Red-hot Utes keep on rolling, beat California in OT to advance to Pac-12 semis

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  • I'll call it Ogden, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:59 p.m.

    Confession time...

    I'm a Ute fan in despite of Chris B.

    Also, I’m a Cougar fan in despite of the Duck Hunter.


    Athletes & Alums from both institutions of higher learning

  • lwad PROVO, UT
    March 15, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    Never thought I'd hear myself say this, but WAY TO GO, YOU GUYS. Hope you get a bid and then knock off some kingpins. A BYU fan.

  • Elmer Fudd Sandy, Utah
    March 15, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    @ worf

    "The little train that could"!

    "PAC 12 not such a bumpy road as we thought, or the train found some high octane fuel".

    Yet, Utah keeps chugging along threw their Pac-12 tournament as a #10 seed with no signs of slowing down. The Cougies can't even handle a small speed bump (San Diego) which derailed their train and NCAA tournament hopes.

    Utah has shown resilience and a lot of heart!
    BYU has shown an epic flop!

    Be vewy, vewy, quiet; I'm hunting Ducks! Bwhahahaha

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 15, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    There you go. that sounds better. thanks.

    Go Utes.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 15, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    "The little train that could"!

    PAC 12 not such a bumpy road as we thought, or the train found some high octane fuel.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    March 15, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    Whatsnu - "From an avid BYU fan, congratulations Utes on your unbelievably extraordinary, electrifying win over California (at least as Bill Walton would describe it)."

    Walton does talk about every team that steps onto the MGM Grand court as if they're a reincarnation of the Dream Team, but he otherwise gives some interesting insight and commentary.

    Utah's landscape is spectacular and the Utes have played amazingly enough to win a couple of tourney games, so congratulations and good luck against the Ducks!

  • Duckhunted provo, UT
    March 15, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    Some classy comments from most BYU fans!!! To the one's that call the PAC12 pathetic....4-6 teams going to the NCAA Tournament I will take that type of pathetic conference...If the U loses to Oregon I know the trolls will be out. It's nice to know the classy, not trashy, BYU fans will be there too. That also goes for Utah fans too. I have gained some new respect for true Cougar fans!

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    March 15, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    Congratulations to the Utes and the classy Utah fans on a great run to end the season.

    Good luck against the Ducks!

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    March 15, 2013 11:43 a.m.


    "Rock - Sometimes a player has to transfer to a real conference to reach his potential."

    Typical, arrogant BYU-hating response.

    For lack of class, see mirror!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    March 15, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    Way to go Utes! Keep it rolling.

    SW - Utah has three wins against teams in the top 50 of the RPI. How many does byU have? That's right, they don't.

    Rock - Sometimes a player has to transfer to a real conference to reach his potential.

    To all the classier BYU fans - sorry about Chris B! The DN just keeps on printing him, just like they do your lil' dUcky!

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    March 15, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    @ nwcoug "This just shows how truly terrible the PAC 12 is"

    The WCC is soooo much stronger than the PAC 12, isn't it nwcoug.

  • Kosta Fesenko Chicken McNuggetville, UT
    March 15, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    Haven't seen Duckhunter on here yet. But, we could sure use his nickname tonight!

    March 15, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    What a run! Keep it going, guys.

    GO UTES!!!

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    March 15, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    Congratulations Utes on a great win! It's too bad you didn't play like this all season.

    Good luck against the Ducks!

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    March 15, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Who would have guessed that a WCC transfer would be the catalyst for resurrecting Utah's basketball program. Even teams playing in gyms with roll-out bleachers sometimes have extraordinary players.

    Congratulations Utes and good luck tonight against the Ducks!

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    March 15, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    Have to give a shout out to all the supportive BYU fans here. It's nice to read positive comments from our friends down South.

    On the flip side, worf, you need to lighten up and enjoy the ride!

    No matter what happens tonight, this team has unbelievable heart and should be proud of what they accomplished this season.

    GO UTES!!!

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    March 15, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    Gone fishin

    "I could be a Utah fan if not for Chris B."

    Chris B and his arrogant BYU-hating friends do make it hard to cheer for the Utes, but despite them, congratulations Utah on a great win. Utah may have finally found a little offense.

    Good luck against Oregon!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 15, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    @Gone fishin

    You, worf, and the rest that's clicking "like" on your comments can go fishing till this is over.
    Hopefully you'll be gone for a while!

    Go Utes!

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 15, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Nice job Utes! Good luck against the Quack Attack!

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    March 15, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    worf said:

    "What a pathetic conference!"

    Yeah tell us about it! The WCC might only get two teams in the big dance.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    Looks like Utah's rebuilding program is finally starting to show some progress. Congratulations Utah on a great win. Good luck tonight!

