Coach K is building the program right. I could not be happier having him in
charge of our program. I would not be surprised if Utah finished 3rd behind AZ
and UCLA and make the NCAA tournament. Utah has depth a true athletic guard and
a nucleus of defensive minded players. This team reminds me of a Majerus coached
team. I can't wait for the conference season to start.
Yes we are I agree with crow, I can see a top 4 finish in the
prestigious PAC 12 and the dance is a real possibility. Playing
teams like Katherine community and byu didn't us prepare for real teams in
the PAC 12, so we shall see. Go utes!
Has been exciting to see the eternal foe return to prominence. Makes for much
more interesting season. Besides their great guards they have such potential
among the tall timber. And the Y sure has fizzled and popped. Let's hope
the balloon still has some ability to hold air.
This team just isn't very good.
Nice to see a couple of the guys getting healthy before entering Pac-12 play. If
this team can remain healthy and committed to team defense and the extra pass,
well, the sky's the limit.
@byufanman - I assume you're talking about your team down south...
@ Chris B:If you claim BYU is not a "real team", then
because BYU beat Stanford at Stanford and also took Oregon into overtime on
their own court, then you are by extension claiming that the PAC12 is not a real
conference. BYU played and competed strongly with more nationally
ranked teams in the past 2 months than the Utes will over the next several
years. But the tight little crimson bubble you live in always keeps you from
actually seeing many such sport realities. I actually hope the Utes
are for real. But given their pre-conference mostly division II schedule that
was basically all played in the security of their own friendly home court,
it's almost impossible to make any objective assessments at this point. But it shouldn't take much longer before we will all know whether
the BYU game was a fluke and if the Utes are truly for real. Hitting the road
(though not happening yet again for another week) and finally playing a
significant number of division 1 teams will either verify or expose the Utes.
Again, I do hope they are actually for real... unlike a few of their
bubble enclosed fans.
@ Chris:I noticed you conveniently forgot to mention the only game
the Utes have played on the road so far this season (after a third of it has
been played)... a loss to Boise State. If the Utes can't beat a
middle Mountain West Conference team (the only one they scheduled)... a
conference you are always putting down as totally inferior to the PAC12... then
how can you realistically expect the Utes to compete in their own world-class
conference?Start thinking through your comments before continuing to
embarrass yourself with totally biased remarks.P.S. I definitely
remember you foreseeing a top 4 finish for the Ute football team in the
"prestigious" PAC12 (as you put it) just a few months ago. How well did
your vision work out in that case? And there was also your written
"guarantee" of a win in their final football game last month that then
turned to personal egg-on-face. Hopefully, you are starting to realize why
so many readers take your extremely biased comments with a grain of salt.
ObjectifiedDon't worry about Chris B. If Chris really
didn't think BYU was any good at all then he wouldn't bother
commenting on them in every post he writes.While BYU has their
issues, they're still a quality team and program. The truth is that Utah
and BYU have been very close to equals both this year and last year. That said, I'd be a little worried if I was a coug fan that Utah is
quickly making strides toward become the clear cut leader in the state of Utah
once again. I'm not too certain the Lone Peak College kids and all the
legacy Cougar kids in the world will be able to stop the momentum on the hill.
"Start thinking through your comments before continuing to embarrass
yourself with totally biased remarks."Wow! Look in the mirror,
oddmangreat comment, made me chuckleThis team is
obviously better and more talented than last years team. I think they could be
a 9-11 win team in the Pac-12. IF they pull that off, and a couple of
tournament wins that would put them in the 22-24 win category which might be
enough for a NCAA bid.Here's to staying healthy and making a
big splash this week against the Oregon schools.
@ JohnInSLC:I do look in the mirror before every sport comment I
post. That's what helps keep me from being anti-everything Utah in the same
way Chris B is anti-everything BYU. It also keeps me from making such outlandish
personal "guarantees" about the outcome of games before they're
ever played... the way Chris does, and which often causes him personal
embarrassment.. Am I a Ute fan? I am... except for when they are
playing either BYU or USU, the 2 alumni schools of my entire extended family.
