Utah basketball: Utes head out on the road to face Washington, Washington State

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  • TroyTown Anaheim, CA
    Jan. 8, 2014 9:14 a.m.

    "Utes head out on the road to face Washington, Washington State"

    The Utes are winless on the road this season.

  • scott Alpine, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 10:02 p.m.


    "A Pepperdine team that many in the country don't realize even has a basketball team"

    Yes, hardly anybody has heard of Dennis Johnson or Doug Christy.

  • Solomon Levi Alpine, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 9:24 p.m.


    Ninth straight bowl season for BYU.
    Second straight bowl-less season for Utah.

    Time to dust off another shelf in your closet of fame for another sos trophy.

  • LoveTheKittens Central, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 1:50 p.m.

    How about that quality loss to Virginia (2-10)?
    Then 2 weeks later to the Utes (5-7)?
    The best wins: Texas @ 33, Gtech @ 37, USU @ 41...not much for the best schedule ever.

    BTW, it still is 0-4 vs Utah.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 7, 2014 10:46 a.m.


    "Dont' hear much about the loss to Wazzoo, Zona, OSU, etc etc. Those are bad teams."

    Wazzu went 6-6 in the regular season against what finished pre-bowl season as the #1 SOS in the nation, including doing something byu has never done--Beating USC and they did so in LA....It also included going down to Auburn and outplaying them in a game they should've won....It also included doing something byu hasn't done in a long, long time--Beating Arizona in Tucson, 1 week before they destroyed Oregon....Wazzu also played Washington significantly tougher than byu did and did so in a very, very hostile Husky Stadium!

    For the record, in spite of a fluke loss to Colorado State in their bowl game, Wazzu finished the season going 6-7 against the #5 SOS and finishing ranked #40 in the final Sagarin rankings, 5 spots below byu and 6 spots below The U....Arizona finished ranked #24 against the #31 SOS and Oregon State finished ranked #29 against the #18 SOS....byu finished ranked #35 against the #38 SOS....The U finished ranked #34 against the #3 SOS at 5-7!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Jan. 7, 2014 10:23 a.m.

    and Ute fans don't cherry pick reasons why the Utes are such a powerhouse? LOL right. How many times do we hear about 0-4 and the Stanford game? Dont' hear much about the loss to Wazzoo, Zona, OSU, etc etc. Those are bad teams.

    Jan. 7, 2014 10:23 a.m.

    "You mean Duke?"

    No, we want to hear about that "deep Tourney run" the Cougs are ready for now that they upset the might Toreros!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Jan. 7, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    @Magna Ute Fan
    You mean Duke? they are doing fine, tough loss to Notre Dame but won't lose to Wazzo I will guarantee that

  • LoveTheKittens Central, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 9:52 a.m.


    Here is a a football rating for ya, January 6, 2014
    Team Rating SOS
    Utah 34 (2 quintile) 3 (1 decile)
    BYU 35 (2 quintile) 38 (3 decile)


  • LoveTheKittens Central, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:49 a.m.


    I am sure glad that you can find (over and over) some rank/rating/poll that shows some school that was beaten handily (pick the sport) by Utah as being superior to to the winning team. aka, sour grapes. Maybe the problem is that you can't pick a winner? Can't wait for the ineveitable women gymnastics justifications.

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    Jan. 7, 2014 6:44 a.m.

    Ah, nice to see Dr. Tators back again with another discourse explaining how BYU is somehow better than Utah despite all on-court evidence to the contrary. Just like football. Well done professor!

  • UteTrog Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 6, 2014 6:20 p.m.

    Ute "fans" Uteology, Chris B, and the rest, Will you guys stop bugging on BYU fans? BYU is a respectable opponent. You make us all look bad.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 5:53 p.m.

    If BYU was in the PAC 12 they would win the conference since the WCC is a stronger conference and we win that every year.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 5:46 p.m.

    Don't sugar-coat it Jarka-rus. Tell us how you really feel? As long as you're here, won't you tell us what's going on with your team?

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Jan. 6, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    I watched the Huskies give Zona a tough time on the road, the uTes are going to get destroyed

  • whowhatwhy Shire, 00
    Jan. 6, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    I just came on here to talk some BBall and congratulate the U of U on a good game and looks like a very good team....and the first thing I see is a random attack no them????? AZUTE and any other U fan....I'm sorry you have to hear this! I'm not sure if it's Y fans or who....but really??????? Give them all the grief in the world about there OOC schedule...every U fan already knows it....but they are about to start a conference schedule that may be one of the toughest in the nation! And they are playing great? Are you just mad because you got completely beat down by them????

    Talking trash about a team that smoked you seems pretty unintelligent to me!!!!!

