Mike Sorensen: Utes should play SUU, not Oral Roberts, please

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  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 6, 2010 5:59 p.m.

    Already making excuses for the BSU beat down that is sure to come. Face it both Utah and the PAC are way overrated!

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    Wow, it´s not just FTs that hurt the utes.
    Go to Espn dot com and click on the utah basketball homepage.

    Do you see their ranking in assists per game?

    Are there even that many teams in NCAA basketball? Ouch!

    Cmon team, play like a team. That´s pretty embarassing for us fans, not to mention you players.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    I agree with most of you. But what about football. The Utes are playing Montana State next year. Why not play Weber, or SUU, and give thoses teams some money instead of Montana State.

  • moodyblue77 Provo, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 4:38 p.m.

    Gordon Gee proved to be pretty smart, didn't he? Ohio State is in a BCS game and BSU isn't.

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 4:21 p.m.

    Playing through a serious injury as Wynn has done is not tough of him, it's selfish. If he really was hurt, he should have yielded to Cain to give his team the best chance to win.

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    The Pac-10 is NOT a better basketball conference than the MWC. We all know that sporting games are about how one team matches up to another, so to say that the Pac10 is better because one team made it to the Sweet16 is garbage. The Pac10 has no undefeated teams to date and only two teams with fewer than two losses. The MWC has three undefeated (and ranked) teams with six of the nine teams with one or no losses. In conference record means nothing. This is the test:

    WLW %

    Kudos to the ACC for playing an extraordinarily hard out of conference schedule.

  • LVIS Providence, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    "(Gee) is smart enough to have been the president at five major universities, more than any other living American."

    Sounds to me like he just can't hold a job.

  • Mount Olympus Holladay, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 3:30 p.m.

    Re: Belgie

    The Pac-10 is better at basketball that the MWC. Even in a very down year last year, the Pac-10 still had a team (Washington) make the sweet 16. The MWC is lucky to have a team make the sweet 16. You'll see this year, UNLV, BYU, SDSU, and New Mexico are all playing well right now, but come tournament time they'd be lucky to win 1 tournament game.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Dec. 6, 2010 2:00 p.m.

    utah can't beat in-state rivals, they'd rather lose to out-of-state non-rivals: Oral Roberts, Southwestern Baptist State, Davis, et al.,

  • FromWA Olympia, WA
    Dec. 6, 2010 12:49 p.m.

    I think every fan of these programs would love to see a tourney of the state teams. Problem is that national interest isn't there, and national TV drives all deals these days.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    Mike, what happened to the idea from a couple of years ago that seemed to be supported by Chris Hill and Tom Holmoe to gather all the instate Division I college basketball teams for a December tournament at Engergy Solutions Arena while the Jazz are out of town on a long road trip? As I recall the reason put forth for not doing it was that Utah and BYU were in the same league and already played each other twice in a season. That reason no longer exists. And a separate TV deal could be struck maybe even with ESPN because the games are held on a neutral floor. Mike, please look into this and report on it. Thanks.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    The rest of the story: then Pres Gee said, "I should go to the medical school department and have my foot extricated from my mouth!" I laughed as hard as anytime in my life over that statement.

  • belgie Tualatin, OR
    Dec. 6, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    Utah's basketball schedule is not going to get more difficult next year in the PAC, and that's no reason to not schedule other Utah schools. Have you not been paying attention to the state of PAC10 basketball? Compare that with the MWC. If anything, the Utes (who look to have another dismal season this year) are happy to get out of Dodge.

  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 9:00 a.m.

    As Randy Hollis suggested, all the state of Utah basketball teams should meet at ESA for a seasonal tournament. USU, Utah, BYU, Weber, SUU, UVU and maybe even Westminster and Dixie should all play a three-day deal to save travel money and generate some local money. That would at least include the possibility of playing USU and BYU every year.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Dec. 6, 2010 7:24 a.m.

    I believe that Jordan Wynn is a tough nut who has an incredibly hard time admitting that he is hurt. I felt this was true in the Pitt game and that--if the coaches would have pulled him and put Terrance Cain in, the Utes would have soared in the second half. I'm thinking that just now are the coaches starting to understand that they will have to yank Jordan if they think he's hurt--because he's not letting on.

    Also--I agree that President Gee showed real wisdom and humor when he called one on himself. Tough for people in the spotlight to admit they blew one or that they shouldn't have even been asked in the first place.