Utah Utes basketball: Team set to celebrate Huntsman anniversary

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  • Digbads
    Feb. 23, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    Someone keeps counting the "cougar fans" who are posting negative comments. I'm sorry, but I'm a cougar fan, and I've posted positive things about the Utes and gotten "ripped" by the Ute fans who seem to be pretty unhappy with their coach and this team's performance.

    Don't assume that everyone that criticizes you is your enemy, or that everyone who complements you is looking out for your best interest.

  • re: re elite @ 7:04
    Feb. 23, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    Let's see in the last four years....

    We have 1 conference championship and 1 conference tournament championship.

    Oh yeah and exactly the same amount of NCAA tournament wins as your coogs.

    Don't look too much further back than that or else you won't like what you find out - keep your coog blue glasses on and keep believing that your program is has a winning tradition.

    Go Utes!!!

  • holier than thou UTES
    Feb. 23, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    I laugh at the self righteous utes who this season are "all about respect" after watching them lose a close one in football and clearly having the weaker basketball team.

    Utes talk smack 24/7 during the good years(and yes utes, you've had some amazing years lately). Stop pretending you wouldnt still be talking smack if your teams were up.

    Until things reverse - you can stop the holier than thou attitude that you love to classify cougars as.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    Watching basketball games in both the old field house and Huntsman Center is a great contrast. Great basketball games have been played in both places.Utes will return to the top soon.Be patient.

  • re: elite
    Feb. 23, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    Nice history lesson; what has this Top 12 all-time elite program done in the last four years?

  • Shouldnt...
    Feb. 23, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    every team that brings their "A" game every night be a top-25 team? Think about it. The fact that you cant bring your A game because of turnovers and/or defensive pressure is a credit to your opposition. Univ of Idaho and CSU must be top 25 teams too.

  • danburtreynolds
    Feb. 23, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    RE:BYU fan!!!!!

    As a Ute fan, I liked your post.

  • re: elite programs 2:05
    Feb. 23, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    Ok so you're saying that since the Utes went to the NCAA FINALS we have been in decline. Wow you are a genius.

    Yes Utah has been "down" since reaching the highest possible level of college basketball. But in that time we still have a lot more wins in the NCAA tournamnet than your mighty coogs. We have a sweet 16 appearance and have had the number 1 pick in the NBA draft.

    I guess the problem with the Utah basketball program is that they have set the bar so high.

    We can agree on one thing, Rick Majerus was a great coach - I don't think he was a great recruiter but the guy could coach.

    For all you byu fans posting on this article - please tell me what signifigant thing the coogs have accomplished in basketball for the last 20 years. Yeah they have won a couple conference championships but beyond that they haven't done a thing. I know that is hard to deal with as evidenced by all of your jealous posts. Be happy with what you have in your team but learn to deal with the dissapointment of March a better way.

  • Too much fun.
    Feb. 23, 2010 3:23 p.m.

    This is how these posts go. I post negative utah comments on boards, without hinting i'm a byu fan (i'm not). Then, every genius utah fan lashes back at byu. Then, every byu fan cries foul and so on. you guys need to take it easy. This is just too much fun. Lobos are coming...

  • The Huntsman Center
    Feb. 23, 2010 3:20 p.m.

    Good thing for the NCAA Men's Basketball tourney and Women's Gymnastics or there wouldn't be a reason to go there.

  • BYU fan!!! gotta love it!!!
    Feb. 23, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    i'm a die hard BYU fan and i very much dislike the Utes and that is why i am posting!!! :D i love all the smack talk on the cougar boards by ute fans...and i know all you ute fans love the smack talk on your boards by BYU fans!!! thats whats so great about this rivalry!!! tho i do not think utah fans are classless!! i do love max hall...just getting that out there!!! i hate the huntsman center...not because its "nicer" or becuase its more "well kept" than the M.C. because thats debatable!! i just dont like the university of utah...so i hate the huntsman center...and i hate rice ecles...this post has nothing to do with anything really...i just like to say i dont like the university of utah...love the fans tho!!! (my best friend is a ute!! so is my brother in law) you are all great people!!!! haha just dont like your school or athletic programs at all!!! GO COUGARS!!!

  • Tradition
    Feb. 23, 2010 2:57 p.m.

    Does recent tradition also include going to the CBI and losing? Losing a first round NCAA game as a 5 seed? and the best yet, losing to SW Baptist and the university of Idaho, classic case of selective memories.

  • Boylen
    Feb. 23, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    Boylen and Utah fans deserve each other, oh how the mighty have fallen. Rick Majarus was Utah Basketball and most if not all of the success can be traced back to that man. Utah will never reach the glory years that where big RICK. He was and is a coaching genius and if it was not for health problems would still be one of the best. You can think that Utah was an elite program but it all comes down to great coaching, great recruiting and Rick Majarus was one of the all time best. The Huntsman center should be renamed Big Rick. The new coach reminds me of a clown that wears a nice suit.

