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Utah basketball: Utes finally break through on the road, beat USC

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  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    Looking good utes.

    PAC 12 win on the road lets get it done!

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 9:48 p.m.

    Sure beats playing Wyoming and Air Force and the rest of the little teams.

    PAC 12 has SIX teams projected in dance. The second most of any conference.

    When was the last time the Mwc or the wcc cupcakes had half the conference in the dance?

    Never!

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    Difference I see so far in this game versus the other road games is the hustle plays. Taylor had one of his own backfire with an open 3 made by SC, but Karai Tucker just made a great one with the block and deflection off an SC player to give the Utes possession. If the hustle keeps up, this should be a win on the road. Finally.

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 9:56 p.m.

    We dominated USC like they were a wcc nobody!

  • I'll call it Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 9:55 p.m.

    Congratulations to the University of Utah Utes on their 17th victory of the season.

    Plenty of basketball left this season. Good luck Saturday.

    Go Utes!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:05 p.m.

    Awfully early to be celebrating a win. Utes are looking good though.

  • CincyRed13 SLC, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:09 p.m.

    Let's not get to excited about this game. USC is awful. The Utes are the better team and should win.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:12 p.m.

    Lead down to 10 points . . .

  • 4 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:17 p.m.

    Utes did what they needed to do to get another league victory.

    Good night and good luck against the Bruins.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:35 p.m.

    Love with the dagger. Good game, Utes. Good to get the road monkey off their backs. Let's hope the floodgates are now open.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:41 p.m.

    It's a tall order but if the Utes can beat UCLA on the road then things start to get real interesting.

  • Darth Vader Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:41 p.m.

    I think Ute fans will get excited when this team gets their 36th victory in the NCAA tourney. Slight chance it happens this season... probably next season. Until then we can watch them get better.

    I don't see too many fans that excited as of yet. But it could happen.

    Go Utes!

  • CougOrUte..Naah Nibley, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:44 p.m.

    I'd be a little careful about knocking MWC teams because you beat USC. USU beat these guys like a drum when the Ags played them.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:48 p.m.

    Our Utes are trending up. Really liking what coach K is doing up on the hill!

    GO UTES!!!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:49 p.m.

    @ CougOrUte..Naah

    Utah beat the Trojans 84-66 in SLC....

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:00 p.m.

    Aggie from Nibley, Aggies beat them by 13 at home, Utes beat them by 18 at home (still not sure that meaningless buzzer beater that kept it from a 21 point game got off in time, but I digress), and by 8 in the Galen Center. No, USC is not a very good team, but any road win is a good win. Especially the first.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:15 p.m.

    Whew! That was close. They certainly tried to give it away, didn't they?

    Congrats to the Utes on their first Pac12 road win of the season!

    Yes, I realize it was only a lowly USC team but, hey, at least we didn't lose to Pacific! Sorry about that, little brother.

  • TFUDD SLC, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:42 p.m.

    Big 12 Call Yet?

    I'm pretty sure the MWC had about 5 teams in the big dance a few years ago.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:43 p.m.

    Alright, let's see if they can go 4-0 vs the So Cal teams Saturday.

    Go Utes!

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 12:03 a.m.

    This was a nice homecoming for the trio of Taylor, Tucker, and Wright. Each one of them contributed a lot to the W, including Tucker's 2nd half burst, Taylor's floor management, and Wright's unbelievable moves around the basket. Wright and Loveridge are two of the best players in the PAC 12. It's fun to see Wright around the basket. He either scores or draws a foul. He's too smart to pick up an offensive charge, which so many other players get who are aggressive around the basket.

    Great work, Utes! Now beat UCLA this Saturday.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 12:07 a.m.

    Utes!

  • Crow Sandy , UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    It is nice to get the monkey off our back now lets continue the winnning streak on the road Saturday against UCLA

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 14, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    I'd love to make some snarky comment about Utah finally winning a game beyond the smog of the Wasatch Valley, but the brutal truth is that the Utah and BYU basketball programs are going in opposite directions.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 14, 2014 8:52 a.m.

    eg--

    "I'd love to make some snarky comment about Utah finally winning a game beyond the smog of the Wasatch Valley, but the brutal truth is that the Utah and BYU basketball programs are going in opposite directions."

