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Utah basketball: Runnin' Utes eager to start new chapter in Las Vegas

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 11, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    @uteology

    "Mika is your only player worth talking about in your last two classes."

    So now you're a basketball recruiting evaluator and expert? It would seem that the guys who do it for a living disagree with you by an extremely wide margin but I guess you only take their word for things when they rate utah recruits higher than BYU recruits. Did you really wake up this morning with the intention of looking foolish online? lol

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    March 11, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    Two for flinching,
    Look it up again BYU has never played in the CIT but Utah has!!!! Thanks for the good laugh!!! Good luck to Utah in the PAC12 tourney!

    Go Cougs beat the Zags and go dancing!!! Rise Up

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    March 11, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    MyPerspective,
    Thanks for being the first to bring up your biggest rival on an article about Utah!!! Congrats to the Utes on a great season!!! Good luck in the PAC12 tourney!!! I have much respect for what Coach K has done for Ute basketball in the short time he has been in control!!! The future looks bright up on the hill!!! Onward and Upward!!!

    Go Cougs beat the Zags and go dancing!!! Rise Up!!!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    March 11, 2014 8:10 a.m.

    Two For Flinching
    That same UCla team that just lost to Wazzoo? CU is mediocre at best, the Ducks dropped so fast out of their overrated rankings this year it was unbelievable. Zona will be the first one seed to lose mark it down

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:26 a.m.

    Utes have their hands full this week. Wouldn't surprise me if they lose in the 1st round or win the whole thing. I say this because the pac 12 is a competitive league where all the teams are middle of the road. Oregon and Arizona are the best of the lot and the Utes (just like in football) are at the bottom.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 10, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    @talkinsports

    "2013 Recruiting Classes:
    #14 BYU - TWO four-star (BOTH ESPN Top 100), THREE three-star
    UR Utah - ZERO four-star, TWO three-star"

    It turns out that Utah's 2013 Recruiting Class had a 5-star athlete and NBA prospect his name is Delon Wright. He's the best player in State since Lillard. How's the talent on your 2013 #14 class at the next level?

    Mika is your only player worth talking about in your last two classes. BYU contending for a national title, based on stars that might or might not be actual stars?

    Good luck!

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    March 10, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    talkinsports

    OUCH!

    Uteology may want to do a little research next time, before spouting off.

    --------------

    Unlike football, Sagarin's opinion doesn't carry much weight with the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    March 10, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    Uteology

    "Utah has the #40 (#5 PAC-12)... BYU isn't going anywhere with the Lone Peak varsity team"

    Lone Peak's varsity team won a high school NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP last year, beating Jabari Parker's high school team.

    2014 Recruiting Classes
    #20 BYU - TWO four-star (BOTH ESPN Top 100), TWO three-star
    #31 Utah - TWO four-star (only ONE ESPN Top 100, 0 three-star

    2013 Recruiting Classes
    #14 BYU - TWO four-star (BOTH ESPN Top 100), THREE three-star
    UR Utah - ZERO four-star, TWO three-star

    BYU could have a national championship contending team when they're all back from missions in 2016.

    Thanks for playing.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 10, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    Should make for a good tournament. There's a lot of parity in the PAC 12, which is the 4th ranked conference. One game at a time.

    Go Utes!
    >---->

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 10, 2014 2:09 p.m.

    @LonestarRunner/Mark it Down/No playoff for U

    You need to take a deep breath. Never once in my post did I say Utah is a tournament team, they are headed to the NIT. You guys are correct Washington isn't a gimmie game, but I believe Utah is the favorite according to Vegas.

    You gave your opinion and I gave you Sagarin's opinion, who, like the scorebaord, thinks Utah is the better team.

    @RonBergundy

    Utah has the #40 (#5 PAC-12) recruiting class next year. All Utah has to do is get 2-3 players from LA to be able to compete in the PAC-12 (like Wright and Tucker).

    BYU isn't going anywhere with the Lone Peak varsity team, which produces great shooters but not much else. Does BYU produce athletes? Your best player in 30 years, the Jimmer, is anything, ask Sacramento and now Chicago.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 10, 2014 1:38 p.m.

    "The Pac is so overrated its not even funny"

    jakrus:

    Just think how those fans of the conference that collectively went 2-7 against Pac-12 schools feel.

    Oh, wait. That's the wcc.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 10, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    Eager to see how the Utes do against the rest of the PAC 12 on a neutral floor.

    Outside of Provo and a few small communities in California, nobody cares about the wcc tournament. Any qualifiers from that little conference will go 1 and out in the Big Dance.
    The happy valley "fans" are obviously obsessed with the Utes and the PAC 12 tournament.
    Wish us luck. Go Utes!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    March 10, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    MyPerspective
    The Pac is so overrated its not even funny

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    March 10, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    Zona will be the most overrated #1 seed ever

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    March 10, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    How many chapters have they started this year?

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 10, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    eating Crow

    Being a perennial bottom dweller in any conference is nothing to crow about.

  • RonBergundy SANDY, UT
    March 10, 2014 11:15 a.m.

    @Crow

    Who are these "big name recruits" that are suddenly going to make the Utes as good as Arizona and UCLA? Last time I checked, BYU with the higher ranked recruiting classes year after year

  • Go Utes! Go Yale! Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    To the Utes: tough loss at Stanford, winnable especially after 5 straight missed free throws by the Tree, and 23 seconds to come up with some play, any play to the basket...and not even get a shot off? I was sick to my stomach. Hopefully that one goes into the "growing pains" file. No matter, the Vegas tourney is a fresh new start, and with as many Utahns as Vegas has had filling the seats through the years, the PAC 12 tourney might be as close to a home game as any.

