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Utah basketball: Utes finish with 18-2 record at the Huntsman Center

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  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 3, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    People can go ahead and criticize Utah's preseason schedule all they want. The fact is it accomplished it's intended purpose which was to build confidence in the minds of a young team that hadn't played a lot of games together. That confidence has allowed this team to battle to the end in nearly every game and go into each game believing they can win, no matter who the opponent is. That schedule and the confidence it has built has gotten the Utes back on the winning track and now gives them a chance to win some games in the Pac 12 tournament. They even have a chance to catch some teams who feel they are assured an NCAA Tournament bid off guard and win the tournament. They have to go into the tournament believing this or they shouldn't even be playing.

  • UtesBy5 Syracuse, UT
    March 2, 2014 10:07 p.m.

    Utah has had tremendous improvement this year! Playing in a power conference vs. a mid-major conference has been an eye opener. The PAC-12 is full of long, athletic players that play outstanding basketball. Coach Krystkowiak has done a fantastic job and has a very strong class coming in next year.

    Hopefully the Utes can finish strong by winning at Cal and Stanford, and have a strong showing in Vegas. It would be great if they could get an invite to the NCAA Tourney. Although the NIT is more probable, the NCAA Tournament is still within reach.

    Go Utes!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 2, 2014 9:58 p.m.

    @Just the FAX

    "I love to read posts from BYU fans. Rose was handed a healthy basketball program and has done what with it?"

    LOL at your failed attempt to rewrite history.

    Rose took over a program that finished 9-21 the previous season and lead BYU to NINE straight 20+ win seasons

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    Rose rebuild a program?

    1999–2000 Steve Cleveland 22–11 7–7
    2000–2001 Steve Cleveland 24–9 10–4
    2001–2002 Steve Cleveland 18–12 7–7
    2002–2003 Steve Cleveland 23–9 11–3
    2003–2004 Steve Cleveland 21–9 10–4
    2004–2005 Steve Cleveland 9–21 3–11
    2005–2006 Dave Rose 20–9 12–4

    Clearly, 2004-2005 was a rebuilding year for Cleveland, Rose was on his staff. Rose took over Cleveland's players after a rebuilding year.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 2, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    Big games coming up. We need Loveridge to continue his new found form next week.

    @Swoop

    Bottom line, BYU has a better record with a MUCH tougher schedule - #20 vs #142 - it's not even close

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    According to Sagarin your schedule is NOT so tough:

    #43 Utah (SOS 88)
    #44 BYU (SOS 58)

  • Crow Sandy , UT
    March 2, 2014 6:14 p.m.

    The best team in the State of Utah gets another win. Its great being in a premier league where the wins are often hard fought and mean something.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 2, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    81Ute

    Remind us how well Utah plays team basketball on the road.

    LOL!

    The truth is, Loveridge simply got hot and couldn't miss to help Utah build a large 1st half lead at home versus Utah.

    The same Loveridge who has virtually disappeared in every big game away from the HC.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 2, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    Yfan, typical. Someone's argument gets disproven so you make qualifiers to justify it. Well here's one of my own: Utah is ranked higher than BYU in 3/4 objective rating services.
    ESPN BPI: Utah 34, BYU 45
    Pomeroy: Utah 34, BYU 45
    Sagarin: Utah 43, BYU 44

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 2, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    LittlePerspective

    "I love to read posts from BYU fans. Rose was handed a healthy basketball program and has done what with it?"

    LOL at your failed attempt to rewrite history.

    Rose took over a program that finished 9-21 the previous season and lead BYU to NINE straight 20+ win seasons, an overall record of 230-76(75%), 6 going on 7 NCAAs, 4 conference championships, national POY, two NBA players, and 12-4 versus Utah.

    coach k took over a program that finished 13-18 the previous season and lead Utah to 2 losing seasons, an overall record of 40-52(43%), 0 NCAAs, 0 conference championships, 1-2 versus BYU, and only 3 road wins in almost 3 full seasons.

  • 81Ute Central, UT
    March 2, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    @Swoop
    And BYU has done much better since Utah taught them how a team plays basketball.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    I love to read posts from byu fans. Rose was handed a healthy basketball program and has done what with it? Anyone? If byu basketball is so great, why are they consistently a bubble team? How is it that they were used to mop Utah's floor? Why in the world are they fighting for 2nd place in the basketball juggernaut wcc conference?

    Great job this year, Utes! A very young team turned that made some noise in our elite conference. Now, go get a tournament championship!!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 2, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    So, in summary, Utah has a better record (.679 vs. .677) against a better schedule (#43 vs. #53). Utah is the better basketball team. That may explain how Utah was able to run BYU out of the gym earlier this year.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 2, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    @Swoop

    Nice try on strength of schedule. At the moment, Utah is #43 (and rising) and BYU is #53 (and falling). Source: teamrankings dot com.

    That's what happens when you play in a high school league.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2014 9:48 a.m.

    StGtoSLC

    Versus D1 opponents:

    BYU(20-10) 67% is BETTER than Utah(17-9) 65%.

    Just because Utah chose to pad their record playing a couple of non-D1 high school teams, doesn't mean the Utes had a better record.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 2, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    Swoop, who taught you math? A .677 record is not better than a .679 record.

  • RonBergundy SANDY, UT
    March 2, 2014 1:00 a.m.

    @Christopher B.

    I'm sorry, but just because the PAC 12 may have the 2nd best RPI does not make them the 2nd best conference, especially considering that the PAC 12 will probably only get 4 teams into the tourney. The ACC, Big 10, and American are better

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2014 12:40 a.m.

    CB

    "That is an incredible record, especially considering we play in the second hardest conference in the entire nation..."

    LOL at your hyperbole. What's so incredible about being 2-23 in PAC 12 road games? Or only winning 19 games with the 350 WORST OOC schedule in the entire nation?

    #35 BYU(21-10) #20 SOS, 7-6 vs RPI Top 100, projected 11th seed, last four byes
    #93 Utah(19-9) #142 SOS, 6-8 vs RPI Top 100, projected to be on the outside looking in

    Bottom line, BYU has a better record with a MUCH tougher schedule - #20 vs #142 - it's not even close

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 1, 2014 6:14 p.m.

    Thank you, Renan and Xan. Xan is the lone holdover from that awful 2011-12 season. From personal experience, it's hard being a collegiate student-athlete. It's even tougher being a student-athlete at the Division-I level, and even tougher at that level when you're not on scholarship. To continue showing up and doing everything the coaches ask for 3 straight years, the first two for losing teams, and knowing none of your work will ever show up on a box score shows a lot about the kind of guy Xan is. Renan worked very hard over the off-season to improve his body and his game, and every time he sees the floor, does whatever he can to help the team. Congrats to both of them on their careers with Utah!

  • No playoff for U Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2014 6:11 p.m.

    "Utes finish with 18-2 record at the Huntsman Center"

    Unfortunately, the Utes are 1-7 on the road with their final regular season games at Cal and Stanford.

    Expect the Utes to finish 8-10, somewhere from 8th to 10th in the conference. If they're lucky, they'll pick up their 20th win of the season before being eliminated from the PAC 12 tourney.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    March 1, 2014 6:02 p.m.

    That is an incredible record, especially considering we play in the second hardest conference in the entire nation, second only to the Big 12 this year.

    It has been a great year.

    Now lets go win the Pac 12 tournament.