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    March 15, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    From an avid BYU fan and Utah alum, congratulations on a great win and gutsy performance!

    I'll never understand why teams don't foul when they're up by three with the clock winding down and the only chance the other team has is hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. California blew it when they didn't foul DuBois before he hit his game-tying shot.

    Utah may killed California's NCAA dreams. Good luck tonight against Oregon.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    March 15, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    exciting run for the Utes. Odds are still very much stacked against them to win the pac-12 tournament by winning 2 more.

    Utah's win over Cal is not going to have enough of an effect to help ASU get in.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    March 15, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    Man, bracket-busters are what's so fun about conference tournaments. Go Utes!

  • Gone fishin Murray, UT
    March 15, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    The Utes are playing good right now but they will still be left out of the big dance and also the littlier dance and will be watching the games on the couch, just like football.

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    March 15, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    From an avid BYU fan, congratulations Utes on your unbelievably extraordinary, electrifying win over California (at least as Bill Walton would describe it).

    Good luck tonight against the Ducks!

  • Gone fishin Murray, UT
    March 15, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    I could be a Utah fan if not for Chris B.

    March 15, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    CFIT: "Bad win for the conference. This win likely takes one more PAC12 team out of contention for the NCAA."

    Not likely. As per ESPN's Bubble Watch:

    "he Bears took a bit of a plummet after that aforementioned loss to Utah, ending the night in Lunardi's last four byes. The positive news is there is still a gap between them and the bubble abyss, they're done playing, and it would be a borderline miracle for them to be leapfrogged collectively in the next few days. So they're still a lock in BW's humble opinion."

    So really what it did was opened up the possibility of a 6th team making it, either in Utah, or if Utah doesn't win the final but goes to the final, their RPI may improve enough to lessen the impact of ASU's loss to Utah, moving ASU from the fringe of bubble extinction to the land of bubble hope. It may be a loooong two days before Selection Sunday.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    March 15, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    Congrats to the Utes!

    Keep it going!


  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    March 15, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Great win for the Utes! Now they just need to win out in their conference tournament and pick up one NCAA tournament win in order to finish the overall season with a .500 record or better. Can they do it?

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    March 15, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    I've learned not to bet against the Utes. I've been wearing around a red Ute hat for more than a week, from losing a bet on the first game that started this Ute 4-game winning streak. I've decided to keep wearing it until they lose.
    May this March-Madness continue. It keeps things in the sports world very interesting.

    March 15, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    Congrats Utes on a great win! Definitely playing much better ball than my Cougs at the end of the year. Keep the drive alive!

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:57 a.m.


    The PAC 12 may not be the best in basketball, but let's at least give the U some credit here. The program is on the right track.

    As a casual BYU fan, I can say California is better than most teams in our conference. Coach K is making progress. It will be nice to see the U get back to being a respected program and represent the state well.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    @Spokane Ute

    Leave him alone. He's hating life right now.

    Go Utes!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 15, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    @ Worf
    Yeah, only 4-5 team going to the NCAAs. Sheeeesh!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 15, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    What a pathetic conference!

  • Todd Christiansen's Thesaurus Ogden, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    The utes will get a 5 seed in the NCAA tournament regardless of what happens now. Next year, they'll go undefeated.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 15, 2013 8:29 a.m.


  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:16 a.m.


    Props to you and the other BYU fans with positive comments. Hop on and enjoy the ride!

    Go Utes!

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    March 15, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    Congrats guys. You could have folded your tent long ago but you have hung in there. My Coogs folded their tent at the wrong time while you guys are heating up. I know it is highly improbable but if you manage to win your tourney good for you!

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Tired year for Cougs...dang Utes have the last laugh again. GO BIG RED!!! I guarantee some Cougs will be watching and cheering!

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    Final four here we come again! Then next year we will be National Champs! Add that to the fact that we will win NC in football too. We are the champions of the world.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    4 more wins and we'll in the sweet 16!

    I told you we had the best chance of going dancing of anyone in the state.

    Oregon doesn't stand a chance. We will roll them. Again.

    Utah 72
    Oregon 64

    Mark it Down!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    March 15, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    @Hey Baby

    I was just thinking something similar. Coach K. is like Rick Majerus without the eccentric off-court (and sometimes on-court) behavior. He's certainly taken the program a long ways this season. Let's see if they can do it again with Oregon!

  • TexasGirlAUte Draper, UT
    March 15, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    I'm impressed by all the supportive BYU fans. It makes for a nice change. Thanks guys :)

    To my Utes: Good luck tonight, fellas! Congratulations on making it this far!!


  • That's A Good One Logan, UT
    March 15, 2013 7:33 a.m.

