Utes excited for opportunity to play in NIT for first time since 2001

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  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    March 19, 2014 4:57 p.m.

    How about the Gaels? Tough loss for the Utes against a higher seeded team from the WCC in a "high school gym"!!! Guess Utah was not as excited to be in the NIT as was stated on an article in the DN!!!

    Go Cougs beat the Ducks!!!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    March 19, 2014 1:31 p.m.

    so is the NIT now some prestigious bball tournament that everyone wants to be in? huh Ute fans?

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 18, 2014 8:18 p.m.


    Such a nice retort to my Chris B imitation. I'll watch the game tonight and in all honesty it really doesn't make a difference to me who wins.

    If the Utes win it will finally mean they've turned a little more towards success. I have no qualms in recognizing improvement. Good grief it surely didn't take a lot to go up from these past few seasons. But winning against St. Mary's would be something to tip a hat to.

    On the other side of the coin if we have a win for St. Mary's this would just be another humiliation for the Utes... playing in a high school gym, losing to a WCC conference opponent, losing in the first round in the NIT and so forth.

    You get the picture I'm sure.

    Who ever wins I'll be smiling either way but if I get a good laugh tonight... you'll understand by all the comments come tomorrow.

    It's all in good fun... it's a rivalry.

    And yes I enjoy BYU's football schedule each year... I'm sure you enjoy the holidays too.

    Go Gaels!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 18, 2014 7:49 p.m.


    And yet BYU is in the NCAA, and the committee chairman said they were "comfortably in" and utah is playing on the road in the nit to a team from a conference you disparage. Go figure huh?

    March 18, 2014 6:46 p.m.

    Brio: "That's probably why BYU is rated as the better team by literally all national rating services."

    False. Ken Pomeroy: Utah 36, BYU 50; ESPN Basketball Power Index: Utah 34, BYU 42; Massey: Utah 47, BYU 50; Sagarin: BYU 42 (83.39 rating), Utah 43 (83.38 rating). The only system with any real disparity in BYU's favor is the antiquated RPI, which has historically a lower rate of predicting winners than the BPI or Sagarin. "Literally all" is not even close to the same thing as 40%.

    And to your football point, Utah ended the season rated higher than BYU, despite having a losing season while BYU had a winning season. Was definitely not a successful season for Utah (I'll let you determine your own definition of "success", as you did "literally all"), but at least I have facts that I didn't make up to back up my opinion that Utah was indeed a better team than BYU.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 18, 2014 6:30 p.m.


    Stop with the selective pregame spin. I hope the Utes win, but your constant excuses, just make it easier for BYU fans to have it come back to bite you. BYU might have taken Utah to the woodshed in the MC, so what? If Utah loses to a team BYU swept, I expect you to come back and give analysis.

    Worst case scenario is for Utah to lose tonight in a HS gym to a team BYU swept exposed on ESPN2. Welcome to the big leagues of the PAC.

    Give it a rest bro. They win, cool, they lose, BYU fans will have a field day with the loss.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 18, 2014 6:19 p.m.

    "Krystkowiak acknowledged there was some disappointment at getting a No. 5 seed for the NIT"

    Dude, it is a problem YOU created by scheduling the weak preseason you did! Stop whining and get a stronger schedule, and go whip St. Mary's.

    I think "most" of the comments on this board are pretty classy. I would like to see more of it. As much as I dislike most of the fan-hate shtick, I wish the Utes the best, and regardless of conference affiliation, I wish the Utes a victory, and bring home the W tonight. I'm proud the Utes are back!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 18, 2014 5:46 p.m.

    If I was to say I don't care that BYU lost the game this season to utah then I would be lying, I care. But at the same time if you asked me would I have preferred BYU beat utah then gone to the nit, or would I prefer BYU loses to utah but goes to the NCAA......well let's just say I like the way things turned out this season and I'd be willing to live with it that way every season if I had to. Fortunately BYU beats utah most seasons, in fact this is the first time utah has won in 7 tries, and then BYU still goes to the NCAA while utah goes to the lowly nit for their first post season appearance in more than half a decade. Yea I'll take what I got as a fan this year.

