PAC 12 Punching BagSLC, UTSo Utah has established what it
takes to possibly be considered to maybe be invited to play in the secondary
tournament.All a school has to do is play the worst pre-season
schedule in all of college basketball with only one of those games on the road,
play sub .500 ball in the their conference, win only one road game all year, and
actually have 3000 fans show up to your arena on occasion.Now we
know.--------------Of course you know, your football
program has 8 built in wins each year (10 in 2014).Oh and Utah is
averaging the 2nd best attendance in PAC-12, and it's not 3000 fans. Ask
The Anti ChrisSalt Lake City, UTCB,Announcers,
especially PAC announcers on the pac network are paid to say stuff like that.
That's their livlyhood. Now when it is a non-partial ESPN annoucncer that
says stuff like that, different story....See the difference?-------------You don't like research do you?"This isn’t the Utah of two years ago anymore. The Utes are better,
and getting better, and no matter how hard it must have been to lose a game
[Oregon] like that, it must have been a lot of fun to be in one like it, too.
It has been too long since Utah made opponents breathe sighs of relief.
It’s a start."Source:Utes've come a long way,
babyEamonn Brennan | ESPN.com Curious, how did you feel
when Utah took your team to the woodshed? Probably not a sigh of relief!
CB,Announcers, especially PAC announcers on the pac network are paid to
say stuff like that. That's their livlyhood. Now when it is a non-partial
ESPN annoucncer that says stuff like that, different story. Only problem is
that u cant get a game on ESPN. All their games are buried somewhere on a
remote network that not very many people are willing to pay for outside of pac
country.See the difference?
So Utah has established what it takes to possibly be considered to maybe be
invited to play in the secondary tournament. All a school has to do
is play the worst pre-season schedule in all of college basketball with only one
of those games on the road, play sub .500 ball in the their conference, win only
one road game all year, and actually have 3000 fans show up to your arena on
occasion.Now we know.
Crow,First it was not smack talk just calling it like I see it!!! Second,
after having another 20+ win season ( 8+ seasons and counting) last year the
Cougs went all the way to the semi's played in the Madison square Gardens
in NYC hardly losing in the first round as you claim!!! I agree the Utes have
had a much better year then expected and is probably why they will be happy and
excited to host an NIT game or two!!! I thought the first two games were played
at the higher seeded schools gym anyway! Tough loss for Utah last night played
hard but came up short!!!
Chris/Crow/Christopher-Let me referee a bit.The BYU fans are
not claiming a great team (Christopher at 2:29). BeSmart states most fans admit
BYU is mediocre. I have seen similar sentiments expressed.The BYU
fans smack failed just like their teams (Crow at 12:59). BeSmart (at 3:13)
smacked that down pretty well--sort of like Jordan Bachynski don't you
think?As one who "loves" the Bruins and the PAC-12, I resent
those programs on the dole, so to speak, even though they make the championship
playoff games possible.
@ CB (Mike)A team on the bubble is mediocre any other argument is
hilarious. What is the definition of mediocrity? It is the inability to do
something well. Which is where BYU fits. .Having played basketball at a
high level. NIT is mediocrity which the Utes will reach this year (which is
great improvement).If BYU was senior laden then maybe it would be a
failure, but they only lose Mika to a mission.Failure is two road wins in
conference play in 3 years. 70 out of 125 college football teams go to bowls.
Failure is not going to one.Failure is getting the last place recruiting
class in football in your conference. (even losing the recruiting battle with a
1-11 conference foe)
Reno Cougs Fan 68,In what way did anyone indicate the Utes are
giving up? Doing the necessary work for a possible NIT spot doesn't say
anything about giving up. In fact, BYU would have had to do the same thing last
year to prep for its NIT run. You simply have to be ready for all
besmart,byu is in a bad league. Its 9th "best" per ESPN and
is projected to only have one team dancing.Not at any point this
season has there been more than 1 WCC team ranked and there have been weeks with
ZERO wcc teams ranked.Being second in a bad league does not make a
team great, NOR does it make a team even mediocre.Having a point
guard starting his 3rd year, having a junior that will be byu's all time
leading scorer, and having a top 100 player as highly touted as Mika should
equal at least a first round win in the big dance.I know if Utah had
a junior that was to be Utah's all time leading scoreer, a top 100 big guy,
and a 3 year starting point guard I would not classify an NIT trip as a mediocre
season. That would be a failure.
@ CrowWhat round was BYU beaten in the NIT last year?I also think it
is funny you are saying BYU teams failed.BYU was in a bowl and BYU is
currently second in their conference. How is that a fail?I think most BYU
fans would say that BYU is mediocre but by no means have they failed.
@ Reno Cougs Fan 68Utah does not give up as is evident by the scores of
the close loses on the road. If they gave up like a certain wcc program they
would get blown out on the road even to the doormats of the conference. Utah just lost to the #4 team in the country in overtime and gave them
everything they could handle on the road. Your smack failed just
like your teams failed on the field and the court. @ Worf it will
transform to sadness to byu fans since Gonzaga will get the one bid from the wcc
this year. byu will be nit bound and will get beat in thee first round just like
they do in every tourney they are in.
Wow, looks like Dr. Hill and the rest are giving up!!! We know we can't win
the PAC12 tourney! We know we will not be invited to the Dance unless we will
win the PAC12 tourney!!! We know we are not a good road team this year so if we
do not host a game or two we will be a one and done team in the NIT!!! Way to
install confidence in a young team that still has 4 games and the conference
tournament to go!!!!
Not very many people expected the Utes to be in this position when preseason
predictions were coming out. It's great to see this team exceeding
expectations and serving notice that this program is on the rise. Go Utes!
We are prestegous now even though we don't win many pac 10 games. For sure
we will go dancing though because of it.Go Utes!
If you caught Nick Johnsons comments last night, he was very complimentary of
the Utes, coach K, and the fans for how much things have improve the last couple
years and he said Arizona was really lucky to win this game and that Utah gave
them all they could handle. Classy comments by a fellow Pac 12
member. There is total respect for all Pac 12 institutions. Its been great to
be part of such a classy conference where there is mutual respect for one
another.I support all Pac 12 programs and respect all they do. And
its clear all programs respect us.Proud UteProud Pac 12
memberProud Coach K supporter
Any post season tourney will be very good for this team whether it's CBI,
NIT or NCAA.Frankly, and NIT bid makes this season a huge success.
Sean Miller is correct, the progress the program has made under Coach K is
Host an nit game? Sounds good to meGo utes! Onward and
If not:March maddness will transform to March Saddness