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Published: Monday, Feb. 17 2014 4:55 p.m. MST

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Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

You can count on Harmon to compare Gonzaga with Arizona.

Arizona is way better. They are projected to be a #1 seed, Gonzaga is predicted to be a #8 seed.

Arizona is #4 in the AP poll, Gonzaga is #25.
Utah already beat UCLA who is currently ranked #23 (even after they lost to Utah).

Pac-12 will have 6 teams in the big dance. WCC will have 1 team in the big dance, same number as the Big Sky.

Lindon, UT

I didn't really see a comparison of AZ and GU other than that both currently lead their respective conferences. That's true no matter whom you cheer for. There was no attempt to say which of the two was the better team-- probably because everyone would agree it's AZ. These just happen to be the two conference leaders coming to Utah for games this week. Why must people try to find a fight no matter what's said?

Provo, UT

Uncle Rico,

Reading Fail.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Would Dave Rose read this, NOT! Why all the talk? Funny D Harmon "where they generally are better at the free-throw line?" Maybe! Right now forget all the talk and the playing do the job the rest of the way, Please.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

Re: BYU Dude

Right from the article:
Arizona is 2-2 in its last four; Gonzaga has lost only twice in its last 11 games — at Portland on Jan. 9 and at No. 22 Memphis on Feb. 8.

BYU dude fails

Las Vegas, NV

The difference between shooting 40% and 36% from the 3 point line in a single game is really insignificant. Suppose each side launches 1 such attempts. Both are then statistically likely to his 4 each in which case the actually points scored off 3's will be exactly the same. When BYU hits or exceeds that average it seems to have a much better opportunity to win.

As for Free Throws, BYU has been just uncharacteristically dismal this year. There really is no excuse for this. Hitting free throws is a matter of consistent form,stroke and follow through..a mental game more than anything.How has this team NOT progressed in this area? It shows an inexcusable lack of concentration and determination either by the players or the coaching staff. There is simply no excuse for any player to shoot below 70% from the charity stripe. Only when player's tell themselves "T can't!" Do that fail to improve in this area.

Shoot >36% from the 3-line and >70% from the FT line and BYU will win by half a dozen or more at home against any team 99% of the time.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Uncle Rico -

Way too sensitive, dude.

Harmon stated a couple of facts, and you put the failed spin on it. I'll predict a loss on the hill and a win in Provo.


The Cougs have to do better blocking out, as well--it's maddening to watch them give up two and three shots per possession. St. Mary's happened to miss most of those second and third chances in the second half, but Gonzaga won't.

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

Uncle Rico : Harmon said the utes have the most difficult task -- Indicating that Arizona was the better team -- His comparison was they both were leaders in their conference. Arizona is no. 4 and the Zags are 25 --

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

@ Tom

You are absolutely right. Sometimes I just get carried away.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

@ Deseret Pete

You bring up a good point, sometimes I just shoot from the hip.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

We for sure will win Arizona because they are better than Gonzaga and that makes us better than byu.

Go Utes!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

BYU needs to beat Gonzaga. Utah needs to beat Arizona. On top of that, neither can afford another bad loss. As much as I would like to see both teams get NCAA bids: Utah vs. BYU = First Round of NIT

Orem, UT

The Utes are a better team this year. The coaching staff has recruited and led a very nice come back. I will be cheering for both the Utes and my Cougs!

River Falls, WI

Kudos to Uncle Rico for admitting he does what most of us do from time to time... get carried away. Two tough contests this week, it would be great to see both teams win.


Good possibility neither team will dance this year but "hope springs eternal". The fascinating thing is watching the individual progress over a season by both teams. Changing roles and adjustment to those roles. Austin has won my fanship as has Carlino and Hollingsworth. Give someone the chance to build confidence and they ususally don't disappoint. Definitely a week to look forward to.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Mr. Harmon, Utah plays the number 4 (both polls) ranked team, Arizona. Utah State plays the number 6 (or 7) ranked team, San Diego State. BYU plays the number 22 (or 25) ranked Gonzaga. Yet only Utah and your BYU have a "big opportunity to shine this week". Typical.

But seriously folks!
Salt Lake City, UT

BYU beat Texas away from home. U beat UCLA at home. Texas is ranked higher that UCLA.
U lost to lowly WSU and didn't even score 45 points, for the whole game. What's your point?

The pac may get get 6 teams if they are lucky and the WCC will get two teams. U will NOT be one of those 6, Mark it down.

U will not make it to the NIT but maybe the CIT or the WCI due to their stellar preseason schedule. Yes people reward a tough schedule

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT


#44 BYU(18-10), 6-6 vs RPI Top 100, including a road/neutral win over #19/#17 Texas

can certainly make a lot of noise by winning their 2nd game against a ranked team and solidifying an NCAA at-large berth

#92 Utah(17-8), 4-7 vs RPI Top 100, including a home win over #23/#25 UCLA

still has a long way to go to get into the NCAA tourney picture even with another home win over a ranked team

so much for "noise"

Reno, NV

@Who am I sir? If the Aggies were hosting the Aztecs, I'd like to think they would be included in the article.

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