  • Alpine alum Alpine, UT
    March 18, 2014 5:40 p.m.

    We shall see.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 18, 2014 4:23 p.m.

    The goal for Utah was to rebuild the program this year, mission accomplished.

    The NIT bid is a major step up for the program, it is not a slight as BYU fans continue to mock. Which ironically is where they were last year.

    Utah's 2013 OOC schedule wasn't created to compete for a NCAA bid.
    Just like BYU's 2014 football schedule wasn't created to compete for a Playoff bid.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 18, 2014 4:15 p.m.


    Utah did beat BYU in the Huntsman Center, and almost beat Arizona. But away from home, Arizona completely befuddled and embarrassed them, and BYU would probably take them to the woodshed.


    Actually, Utah completely befuddled and embarrassed BYU by running BYU off the court in less than 5 minutes of play. With less than 2 minutes left in the game and up 22 points Utah showed mercy and stopped playing.

    Utah was taken to woodshed by only TWO teams both on the road: RPI #4 Arizona and #14 UCLA.

    Against teams like #31 Colorado, #40 Stanford, #44 ASU we were able to compete on the road, in fact they just "squeaked" by against Utah.

    So would #32 BYU take Utah to the woodshed at the MC? Highly unlikely, a close game either way.

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    March 18, 2014 3:03 p.m.

    Brio, Arizona certainly embarassed and befuddled the Utes at the MGM arena, but in Tucson, the game was very close until the closing minutes.

    I like the Utes chances against Saint Mary's. They are a very disciplined team, but if the Utes can get the ball inside and play solid defense they should come out the victor.

    Good luck Utes. I hope you can keep the season going and continue to get in much needed practice and added experience.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    March 18, 2014 2:01 p.m.

    @ Mormon Ute:

    Actually, Brio's statement was probably quite realistic. BYU is about as dominant in the Marriott Center as Utah is in the Huntsman Center. And considering how competitively BYU played (and sometimes beat) ranked teams (considered much better than Utah) when they played in Provo, there's truly not much doubt the Cougars would've won going away if Utah would've played BYU there. Very similar to what Utah did to BYU in SLC. Both teams are very dominant at home.
    So yes, it was a very realistic assessment.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 18, 2014 1:45 p.m.


    Just to slightly correct your facts. The Utes didn't get dominated by very many teams even on the road so I don't think your assessment is accurate. Yes, the number 4 team in the country did dominate them on a nuetral court, but in most of the Ute's conference games they were competitive. That includes road games. So to say BYU would have taken the Utes to the wood shed in Provo isn't very realistic.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    March 18, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    Very few people dispute that Utah is a very good team... at home. But on the road, that's often a completely different story. They often don't seem to be the same team.

    Utah did beat BYU in the Huntsman Center, and almost beat Arizona. But away from home, Arizona completely befuddled and embarrassed them, and BYU would probably take them to the woodshed. That's probably why BYU is rated as the better team by literally all national rating services.

    The team Utah and BYU played in common on the road, Stanford, indicates that very point. BYU beat Stanford at Stanford while Utah couldn't get the job done.

    So once again, like in football, Utah fans hang their hat on the single and only nail they've got... that single game against BYU, and try to extrapolate too much from it. However, national pundits aren't buying into it. That's why BYU is going dancing while Utah earned a chance to sit by a window and watch... quite similar to what happened during the football season.

    Facts don't lie, especially when open enough to look at the bigger picture, which some people obviously are not.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 18, 2014 11:10 a.m.

    This is a great opportunity for the Runnin Utes to gain some tournament experience which is very valuable for this young team going forward. The benefits of this will carry forward for several years.

    Go Utes!

  • Big Sky Fan Ogden, UT
    March 18, 2014 11:08 a.m.

    Memo To the Utah "Pac 12" utes;

    Next year don't be afraid to schedule Weber State in the preseason, it will help your RPI and you can ask them about their experience of making the Big Dance "in case" you just happen to make it next year.

