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Utah basketball: Utes come up short on the road — again

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    Tough game, another close loss against a very good team.

    Especially tough losing to our rivals. At least we have another rivalry game later this year!

    Still proud of the Utes, the best team in the state of Utah.

    Go UTES!
    Go Pac 12!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    The Buffs aren't that good, Utes can't win on the road, no way to spin how bad this Ute team is, unless you try to talk up the Pac like its a mega power conference, which it is not.

  • Jefe-Ute SLC, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    Once again they can't hold a double digit lead. Coach K needs to figure out how to keep these guys fired up for a full 40 minutes. Can't close halves and can't hold a lead.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:16 p.m.

    Utah shot 11 free throws
    Colorado shot 30
    Nearly impossible to win when its 8 on 5.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:20 p.m.

    Great game plan in the game, good shooting, but bad effort on the defensive boards killed the game for the Utes. That's the area that'll need to improve most to turn all the close losses into close wins. Very winnable home stretch before another winnable road game at SC, hope to see it improved this week.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:34 p.m.

    Chalk up another huge huge moral victory. I mean can moral victories get any bigger. This is the kind of moral victory that deserves another pac ten billboard on I-15.

    Lets all hold our thumbs together and point our index fingers up, there it is the cute little U we all like to see. I think we should all run out and buy another pac ten sticker and find some open place to stick it.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    C'mon Utes you gotta finish on the road. This game should have been a W...frustrating!

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    Same old story. Onward and upward. I guess utah is really second guessing their schedule right now. Hardly a road game in the preseason and still no wins on the road during conference play.

    Can't wait to see the spin on this one.

    At least they lost to their rival.

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    Mark it down. If it is on the road, utah will lose. 3-6 in conference play. That isn't going to get it done. Funny how many fans were back on the bandwagon after the preseason. The hype was big. The ship as been turned around. We are back. I wonder if Wright will jump ship after this season. I would if I was him. Get while the getting is good.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:59 p.m.

    Ooohh dogone it... How disappointing... The utes are still 14-7 though... They have only lost one game at home right? So then what does that make their road record? 6 losses in how many road games?... They've only played 6 road games? Oh my... So then what is their record on the road in Conference for the 3 years that they have been in the big bad pac12 cuz I know they beat Washington in Seattle last year? Oh my, that's the only game that they have won on the road in Conference for the three years that they have been in the league? Oh my... They're 0-5 this year? and just 1-22 over three years? That has to be an ncaa record somewhere.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 3:03 p.m.

    aaarrrggghhh....frustrating.

    Keep your heads up and keep fighting.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    Good game for the utes. I give them props for staying close in most games. They have improved this year but still cannot find a way to win on the road. Good thing for Coloroado that they were able to schedule utah to end the three game losing streak. I see the utes winning on the return game to the HC and they could make some noise in the pac tourney again this year. I see them being much more competitive next year and will win some of these road games.

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    Utah will need more than two players in double figures to compete in any league. What has happened to Loveridge lately? He seems to have vanished from any mention. He must be in a scoring funk. Hopefully he can start to contribute again.

    GO Cougs.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Feb. 1, 2014 3:28 p.m.

    I feel your pain.

    BYU is having challenges in beating their rivals too.

    Thought the little fish in the big pond was growing up but it was only baby steps.

    I really thought when CU's star went down Utah had a shot, but alas it was smoke and mirrors.

    Time to get ready for the PAC-12 tournament and the only prayer the Utes have for a seat at the March Madness table.

  • Bartholemew T. Benedict the III Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    I'm not one to complain about officiating, but I don't know I've seen such lopsided calls in years. On one end there had to be blood for us to go to the line, and on the other any contact anywhere on the body was a foul.

    Just be consistent, that's all we ask. Frustrating!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 1, 2014 4:03 p.m.

    The problem with Utah is that either Taylor or Loveridge or both struggle on the road. This game Taylor showed up and Loveridge struggled (19% FG over the last two games).

