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Utah Utes men's basketball: Runnin' Utes outlast Buffaloes on day of Rick Majerus sweater unveiling

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  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    My advice: celebrate Saturday and Sunday, then come back Monday working as if it were a loss. Gotta find a way to score late in the game when the opposition's D tightens up. Nearly the 4th time this year they've given up a double-digit lead in the second half. 10-11 record should be 13-8 with wins over two NCAA bubble teams (CU will probably make it, BYU not as likely). But in spite of what might have been, I'll take the win today.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    Great rivalry win. This gives us 2 top 100 RPI wins, which is twice as many as any other team in the state!

    I love being in the Pac 12!

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 6:00 p.m.

    Nice win for the Running Utes. Although, they nearly choked it away. They started out great. They just have to learn to finish better.

    A win is a win. We'll take it.

    Go Utes!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    What do byu and Utah have in common:

    Both of our rivals are in the Prestigious Pac 12 conference

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 6:18 p.m.

    Thank goodness Utah managed to hold on. Letting another double digit lead slip away would have shattered any optimism left in this season. Lets go steal a couple W's in Oregon!

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 6:44 p.m.

    @Chris B
    Ha, I was at both those games. Colorado isn't a rivalry.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 7:06 p.m.

    @Noodle,

    We are in the Pac 12 now. You, Pepperdine, and San Francisco will have a great rivalry going forward. We'll be fighting the likes of USC, UCLA, and Colorado.

    Good luck in the WCC! It's a great "third tier" conference. First tiers are the BCS conferences.

    Second is the A10, Mountain West.

    WCC is third tier

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 7:29 p.m.

    Coach K is the one that lost the 22 point lead. His style of trying to run the clock out allowed Colorado back in the game. The Utes would pass up excellent shots (even an uncontested drive to the basket) in order to kick the ball out to the guards to kill more time. The clock would wind down leaving the Utes out of position to make a play. I understand the theory, but its not working. 22 point lead? Keep the gas pedal floored, Coach. That is not the time to sit one of your leading scorers for the rest of the game.

  • SCUte Rock Hill, SC
    Feb. 2, 2013 8:58 p.m.

    Was at the game to honor the greatest coach in Ute history. While I admire the job coach K has done so far - a loss today would have been all his. I have never seen a coach try so hard to lose a game and steal loss from the jaws of victory. Bachinsky and Olsen were playing tough the whole time they were in - Washburn proved himself to be the softest center ever at Utah, but he was in at the end and tried to give the game away - let's start playing for the future and let the tougher and younger bigs get some critical PT. By the way - did anyone miss Loveridge? Not me.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    Correction: Make that 3 bubble teams. With a good win at ASU today, I still don't see Washington as a tourney team, but I would expect them to soon be back on the Next Four Out list next to BYU.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    SCUte, why would you have not missed one of the best freshmen in the conference?

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Feb. 2, 2013 9:52 p.m.

    Since the Utes play a slow down style of game shouldn't they change their name from the Running Utes to something like the jogging Utes, Trotting Utes, Crawling Utes or whatever? Anyone else have a good suggestion.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Feb. 2, 2013 10:18 p.m.

    nice win for the Utes. Unless Colorado has a late slump, they are going to get into the NCAAs. That is definitely a great opportunity for the Utes to play in the Pac-12 and get so many chances for quality wins. But Chris B. was mistaken in that BYU also has 2 top 100 wins. BYU has 2 wins over Santa Clara which is about 85 in the rpi rankings. So Utah has more top 75 wins and more top 25 wins but the same amount of top 100 wins as byu has. Also in basketball this year I think the MWC is pretty equal to the Pac-12. But both are definitely better than the WCC.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 10:18 p.m.

    christina

    "Great rivalry win. This gives us 2 top 100 RPI wins, which is twice as many as any other team in the state!"

    LOL!

    Didn't think you cared about basketball anymore.

    Sorry to poor cold water on your delusional spin, but a closer inspection of reality reveals:

    RPI 1-50/51-100/101-150/151-200/201+
    BYU 0-4 / 2-2 / 3-0 / 6-0 / 5-0
    Utah 0-3 / 2-3 / 0-1 / 2-3 / 3-1

    You'll notice that all 6 of BYU's losses have come against Top 100 RPI teams, and while BYU and Utah are tied with two Top 100 RPI wins, Utah has FIVE losses to below 101 RPI teams.

    Net RPI result:

    #39 BYU
    #182 Utah

    "I love being in the Pac 12!"

    Yes, finishing with 2 or 3 conference wins every year is soooo exciting.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    @SportsFan - playing in high school gyms with 2,000 spectators must be really exciting for you, too.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 2, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    Chris B

    "We are in the Pac 12 now... We'll be fighting the likes of USC(9-13), UCLA(16-6), and Colorado(14-7).

    Fighting??? If being a punching bag for the rest of the conference is your definition of "fighting", knock yourself out.

