Utah basketball: Utes looking to combine positives as Pac-12 play continues

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  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    Re: PacMan "BYU and Coach Rose have established themselves as an NCAA tournament worthy competitor."

    When was that? BYU and Coach Rose couldn't even be significant in the tournament with the Jimmer and you know how often a talent like that comes along. Make an Elite Eight or Final Four and then you can boast.

    Coach K has the team is on the move and that movement is upward. However, they do need to start winning some road games and hopefully that begins tonight .

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 11:48 p.m.

    PAC man

    "BYU and Coach Rose have established themselves as an NCAA tournament worthy competitor."

    By getting blown out by Utah and then losing to LMU and Pepperdine? Or did they do it by being an early exit from the tournament 16 of the past 17 times they got in?

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 6:15 p.m.

    Here we go again... back to those silly "LOL" insertions again.

    And all the kids on both sides with their "My daddy can beat your daddy" mentality.

    What's so hard about hoping that all the local teams do well and consequently represent our state well. There will be room for all the locals in post-season play if they do well enough. I hope they all do.

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Jan. 7, 2014 3:50 p.m.


    "RPI is only used to determine which of the bubble teams should get in"

    Do you honestly think the Utes even have a prayer of being a bubble team?

    BYU and Coach Rose have established themselves as an NCAA tournament worthy competitor.

    Utah and Coach k have no such national cachet - Majerus's program died almost a decade ago.

  • sportyguy sandy, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 11:13 a.m.


    Sub 40 if they don't qualify for consideration.

    There is nobody except those living in fantasy land that would look at the two teams records and head to head play and say that the team with the worse record and a 17 point beat down head to head is the better team.

  • sportyguy sandy, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    @Pac Man,

    RPI is basically a reflection of SoS. RPI is only used to determine which of the bubble teams should get in, it isn't used to determine the rest of the field in the NCAA tournament.

    In other words, it won't matter if BYU is sitting at 18 wins with an RPI of

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:56 a.m.


    Current RPI rankings show byu "better" than duke, lousiville, and North Carolina.


    Keep telling yourself RPI means something so early in the season.

  • UU Provo, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    PAC Man,

    Current BPI rankings
    Utah 43
    BYU 57

    Current scoreboard
    Utah 81
    BYU 64

    Thanks for stopping by to visit another Ute thread. Your obsession with all things Utah is amusing.

  • 81Ute Central, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    Hopefully there will be toughness and maturity on the road, both of these games are winnable (not easy).

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:23 a.m.


    stop trying to stir the pot. You know as well as I do, that Utah can earn an at large bid. Their RPI will climb as they continue their Pac-12 schedule.

    Obviously Utah has to win games, and show they can win some on the road while holding serve on their home court. If Utah ends up going 11-7 with a few key wins, especially down the stretch, and 1 or 2 in the Pac-12 tourney they will get to the NCAA.

    Now, that's a big IF, the Utes have to show that not only can they compete with the top teams in the Pac-12, they have to knock some of them off. If they do, they are dancing, if not, it'll be the NIT.

    Go UTES!!

    BTW, since you brought it up, on real time RPI BYU's RPI has already fallen to 39, just 3 games into the WCC schedule.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 7, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    Oh, for a two for two road trip to the state of Washington. I'll take one and be happy, but I think this team could be hot at moment and nasty it up enough for a sweep. I would be in hog heaven if Direct TV carried the Pac 12 network. Till then, Bill and Jimmy on the radio will suffice just fine.

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Jan. 6, 2014 11:32 p.m.

    "Our quest for march madness is very much alive."


    Current RPI Rankings
    #26 BYU
    #139 Utah

    With one of the country's worst pre-season schedules, 40% of the season, the Utes forfeited any chance of getting an at-large bid to the Big Dance and the Utes have absolutely no chance of winning the PAC tourney to get the PAC's auto bid.

    The best the Utes can hope for is an NIT bid.

    Current RPI Rankings
    #26 BYU
    #139 Utah

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 9:24 p.m.

    Love this team and coach K

    Best team in Utah by far. Our quest for march madness is very much alive.

    Go utes!
    Go PAC 12