    Wright is the only player that is consistent both at home and on the road. I'm hoping Chapman is the third go to guy next year: Wright, Chapman, Loveridge/Taylor.

    Go UTES!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 4:36 p.m.

    The Utes need a game at the MC to get them going on the road.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Feb. 1, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    I think many of us didn't think it was very smart for Utah to only play one road game in their out-of-conference schedule. Not having that experience early set them up to fail in the Pac-12 on the road.

    I don't remember where I read it, but I remember seeing some criticism of Utah on the boards. According to ESPN, Utah is ranked 97th overall in rebounding. Now, some of that can be explained by the fact that Utah is one of the better shooting teams from the field (5th in the nation at 50.4%). However, is that shooting percentage inflated by their weak, nearly Huntsman-exclusive pre-conference slate? (Utah shot just 42.9% in this game.) And I doubt just not missing as many shots as the next team accounts for all of their lower rebounding totals. Sounds like hitting the glass may be an area that needs emphasis.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 1, 2014 5:52 p.m.

    Losing by 4 is the same as losing by 24. It all equals the big "L". Both Wright and Loveridge should jump ship after the season.

  • The Anti Chris Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 5:59 p.m.

    24 rebounds for the game says it all.

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    Keep it up, Utes. You make my day.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Feb. 1, 2014 6:03 p.m.

    So what are you saying ken? Are you complaining about pac12 officiating? Why I thought that ute fans believed pac12 officiating to be the best in all conferences... I think that I heard on here awhile back from some ute fans that complaining about the officiating is just a weak excuse for a team that's not very good...

    Time to take off the shirts and the ute insignia and put those big bad pac12 logos back on...

    I love the new motto "We might not be very good, but some teams in our Conference are"... How true it is.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 6:22 p.m.

    Plus ca change, plu cest le meme chose.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Feb. 1, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    @chris

    A tough loss to a good team??? They were a good team before Spencer Dinwiddle went down (13-2) in the first half against Washington... Since then they were 1-4 before the mighty utes played them today... No longer do they qualify as "a good team"...

    It's good to see that you are starting to play your "rivals" a little closer... Perhaps you can do better against the Buffs than you did against the Cougs... 2-11 over 7 years is enough to make any team look for a new rival... However, if I were A D Hill I think that I would pick one of those teams that you played in the first part of your schedule as a rival (like maybe Evergreen State) I think that your W/L will look better over the years that way.

  • No playoff for U Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 6:32 p.m.

    Chalk up another moral victory for the Utes.

    Jordan really showed up against Utah's "riva," didn't he - 2-11 FG, 0-5 3PT, 4 points in 38 minutes?

    Pathetic!

  • International Cougar Fan Tacoma, WA
    Feb. 1, 2014 7:11 p.m.

    Another miserable year for Ute Fans. No Bowl game and anther losing season for basketball. Hang in there, there is always next year.

  • BluedevilUte PAYSON, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 7:44 p.m.

    Colorado fans, good game you can talk smack you beat Utah today. I can't wait for the rematch. Byu fans you have nothing to say, Utah beat your team by almost 20....What can you say? I love being in the PAC! Utah will break through, they only have one senior, and usually it takes a season for a young team to learn to win on the road. Utah has had a good season so far, next year will be special! Go Utes!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 1, 2014 8:12 p.m.

    Yikes! Colorado?

    They would be a bottom team in the WCC.

  • Crow Sandy , UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 8:23 p.m.

    @poyman funny coming from a man who's team lost to Portland. Who is Portland and do they really play basketball?
    At least Utah plays in a tougher conference against tougher competition and not in the 10th best conference in the NCAAs. Thanks again for trying to play against Utah in the PAC12. Again the gap continues to grow and that is evident in the Olympic sports as well. Utah dominating byu in swimming and diving.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 8:34 p.m.

    Different day, same result.

    This is getting old.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Feb. 1, 2014 8:41 p.m.