  • utah_man St. George, UT
    March 18, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    Let's win this whole thing and prove to everyone that we're the 69th best team in the country!!!

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    March 18, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    Since it is better then almost all of our WAC and MWC schedules, Yes I do like our up coming football schedule and if the team can cut out or down the injuries especially to the secondary then they could have a very nice run!!! And we the fans will get to see most if not all the games on TV!!! Which we could not do in the WAC or MWC!!!

    Go Cougs beat the Ducks!!! Rise Up!!!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 18, 2014 10:56 a.m.

    If the game was played at the HC then Utah most likely would won by double digits.

    #60 SMC is as good as #62 California, it's good road test.. We have a great chance of winning tonight even if Loveridge struggles again, just like we did at Cal, in a close game

    After starting off 0-6 (0-5 in PAC-12) on the road, to teams like #218 WSU, #101 Washington, and #82 Boise State, Utah finished 3-3 in 2nd half of the season on the road.

    IMO that's called improvement considering the wins were against similar teams we were losing to in the start of the season: #170 USC, #101 Washington, #62 Cal.

    For a comparison BYU is 1-2 (33%) vs PAC-12 on the road, Utah is 3-8 (27%).

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    March 18, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    Spokane Ute,
    You make some valid arguments but you could exchange Utah for BYU in most and it would fit! BYU had interest from the Big East but we see what happened there as it imploded and the Big12 wanted BYU to give up TV rights like the MWC did to BYU so it was not the right fit either!!! BYU/Utah is a great rivalry just some fans on both sides inject too much hate into it which is a shame because the two schools were cut from the same bolt of cloth by the same men!!! Good Luck to all the Utah schools in post season!!!

    Go BYU beat the Ducks!!! Rise Up!!!

  • yabuts Springville, utah
    March 18, 2014 10:26 a.m.


    I bet you also love your upcoming football schedule...

  • Big Sky Fan Ogden, UT
    March 18, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    BYU= Big Dance
    Weber state= Big Dance

    U of U= NIT

    My, my, the planets are all in alignment. This is one great day for this fan.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 18, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    Utes win one game in the past fifteen, and it's a slaughter?--It happens!

    Arizona brought reality.

    The better team is at the dance.

  • utesgoingdownthehill Salt Lake City , UT
    March 18, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    I hope Utah wins this one big just shut the mouth of byu trolls.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    March 18, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    I love how the BYU fans talk about our "crimson colored glasses" when they seem to see everything through "royal blue colored glasses"!

    Let's throw out the records, the RPIs, the SOS, etc. and look at the one head to head competition this season: 84 - 61. And that is a FACT no matter what color of glasses we are all wearing.

  • Flyer St. George, UT
    March 18, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    Winning the battle doesn't always mean you win the war. Ute fans love to point to the drubbing they administered to the Cougs as a sign that their team is better. For one game they were. Three words describe what this really is all about: Body of Work. BYU did what Utah couldn't/didn't do. They beat Stanford at Stanford. They had a meaningful, tough, pre-season schedule. They beat some good teams during this pre-season schedule. They were never blown out by the great teams they played, and in fact had a real chance to beat some of the best teams in the country. The old bigger brother down South rears it's envious head again.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 18, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    I look forward to the game. Pretty good matchup. Considering where the Utes were two years ago, the NIT is good thing. BYU fans are having trouble dealing with this and I'm not sure why? I mean the polls say there better, even though the score board say otherwise. I guess you have to grasp for moral victories when ever possible. Especially considering you got slaughtered, on the court, by the team you are comparing yours too.

    Go Utes Go!

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    March 18, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    Even though we are none and done in the ncaa tournamant we will be more than one and done in NIT because we will win all our teams and win the NIT national champions!

    Go Utes!

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 18, 2014 5:29 a.m.

    I love my WCC membership!

    Go Gaels!

  • Trevvor Sandy, UT
    March 17, 2014 11:57 p.m.

    Away game? So the utes got a little too excited and premature when they sent out an email to season ticket holders saying there would be a postseason home game?