    To the cougs: All the YBU posters on here, thank you for using a Utah article to try and piggy back your message. We get it. The WCC has you feeling high and mighty. But how about you concentrate on beating San Fran tonight, and then we'll talk.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    March 10, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    Why so many BYU fans commenting on a Utah story this morning? Don't you guys have a big game tonight? Shouldn't you be concerned with your own team?

    Would it kill any of you to admit that Utah has improved greatly this season? No, they likely won't be going to the NCAA tournament this year but they will be getting an NIT bid. Playing in the post-season anywhere is a great accomplishment given the sorry state of the program over the past few years. Also, a 20 win season for the first time in 6 years.

    Oh, and there was that win back in December. 81 - 64 in case you've forgotten.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 10, 2014 10:08 a.m.

    @magnaute "fan"

    Hu....who are you talking two? I haven't posted anything in this thread until now.

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    March 10, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology:

    Brigham Young - 12th seed
    Utah Valley - 15th seed
    Weber State - 16th seed

  • No playoff for U Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    Uteology

    "Utah has 3 more games vs tournament teams."

    What makes you think that beating Washington, which isn't even close to being an NCAA tournament team, is a given?

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    March 10, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Uteology

    "Utah has 3 more games vs tournament teams."

    So you're assuming Utah will play in the PAC 12 tourney championship?

    Why not just assume that Utah will also be playing in the NCAA tourney championship, then you can claim that the Utes have at least 9 more games vs tournament teams?

    In the latest ESPN bracketology:

    - BYU is solidly IN the NCAA tournament, no longer on the bubble.
    - Utah, not even mentioned

    In the latest 2014 Bracket Matrix (84 different brackets)

    - BYU projected to be an 11th seed (10.81 average) by SEVENTY-THREE of the 84 brackets
    - Utah was included in only TWO brackets

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    Uteology

    The Selection Committee couldn't care less about Sagarin's ratings, but they do care about RPI and road/neutral wins:

    #31 BYU(22-10) #38 SOS, 7-6 vs RPI Top 100, including 4 road/neutral wins
    #77 Utah(20-10) #121 SOS, 7-9 vs RPI Top 100, with only 1 road/neutral win over a Top 100

    Despite your frantic cherry-picking spins, there's a reason BYU is an at-large contender, while Utah isn't even in the picture.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 10, 2014 7:52 a.m.

    @backpacn

    Thank you for your opinion but Sagarin takes into account SOS and road wins and here's what he thinks:

    #36 Utah (SOS 72)
    #42 BYU (SOS 69)

    "More than 1/3 of Utah's schedule (11 games) have been played versus 200+ ranked opponents."

    Wrong. Utah has played 11 games against cupcakes and two of those games were against #167 USC.

    vs RPI 150+ (aka cupcakes):
    Utah 10-1
    BYU 11-2

    BYU is one more game vs cupcakes.

    vs RPI 50
    Utah 4-7
    BYU 3-5

    Utah has 3 more games vs tournament teams.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    March 10, 2014 5:55 a.m.

    But seriously Ducky- They beat every team in the conference except Arizona who they took to overtime, and Stanford who they lost to by one on the road. That is both competing and winning. Its not like they need to fear anyone in the conference. This team plays tough D that makes them competitive with most anyone.

    Go Utes!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 12:59 a.m.

    @ But seriously folks!

    Utah is projected to be a 2 seed in the NIT. I think the Utes are a lock for it, even with a loss to UW. Also, the CIT is not an option because that tournament is exclusively for mid-major teams. You know, teams like Bradley, Texas-Pan Am, and BYU.....

  • RonBergundy SANDY, UT
    March 9, 2014 11:32 p.m.

    @myPerspective.

    Coach "definitely not coach k as in one of the greatest head coaches of all time" Krystowiak taught Coach Rose how to coach? Was that before or after Coach Rose's posting of the 7th best winning percentage of all current Division I coaches??

  • backpacn Sandy, UT
    March 9, 2014 11:30 p.m.

    littleperspective

    Unfortunately for U, unlike Coach Rose, coach k hasn't taught his team how to win on the road.

    Road/neutral records

    BYU 8-9, including wins over #33 Texas, #45 Stanford, #66 San Francisco, #67 Saint Mary's

    Utah 2-7, only Top 100 road win vs #52 California

    Talk about playing high school teams...

    BYU SOS #38, has TWO wins over 200+ teams, NO losses, and ONE non-D1 win
    Utah SOS #121, has EIGHT wins over 200+ teams, ONE loss, and TWO non-D1 wins

    More than 1/3 of Utah's schedule (11 games) have been played versus 200+ ranked opponents.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2014 10:12 p.m.

    But seriously folks!

    Thanks for your encouraging words though I'm not sure why you bothered to stop by.

    Your cougs couldn't handle the young Utes and Coach K taught Rose how the college game is played. But hey, thank goodness for the wcc, right? byu fans have some wins against high schools they can crow about?

    Rise and shout!

  • 4 in a row! Ogden, UT
    March 9, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    Good luck to the University of Utah Runnin' Utes basketball team in upcoming Pac-12 tourney.

    You gotta love the great attitude of this young ball club.

    Go Utes!

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2014 9:20 p.m.

    Utes say they can compete with anyone but no mention of winning. Unfortunately competing and winning are very different things as they have found out this year. One and done in the pac tourney. UW os aweful this year so I expect them to win the first game. After that it will be lights out an d the end of the season unless the CIT comes calling.