    Good job Utes. Congratulations. Good luck tonight.

    There, I said it.

  • BYUHOCKEY American Fork, UT
    March 15, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    Keep the dream alive! Way to go Utes manball team!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    March 15, 2013 7:19 a.m.

    Amazing run, Utes! From a diehard Cougar fan, I'm tickled to death to see the phenomenal transformation you've gone through. Absolutely amazing and beautiful to watch! Here's hoping you will win it all. I no longer doubt that you can after watching the highlights of your last few games.


    Must the cup be always half empty, or are you just so incapable of seeing things from a positive perspective? Rather than "This just shows how truly terrible the PAC 12 is", couldn't it be that it shows how good and very competitive their teams are?

    Maybe our cougs can learn something from the Utes this year as far as playing with heart and soul to the end. Or perhaps they did but just didn't have it in them this year.

    Well, good luck next year Cougs! And keep rolling Utes!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 15, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    Great win for the Utes! Congratulations!

    Bad win for the conference. This win likely takes one more PAC12 team out of contention for the NCAA.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    March 15, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    Great win, Utes! Keep it going!

  • Lionheart West Jordan, Ut
    March 15, 2013 6:49 a.m.

    From an avid BYU fan - Way to go Utes! It looks like you are peaking at the right time. Enjoy!

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    March 15, 2013 5:48 a.m.

    Fantastic! Hope their run continues well into the NCAA. Way to go! (From another Coug fan).

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    March 15, 2013 4:51 a.m.

    Win or lose tonight (Friday) night, or any night, this run of 4 straight wins hopefully shows that Larry Krystkowiak is getting Utah's men's basketball team use to winning. Congratulations! But, as always, in any competitive effort, one learns one can never rest on one's laurels. And concentration at the task at hand, and not the anticipated next task (i.e., game), is always paramount. Not just to give lip service to that concept. But to execute in the task at hand indeed.

    This hopefully continues to become the "first shall be last", but more importantly, "the last shall be first", if grit, determination, and yes, even a bit of lucky, or luck enhanced by adroit execution, continue to prevail!

  • Cougar Alumni Beaver, UT
    March 15, 2013 3:44 a.m.

    Congrats Utah on a good win.

    I have to swallow some crow pie and admit, you have the best basketball team in the state right now.

    Good Luck in the semi's

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    March 15, 2013 2:47 a.m.

    It's gotta be the White Sweater!!! Big Rick is watching over this programs recovery...One day at a time...

    There is no disappointment for or lose. We're playing on house money since the tourney started. As much as it would make my 2013 to make the championship game, it's a long shot...but, what if!!!

    Lots of freshman minutes logged last night.

    Go Utes!!!

    PS. Is it duck season in Utah? Or McAllen Texas? Missing a few regulars on this board...

  • GO_COUGARS! Provo, UT
    March 15, 2013 1:19 a.m.

    A lot of feet in a lot of mouths here in Provo

  • Glfklee Santa Fe, NM
    March 15, 2013 1:16 a.m.

    Great job Utes!! I love to root for a worthy underdog. Keep the run going!

    -From a Jimmer spoiled BYU fan and a WJHS alum . . .go Loveridge!!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 15, 2013 12:35 a.m.

    Felt like old times tonight, what an awesome game.
    Crazy to think that with as tough as things have seemed for Utah the last couple of seasons, they've still managed to beat every team in the conference at least once in that time span with the exception of Arizona and UCLA. If they can get by Oregon again, Utah will get a chance to whittle that down to one. Not bad considering Utah's in it's darkest days of the program - or should I say WERE in their darkest days.
    Love the continuing progress ... Go Utes!

  • canadiancougar624 Raymond, 00
    March 15, 2013 12:11 a.m.

    Hopefully they keep it rolling! It'd be hard to see no teams from Utah in the big dance this year!

    March 15, 2013 12:05 a.m.

    xert, good thing you'll get them on ESPN tomorrow.

  • nwcoug White Salmon, WA
    March 15, 2013 12:06 a.m.

    This just shows how truly terrible the PAC 12 is.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    March 14, 2013 11:58 p.m.

    What a game!

    J Love was clutch and JD was amazing. The Seniors deserve to go out with a bang. Hope Cedric Martin is OK.

    Look out Oregon or whoever they play.

    Go Utes!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    March 14, 2013 11:45 p.m.

    Although I only saw them 3 times on TV this season (Thank you pac 12 channel and direct tv) I love them.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    March 14, 2013 11:35 p.m.

    Nice job Utes! It has been a long time coming.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    March 14, 2013 11:18 p.m.

    Congratulations, Utes (from a BYU fan and Utah alumnus). Hope you go deep in the NCAA.