  • steady decline
    Feb. 23, 2010 2:38 p.m.

    "it was only a few years ago... "

    actually it was two decades ago, but

    wait, for Utah, it's actually been this year, which is more relevant

  • one of the top 12 elite programs
    Feb. 23, 2010 2:05 p.m.

    has been in steady decline since their championship game in 1998.

    I seriously doubt if you polled a thousand random college basketball fans to name the Top 12 college basketball programs in the country whether Utah would appear on anyone's list, except for the very few Utah fans who just happened to be included in the survey.

    Elite programs don't miss the three of the last four Big Dances.

  • Tradition?
    Feb. 23, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    Does anyone remember the 1 win season. I know BYU fans don’t…. because it never happened. Just ask them, they won’t know what your talking about.

  • Re: no team has
    Feb. 23, 2010 1:45 p.m.

    Are you kidding me??

    Let's talk about falls - it was only a few years ago that your mighty coogs won 1 game all season!!!!

    As good as they have been lately, they still haven't won a NCAA tourney game in 20 years!!

    Go UTES!!!

    Feb. 23, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    "There are no greater more malicious haters then religious haters..."

    Can someone please point out the supposed “religious hater” posts? The only reference to religion is by BYU fans screaming persecution. Unless you can point out the specific post please stop saying such things . It’s like a fat girl asking everyone if “do I look fat”….your just asking for it.

  • re: the utah man
    Feb. 23, 2010 1:00 p.m.

    Hey good one. Ok if I send your post to David Letterman for his show tonight? He could use a could joke.

  • THE Utah Man
    Feb. 23, 2010 12:53 p.m.

    The Utes have struggled this year, but if they play like they are capable, they're a top 25 team no doubt. They can compete with anyone in the country WHEN they play their A game.

    I still see a mwc tourney championship and 1 win the March Madness

    TDS One and done

  • hoopsman
    Feb. 23, 2010 12:40 p.m.

    Interjecting the LDS Church in evaluating BYU fan's posts is on par with blaming Utah fan's posts on alcoholism.

    There are no greater more malicious haters then religious haters...

    Enough said...

  • re: a thought
    Feb. 23, 2010 12:22 p.m.

    how about just looking at this year or the past two years or the past three years or the past four years

    BYU has won 75 of its last 77 games in the Marriott Center.

    How does Utah compare?

  • to Anonymous | 10:21 a.m.
    Feb. 23, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    Oh boy that's rich! How old are you? "I'm not sorry, Mom! He was being annoying so of course I had to smack him!"

  • to all posters
    Feb. 23, 2010 12:09 p.m.

    GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Utah Man
    Feb. 23, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    byu: How many NCAA Tournament victories do you have since 1993?

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 23, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    "Certainly it can't be that hard to remember if you can go back to the nineteen eighties to remember your great football accomplishment."

    Come on now. I think we all have been witness to Zoobie logic. Zoobie logic ONLY incorporates the few decent accomplishments. Down years (including the 1 win season) are stripped from existence like pages from the bible.

  • Big Daddy Ute
    Feb. 23, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    I am a true Ute, but I am tired of Boylen's excuses. His team has not improved a bit. Perhaps my biggest disappointment was the NCAA tournament game against Arizona last year. Here we were a fifth seed, playing a good 12th seed, and we came out and played poorly. It is not the fact we lost, we didn't even seem like we cared. A Kyle Wittingham team would never do that. Let Kyle give the pre-game talk. Oh, by the way, you want to revive our program, hire Tommy Conner.

  • a thought
    Feb. 23, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    All of you YBU fans seem to really like to go back in history to tell us what you have accomplished. Why aren't going back just a few years in history to remember your three straight losining seasons in basketball? Certainly it can't be that hard to remember if you can go back to the nineteen eighties to remember your great football accomplishment.

  • LehiUte
    Feb. 23, 2010 10:42 a.m.

    I'm as disappointed as any other Ute fan in this year's team and the lack of progress, but I'm still proud to be a Ute, and always will be. The basketball program has an elite history and will get back to that status soon. I just don't know if our current coaching staff will be in place when that happens. Time will tell.

  • danburtreynolds
    Feb. 23, 2010 10:37 a.m.

    correction: get it down.

  • danburtreynolds
    Feb. 23, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    lavar +1

    I appreciate the candor of Boylen saying that it wouldn't be wrong question the lack of zone.

    I also appreciate his explanation. With the inexperience on the team, I agree with keeping it a little simpler until they get down.

    A Boylen believer and proud of it.

    Go Utes.

  • BlueCoug
    Feb. 23, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    The Huntsman Center is a more beautiful building than the Marriott Center, with that beautiful domed roof, but the circular configuration keeps the fans farther from the court.

    Smaller, by 8,000 seats, it's not nearly as loud nor as intimidating as the Marriott Center or the Spectrum.