    Anyway, good luck U! I'm a huge Aggie fan but I am thinking I need to sneak down there a few times to watch some good teams!!

    Go Aggies!!! Go Utes!!!
    P.S. Has Y even won a conference game yet????

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 6, 2014 2:12 p.m.


    2) After the first 10 minutes of the Ute-BYU game, it was played pretty equally the rest of the way.


    Nope, the game was never "equal".

    It was a 14 point lead for Utah in the first 10 minutes.
    It was a 22 point lead for Utah with 1:46 left in the game.

    So Utah was +8 until garbage time when BYU cut the lead to 17 (+3 since the 10 min mark).

    Anything else you would like to SPIN?

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 6, 2014 1:42 p.m.

    OSU didn't have Moreland 'til their most recent road-trip. He's easily their 2nd best player, perhaps their best player by season's end.

    UW did get crushed by UC-Irvine earlier this season, yet they've significantly improved as of late, as clearly evidenced by their most recent road-trip.

    UO is widely considered by ALL national experts to be a legitimate contender in The PAC-12 race. Anybody stating otherwise is either biased/clearly doesn't comprehend College Basketball. In addition, UO had only played one neutral game against GU & one true road game at 'Ole Miss, prior to this last week. So, we're not the sole team to have played the vast majority of our games at home.

    Keep in mind, our OOC schedule this season was primarily put together 2 years ago as we suffered our proud/storied program's worst season in history. Furthermore, we attempted to put together a few tougher opponents in replacement, yet these deals fell through late. Both Coach LK/AD CH have stated unequivocally that this won't be the case going forward, as clearly evidenced by our already scheduled game against KU in K.C. next season!

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    Correction to my last comment...

    I meant to say that before Oregon's recent loss to Colorado, no other teams had come closer to beating the Ducks than both Utah and BYU did. Both local teams were impressive in taking Oregon to overtime... BYU at Oregon and Utah in SLC.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 1:22 p.m.

    @ Christopher B:

    Once again you spend more time talking about BYU (on an article only about Utah) than you do about the Utes. Unbelievable. I believe there is a medical term for that kind of obsessive disorder. Perhaps counseling can help.

    Though I'm happy for normal Ute fans and their team's success, you should consider a few things regarding your comment...

    1) BYU is still ranked higher than Utah in most national ranking services. And they aren't biased like fans posting here.
    2) After the first 10 minutes of the Ute-BYU game, it was played pretty equally the rest of the way.
    3) The only team both Utah and BYU play in common this year is Oregon. Both BYU and Utah recently played them equally well with both games decided in overtime. No one has come closer to beating Oregon than both Utah and BYU did. Give some credit where credit is due... to BOTH local teams.

    And please stop your practice of always ending your sports article comments with that silly "lol" thing. It really does seem quite childish and consequently makes it harder for others to take you as a serious commenter.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 6, 2014 1:03 p.m.


    U W has played better as of late. They are 9-6, but there last three loses were all to ranked teams. I haven't watched U W much this year, but did watch them lose, at home, to Cal Irvine. Coach Romar is a great recruiter, but not that good of a coach. IMO

    WSU is really struggling this year. No easy games in the PAC though, especially on the road. Your comments are generally spot on, and that's nice to see. Take care and have a good one Guy!

    Jan. 6, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    BeSmart, my fault I read your post wrong. Cheers!

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 6, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    @ StGtoSLC
    all I stated that Colorado was the only really good team.
    It was not detracting Colorado or the top 50 schools I just don't consider them really good. I think really good teams are top 20.
    Oregon is a good team and the Utes should have beaten them, but they are not great in my opinion. A mediocre BYU team took Oregon to OT in Eugene, that should not happen on their own court if they are really good.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    Utah's worst loss of the season is to a Boise team that went dancing last year.

    Of byu's many losses, I'm not sure which is worse:

    A Pepperdine team that many in the country don't realize even has a basketball team

    A lola Mary Community team that likewise surprises many they even field a team

    Rival Utah that has a horrible RPI that byu fans have been talking about, and not just losing, but being humiliated and totally dominated in all aspects

    Go Utes!

    byu's quest for march madness is over and the season isn't even halfway over.


    Jan. 6, 2014 12:05 p.m.

    BeSmart, Oregon's actually played several pretty good teams. Illinois and Georgetown are both top 50 teams, Ole Miss was a tourney team last year, and a close loss at CU isn't that bad considering they're a very good team and it's one of the toughest places to play in the country.

  • UteTrog Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 6, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    We split this series. Lose to Washington and beat Washington State. If we lose to Washington state, my prediction of an NIT birth would be questionable.


