Utes come up short at Butler, 81-69

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  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 9:37 p.m.

    One team has a good coach. The other has Coach K. Out coached, when the Utes should have won.

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 7:01 p.m.

    This was one of the best games I have seen this year, especially when Butler started to pull away and utah imploded. This game is what ute fans should expect the rest of the year. Too bad they will now have to play half of their games on the road.

  • thebig1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 6:08 p.m.

    come on Chris and Coach K don't schedule anyone you can't beat...I do think we have orchestrated K another 20 win season however

  • Jackie Treehorn St George, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 1:59 p.m.

    People really seem to be running wild with their broad brushes from one uneducated claim of Butler possessing "lesser talent". A statement like that deserves as much stock as one claiming a 2-possession game with two and a half minutes to go is "not as close as the scoreboard indicated".

  • Stringer Bell Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 1:15 p.m.

    Laxman: "Where was Collete? He totally disappeared."

    He’s been MIA this whole season. Something is “off" with him.

    Xert, what’s confusing about Coach K’s statement that either break out of the funk and get an edge to your playing, or else remain being just average? Pretty basic stuff there and he’s right on point.

  • Mr. Caveman Omaha, NE
    Dec. 6, 2017 12:13 p.m.

    Xert, that's better than one former coach who could only describe average play as 'the ball didn't go in the hoop.' At least he's admitting the team isn't that great.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 11:56 a.m.

    Thanks xert, I thought it was just me. Is he saying that they will break out and become "average?" That's worrisome if your a Ute fan.

  • CougarCat Tucson, AZ
    Dec. 6, 2017 10:43 a.m.

    I'm chuckling at the remarks about losing to teams with "lesser talent"....

    Butler's the school where Gordon Hayward played his college ball. Their former coach is now leading the Boston Celtics. As has been previously noted, Butler has a great hoops program, regularly gets invited into the NCAAs each spring and is a now a member of the Big East.

    On a related note, several of the "non-P5" conferences across the East and the Midwest have a lot of guys who can play. They put a lot of their stars into the NBA. Not a good idea to take them lightly - as I'm sure Coach Krystkowiak knows.

    Tonight BYU will face a team tonight with just about as much talent as Butler. I hope they don't take Illinois St. lightly either. The Redbirds are contenders in the Missouri Valley, a conference that's lately been rated equal to or better than the Pac-12 in b-ball. Unless the Cougs bring their A-game they run the risk of getting embarrassed at home.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 10:06 a.m.

    The game was not as close as the scoreboard indicated. What a poor showing for the conference.

  • sherlock holmes Roosevelt, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 10:02 a.m.

    The road is always a lonely place.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 9:43 a.m.

    CharlesB - Mt Prospect, IL, Don't mind the little ones dissing on Butler as a 'lesser talent'. They like to latch on to their conference slogan and pretend that they're also a team of champions. Their catch phrases of 'mid major' and 'P5' haven't landed them anywhere above lower-average yet, so conference banners all over town are all they really have to cling to. Anyone with any basketball smarts at all realizes that Butler isn't the 'lesser talent' when going up against the little red engine that thought it could.

  • Laxman taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 9:19 a.m.

    Where was Collete? He totally disappeared.

  • CharlesB Mt Prospect, IL
    Dec. 6, 2017 9:15 a.m.

    Frank Walters: "lesser talent"? Butler was comfortably ahead most of the game. Surely that had something to do with talent. And Butler is no longer a "mid-major." This is their fifth year in the "new" Big East, a conference that, incidentally, is consistently ranked higher than the Pac 12 in basketball. Oh, and Butler has been to the NCAA tournament 9 of the last 11 years, compared to the Utes' 3 of the last 11.

  • Frank Walters Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 8:39 a.m.

    We've got to pull it together against lesser talent, there's no reason for us to lose against a mid-major like this. I'm disappointed and hope we can get it going before we hit conference play.

  • DC Surfs Carlsbad, CA
    Dec. 6, 2017 8:33 a.m.

    As Seinfeld said often, "that's a shame".

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 8:21 a.m.

    This is about what I expected. We will be mid-PAC this year.

    Nothing extraordinary, but not a failure.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Dec. 6, 2017 7:35 a.m.

    If the Utes had made half their blown layups it would have been close.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Dec. 6, 2017 7:03 a.m.

    Disappointing; but not all that unexpected. I would rather Utah schedule teams like this and lose, then play schools I've never heard of. The Utah St. game will be interesting. Bounce back; Go Utes!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Dec. 6, 2017 7:02 a.m.

    “If we want to be average, which I don’t think any of us want to do, then we’ll break out of the funk and start, you know, paying attention and have a little bit more of an edge to us,” Krystkowiak said.

    That is the most confusing statement I’ve ever heard a coach make.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 5:19 a.m.

    Collette and Johnson were out of sync, so the Utes were pretty ineffective in the paint on both ends of the floor. I hope those two find their game soon.