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Utah basketball: Runnin' Utes eager for big home game against No. 4 Arizona

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  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 19, 2014 7:22 a.m.

    Big time challenge leads to big time opportunity.

    Go Utes!
    >---->

  • Alterego Harrisville, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 7:39 a.m.

    I won't be watching. Go Wildcats.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    Yes we are, going to storm the court if we get this win.

    ESPN last week showed all of Arizona's remaining games and chances to win each one. Their lowest chance to win?

    the Pac 12 Runnin Utes

    ESPN is actually FAVORING Utah in this game

    That's what the experts think of our basketball program.

    Lets do this Utes!
    >--->

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    Loveridge, Wright and Taylor all need to step up big tonight if the Utes are going to win. This game is HUGE.

    GO UTES!!

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 10:43 a.m.

    First of all, I do hope the Utes can pull this game out. I always pull for our local teams when playing out of state teams.

    But based on past history and knowing the extreme bias involved, I have a bit of a hard time believing Chris B when he writes that ESPN is actually favoring the Utes in this game. How can a team that currently isn't even being considered as one of the 64 entrants into the NCAA tournament ever be favored over a nationally top-5 ranked team? That makes no sense at all.

    Even though I do hope the Utes win it, I wouldn't be willing to bet much money on it... regardless (or especially because) of what Chris B contends.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Feb. 19, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    Chris B

    The missing Arizona starter (Brandon Ashley-out for the season with a foot injury) will surely explain any close win or loss by the Wildcats. However, a Ute victory here will probably be better than all of the out-of-conference victories combined.

    Forget ESPN's alleged prediction of a Ute victory. The Oracle of Salt Lake City should not be timid--give us your prediction, so we can mark it down!

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    Tators,

    Considering you tried convincing all of us that Texas won the big 12 and played in a BCS bowl this last year, you'll realize we take all you say with a big grain of salt.

    And yes, ESPN shows on Sportcenter the probability of a loss for each of Arizona's opponent. It only gave Arizona a 48% chance of winning.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    @Old,

    Already using the injury excuse for why Utah will win huh?

    LOL!

    They don't become a top 5 team with only one great player. byU couldn't beat the same Arizona team without Ashely

    Go UTES

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 12:53 p.m.

    Looking forward to a sold out crowd, lots of noise, a great game, and hopeful for an upset of the Wildcats. It will be a very tough game. Arizona has proven to be a tough road team.

    If the Utes hit the boards hard this time they have a chance to get the upset victory.

    Go Utes!

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Feb. 19, 2014 1:06 p.m.

    Chris

    So, is Utah going to beat Arizona or not? And I'm not LingOL, but I do LOL at most of your comments.

    I think every one here would like to as you frequently say: "Mark it down!"

    Go Bruins! 80-66 - top 25 ranking - Mark it down!

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Feb. 19, 2014 1:56 p.m.

    CB

    "BYU couldn't beat the same Arizona team without Ashely"

    BYU stomped the Wildcats 99-69 at Arizona and 87-65 in the ESA the last two times they met.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 19, 2014 2:06 p.m.

    Las Vegas pegs Utah as a 4-point dog at home versus Arizona. If CB was really as gungho about Utah winning as she pretends to be, she'd be making a killing on this game.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    Rockwell - Right, and since Utah beat Alabama years ago in football we're the superior team to them right now too huh?

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 19, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    Ken - right, and CB is such an all-knowing soothsayer; what makes U think the #91 team has a better chance of beating Arizona than the #43 team

    BYU is 6-6(50%) versus RPI Top 100 teams; Utah is only 4-7 (36%)

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 19, 2014 3:28 p.m.

    I think if the Utes win this game they are ensured a NIT bid. Still need a handful more for the big dance, but a win here would be huge for the program and the season.

    This team is young, and absolutely needs the experience of playing in the post season if nothing more than for the practice alone.

    Go Utes!!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    Snack,

    byu is .333 against Pac 12 teams and Utah is almost .500

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    pocy, Do you mean "they are assured" perhaps?

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    The Utes are in a position to finish better than most people predicted this season. Anywhere near the middle of the Pac 12 is a dramatic improvement and should be seen as a success. Win or lose in this game tonight, I'm happy with this team. Go Utes!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 19, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    SAG

    Shirley Smith from East would be so disappointed in my English skills.

    LTFD: listen to and follow directions--hopefully this gives some readers on here some PTSD :)

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 19, 2014 5:04 p.m.

    @Mormon Ute

    Amen Brother!

  • LiberalJimmy Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    Unfortunately Zona will now win due to the fact of Chris B. prediction of a Ute victory. "Mark it down". Please do us all a favor and stop the predictions.

  • Funny/witty screen name Orem, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 5:50 p.m.

    @ cb
    How many road games in the pac has Utah won??

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 19, 2014 6:03 p.m.

    CB

    How many road games has Utah won against WCC teams?

    Versus PAC teams on the road:

    BYU is 1-2 (33%) this season, 2-2 (50%) since Utah joined the PAC
    Utah is 1-6 (14%) this season, 2-24 (8%) since Utah joined the PAC

    Almost THREE full seasons after Utah joined the PAC, BYU has as many PAC 12 road wins as Utah!

    LOL!