    BYU fan here. Utah folks, don't get discouraged. It'll come. It might be next year, but it'll come. They're on a good trajectory, you got a good coach and it'll come.

  • cjf Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 8:43 p.m.

    @Max-was-right

    "Chalk up another huge huge moral victory. I mean can moral victories get any bigger. This is the kind of moral victory that deserves another pac ten billboard on I-15.

    Lets all hold our thumbs together and point our index fingers up, there it is the cute little U we all like to see. I think we should all run out and buy another pac ten sticker and find some open place to stick it."

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    Wow. The Utes move to the PAC-12 must strike a sensitive nerve with some BYU fans. Talk about sour grapes.

    Anyway, the Utes are certainly improving play from recent years. The wins will come.

  • Pops NORTH SALT LAKE, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 9:07 p.m.

    Interesting picture - since when is it good basketball to try to set a screen using your arms? There's one of the foul calls against the Utes right there, but who knows if it was called.

  • Chris B's momma Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 1, 2014 10:09 p.m.

    Chris, it will never be a rivalry until u show that you can win!

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 11:14 p.m.

    Hopefully the two big guys they have coming in next year will help in the paint even though I think one of them is a small forward.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 11:26 p.m.

    I can only see 4 more regular season wins so the utes will miss out on the NCAA and NIT. Maybe the CIT will take them.

    After seeing that Arizona lost tonight it is clear that the pac is lees of a conference than people thought.

  • Utah rules Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2014 12:24 a.m.

    The headline says it all; the utes come up short................again. this getting real old real fast.

  • Funny/witty screen name Orem, UT
    Feb. 2, 2014 12:27 a.m.

    The Utes just need to schedule more high school games... That way they might have a chance at winning a away game!!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 2, 2014 12:49 a.m.

    @BluedevilUte - "Utah has had a good season so far,"

    Utah has beat two good teams - BYU and UCLA. Padding the win column with 9 cupcakes does not qualify as a good season.

    Utah has had some close losses, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter if U lose by 1 or 20.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Feb. 2, 2014 1:42 a.m.

    @ekute... I think the MC might just be more problems for the utes... In fact the East High Gym might be problems for them... Do you know when the mighty utes last beat the Cougs in Provo? I will help you out... January of 2005... Over 9 years ago... The MC is not a good place to start for a team that can't win a Road Game.

    @crow...lol... You want to defend your utes so badly that you say things that show that you really don't follow college hoops very closely... Let me tell you who Portland is... They are presently 10-8 on the season... They have wins on their home floor over both Gonzaga and BYU (both teams in the RPI top 50), they played Michigan State tough in East Lansing when they were #1 in the country and they have a road record of 4-4... BYU had a bad game against Utah... It happens... However, the utes are currently 2-11 against the Cougs over 7 years... Win every game against BYU over the next 5 years and then ute fans will finally have a 50% win ratio and something to talk about.

  • oddman ,
    Feb. 2, 2014 7:59 a.m.

    Winning basketball games is all about unselfish teamwork. The Utes have the horses, but it seems they need to give up the shot when another player has an even better one. Blocking out and hitting the boards is mental before it becomes habitual which translates into being more physical and fighting for the inside position. Must admit the refs seem as baffled as the fans on what is and is not a legit foul. Wishing Utah the best as they move forward. Go Cougars.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 2, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    What an interesting rivalry U have with the Buffs.

    I looked at a couple of articles about the Buffs win in Colorado newspapers this morning, and did not see a single comment from a Utah fan. I also did not see any comments from Colorado fans proclaiming a victory over their rival.

    I think Utah and Colorado fans care less about the success of their teams, and their forced rivalry, and more about being under the warm security blanket of the PAC.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 2, 2014 12:33 p.m.

    CougFaninTX
    Frisco, TX

    @BluedevilUte - "Utah has had a good season so far,"

    Utah has beat two good teams - BYU and UCLA. Padding the win column with 9 cupcakes does not qualify as a good season.