    The directions literally couldn't be any more opposite!

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    Remarkable how few of our friends such as Poyman are sharing their comments today. Perhaps another humiliating loss by BYU has taken all the fun out of it...

    Nice win Utes! Now that you have that monkey off your back, let's see some more away games success and keep the home streak going next week against the Arizona schools. The HC is going to be rocking next Wednesday night.

    Go Utes!

  • UteTrog Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 14, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    It really gets old hearing Ute fans rag on other conferences and teams that are unrelated to the article. We beat the last place USC team. It's our first road win of the season. Are we really breaking our arms patting ourselves on the back?

  • Crow Sandy , UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    @UteTrog This is a young team so to have them finally win on the road even against the last place team in the PAC is a big deal. This will prove to them that they can win on the road. Now if they can continue winning on the road this team is going to be dangerous and next year this team will be really fun to watch.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    UteTrog,
    It's a significant win for several reasons. We already beat your team in happy valley. Can't wait for your other 2 teams to visit the HC next week.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Feb. 14, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    the Trojans are barely above a middle school team. the Pac is weak. a Whopping 3,000 people at the game, lol. thought the Pac was a big boy conference?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 14, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    Good road win USC was 9-4 in non conference play and 2-0 vs the Big East. Now knock off UCLA

    Go Utes!

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    You're right, jarka-rus. Approximately 3,000 people watched Utah beat USC last night.

    Waaayyyyy more fans watched Pacific beat BYU.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    "I'd love to make some snarky comment about Utah . . . , but the brutal truth . . ."

    EdG:

    That's never stopped you before.

  • Crow Sandy , UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    @ jarka-rus U are right the PAC is big boy basketball conference that is why 6 PAC12 teams are slatted to go dancing and Joe Lunardi said they could get 7 if Utah wins the USC, UCLA road swing and has another great run in the PAC12 tourney like they did last year. Vegas bracketology has Utah or Harvard getting the 12 seed.

    That is what being in a Big 5 conference does for you.

    Pac-12
    6
    Big 12
    6
    Big Ten
    6
    ACC
    6
    American
    5
    SEC
    5
    Big East
    4
    Atlantic 10
    4
    Mountain West
    2
    West Coast
    2

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Feb. 14, 2014 11:55 a.m.

    @Crow
    And the SEC "perception" that they rule the world is another farce. 6 teams, yeah Cal and Colo, Stanford perception that they are powerhouses is another farce. Cal in no way deserves to be automatically given a ticket to the big dance just because they are in a perceived big boy conference.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    "just because they are in a perceived big boy conference."

    jakrus:

    Yet y "fans" have no problem embracing the farcical, yet much-beloved RPI, which is premised not on HOW you play--even if you win, but on WHO you played--even if you lose.

    Too bad the y's RPI didn't scare Pacific right off the court.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    jarka-rus

    Well, what can we say, jarka-rus, membership does indeed have its privileges. The numbers Crow presented above look a little sporty for a couple of conferences. For example, WCC is looking more and more like a one pony race.

    The perceptions of which you speak, cut both ways my friend. Here's one you can take to the bank...the Utes are playing with the big boys and representing very well.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 14, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    j--

    "6 teams, yeah Cal and Colo, Stanford perception that they are powerhouses is another farce. Cal in no way deserves to be automatically given a ticket to the big dance just because they are in a perceived big boy conference."

    CAL has #48 ranked RPI and their ranking is #7 in The PAC-12, as well as [1] spot ahead of byu's, which ranks #2 in the weak coast conf.

    Colorado RPI #25; Stanford RPI #46....Again, 7 PAC-12 teams rank ahead of byu in the current RPI rankings, yet only 1 wcc team outranks byu.

  • UteTrog Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 14, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    ekute

    "We already beat your team in happy valley"

    Now I'm being accused of being a BYU fan because I speak truth. Perhaps I should evaluate my affiliation with UofU.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 14, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    @UteTrog

    Come on bro, your a Cougar not a Ute:

    "I just hope we show up [vs Oregon]. If we lose by less than 20, it's a win in my book." -- Jan 2, 2014

    "We're going nowhere this year. Lucky if we get an NIT bid." -- Jan. 12, 2014

    "At least they were invited [to a bowl game], unlike us."

