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Published: Monday, Feb. 10 2014 8:13 p.m. MST

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StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I really can't say enough about my respect for Coach K and how much he's invested into the program and the community. The previous couple coaching staffs seemed to do little in the local scene, both in recruiting and culturally. The first great thing Larry did was to go out and get Jordan Loveridge, then picked up another good local player in Van Dyke, and this year secured one of the better local players in years in Chapman.

Even his non-local players, especially Taylor and Tucker, as well as DuBois last year, get involved in the community seemingly more than prior players that I know of. I loved hearing about the Institute fireside Coach presented yesterday, and it shows a lot of how he embraces the local culture instead of just living amongst it.

A more attractive job may eventually come calling for him, and he may take it, but I think it goes to show his commitment to improving the program on all levels, not just in the W/L record. Props to Coach, and thanks to him for his positive impact in the program and SLC community.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

A road win against lowly USC won't mean much, and even though I'd like to see the Utes do well, there is almost no chance of winning against UCLA or Arizona on the road.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

CFiT, umm they actually DID have a pretty good chance to win at Arizona, and they don't go there twice in the same season, the next one is at home. I'll let the games play themselves out instead of prognosticating future events that none of us have any way of predicting.

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

A road win over USC will be a small milestone. It will help to get the monkey off their backs a little bit. They will continue to improve on the road. They'll get there.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

StGtoSLC--

"CFiT, umm they actually DID have a pretty good chance to win at Arizona, and they don't go there twice in the same season, the next one is at home."

Downright hysterical!

"I'll let the games play themselves out instead of prognosticating future events that none of us have any way of predicting."

Seers/Hypothetical games exist exclusively in ut cty!

But seriously folks!
Salt Lake City, UT

Sorry u fans but a road game equals a road loss. Shall we look at the last three seasons for the history?

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

@ but seriously

Your mighty cougs haven't done that much better on the road this year either. I guess you have already forgot how well they played on the road at Utah this year.

I echo StGtoSLC comments that I'm impressed at the progress coach K has made with this program and how he has been reaching out to the community. I would add the hiring of Tommy Connor as one of his good moves as well.

I hope the Utes can't finally get a road win this week. No matter who the opponent is, they need to get over that hump.

Go Utes!

aggfan77
Shire, 00

Utes are doing just fine...and they will get a few wins. Y fans really? Your dogging them for the wins and losses. Mind blowing.....I seem to remember a game against the 2 of you. Why would you be talking trash....and you can't compare the teams the Y play compared to the teams the U play. They are holding there own very good at home. It good leagues it is very hard to win on the road. They U is doing very very well and will start winning a few on the road!

Go Aggies!
Go Utes!
Don't even wish ill will to the Y!

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Quest,
You might actually look at the record books. BYU is 5/8 this year against several top 25 teams. The utes are zero road wins this year. In 2011/12 BYU went 15/2 on the road and in 2012/13 they were 8/7 on the road. I believe that would be 28/15 over the same period that u went 1/22. Nice try.

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Aggfan,
Yes, every so often the utes beat the cougars. Shall we look at the quality of both schedules because I can assure the national experts do and have BYU ranked much higher than u in a head to head comparison. So the answer is that yes, we can compare the quality of teams both clubs play and u lose. After we do that let's look back over the past 13 games.

CO Ute
PARKER, CO

@downunder

I'm really struggling to understand your post. BYU is not 5/8 against top 25 teams this year and they didn't go 15/2 on the road a couple of years back. Suggest you have better facts before telling another poster to do some research.

Marked it Down
Park City, UT

#45 BYU(17-9) SOS #23 5-5 vs RPI Top 100, 1-3 vs AP/Coaches Top 25, 5 road/neutral wins
#101 Utah(16-7) SOS #191 4-6 vs RPI Top 100, 0-1 vs AP/Coaches Top 25, 0 road/neutral wins

BYU is projected to be IN the tournament
Utah isn't even in the picture

Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

aggfan77

"...you can't compare the teams the Y play compared to the teams the U play."

True, BYU has played a MUCH TOUGHER schedule

BYU #23 SOS > Utah #191 SOS

BYU has played FOUR AP/Coaches Top 25 - #4/#2 Wichita St, #11/#14 Iowa St, #19/#19 Texas, and #27/#24 Gonzaga

Utah has played #2/#3 Arizona

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Quest,
You might actually look at the record books. BYU is 5/8 this year against several top 25 teams. The utes are zero road wins this year. In 2011/12 BYU went 15/2 on the road and in 2012/13 they were 8/7 on the road. I believe that would be 28/15 over the same period that u went 1/22. Nice try.

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What record books are those numbers from?

* BYU has 1 win over top 25 teams as of today (Texas game was played at neutral location)
* BYU went 8-3 on the road in 2011/2012 (and 5-3 at neutral locations)
* BYU went 7-5 on the road in 2012/2013 (and 0-4 at neutral locations)

15-8 on the road and 5-7 neutral locations (20-15).

Source: ESPN

Utah needs to figure out how to hold a lead on the road. If I recall correctly we have blown 3/4 big leads in the 2nd half.

LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

Uteology

Utah has 0 wins over top 25 teams as of today and 0 wins away from the HC.

In fact, Utah only has 2 road wins in the last 3 seasons COMBINED - at Washington and at Texas State last season.

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