    "Good luck in the WCC! It's a great "third tier" conference. First tiers are the BCS conferences."

    Now you're just making stuff up. There's no such thing as a "bcs" conference in basketball, and your "tiered" system is just plain goofy. The real conference power ratings shake out like this:

    Rank / Conf / Avg. Index
    1 B1G 61.86
    2 Big East 57.98
    3 MWC 56.19
    4 Big 12 55.35
    5 ACC 55.20
    6 PAC 12 53.72
    7 SEC 51.44
    8 A-10 50.39
    9 MVC 49.12
    10 WCC 48.26

    The MWC, PAC 12, and WCC are all ranked in the top third of the 32 NCAA D-1 conferences. The PAC 12's Average Index is actually much closer to the #10 WCC, than it is to the #1 B1G.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 2, 2013 10:57 p.m.

    imautefan

    "playing in high school gyms with 2,000 spectators must be really exciting for you..."

    You should know all about playing in front of 2,000 spectators, after all, you do that practically every night in the HC, despite the "reported" attendance.

    Besides, it's better to play in a high school-like gym, than to play like a high school team.

  • Down under Pullman, WA
    Feb. 2, 2013 11:04 p.m.

    Crissy,
    Utah is no longer a rival of BYU, just an in-state punching bag. Utah is also not a rival of anyone in the mighty pac 10.2. When you are a cellar dweller no one considers you a rival.
    How in the world does Utah have a 20 point lead in the 2nd half and only win by 3, at home? That's a laugher. Enjoy March Madness on the couch again, just like football. By the way BYU is also ranked #1 in volleyball. It's great to be a BYU fan right now.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 11:25 p.m.

    The Utes played a great game today. They fought hard and hustled for lose balls all of which they hadn't done the two previous games. I would love to see this Utah team play with that type of effort on a consistent basis. If they can do it, they might win a couple more games but even if hey don't win, it should keep them from getting blown out. Those blow out losses are tough for young kids to overcome. This team can use as many confidence building moments as it can get.

    It was also great to see them honor coach Majerus by retiring his sweater. Very cool to see VanHorn and Andre Miller back up on he hill along with some of the other great players during Rick's time at the U. Majerus list of accomplishments at the U are amazing.

    I'm not sure the Utes can ever get back to that level of play Majerus set the bar very high. I do believe that coach K is doing a good job with rebuilding the program. This team still needs some work, but hopefully wins like today shows them its possible.

    Go Utes!

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 12:52 a.m.

    Glad to see this article didn't include the "Runnin'" Utes moniker.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 12:59 a.m.

    Uteanymous, it's obvious you haven't seen any of Utah's games or how they were actually attended this year. Even the games in inclement weather have been much better attended than almost any game last season. I have no problem with responses to trolling comments, but when it's even further from the truth than the original comment... it's time to grow up.

  • John Wicks Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 5:39 a.m.

    Larry K. tried running the clock out with 10 minutes left in the game. He should be fired and replaced by Tommy C.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 3, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    2,000 seat high school gyms?? ha. ha.

    Average attendance at Cougar volleyball games is more than "jogging utes" basketball attendance. must be fun watching your team score 50 every night.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    Chris,

    This is a story about Utah basketball. Why do you always have to let your obsession with BYU interfer with Utah stories. The win for Utah yesterday is far more important than reading the barbs you toss at BYU.

    Please keep your comments on topic. This was a Utah win. No BYU talk necessary!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    @ Tom in CA

    That is incorrect.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 3, 2013 10:40 p.m.

    What - the 2,000 seat high school gyms??

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 11:40 p.m.

    Most 4A and 5A high school gyms seat 2000+

    Utah basketball draws far more than BYU volleyball.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    Regardless of how you slice it, 4,000 EMPTY seats (10,977 official attendance) at the Huntsman for Utah's tribute to the greatest basketball coach in the Utes' history and a home game against Utah's new "rival" is embarrassing.

    On the same night at approximately the same time, BYU had 17,228 fans for Santa Clara.

    Utah fans are all talk when it comes to attendance.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    @ CordonBleu

    I doubt there are many teams that could pull 11,000 to a games after having the kind of decade Utah has had and especially after last season.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 4, 2013 6:20 p.m.

    2fer

    "I doubt there are many teams that could pull 11,000 to a games after having the kind of decade Utah has had and especially after last season."

    BYU averaged 16,895 during BYU's 1-25 season in 1997 and 12,207 during the following season. During BYU's last losing season, in 2005, BYU averaged 10,633, the lowest average attendance since the Marriott Center opened in 1972.

    Utah's 10,977 official attendance for Rick Majerus tribute night barely exceeded (by 344) the worst average attendance for an entire season in Marriott Center history.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 11:48 p.m.

    @ Uteanymous

    I'm skeptical about those numbers. You have a link I could find to verify them?

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    I'll take that as a no.