    Still, the Utes won't be a pushover on Wednesday. If they play as well as they can, they're capable of beating the Cougars, especially if Marshall gets hot from 3PT range.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 23, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    9-12 posts are from, Utah haters.

    I have no problem with kewg talking smack. What I do have problem with is Kewg fan not owning the fact that there just as pathetic and irresponsible as their rivals.

    You can only complain about “beverages” be spilled on you when you have no reason to have “beverages” spilled on you.

  • Next tactic is "lie downs"
    Feb. 23, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    "...why didn't the Utes go to a zone defense? Boylen said he considered it but didn't because his team has been working hard on "cutouts" in its man-to-man defense and he didn't want to disrupt his team's progress."

    "Cutouts" = when the utah players stand around like cardboard cutouts and watch the other team score a bunch, take the lead, and win. Looks like Boylen's idea is working.

  • Both arenas
    Feb. 23, 2010 10:02 a.m.

    BYU and Utah - what's up with the low attendances ? In the Vranes/Ainge/Chambers/Roberts/Kite era, both of those places were always near capacity... I went to a game at BYU a year ago and there was perhaps 13,000 ??? Tickets cost too much ??? Basketball quality too low for too long ? UVSU stealing crowd as it's grown in size ???? What gives ???

  • 7 of the first 12 posts...
    Feb. 23, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    are negative posts from Cougar fans.

    Tell me, who is it that has the inferiority complex / little man syndrome / little brotheritis, what ever you wish to call it?

    It's pretty clear. Keep em' coming BYU fans...fun to laugh at. We'll let you enjoy your here and there years of being good.

  • Just doing our part
    Feb. 23, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    "Ironically, the arena has the lowest attendance average, at 8,759 since it opened in 1969-70...However, the Utes are almost certain to surpass that number with the Utah-BYU game coming up..."

    Big Brother helping out little brother once again. Hey yoot fans how are u doing back there riding our coattails? Hold on tight now.

  • laughalittle
    Feb. 23, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    Re: LaVar the Utah Cat. I would ask you to answer your own question. You assume that any negative comment about the Utes must (1)not only be from a BYU graduate but (2) a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints as well. Like there is no one else in the world that doesn’t care for the U. Is this how you learn to think and act at your church and school?

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Feb. 23, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    I wonder if they'll make the building an honorary team captain for the night. It can certainly score as many points as The Ten Foot Wall did in his last game.

  • Have to Celebrate Something
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:18 a.m.

    Why not the building?

  • LaVar the Utah Cat
    Feb. 23, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    Doesn't it amaze readers here, that there are so very many negative posts by Utah-haters (presumably BYU fans). I would ask them why it isn't sufficient to enjoy the remarkable season of BYU basketball? Why show yourselves to be petty and low class? It this how you learn to think and act at your church and school?

  • No team has
    Feb. 23, 2010 7:30 a.m.

    fallen as far and as hard as the utes. Cling to your ancient history.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 23, 2010 6:23 a.m.

    As a kid I had the chance to watch Larry Bird and Magic Johnson play in the NCAA Championship at the Huntsman - What a great memory!

  • hoopman
    Feb. 23, 2010 6:01 a.m.

    The Special Events Center is a great facility to watch games in and to play in...I have done both.

    The former poster touts the fact he has had season tickets for the "majority of the 40 years". Does that mean he has purchased season tickets for 21 of the 40 years?? WOW.

    Well, whether hosting MWC league games, NCAA tournament games, or high playoff games, the facility is a great one!!

    With BYU in town for the 40 year celebration, I imagine Boylen will seize the moment and be extra embarrassing...hopping around, running, wild eyed and confused.

    This year's team has definitely taken upon themselves the personality of the coach...erratic, ulta-emotional, inconsistent, and lost...

  • Utefan
    Feb. 23, 2010 4:18 a.m.

    Huntsman Center is one of the truly great basketball venues in the United States. Kept in pristine condition, one would hardly think that it is 40 years old! Great sight lines and with 100% chair seating a much much better place to watch basketball than that barn they call the Marriott Center down south.

  • If you can't celebrate...
    Feb. 23, 2010 2:54 a.m.

    on the floor, at least can celebrate the building.

  • with
    Feb. 23, 2010 12:32 a.m.

    yet another win. Utah has had 40 great years at the Special Events Center / Huntsman Center. What a shame the first post was that of a jealous cougar fan.

    Utah has been and will continue to be the king pin of college basketball in the state of Utah. No other program in the state comes close to the accomplishments the Utes of Utah have enjoyed.

    I've had the pleasure of having season tickets throughout the majority of the 40 years and have many fond memories in the remarkable facility that has hosted many NCAA Tournament games.

    An elite facility for one of the nations top 12 elite programs of all time. Go Utes!!

  • with
    Feb. 22, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    a loss.