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Brad Rock: Arizona wipeout not a killer for Utes

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  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    March 13, 2014 8:07 p.m.

    Based on the Utes prior games versus Arizona this was just a case of the Utes having a poor game at the same time as Arizona having a great game. Embarrassing but not devastating, Utah is still a good team on the rise!

  • Hatch Sandy, UT
    March 13, 2014 8:09 p.m.

    The PAC12 conference has no respect for UTAH at all. This game is an example. If Arizona was playing any other opponent they would have called the wolves off long before they did in this game by slowing things down and putting in more bench players. Instead they choose to humiliate the UTES.

    Why does the PAC12 force Utah to play regular season home games on Sunday to a half filled Huntsman Center.The JAZZ are not ask to do that.

    I am a Cougar but hope Utah can return the favor to Arizona sometime soon.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    March 13, 2014 9:24 p.m.

    I don't think not calling off the dogs has anything to do with a disrespect for Utah. I think Arizona did it for the same reason SDSU did it against USU: seeding. I think both teams are trying to impress the powers that be so that they get a better seed come Selection Sunday.

  • jmn2dmb41 Sammamish, WA
    March 13, 2014 10:23 p.m.

    This is what happens when you play 14 of your first 15 games at home against the likes of Saint Martins, Evergreen State, Grand Canyon, Lamar, Savannah St, and St. Katherine. Even at this point in the season the Utes were ill prepared to play away from home against any decent team. The PAC12 is a mediocre conference. The Utes were lucky to pick up one conference road win against the pathetic Trojans and the win against Cal is what bumped BYU into the big dance. Even with some better preseason competition I'm not sure that a 9-9 mediocre conference record would have got them into the prestigious basketball tournament.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 13, 2014 10:30 p.m.

    The better team (Arizona) won, plain and simple!

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    March 13, 2014 11:09 p.m.

    Reality hits home for BYU, Utah, USU, and it will for UVU in game 1 of the tournament. It's time we all supported the teams in Utah regardless of the school. Right now, we're a weak state in all major sports and I wish someone would consistently reach a high competitive level and stay there. It's no fun right now.

  • KimmyP Granstville, UT
    March 14, 2014 5:13 a.m.

    @joe in Orem,
    Yes, the Utes were thoroughly spanked by the best team in their league, and the best team in the west this week.
    But for talk of embarrassing moments, one only needs to look back to mid-December, the night they hosted a team from a no-name conference and gave them a thorough spanking of their own, perhaps they should have played UVU in an attempt to improve their RPI ranking, and save any embarrassment they faced by scheduling such weak opponents.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    March 14, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    To score as little as they did in the first half the selection committee will not even look at the u. The NIT must be squirming with having to invite a team like this to any kind of tourney. The u showed their true colors against Az. They are hot and cold and when they are cold....well every ute fans face should be red!

  • WON84 PLANO, TX
    March 14, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    "The PAC12 conference has no respect for UTAH at all. This game is an example. If Arizona was playing any other opponent they would have called the wolves off long before they did in this game by slowing things down and putting in more bench players. Instead they choose to humiliate the UTES.

    Why does the PAC12 force Utah to play regular season home games on Sunday to a half filled Huntsman Center.The JAZZ are not ask to do that."

    Arizona is a playing for a 1 seed. Did you see what Louisville did to Rutgers? This was not personal.

    I can agree on the second point though. The Pac 12 knows good and well Utah's attendance will not be nearly as high playing a home Sunday afternoon game.

  • Adirondack Cougar Loon Lake, NY
    March 14, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    Why do I keep thinking that there might be a USF vs Utah game in the near future. Could be an interesting match-up.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    March 14, 2014 10:25 a.m.

    Utah fans should NOT feel bad about this year. Utah is up and coming... They are only slightly behind the BYU Cougars in development. Both teams need to step it up in coming years. I agree with those who say we should now cheer for ALL Utah schools. Local rivalries are for lesser souls. I want to Utes to win the PAC-12, the Cougs to take the WCC. We could one day have FOUR teams going to the NCAA tournament. Wouldn't that be a blast!

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    March 14, 2014 10:56 a.m.

    I really admire the University of Utah for de-emphasizing athletics by joining the Pac-12. Instead of practicing for football bowl games in December and travelling to far-flung destinations in March for the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament, the student-athletes are allowed to devote more time to their academic endeavors.

  • jmn2dmb41 Sammamish, WA
    March 14, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    The only reason it appears the Utes have improved this season is that they played an extremely WEAK pre season schedule to bump up their win column numbers. Saint Martins, Evergreen State, Grand Canyon, Lamar, Savannah St, and St. Katherine and a host of others all played at home. There should be a rule about how many home games you can play but the Utes are paying the price. I bet they would have gotten into the NCAA if they had a tougher schedule. Apparently 9 or 10 conference wins in the prestigious PAC is enough to get you in with a decent RPI.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    "Even at this point in the season the Utes were ill prepared to play away from home against any decent team."

    Utah was down 4 with a minute left at Arizona when they played during the season.

    @jarka-rus
    "utah would NOT win the WCC, the Zags would destroy the Utes."

    It's not obvious at all that the Zags would destroy the Utes (I do think Gonzaga would still win the conference though). Utah took Arizona to overtime at home and were close in their road game against them. They beat UCLA at home (the road game was their only double digit loss of the regular season). Utah's regular season losses were by a combined 45 points. This game against Arizona was the anomaly.

  • KH Holladay, UT
    March 14, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    "The only reason it appears the Utes have improved this season is that they played an extremely WEAK pre season schedule to bump up their win column numbers. Saint Martins, Evergreen State, Grand Canyon, Lamar, Savannah St, and St. Katherine"

    I guess you can understand how Utah fans feel about byu's football schedule. Looking at their record (8-5) and you'd think they were a pretty decent football team. Then you look at the schedule and the wins against the competition and it doesn't look so impressive. They lost 4 of their 5 biggest games. Losses to Utah, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Washington. And also lost to one of the worst D1 teams in the country, Virginia.

    Again, thanks for understanding.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 14, 2014 2:39 p.m.

    This loss had nothing to do with the Ute's preseason schedule. Those easy preseason games served the very important purpose of instilling confidence in the young players and helping them learn to play together as a team before the conference schedule.

    On the bright side of this loss, Delon Wright's poor performance probably made sure he will be back next year. That's a plus for this program.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 14, 2014 10:41 p.m.

    @Ed Grady

    I really admire the University of Utah for de-emphasizing athletics by joining the Pac-12.

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    Thank you, we don't need a strong athletic programs to OWN BYU.