Utah basketball: 'Resilient' Utes upset Stanford in final home game, 58-57

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  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    March 1, 2012 7:50 p.m.

    @cougintx how bout you go check the conference standings and see who's on top the conference and it aint cal. go do some research then come comment.

  • agb Layton, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    John in SLC:
    It was CO Ute that started the conference smack.

    And I don't need to resort to conference smack:

    Utah is proving it's capable of having losing seasons in whatever conference it plays in.

    10 of 11.



  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    Conference smack seems to be all the rage on the hill. Guess that's where you go when your team has a disappointing (bad) season. Take solace where you can find it.

    As for conference talk, I'll give credit where it is due. As far as basketball is concerned, UCLA makes the PAC 12 essentially a conference of champion...singular. UCLA brings 11 of the 15 NC in Bball to the table. They are/were an amazing program. Credit to the Wizard of Westwood. (Others are AZ in '97, and Cal in '59...go ahead and count the '40 something Utes and Stanford in the mix...although theirs were in the lesser NCAA tourney...see NIT circa war years)

    The current PAC 12 has only ONE team with multiple championships...with an s...plural. That happens to be fewer than the ACC, Big 10, SEC, and Big East. The Missouri Valley Conference has as many different teams winning national championships as does the PAC 12. Granted the PAC 12 overall has more...but thank UCLA.

    BTW...the WCC has more national BBall championships than does the Big 12.

    Ride whatever coattails get you where you want to go. Don't let actual individual season win/loss count for much. That's probably overrated...right?

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    "USF has two. Both more recent than the Utes 1944 National Championship."


    Which, despite Bill Russell's efforts in the mid-50's, is still FOURTEEN (14) less NCAA basketball titles won by present-day Pac-12 schools.

    Yeah, keep up that WCC conference smack. Even Duckie would have to LOL!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    Nice game Utes

  • agb Layton, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    CO Ute
    @byujoe - please remind me how many NCAA championships have come from the WCC?
    USF has two. Both more recent than the Utes 1944 National Championship.

    Feb. 26, 2012 6:45 p.m.

    Nothing like those so called experts, nobody has any idea what the Selection Committee is going to do on Selection Sunday. One thing is for sure there will be more than 1 PAC-12 team in there. They will not all of a sudden take a conference that has won championships and throw them to the curb. All you guys that think it's so, Just Not Going to Happen, 3 PAC-12 teams, 2 WCC, 3 MWC, that's how it is going to be.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Feb. 26, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    Warren Nolan says the Pac is a one bid conference at this point, while the WCC and MWC are 3 bid conferences.

    Just saying.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Feb. 26, 2012 1:36 p.m.


    This makes at least the second time you have predicted that the Pac-12 will only put one team into the NCAA Tournament. You might be right, but it's unlikely. You are letting your heart overrule reason.

    In the last 10 tourneys, the Pac-10 put 2 teams in the tourney once, 3 teams once, 4 teams three times, 5 teams once, and 6 teams 4 times.

    It's true that the Pac-12 is uncharacteristically weak this year in basketball, but that doesn't mean that it is a one-bid conference.

    I don't pretend to know how many teams from the Pac-12 will get an invite this year, but it is extremely unlikely that it will only be one.

    Wait - you'll see.

  • NW Coug Provo, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 1:32 p.m.

    Well done, Utah. Stepping up against a superior team down the home stretch for the season is a good thing for your program. I would be happy with that win if BYU was in that position so why shouldn't you be? Nice win in a tough season.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 26, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    "Who is the second team? PAC12 is a one bid conference, unless someone other than Cal wins the tourney. Cal is a lock, regardless of PAC12 tourney outcome. Anyone else has to win the PAC12 tourney to get an invite. I'm not trying to be critical, just factual."

    That would be Arizona.

    1) Cal is 23-6
    Their three non-con losses were to ranked teams: Mizzou and UNLV (both blow-outs) and SDSU in a one-point road defeat. Their marquee wins were against Weber St., Denver and to a much lesser degree Georgia.
    Conventional wisdom says they are probably in even without the tourney championship, barring losing their last two games vs Colorado and Stanford.

    2) Arizona 21-9
    They made it to 20+ wins despite a very good schedule. Losses to Gonzaga, at Florida in OT, and Mississippt St. Their two losses to Washigton hurt them most, IMO. Still finishing up with a win against the Sun Devils likely gets them into the tourney as a 11-12 seed. The last time they were a 12 seed, they went to the sweet-16, en route to beating my beloved Utes.

    3) Washinton 20-8
    Started slow but have improved as the course of the season has progressed. Two of their non-con losses came to great teams: Duke and Marquette, one came on the road in overtime vs Nevada. Their fourth was the "bad loss" (see also BYu vs USU) to South Dakota St which is 24-7. Quality wins lack, and they got blown out at Oregon. Finishing up with with wins at USC and UCLA would help, but conventional wisdom says they need to win the conf tourney or its the NIT.