    Utah has had some close losses, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter if U lose by 1 or 20.

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    If you lose by 1 you're competing, if you lose by 20 you're not. For example, BYU was not able to compete against Utah but Utah has been able to compete against every team on our schedule.

    Utah has had a good season so far relative to where the program was the last decade. The program is rebuilding and IMO about a year away from competing in the PAC-12.

    We've proven we can compete with anyone in the PAC 12, unfortunately it hasn't resulted in many wins on the road. We were a bottom feeder two years ago, we've improved a lot since then.

    Three winnable games coming up, we need to hold serve at the HC.

    Go UTES!

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    Feb. 2, 2014 1:52 p.m.

    Another Utah article following a loss and never ceases to amaze me that there are a few (not all) Y fans that only seem to get joy from another team beating Utah. Just how sad and pathetic are your lives?

    Regarding the actual game, it seems to be the same story; Utah plays well for a while but can't hold a lead on the road. Well, two years ago the team couldn't get a lead anywhere. Last year they won a few games but were frequently blown out. This year the games are close. If the team continues to progress they will start winning some of the road games next year. The home performance is good but need to win away from SLC.

  • stampederus Ephraim, UT
    Feb. 2, 2014 4:09 p.m.

    Another prestigious road loss for the Utes. A 1 win 22 road loss record really proves you belong in the PAC-12?

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Feb. 2, 2014 5:54 p.m.

    @uteology

    So are you competing when you are 0-6 on the road this year? How about when you are 1-22 on the road in Conference over the past 3 years since becoming pac12 members? Are you competing when you lose to a 9-12 WSU team who scores a total of 25 points and loses by 35 points to Arizona, and follows that up with losses by 30 to Stanford, and Oregon, and by 20 points to Arizona State and California???

    BYU had its worse game of the year at the HC and Utah beat them... It happens... But BYU has some impressive road wins this year over Texas, Stanford, Utah State and San Francisco... along with a near win over then undefeated Oregon in Eugene... BYU has beat three RPI top 100 teams on the road... Utah hasn't beat anyone on the road...

    You think that BYU didn't compete because they lost by 17 at the HC??? What do you say about a team that goes 2-11 against the non-competitive Cougs over 7 years? Who hasn't beaten the Cougs in Provo in over 9 years?

    That's what I thought.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 2, 2014 8:45 p.m.

    Did the Utes really lose outside the 801 area code again? That really saddens me.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 2, 2014 9:32 p.m.

    Another close loss down the stretch for a young team (overtime again). Since PAC 12 title hopes were lost early in the conference schedule, I look for this Ute team to continue to fight and grow under Coach K. Maybe an inspired PAC 12 tournament run is brewing. I hold out hope for some excitement still this season. Nonetheless, Utah is enjoyable to watch and their competitive play is still good viewing with these quality conference opponents.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 2, 2014 10:24 p.m.

    gdog3finally

    Another close loss on the road for a team that did absolutely NOTHING during the pre-season to prepare themselves to win a road game.

    Only playing ONE road game in the first two months of the season is coming back to haunt the Utes; they're getting exactly what they deserve for playing the 350th weakest non-conference schedule, almost entirely all at home.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 3, 2014 8:20 a.m.

    Will the Pac-12 tournament be held in SLC?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    Ed Grady,
    No, it's at the MGM Grand in LV. That levels the court in that all of the games are road games for all of the teams involved. The Utes made an outstanding showing last year, hoping for even better results this year. Go Utes!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Feb. 3, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    @Duckhunter
    Bien Fait! lol

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 11:37 a.m.

    jarka-rus,
    Ce que tu es bete. The best of the wcc can't compete with the bottom of the Pac 12.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    There's a reason for Utah fans to be optimistic for this team both this year and especially in the future...they play tough defense (something I wish BYU could learn to do). Taking bad shots at times, not being in a position to rebound, and not closing out tough games on the road are all fixable issues that exist because of Utah's youth. The Utes will be just fine going forward as they fix some of the problems, but their defense is very good, and that's what great teams and programs are built on. Keep your heads up Utes, it's the war that counts, while you learn from your battles.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    It's good to see an objective and complimentary comment from a BYU Fan under a Utes article...As opposed to the usual juvenile, snickering in the corner junior high comments from the detractors.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 3, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    poyman
    Lincoln City, OR

    @uteology

    So are you competing when you are 0-6 on the road this year? How about when you are 1-22 on the road in Conference over the past 3 years since becoming pac12 members?