And I never denigrate Utah in the same way and level that Chris does BYU (and
sometimes the way you do). I usually just try to correct erroneous posts about
BYU from overzealous Ute fans.Also, I ALWAYS want any college team
from our state to win whenever they play any team from out-of-state...
regardless of conference affiliation or lack thereof. Chris has never wanted BYU
to be victorious... ever!For those reasons, John, I see a totally
different kind of image than Chris B does when looking in the sports mirror. Go
back and check our posts over the past 6 months to see a distinct difference.
Tators,You lost a ton of credibility when a few days ago you said
Texas won the big 12 and would be playing in a bcs bowl. Still waiting on your
explanation of that one, so you understand why anything you say will be taken
with more than a grain of salt. Or remember when you promised me you
wouldn't post on sports articles for a week if Utah beat byu and then you
didn't fulfill your promise ?You are just jealous we owned byu
and are in a much better position than your precious cougars who got handled by
Mary Loyola community college!
Tators,We DID win our final football game, agains our rival no
less!Unlike byu. And how was the egg on the face when we
bet on the Utah byu game?Lol!At least you have
@Objectified:"But it shouldn't take much longer before we
will all know whether the BYU game was a fluke and if the Utes are truly for
real."With BYU losing back to back games at LMU and Pepperdine
to begin WCC play, I think we already know it wasn't a fluke. Utah may
have chosen to play a very soft preconference schedule but their SOS will become
respectable over the course of the next 18 PAC-12 games while BYU's weak
conference schedule will hurt their SOS and tournament hopes without a quality
win in the preseason. Utah is still a couple of years away from
where their program needs to be but the recent recruits will help keep Utah
competitive in the PAC-12 this year. If you watched the Utah vs. BYU game you
would know it wasn't a fluke. Utah has longer, more athletic wings and
more size inside as well. The biggest advantage Utah had was at PG. No it
wasn't a fluke and yes, Utah will probably finish in the middle of the
PAC-12 standings this year.Go Utes! Good luck Cougars.
UtesBy5: "With BYU losing back to back games at LMU and Pepperdine to begin
WCC play, I think we already know it wasn't a fluke."Nah,
cause those games were flukes, too. You're allowed up to 10 fluke games a
year, so BYU still has a few more to give up, and Utah might win 9 more cause
they only used one of their fluke games on BYU. That's the rules.
@ Chris B:My bad. I did make a mistake about Texas going to a BCS
bowl game... after they ended up doing much better than you and many others
thought they would do in their conference. But unlike you, I have no problem
admitting my mistakes.However, this one mistake (unlike most of your
unfulfilled game guarantees) won't cost me too much credibility. After always being a bad loser, you've just shown yourself to be an ever
worse winner.@ UtesBy5:You are right. Things are not
going so well in basketball for my Cougars. In fact, it's going
surprisingly bad. On the contrary, things are quite positive for the Utes. And
since I'm a big fan of coach Larry K., I hope they continue that way. In
fact, they may surprise some people sooner than many are predicting. But with
their extra soft schedule so far, it's a bit too early to make an accurate
determination as to just how good they really are right now. Hopefully, when their conference games start, they will do better than my
Cougar. The Utes are rising while my Cougars seem to be fading. I wish both
@ Chris B:You really should stop your gloating. It's totally
classless. Perhaps that's why other Ute fans on these posts keep dis-owning
you. And it's not hard to see why. All your petty little "lol"
inserts are actually childish. You should try following the positive
examples of a few other Ute fans... such as Seattle-Ute and UteBy5. They usually
show class whether the Ute teams win or lose. And I greatly respect them for it.
I've been waiting a long time for you to give me a reason to show you
some personal respect. Your posts on this article certainly didn't do it.
BTW: Finishing the football season with a losing record was not
considered a "win" by most Ute players and fans. Consequently, the
Colorado victory didn't leave a lot to cheer about.I was actually
pulling for Utah to get back to a bowl game this year in order to help represent
our state well. Having them, USU and BYU all go to bowl games would've been
great... as happened a few years ago. When was the last time
you've had a similar wish toward the Cougars?
