Runnin' Utes basketball: Utah will open practice to the public before Saturday's football game

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    There will probably be tens of people that attend this.

    Oct. 11, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    CFiT, all of the offensive firepower we lost last year was unproven before last year. Who's to say that the incoming talent isn't equal to or greater than the previous year's?

    Brandon Taylor will be stronger and more experienced, Loveridge is lighter, faster, and more versatile with more depth at the 4 to let him play more at the 3, where he's projected to have the most impact. Dakarai Tucker is a solid role player, especially defensively (though admittedly probably not as good as Cedric Martin was, though he may get there eventually). J.O. is a very efficient low post scorer. He'll need to prove he can produce with more than 15 minutes per game, but he certainly has the potential. From what I've heard, Delon Wright can easily produce as Dubois did, with more versatility and better size, strength and speed. The other newcomers are virtual unknowns, though Van Dyke is a knockdown shooter and has a high basketball IQ.

    I understand your projection, but I do think you're underestimating their potential.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 10, 2013 11:12 p.m.

    I should change my moniker so I don't have to qualify my comments by saying the Utes really are my third favorite team. I'm not a rival hater like some.

    But I am objective, and I think the Utes are going to struggle even more than last year. U lost a lot of offensive fire power. A very weak non-conference schedule, with only two decent opponents will get a lot of people excited, but reality will hit in January.

    However, I do think this will be Krystkowiak's first real re-building year. He's just tried to recruit and maintain a team up to this point. Hopefully fans and administrators will give him a couple more years as he struggles to reach .500.