View from the Booth: Utes show signs of real progress

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  • Th Tooele, UT
    March 2, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    Great points by many. I don't have as much of an issue with the slower pace as I think they should have done it weeks ago. Utah does have some talent in O'Brien, and Clyburn. But we lack any post presence offensively, and a true point gaurd. Jiggy just doesn't do it for me. I think he's a turnover machine that throws up wild garbage at the basket.

    I don't get how Riles see's this. It took Boylen 25 games into the season to realize he couldnt run with anyone! Everyone loves up tempo games, but I would rather see wins. Under Majerus, Utah was a great defensive team and an average offensive team.

    I think under a different coach, Utah is close to a 20 win team this year. I'm considering the losses to Oral Roberts, Air Force(2), San Diego, Hawaii, Portland. You could even throw in SDSU at home that Utah couldn't close! Point is, Utah is losing to teams with much less talent and at home. Utah should never lose at home!

    Go Ute's.... Onto the future!

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    March 1, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    @ Mormon Ute and the rest... Are you kidding?!? 3 wins in a row against bottom dweller teams is NOT a sign of progress. And.. being encouraged about a 5th place finish is beyond my ability to understand. The sooner we show Boylen the door the better. There are plenty of coaches in college basketball who could take Boylens exact same team of players and turn them into a team that would battle for first place. Forget this 5th place garbage!!
    The Utes could have Jim Harrick in a heart beat. Regardless of what some of you nay Sayers think... He travels every week of the season to offer his coaching skills as a consultant to teams like North Carolina, UCLA, Boston College, Syracuse, just to name a few. Coach Harrick could step in immediately, as he is not contracted to any school right now.
    Let's just get back on the Winning track!!
    Go Utes!!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    Including this article I have now read or heard in person the opinions of several people who actuall attend the games and say Coach Boylen deserves another season at Utah. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Given the challenges Utah has faced this year, I think there is a good possibility he can keep things going in a positive direction.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    I appreciate your positive outlook Bill, and the Utes are playing a little better, but it's way too little too late.

    Utah is #337 in assists per game. During this current three game winning streak, the Utes had 7 assists vs Wyo, 10 assists vs NM, and 6 assists vs TCU, against two of the three worst teams in the MWC.

    That's less than 8 assists per game, which would rank the Utes DEAD LAST out of 346 Division I teams if projected out over the entire season.

    Central Michigan, #346 in assists, averages 8.6 assists per game.

    If that's what you call showing "signs of real progress," so be it, but what it's showing me is a team that has absolutely no offensive flow and a team that will get destroyed in the PAC 12 next year if signficant improvement isn't made.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Feb. 27, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    Positive spin Bill, but the Utes built their recent three game winning streak on a little luck and a lot of subpar competition.

    Just like the Utes 3-game winning streak a month ago came skittering to a halt against the Rams, the Utes' current winning streak will end at CSU and the Rebels will extend that to two straight Utah losses on Saturday.

    The good news for the Utes is they'll tie with AFA for 6th in the MWC, and by virtue of the Falcon's sweep of Utah, the Utes will be seeded 7th in the MWC tournamnet where their season will mercifully end with little drama against the Aztecs.

    The Boylen era will end with three straight losses and another losing season(13-18).

  • hedgelog Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 26, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    Give it a rest, riley! These guys are still a sows ear!

  • uteowl Sunnyvale, CA
    Feb. 26, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    I do believe in fairies, I do, I do, I do. I do believe in fairies, I do, I do, I do.

  • lynninsj south jordan, utah
    Feb. 26, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    Come on Riles. I understand you're the play by play guy for the Utes and work directly with Boylen often, but take off your crimson colored glasses. You call a win over a very poor Wyoming team, playing without two of their best players and with an interim coach, a last second prayer needed to beat a very underachieving New Mexico team and a 2 point win at home over a 1 conference win team in TCU progress? This team plays without any regard to the most basic skills seen with most decent teams like value the ball, turn overs, blocking out and communication on the floor. I,m trying to speak for many of my friends who simply no longer attend the games at the Huntsman Center and all of the thousands of other empty seats. Dr. Hill must make a change now! Utah has been invited to join one the most prestigous conferences in all of college sports. Now is the time for a fresh start and a new coach.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Feb. 26, 2011 6:29 a.m.

    Another fan complaining about 'boring' wins and less than exciting Ute basketball. I suppose compared to BYU basketball this season almost any program could be considered a 'letdown'.

    Enjoy the wins while you get them. The Utes are improving. Next season will bring different players, a new conference, etc.

  • The NIT Draper, UT
    Feb. 26, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    Bill: You have lost all touch with reality and objectivity. I guess I don't really expect you to be objective considering your job is to provide play by play for the team. If you saw ANY progress in the TCU game, you certainly saw a different game than I did. New Mexico was a nice - and very unexpected - win. But, let's be realistic, it took a top of the key banked 3 pointer at the buzzer to win it. What, to me, is even more frustrating and disappointing than the narrow HOME wins against celler dwelling teams like TCU is the B O R I N G style of play. The "walking it up the court, perimeter passing, lack of confidence in shooting" Utes is not what Mr. Boylen promised and it will not sell tickets. Something has to change before next year - real Division 1 athletes or a coach that can develop players.