@ StGtoSLC:Why are you trying so hard to put yourself in the same
negative category as Chris B with your silly little rules and such? Are you
going to also make game guarantees that you personally have no control over?
Chris still hasn't realized that is where the real egg on someone's
face comes from. A non-monetary bet won't cause it. But an unfulfilled
personal guarantee always does. Since you don't seem to own a
dictionary, let me explain. A fluke is a one-time event. And since BYU beat
Stanford on their home court and almost did the same to Oregon, not many
expected as good a showing from Utah as they did. Certainly not Las Vegas or any
other college sports ranking services. Maybe that BYU game was a fluke and
maybe it wasn't. But since Utah has played only one junior college team
since then, no one still knows... not even you or Chris B... though apparent
arrogance won't allow either of you to admit it. Since BYU has
been falling down on the job, I'm still hoping both USU and the Utes will
represent our state well.
Tator, some pretty holier than thou comments from someone who promised per our
wager that you wouldn't post on sports comments for a full week after a
Utah win over byu and them did not do as you promised. And yes,
it's funny knowing your "quest" for march madness is over !I sure hope you byu fans enjoyed your incredible success of the past
decade. It ended with a sink sweet 16 trip, 0 sweet 16 wins, 0 elite
eight trips, and 0 final fours. With how arrogant byu fans have been
the past decade you woul think they would have the most recent final four or
sweet 16 win But those belong to the Utah utes!Enjoy
west coast cupcake play. And now, byu IS the cucpake!Lol'
Tator,The funny thing about byu being on a downward spiral is that
even when you were at the "top" it was a single sweet 16 trip, and not a
single game beyond that. What an impressive accomplishment! You must be so
Tators, you don't appreciate sarcasm, I can see. My comment was in jest of
the handful of anti-Utah BYU fans that are beneath the level of ever saying
"good game," and deem any Utah win over BYU or any good team in anything
(other than gymnastics) a "fluke." I don't pretend to know what
"rules" these people base their definition of a fluke on, I just know
that they will never give credit where it's due, so I attempted some humor
@ Chris B:Just for the record, when I realized I didn't go an
entire week without posting after the Ute win, and since I wasn't even
aware you had taken me up on the bet, I then went from that point on for more
than an entire week without posting on any Ute article. Go back and check. I did
go to the effort to keep my end of the bet... once someone pointed out that you
had actually accepted it. Therefore, back-off from your soapbox. Arrogance is in the eyes of the beholder. You see more than really exists from
BYU fans. The only thing that actually bothers you is that BYU fans call you out
on your silly anti-BYU tirades. You come across as not being able to live
without them. The truth that seems to bother you so much is that BYU has owned
Utah in basketball, just like Utah has BYU in football. BTY: At
least BYU as been to the Sweet 16 in the past few years. Just how far back are
you going to try to make your point? Hint: It's been closer to
decades than just years for Utah.
Chris B,Why all the focus on BYU? You seem obsessed which is odd
because they aren't in our conference. Don't get me wrong, I'm a
huge Utah fan and have enjoyed many, many Utah vs. BYU football and basketball
games over the years. I've had season tickets for nearly 30 years to both
football and basketball and love my Utes.We can always find
arrogance and ignorance in both fan bases (see Duckhunter and Chris B as
examples). But the bottom line is, we have gone in different directions and can
now hope all schools do well except for when they play Utah or a PAC-12
school.Tators: Utah was in the Sweet 16 with Andrew Bogut 2004-2005
@TatorsWhy are you even responding back to Chris B? I am a big Utah
fan but I am emberrased for him and to be a Utah fan when he comments. If
everyone would ignore him, he will go away.I do not hate BYU, I have
a few buddies playing for the cougies and still support them. I don't like
a lot of things about BYU sports programs, and I think Utah is 10X better off
but still show them respect. Go UtesGo Cougs,Go Aggies