    "Oregon State is NOT that good of a team, inconsistent at best. beating them is not noteworthy." -- Jan 6, 2014

    "You make a good point. I just checked rivals and Utah is dead last in the PAC 12 for recruiting classes this year. Only one four star recruit, so we better not put an emphasis on the stars this year." -- Feb 5, 2014

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 1:00 p.m.

    Jarka,

    Cal and Colorado are teams most likely to drop in the the second half of conference play. Both have difficult schedules and could fall squarely into bubble territory. Colorado has some quality nonconference wins which will help them, Cal does not. If Cal loses 4-5 of their remaining 7 games (a real possibility), they probably won't get in.

    Stanford is trending up and has a better RPI than Cal, so I expect them to finish strong and get in. That leaves the possibility that Cal or Colorado could drop to the lower-middle tier and be on the bubble.

    It is so ironic that BYU fans heralded their win against "Big" 12 opponent Texas in football, neglecting to mention the Big 12 was way down this year in football.

    Then you talk about the SEC, neglecting to mention that between Kentucky and Florida, the SEC has more NCAA basketball titles in the last decade than the WCC in its entire history. Get over yourself about conference affiliation already.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 3:08 p.m.

    I'm happy the Utes finally broke the seal on the road last night. I was a pretty ugly game overall but they did what it took to get a win. USC isn't very good at all but they do cause some match up problems for the Utes and they play very physical.

    It's just good to see the evolution of this team. Coach K has done a good job in coaching up his players. More and more guys are stepping up and knocking down shots. The begining of the season it was all Wright and Loveridge but now we have several guys who can score. It's good timing that Brandon Taylor has finally come out of his shooting slump. He made some big shots last night when the Utes needed them.

    The Utes eclipsed last years conference win total last night as well with a handful of games left to play. The Utes are definitely headed in the right direction.

    Go Utes!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 14, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    Nice job Utes!! Up for a sweep of UCLA next!!

    GO Utes!! Onward and Upward!!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 14, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    As bad as USC is, let's remember that they DID beat Cal at home. Every road game is dangerous in the big leagues, bad teams or not!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 14, 2014 4:35 p.m.

    @jarka-rus

    "a Whopping 3,000 people at the game"

    Let's look at attendance at some of byU's losses in the wcc:

    Loyola - 2,908
    Pepperdine - 2,317
    Portland - 2,813

    Nobody can accuse the wcc as a big boy's conference!!

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Feb. 14, 2014 7:27 p.m.

    Officially, 3,217 watched Utah beat USC. 4,058 watched Pacific beat BYU. Some more, but not that impressive either.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 11:20 p.m.

    @UteTrog

    Sorry bro, you didn't play it very well. What you attempted to do is kinda sad, but no one is buying that you're a Utah fan.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 1:23 a.m.

    @ jarka-rus

    Have you ever heard the phrase about throwing stones in a glass house?

  • UteTrog Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 15, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    Uteology

    So you picked out five of my quotes where I'm keeping things real. I see you conveniently left out all of my quotes speaking highly of us. But then, I guess there are Ute fans (as there are BYU fans) who just can't bear to have a fan on "their side" speak from an objective stand point.

    Thanks for your false accusation. But no, I'm not a BYU fan.

  • UteTrog Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 15, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    truthsandwich

    "Sorry bro, you didn't play it very well. What you attempted to do is kinda sad, but no one is buying that you're a Utah fan."

    It's a good thing, 'bro', that I don't need anyone's validation on which team I cheer for. But fans who call into question someone's affiliation based on a few hand picked quotes shows just how baseless anyone's accusations can be on these boards. It's sad really, that someone can be a realistic fan of a team only to watch fellow "fans" accuse them of not being a fan. As though some people on this board have some ultimate say on who is and isn't a fan. I guess since I don't preach that we're going to the rose bowl every year and are destined for the final four every year, that I don't count as Utah fan. I wonder if Washington State fans are treated this way because, let's face it, they aren't going anywhere either anytime soon.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Feb. 15, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    Oh and that mighty showdown against Wazzoo and Cal, 1900, yeah big boys.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    @ jarka-rus

    Most 5A high schools in Utah play in gyms equal in size or bigger than the one BYU is about to play (and probably lose) in. Anything you say about the PAC-12 just looks bitter.