb. 3 2014 8:18 p.m. MST

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Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Their pac12 record is a true indication of what they are, a sub .500 team against decent, not great, competition. Their abysmal pre season schedule which included exactly one good team gave utah, and utah "fans", a false sense of accomplishment. Their true colors are now shining through.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Duck,

Doesn't byu have a 4th place WCC finish you should be worrying about?

Pac 12 is 3rd best conference in the nation, per a groups called ESPN
WCC? 9th

Go UTES, onward and upward to Pac 12 glory

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

CB

#45 BYU(15-9) #15 SOS is tied for 2nd in the WCC with 5 Top 100 and 8 Top 150 wins.
#108 Utah(14-7) #172 SOS is tied for 9th in the PAC with 3 Top 100 and 5 Top 150 wins.

BYU has more road wins versus PAC 12 team this season, than Utah.

BYU is on the bubble for an at large NCAA bid.
Utah isn't even in the picture.

Slap another PAC 12 sticker on something.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

TrueBlue,

The only thing that matters is record, isn't that what you guys said all football season?

And Utah has a better winning percentage than byU

Oh ya, and we owned you. Scoreboard!

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

Loveridge is in more than a slide. It looks as he's decided he's a superstar who doesn't have to do the little things: play help defense, rebound, dive on the floor for a ball, give up a hard foul, post up occasionally. Until he does these things, and gets a little toughness to his game, the Utes will struggle to win in the PAC12.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Hey, the Utes beat BYU - what else matters?

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

When it comes down to crunch time, the Utes have developed the habit of... you take it...no... I've got it...

Like a crazy form of hot potato basketball.

Not only does this show up on the offensive side...it has appeared on the defensive end as well...it seems like game after game.

Playing ole defense and hot potato offense has never been a prescription for success.

As this progresses...finger-pointing will become an issue...maybe more of an issue than it already might be...

It will be interesting to see what kind of progress the Utes can make this week toward solving the O & D issues.

Go Utes.

KH
Holladay, UT

Duckhunter,

Just remember, however bad you think Utah is ... byu is worse.

It amazes me that fans of a team can continue to talk trash to fans of another team, even when their team got killed by like 17 points and have been beaten 4 years in a row in football. Only byu fans.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Just love how byU "fans" pounce on yet another story that has nothing to do with byU. The fact is that Utah beat byU, and byU already has 4 losses in the WCC, and still have to play Gonzaga once again. That anybody is arguing that byU is a "bubble team", coming out with at least 5 losses against the WCC, is laughable. According to the ESPN BPI rankings, Utah is a bubble team and byU is out.

Utah was supposed to be down this year again, but they are improving, and have a win against a powerful UCLA team. byU was supposed to be better this year, but are clearly not. They have lost to every team that mattered, including to two PAC schools, lost to their bitter rival, and have losses to Loyola, Pepperdine and Portland. byU will have to win the WCC tournament to get in.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

I think Utah's defense is just fine. Offensively they get into these funks, and I agree with RBN, Loveridge seems to have an on and off switch that he just needs to set to ON all the time. I think the majority of Utah's problems are due to chemistry and mistakes that are the product of youth and inexperience. They'll get better and start gelling and be fine. I think Krisko is doing a great job and as long as he's there the Utes will improve and be a team to be reckoned with.

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Just remember BYU fans (I mean, byu "fans" as duckhunter says), for all of Utah's struggles to finish out games, Utah did deliver a spanking to your Cougars this year. According to the rules of trash talking, the fan base of a team that has been soundly beaten has no room to talk. At least not until the next time they play.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@vegas ute

"byU was supposed to be better this year, but are clearly not. They have lost to every team that mattered,"

AP college basketball top 25 poll as of this week.

#15 Texas17-4

November 24 2013 BYU 86 - Texas 82

LOL!

FACTchequer
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris B

The record speaks for itself:

#46 BYU > #108 Utah

It's not even close.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

Back home...time to build some momentum and rebuild confidence.

Rockwell
Baltimore, MD

Chris B

@TrueBlue: "The only thing that matters is record, isn't that what you guys said all football season?"

If you'd actually been listen that's not what was said at all. BYU's 2013 schedule was tougher than any schedule Utah had EVER PLAYED prior to 2013, yet, unlike Utah in 2012 and 2013, BYU managed to finish with a winning record and a bowl.

As far as schedules go, BYU #38 SOS was much, much closer to Utah #3 SOS in football, than Utah #171 SOS has been to BYU #14 SOS in basketball.

Hence the rankings:

Football #35 BYU(8-5) with a bowl vs #34 Utah(5-7) no bowl

Basketball #44 BYU(15-9) good chance for NCAA tourney vs #109 Utah(14-7) no chance for Big Dance

BYU has played four AP/Coaches Top 25 teams this year and is 1-3.
Utah has only played one Top 25 team and is 0-1.

BYU is 5-5 versus RPI Top 100 teams.
Utah is 3-6 versus RPI Top 100 teams.

3 of BYU's 15 wins have come against RPI 200+ or non-Div 1 teams.
10 of Utah's 14 wins have come against RPI 200+ or non-Div 1 teams.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

RBN--

"Loveridge is in more than a slide. It looks as he's decided he's a superstar who doesn't have to do the little things: play help defense, rebound, dive on the floor for a ball, give up a hard foul, post up occasionally. Until he does these things, and gets a little toughness to his game, the Utes will struggle to win in the PAC12."

We do need to receive a bit more consistency from JL, yet he's not as far off as you think--

vs. USC -- 16 pts/ 5 rebs/ 4 assts/ 1 stl
vs. UCLA -- 17/9/4/1
vs. ASU -- 22/6/1
vs. ua -- 13/5/1/1
vs. CU -- 4/4/5/1

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