    Thing is, is it very likely Cal and Arizona will be in and it wouldn't surprise me if another team like the Huskies or Buffaloes win the tourney. The Pac-12 will be a multi-bid conference.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 26, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    Despite being an alum of BYU and an avid Cougar fan I'm happy to see the Utes having served up this surprise win in the final week of thier Regular season. Even I don't enjoy seeing the Utes going through several season;s like they have been.

    Feb. 26, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    CougFaninTX, the second team is Washington. They're actually a more talented team than Cal, but inconsistency at the beginning of the season really hurt their image. I think they've put it together now, aside from a slight setback a few weeks ago at Oregon, and have what it takes to win a game or two in the NCAA tournament, it's just a matter of whether or not they can find a way to get in. ESPN's Eamonn Brennan said of last night's win at WSU:

    "The win keeps Washington on the right side of the bubble for now, but UW's marginal profile might not be able to survive a loss at either USC or UCLA going away."

    Tonight's Cal at Colorado game could be a big factor in UW's bubble status, since the Buffs are tough to beat in Boulder, and a Cal loss would put the Huskies in the conference lead.

    Thank you for the congratulations, though, much appreciated.

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    Congratulations, Utah! I do wish you well next year. I saw Loveridge play in the Great Western Shootout, and you're getting a great player. Good luck. I am impressed with Coach K, and do hope you come back to your winning ways.

  • chicagoborn WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    Glad we were finally able to close it out at home.
    @BYU Joe
    And don't you worry. We all know BYU is a men's volleyball school

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 26, 2012 8:04 a.m.

    Congrats Utes. First win against a team with a winning record. Honestly, I didn't think U had it in U. But again, Congrats! Hopefully U will start the rebuilding process next year.

    "The conference only has two good teams."

    Who is the second team? PAC12 is a one bid conference, unless someone other than Cal wins the tourney. Cal is a lock, regardless of PAC12 tourney outcome. Anyone else has to win the PAC12 tourney to get an invite. I'm not trying to be critical, just factual.

    Feb. 26, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    @byujoe - please remind me how many NCAA championships have come from the WCC? Also suggest you look at RPI, Sagarin, or any of the other credibile ranking services and will notice the PAC 12 is ahead of the WCC in every one. This is the worst year in a long time for PAC 12 BB and it is still a stronger conference than league affiliated with your school.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 26, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    This team has tons of heart but no talent. Sometimes heart is enough to make up for the lack of talent. Last night was one of those nights....congrats, boys.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 26, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    There goes any chance of Stanford's tree being seen at the NCAA Tournament.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 5:26 a.m.

    Six wins is five more than BYU had a few years back. And yes the Y recovered enough to make the sweet 16. I am sure there will be plenty of posts on here from negative people who will try and find some way and put the Utes down. Way to go Utah.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Feb. 26, 2012 3:49 a.m.

    Hey Joe...
    Nice win over them pesky Pilots! Oh yeah and the world famous SF Don's...and them Giant killers Pepperdone Waves...what a conference!!!

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 1:32 a.m.

    If a tree falls in the huntsman center but no one is there to hear it....

    Feb. 25, 2012 11:17 p.m.

    BYU Joe, I don't know what you were looking for in this game (other than hoping Utah would lose, obviously). The conference only has two good teams, and Stanford is definitely not one of them. Still a good accomplishment for this team considering the disastrous season leading up to tonight.

    Feb. 25, 2012 10:28 p.m.

    Oh, and for the attendance trolls, I brought my abacus this time. Counted 8,933 in attendance.

    Feb. 25, 2012 10:25 p.m.

    Wow the blind squirrel and lame found a nut. And the great and mighty Pac 12 proves to be even more impressive then it was just a few hours ago.

    Of course not to worry - Utah is a Football School.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 10:07 p.m.

    I'm happy the Utes got another win. What a great way for them to finish up their home schedule. Hopefully it will give them something to build upon for next year.

    This was a good win for a struggling team that is playing for nothing but pride.

    Looking forward to next year.

    Feb. 25, 2012 10:04 p.m.

    Such a fun game. Back and forth at the end. Stanford is a very good shooting team and made some clutch shots, but Hines, Wash and DJ responded very well. Pretty electric atmosphere, and some terrible second half officiating (zero fouls called through the first 15 minutes of the second half, are you kidding?) to keep them loud the whole time. Not positive, but pretty sure I saw old Cougar Luke Staley there. Interesting.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 9:17 p.m.

    Let's use this to jump start next year. Decent defense, just need some scorers.