As far as Utah fans are concerned, the Utes might as well be playing their NCAA first-round game in Connecticut or Washington, D.C., as Boise, Idaho. Because they won't be able to go to the game anyway.

U. ticket manager Dave Copier said Sunday evening there will be no public sale of NCAA tickets for this week's games in Boise. He explained that the Boise Pavillion has been sold out for weeks and the Utes are only allotted 350 of the remaining 2,800 tickets. About half of those 350 will go to Utah officials, band members, cheerleaders and players' families and the rest on a priority basis to Crimson Club members.Last year, more Ute fans were able to attend the first-round games in Tucson because the McKale Center hadn't been sold out. Copier said Utah would be allotted more tickets for the West Regional if the Utes are able to move on to the second round at The Pond in Anaheim.