    I'm glad to see realistic analysis. Thank you for injecting a realistic approach to your comments. Oregon State is NOT that good of a team, inconsistent at best. beating them is not noteworthy. Utah is NIT bound unless they make a miracle run in the PAC tourney. But NIT is better than last year.

    Jan. 6, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    Spokane, UW did just spank the Devils in Wells Fargo Arena and then hung tough in the McKale Center. I think they'll end up being a tough game. If the Utes don't destroy Wazzu, though, especially if Davonte Lacy is still out, that would be a big disappointment.

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure this article is about Utah and Utah only. I didn't see one mention of BYU in it and am perplexed as to how articles on either team always elicits so many comments mentioning the other. Seems kinda juvenile.
    Both Utah and BYU looked very impressive in their last games and both now have their first conference wins. Let's let it go at that.

    The Utes... No doubt they've come a long way in the past 2 years. And this year has been surprisingly good. But I've never once in my life ever seen a team go this far into the season (nearing the halfway mark) with only a single road game. Almost weird. It will be interesting to see how Utah fares on their road games since that is definitely still a question mark.
    Hopefully, they will continue doing well.

    @ Down Under:

    Coaches don't schedule their games. That is the Athletic Director's responsibility. The coach may have had some limited input, but the schedule is still ultimately up the AD. Don't blame coach K. However, it might've been just what the Utes needed to jump-start things.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 6, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    I was just stating that it is quite ironic that a team's fans which is openly mock another garners more from national respect than the original team.
    I think Utah is a good team this year and have said that multiple times, but when people mock something they need to be intelligent concerning the matter or else it is funny to see when facts are placed before them.
    I am glad the Utes won, but Oregon State is a pathetic team (lost to Coppin State) and Oregon lost to Colorado which is the only really good team they have played. It is a long season.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 6, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    We'll see where our respective schools are at following conference play. As it stands, espn's bpi rankings have us at #45 and in The Tourney, w/bsu at #52/out and byu at #59/out.

    As it stands, in addition to playing against a highly ranked Oregon, we still have #1 Arizona twice, #15 Colorado twice, hovering just outside of the Top-25 UCLA twice, a respectable ASU w/Jahii Carson twice and respectable CAL/Stanford. UW is significantly improved from earlier this season and just got done destroying ASU on their homecourt, as well as taking Arizona down to the wire in Tucson. Not to mention OSU getting Moreland back just before playing at CU, losing by merely 6 points, which we handled w/ease!

    The disparity in strength between The PAC-12/the weak wcc is laughable. There's Gonzaga/SMC and then a bunch of patsies duking it out for 3rd-place! byu has already lost to LMU [Who?]/Pepperdine [Who?] LOL!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 6, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    The Washington schools are down this year; especially U Dub. Golden opportunity for Utah. You can't take anyone for granted though.


  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    The margin in the rankings you are so anxious to quote has closed significantly since the start of season. You might want to take that into consideration before you make additional comments.

    Down under
    StGtoSLC is right...you and Duckhunter have been completely non-existent since Coach K taught Rose how college basketball is played. Good to have you back with us.

    Critical road games coming up...get it done, Utes! Make some noise in our elite conference!!

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 6, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    The Utes should win both games this week, the Washington schools are not very good.
    It is pretty funny that BYU is mocked here, because they are out ranking both Utah and Boise with 7 losses.
    Now that is how much respect or lack thereof that Utah receives (so much for Pac-12 respect), 65th sagarin ranking and 68th pomeroy ranking top BYUs 44th ranking and 55th repectfully.
    Good luck to the Utes
    Boise is also ranked behind BYU.

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 7:59 a.m.

    Down Under,

    Yes, our out of conference was nothing but cupcakes like byu, except Boise

    And byu's conference schedule is nothing but cupcakes other than Gonzaga.

    Why is your conference schedule horrible?

    Why don't you join a big boy conference and then start playing big boy teams in conference play?

    Go Utes!
    Onward and Upward

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    We will destroy both the washingtons because are road record proves we are an awsome road team.

    Go Utes!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 5, 2014 11:42 p.m.


    We beat the respect out of your team.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 10:09 p.m.

    "It is no wonder that the utes cannot get any respect from the national pollsters."
    You must have missed the ESPN article over the weekend titled "Utes've come a long way, baby". National press attention leads to national respect. Coach has things headed in the right direction.

    Jan. 5, 2014 10:02 p.m.

    Aww, gone under came back to us. His and Duckhunter's prognostications have been sorely missed since December 14. I see we're back to whining about nonconference schedules... when nonconference has been over for a week.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 9:28 p.m.

    If the coach is so eager to get out on the road why did he schedule 13 of 14 at home? What a pacthethic schedule. It is no wonder that the utes cannot get any respect from the national pollsters. Go Huskies and WSU cougars.