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    Yes we are competing even being 0-6 this year is on the road. No team, including the #1 team in the nation, overwhelmed us.

    BYU was donezo in the first 4 minutes at Utah, that's not competing, that's being OWNED. Can you see the difference?

    The 1-22 record record is as relevant to this team as 1-25 season was to your 1999-2000 team.

    Utah is on its way back, it's okay if BYU fans don't agree with that statement.

    Go UTES!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 3, 2014 1:51 p.m.

    @poyman

    You think that BYU didn't compete because they lost by 17 at the HC??? What do you say about a team that goes 2-11 against the non-competitive Cougs over 7 years? Who hasn't beaten the Cougs in Provo in over 9 years?

    That's what I thought.

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    Yes, any team that gets rolled by 17 points isn't competing.

    When did I say BYU was non-competitive over the last 7 years? Clearly BYU "was" the best team in the State while Utah was at its lowest point in history.

    I say those Ute "teams" were horrible. Utah was so bad that we couldn't even compete against teams like UNC Asheville, Oral Roberts, Idaho, Seattle.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 2:06 p.m.

    I understand rubbing salt in the wounds of your rival but this year seems a little odd when the two teams have similar problems. Both teams haven't been good on the road this year. Utah has been down right horrible blowing leads and consistanly coming up short against teams they should beat. Byu hasn't been as bad as Utah but you can't be too happy about their performance this year either. Byu has some good road wins this year for sure but I don't think you can count a win a San Francisco in that category.

    As for the Utes they need to figure it out fast the second half of the season doesn't get any easier. At least more guys are getting involved in the offense but there are some major issues that need to be addressed. Loveridge was a total non factor in the Colorado game. If he is having trouble shooting, he needs to get involved more in rebounding. He has the upper body strength that should allow him to get more boards.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Feb. 3, 2014 6:05 p.m.

    Yes, you can count a win at San Francisco as a good road win. They are a top 100 RPI team and are tied for 2nd with BYU in the WCC. I would definitely say that it is a good win.

    The comments that no WCC team can compete with the bottom tier of the Pac-12 are laughable. Gonzaga is ranked in both polls again, which is something that no other Pac-12 team besides Arizona can say. Seems that there are a ton of people out there that think Gonzaga could compete with at least 11 teams in the Pac-12.

    Utah has improved. But until they win a road game? Don't claim they are competitive.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 7:47 p.m.

    WCC team BYU beat PAC 12 team Stanford on the road this season, which matches Utah's road wins for all three PAC 12 seasons COMBINED!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Feb. 4, 2014 12:00 p.m.

    lol, love this notion going around ute nation in football and bball now, that losing is somehow competing and the best one, being better! Now that is something else. When the real Coach K and Duke lost to Notre Dame and Clemson, i guarantee no Dukie myself included thought that they were on the rise and glad they were competing. they almost dropped out of the rankings, so obviously the pollsters thought the same. Yet losing every game on the road is competing??

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Feb. 4, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    ekute
    Que tu es drole. the Pac is weak and overrated. Zona just lost to Cal, Colorado and Oregon have fallen off any map you can think of. The WCC is plenty "worthy" to compete with any mighty Pac team.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 2:05 p.m.

    Jarka-rus & ekute:
    vous êtes à la fois hilarant. I love these comment boards! Lol

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    The WCC is to the PAC as Jarron Collins is to Micheal Jordan.